Mother’s Day Gift Certificates: How to Personalize a Last Second Gift

Greeting card and gift for Mother's Day on table in kitchen
Blue Molly Maid gift card wrapped in a pink bowYou love mom, no doubt about it. Sometimes, though, you space on important dates or procrastinate until the very last second when needing to buy her a gift. If this describes you leading up to Mother’s Day, which happens on Sunday, May 12, by the way, get her a gift certificate for Molly Maid house-cleaning services. And because gift certificates can scream “I forgot,” you should personalize it using one of these ideas.

Include a Poem
Your mom will love a poem written by you, whether you know how to write poetry or not. Simply put your sentiments down and make it rhyme. If you just can’t write, or don’t have time, borrow from a professional. The opening phrase from Edgar Allen Poe’s To My Mother gets the job done:

Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”

Tuck the Gift Certificate into a Card Made by You
Just imagine the look on your mother’s face when she opens up a handmade envelope to find a handmade card from you. It will take her back to your childhood, before you ever fought about clothes or getting the keys to her car. Simply stop by the grocery store and pick up construction paper in her favorite colors, glue and glitter. She will love it.

Include a List
Odds are mom has a long to-do list for her home, which makes giving a gift certificate for cleaning services the perfect Mother’s Day gesture. Include with it a list of your own making, one that includes all of the wonderful things your mom has done for you. Start with giving birth and end with the most recent nice thing she did to help you along in life.

Give It with a Framed Family Photo
Mother and daughter sitting together on a white couch and smiling
Give the gift certificate with a framed photo of you and your mom. Choose one from your childhood if she doesn’t already have them hanging around your house. Or you can have someone else snap a photo of you two with your phone. This option will include a smidge of planning, but not much as you can email photos to many drugstores and warehouse clubs for pickup the same day. The photo will remind her of your thoughtfulness every time she looks at it.

Make Her Favorite Meal
How many breakfasts, lunches and dinners has mom cooked for you over the years? Say thank you by serving her a favorite dish and dessert. Yes, you could take her out to dinner, but it would mean so much more to host her in your home or to take over her kitchen. That way, you can spend time together while you cook, which gives her ample opportunity to offer advice. You know how much moms love to do that.

These ideas also work if you need a gift for the mother of your children, too. Enlist the kids in the project if old enough, or do it on their behalf if not. There are many resources online to help.

The Wayward Girls Crafts Blog offers this excellent how-to for quick and easy Mother’s Day cards your kids can make. They will be proud of what they make, and their mom will be touched by the effort.

The Fun Littles blog also gives directions for making Mother’s Day cards, with these adding paint and glitter to the list of supplies needed. Again, your kids will enjoy being creative, and your wife will treasure the pieces for many years to come.

If you can’t decide which of these ideas suits mom best, choose two or three and really make her Mother’s Day special.

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