Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 14. If you are looking for ideas for clutter free gifts to give mom this year, you will find five easy to make but very thoughtful gifts below!
Last year my sisters and I were able to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom at the Grand Canyon! It was a surprise trip planned for her 70th birthday and Mother’s Day combined. That was on her “bucket list” to go to the Grand Canyon. It was such a special treat to be with her during the trip. This year, I’ll have to be more creative since my “presence” won’t be the present.
5 Clutter Free Gifts to Give Mom
The saying, “it’s the thought that counts” when referring to gifts is particularly true for gifts given by children to their moms. I know that as a mom, the heartfelt card or drawing is always more appreciated than the last minute token gift. A big hug with sincere words of appreciation and love make my heart happy! Here are five ways to make the mom in your life happy:
1. Write an acrostic poem especially for her
This would be a great gift from an older child who can work on it independently or for a younger child with an adult’s help. If you have time, frame it. It will be cherished! Here’s an example from Howard Johnson:
by Howard Johnson
‘M’ is for the million things she gave me,
‘O’ means only that she’s growing old,
‘T’ is for the tears she shed to save me,
‘H’ is for her heart of purest gold;
‘E’ is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
‘R’ means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell ‘MOTHER,’
A word that means the world to me.
Copyright © Howard Johnson
2. Give her some personalized coupons for acts of service
I love the idea of these coupons – especially if the children are coached to fulfill them without any hesitation or grumbling! My children are older so they’re able to do a lot of things independently now. Think of ideas outside of the responsibilities that they already own for themselves.
In my house, my older two already do their own laundry (although folding and putting away – not so much!), and all three boys are responsible for clearing/setting the table every night, and emptying the dishwasher – so I wouldn’t include those on these coupons.
Here are some ideas to write in:
- laundry for a day (washing, folding, AND putting away!)
- doing the dishes
- 10 minute back or foot rub
- 1 hour of quiet time
- breakfast in bed
- washing a car
- gardening work
- a night off cooking
- a big hug and kiss!
I’ve made a FREE printable that you can download instantly when you subscribe. Or make some handmade ones – she’ll love it!How about some homemade coupons for Mother's Day this year? #freeprintable #mothersday #clutterfreegifts Click To Tweet
3. A gift basket full of consumables that she loves
I know as a mom if I have chocolate or any other goodies, my children will ask me for some, and I will give some to them because moms are givers! Fill a small (or large) basket full of things that she loves and doesn’t need to share!
Here are some ideas:
- dark chocolate!
- dried fruit (like mangoes or something that isn’t normally on your grocery list)
- special trail mix
- special coffee or tea
- special drinks that she doesn’t buy regularly
- special mints
4. Record a video for mom
Make a video with each child sharing three things that they love and appreciate about their mom. Or each child can “perform” something special based on their talents – songs, instrumentals, or reading the poems that they create themselves for mom.5 Thoughtful and Clutter Free Gifts Every Mom Will Love! #clutterfreegifts #mothersday #giftguide Click To Tweet
5. A special journal and pen
Does the special mom in your life love to journal, or write daily to do lists? Get her a special notebook and a special pen. I bought a 2017 planner from InkWELL Press this year and I’m in love with it. They have beautiful blank journals that are hardbound or sewn that are versatile for bullet journaling, fitness tracking, or any way she wants to use them.
I’m also in love with TUL pens. These are a new discovery and I love how they write in my InkWELL Press planner (or any other piece of paper). I call it my “special pen!” I bet the mom in your life would love these too – especially if she loves to journal by hand.
If you don’t have time to do any of these 5 things – remember that a simple phone call saying “I love you and appreciate you” will go a long way. And if you’re close enough to actually see the mom in your life in person – don’t forget to give them a big hug as well (no coupon required).
Looking for other great gifts to give Mom?
Tanya at Mom’s Small Victories, Gifts to Give Mom Who Works From Home
Rachel at Smart Mom Smart Ideas, Memorable Gifts to Give Mom
Morgan at Morgan Manages Mommyhood, Coffee Gifts to Give Mom
Crystal at Sharing Life’s Moments, An Assorted Variety of Gifts to Give Mom Regardless Her Personality
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What clutter free gift ideas have you received or given in the past?
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