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Mother's Day Gifts from the heart
By Debra Vaughn
With Mother's Day just around the corner, people are scrambling to find the right present to show good ole' Mom exactly how wonderful she is. Remember though, the best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. It is the thought that a child puts into the gift that makes it so special. Personally I prefer the hand crafted ones. They are a permanent reminder of that year that are totally customizable to each individual mom. Use your imagination when making that oh so special gift for that oh so special mom. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Mom's Survival Kit

Get a box, it doesn't have to be big or fancy, just any box will do. Decorate the box to your mom's tastes. Inside the box lid, paste a picture of yourself along with your name and the date. Next place items that your mom always needs. Some examples are: Band-Aids (to fix boo-boos), fingernail clippers, 35 so she can call you, a hand print (so she can hold your hand when you aren't there,) a crayon (to take the important phone message, Mom's can never find pens!) a tissue (to wipe away the tears when you get hurt,) a small candle (to let her know that she is the light of your life,) a personal note from you to her and anything else you can think of to show her how much you care.

Plaster Hand Print

In large yogurt container, mix together 1 C. water and 2 1/4 C. plaster of Paris (from lumber store) to thickness of a milkshake. Pour into pie plate. When plaster is firm enough to hold a shape, press your hand into and carefully lift up. Let dry. Record date and your name on back.

Mother's Journal

Get any old cheap notebook and write a journal about what you have learned from your mother that you carry with you from day to day. It does not have to be a novel just something to show your mother how much you know she cares for you and how she has effected your everyday life. To turn this into a family project, pass the journal around among your father and siblings to allow them to add their thoughts and feelings!

Mom's Album

Take Mom down memory lane by going through your old family photos and create a "Mom's Life" photo album. Start out with childhood pictures of her and end with the most current pictures. To personalize this a little more, add dates and thoughts from people who knew her then and now as captions. This one is also a great family project that should include her parents, siblings, friends, husband, yourself and your siblings.

Copyright 2001
Debra Vaughn

Debra Vaughn is a stay-at-home mother to 3 young girls. She is a freelance writer in her spare time. Debra Vaughn also edits and publishes The Family Budgeteer Online and Newsletter which can be found at http://www.familybudgeteer.com/

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