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This year, I will celebrate my 32nd Mother’s Day! I am particularly grateful and humbled on Mother’s Day, because at one point in my life, I was told that I probably wouldn’t be able to have children. That was 9 kids ago. Some came by birth, others by adoption. Still others I never met.
But needless to say, I’ve had some pretty interesting Mother’s Day gifts over the years. I want to share some great gift ideas for Mom, from a “Mom” point of view.
I’m a pretty low-maintenance kind of Mom, and I prefer practical gifts as opposed to flowers and candy. Actually, I prefer sustainable and useful gifts, things that I can use everyday. But I feel the secret to receiving useful gifts is to make it known what you would like to have! Give your family a couple of weeks notice and let them in on your thoughts. You could even forward them this post!
After all the beautiful handmade cards and poems, some of my favorite (and cheapest) gifts have come from my older children in the form of “hard labor”. Last year, after making it known that I needed help with spreading mulch around the house, my adult sons came over and spread mulch for me! It took them most of the day to do the job, and it would have taken me a week! I fed them a good meal and we had a wonderful time!
Think about what you have been wanting to get done around the house: painting, trimming trees or bushes, installing a clothesline, etc. These can be some of the best gifts, and FREE is good!
Raising a large family was something I dreamed about for a long time. I cook(ed) a lot from scratch and placed great value on my kitchen tools. Saving up so I could buy great quality was something I was willing to do – or I could ask for them for Mother’s Day.
We often went to Amish country around Mother’s Day, and I would buy things that I could only find there. One year, I purchased Rada knife set and block for my Mother’s Day gift. I still have and use those knives! They are excellent quality and well worth the money.
Another year, I found some wonderful stainless steel cookie sheets. You shouldn’t use aluminum to cook with. Once again, I still use those cookie sheets and they have held up very well over the years.
Being an avid gardener, I go through garden gloves like crazy. I appreciate any gift that says “garden”! Here’s a few ideas….
Then, there’s books. I read a lot and always enjoy a new book! (Although most of the time, I go to the library) There are some books that I prefer to own, because I refer to them again and again.
Don’t forget boots! What mom doesn’t need some groovy garden boots?
I’ve been fermenting for a couple of years now, and I love this set! It makes it super easy to just put food in a jar and go! Perfect for when the garden is producing faster than I can process!
Being that it’s Spring, I do a lot of foraging and drying of herbs. My Excalibur dehydrator is running a lot this time of year, and I’m so glad I made the investment years ago!
Mushrooms are perfect for that dark and muddy spot on your property that you can’t do anything else with! I started a kit last year and I’m excited to see what grows this Spring!
Canning is a big part of my summer/fall! You need the right equipment to get started, but the good news is that it lasts for years!
What are YOU hoping for this year??