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Mothers Day Gift Ideas: 22 Unusual and Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Mom

Aug 17, 2007
The most endearing Mothers Day gifts are those with a personal and sentimental touch. Here are 22 unusual and inexpensive ways to celebrate mom on her special day:

Achievement Charm Bracelet. Did she win the bowling championship or graduate from an art class? Look for charms specific to her accomplishments over the past year. Consider a traditional charm bracelet (with dangling charms) or an Italian style bracelet, in which the charms link together.

Sentimental Jewelry. Here are more ideas for creating a connection with jewelry: give her a locket with tiny photos of each of you or a mothers ring or necklace with the birthstones of each of her children or grandchildren.

Flowers. This time of year, floral delivery services create gorgeous arrangements for moms. Select a bouquet in a beautiful food safe pitcher or bowl that she can use again and again.

Classic Movies. Give her a set of her favorite digitally remastered nostalgic classic movies on DVD. Place them in a pretty porcelain bowl with some popcorn and a box of her favorite candy. Add a luxury throw blanket so she can cozy up under the covers to watch the show.

Chocolate and Books. Give her a few hardcovers by her favorite author and some quality chocolate.

Comedy Show. Take her to dinner and a local comedy show.

Donations. Make a donation in her name to her favorite charitable cause.

Spa Gift Certificates. Either choose the spa treatment for her, or allow her to choose her own indulgence, whether it is a body wrap, facial, massage, or pedicure. Better yet, go with her and enjoy some pampering alongside her.

Hot Air Balloon Ride. Take an exhilarating adventure with her up in the air and get a birds eye view of your city or town.

A Lobster Dinner Boat Ride. If you live near the ocean or the great lakes, check areas near you that offer quaint, evening excursions complete with fresh seafood entrees.

Maid Service. Give her a break from housecleaning and hire a professional maid service for a day, week or month.

Monogrammed Leather Passport Carry Case. With the new passport travel requirements, this is one gift that is sure to come in handy.

Oil Change and Tune Up. Surprise her with a complete vehicle maintenance gift certificate. If possible, find a location that will rotate the tires as well. Include wash and wax for an added bonus.

Monthly Gift Clubs. Let mom know you are thinking of her the whole year through with a thoughtful monthly gift club. Typically, you can subscribe for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months, and a new gift is sent at the same time each month. There are monthly gift clubs for scrapbookers, gardeners, chocaholics, you name it.

Gardening Goodies. Mothers Day heralds a new year of working in the garden. Fill a brightly colored watering can or metal bucket with treasures for her time in the garden, from seed packets to new suede monogrammed gardening gloves.

Picnic on the Beach. It may be too cool for swimming and sunbathing but everyone enjoys an old fashioned picnic lunch in the beautiful outdoors complete with red checkered table cloth.

Recipe Books. If Mom loves to cook, look for unique and creative recipe books to add to her collection.

Satin Robe and Slipper Set. The nights are getting warmer. Give her the luxurious feel of satin.

Security System Keychain. Look for a keychain with features she will use, such as those that turn on and off her lights and arm and disarm her home security system.

Website or Blog. Set up a website or blog for her to keep family members updated and to share digital photos.

Photo Keepsakes. Lots of photo processing websites offer a variety of items that you can add simple photos to: everything from purses to keychains and coasters to jewelry boxes.

Photo Books. You do not have to be a scrapbooking expert to create beautiful photo books. Scrapbooking has become so popular that many of the leading online photo websites have templates that allow you to plug your photos and sentiments directly into beautifully pre arranged backgrounds. Then you can order a print copy of the photo book for the recipient. The best thing about this type of scrapbook: you can order a duplicate copy for yourself, and even more for grandparents and friends. These are surprisingly affordable and easy to create, and they make a memento mom will treasure for years to come.
About the Author
Jamie Jefferson writes for Momscape.com and Susies-Coupons.com
For more specific Mothers Day gift ideas, including coupon codes and special prices on some of the gift ideas in this article, see her article: Unique Mothers Day Gift Ideas.
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