Mothers DayMother’s Day is right around the corner! Each year it comes, and each year we children are faced with a similar question: what is a good way to show our mom how much we really care about her? The gifts have all been said and done…but this doesn’t mean they should be discarded! Mother’s Day isn’t about going to the store and buying something material and expensive, it’s about telling her that you love her and that you’re thankful for her every day. Here are 5 creative and inexpensive ways to turn the outplayed, traditional gifts into new, personalized gifts from the heart.

1. Make her a card. That’s right, break out the markers and art supplies take yourself back to the good old elementary school days, when the only thing you wanted to do was make mama proud. You can use as many or as few words as you choose, with as much or as little effort as you’re willing to put in. The fact that you took the extra time to make the card yourself instead of quickly browsing through kind but generic cards at the store is both thoughtful and original, and it’s something she’ll want to hang on her refrigerator, just like the old times!

2. Pick her a blossoming bouquet. Grocery stores and florists offer a wide variety of arrangements and beautiful bouquets. But consider how much more it would it mean to mom if you made a personal arrangement of your own flowers. If you don’t have a garden of your own, plant a couple seeds so she can watch the flowers grow and bring new life to her home!

3. Personalize a charm bracelet. Jewelry is often a go-to gift at this time of year. Instead of falling back on a simple pair of earrings or a plain necklace, your gift will be much more personal in the form of a charm bracelet. This way, you can fill this small piece of jewelry with charms that capture the special memories that you and your mom share, and you can keep adding to it as the years continue.

4. Capture your memories in a scrapbook. If jewelry is not the path you want to take, another way to capture the unforgettable moments is through a scrapbook or photo album. This way, she can look back and see your smiling face anytime! An alternative to this could be a memory box, filled with any and all artifacts and pictures that remind you of your time spent together. Just like a charm bracelet, you can add to it as your relationship continues to grow.

5. Create a relaxation basket. If a weekend trip to the spa is a bit out of the budget, fill a basket with bath salts, lotions, and loofas. This way, she can create a relaxation station in the comfort of her own home. Give your hardworking mom a reason to kick up her feet and relax!

A price tag has never been determined how much love you can show your mother on a particular day of the year. When you were young, why did she hang your cards on the refrigerator and wear the macaroni necklaces you made so proudly? It was the thought, the effort, and the love that went into every word in the card and every noodle in the necklace. What will mean most to her this Mother’s Day is not the object but the thought behind it, even if it’s a simple call to tell her you love her.

Comment below to share more of your inventive ideas! To all the moms out there – Happy Mother’s Day!



“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone ( personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at

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