It can be so hard to come up with a gift idea for parents once we are adults. They’re often in a spot in their lives where they are financially secure. Their kids are grown and gone, the mortgage is paid and now they are able to easily buy just about anything on their wishlist.
On the other hand, you have kids at home whose needs seem to require every penny you earn, and every time you turn around there is another unexpected expense finding its way into the already stretched monthly budget.
When it comes to buying a holiday or birthday gift for parents, many of us often have a tendency to think big. If they can easily afford their everyday wants and needs, we seem to feel like we need to find something bigger and better than your everyday ordinary.
But sometimes going over the top, in attempt to show our parents just how much they mean, in the end leaves us wondering if the gift we came up with was even something that they wanted. And whether that big chunk of the budget even achieved the message we were trying to send.
Certainly there are some gifts that are worth the splurge. If you find something rare that would surprise them and you know they’d love? It’s worth it. Occasionally gathering all of the siblings and cousins for a family portrait to gift your mom? A hit every time.
But simple, thoughtful gifts can convey the same message of love and appreciation as large and expensive ones. And what simple, thoughtful Mother’s Day gift could be better than reaching back to the old school days of making something for mom?
This year I’m going for a framed print paired with a chalk-painted mason jar filled with a few beautiful fresh flowers. I’m going to be using this tutorial for the painted mason jar, using the Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint that I mentioned in my dining room makeover post.
The mason jar and flowers can be customized to fit your mom’s taste or decor. If you think your mom would prefer something more muted or neutral, use a soft white or grey to paint the mason jar. If a pop of color is more her style, consider a blue or a yellow. If you know your mom’s favorite flower, use that as guide for choosing the color to paint the vase.
Next, select an 8×10 frame to display the “Home Is Where Your Mom Is” printable that I designed and am sharing the download for here.
Fresh flowers in a mason jar vase, handpainted by you, alongside a framed print, with a message that lets her know you always feel at home whenever she’s near, conveys just as much love as expensive jewelry or a trip to the spa. So grab your supplies, squeeze into your 3rd grade art smock, and make mom a gift that’s a little more sophisticated than your handprint smacked onto the side of a flowerpot, but that she’ll love just as much!