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Mother's Day Gifts 2012: Last Minute Ideas, Cheap And Homemade Presents

Posted: 05/12/2012 3:20 pm Updated: 05/12/2012 3:20 pm

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 13th. Even if you love your Mom, everyone gets busy and forgetful sometimes. If you are still scrambling for gift ideas, here are a few last-minute presents that are easy on the wallet ... and easy on the environment, too!

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  • 1. Give Old Junk A New Life

    Basements are treasure troves for creative, fun gift ideas. Does your mom have a collection of half used candles lying around? Is there a box of old, mismatched buttons? Use these old items to create new, innovative gifts for mom. Take the candles and melt them into <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_2122878_make-jar-candles-from-recycled.html" target="_hplink">one new candle</a>, or <a href="http://thereusedistrict.org/how-to/how-to-reuse-buttons/" target="_hplink">make jewelry and magnets</a> from the buttons. These projects may seem time consuming, but they can easily be done within an hour or two -- and no need to leave the house!

  • 2. Buy Her Classes

    These days, special offers for classes are everywhere, and Mother's Day is a chance to tap into your mom's deepest wishes. Has she always wanted to be a <a href="http://www.nysalsa101.com/" target="_hplink">salsa dancer</a>, or to try out <a href="http://newyork.trapezeschool.com/" target="_hplink">trapezing</a>? Check out discount sites like <a href="http://www.groupon.com/" target="_hplink">Groupon</a> and <a href="http://livingsocial.com/" target="_hplink">Livingsocial</a> to see their great Mother's Day deals.

  • 3. Give Her A Membership

    Supporting local parks and museums can be a great present for your mom. Buy her a membership to her favorite local spot -- or <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/wine-of-the-month-clubs_n_1500018.html" target="_hplink">online wine club</a> -- and she'll her enjoy her present all year long!

  • 4. Make Something Delicious

    For all those times you came home from school to the smell of something incredible coming from the kitchen, it may be time to pay your mom back with some delicious treats. Mother's Day is often synonymous with brunch, so check out these <a href="http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/holidays/mothers-day/mothers-day-brunch-recipes" target="_hplink">great Sunday brunch recipes from Delish.com</a>. If you want to keep her sweet tooth satisfied all week long, try baking her favorite cookies. Here is a list of <a href="http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/best-cookies-recipes-00400000057478/" target="_hplink">70 top picks from <em>Southern Living</em> magazine</a>. Try to stick with as many local, organic ingredients as you can. Are you a disaster in the kitchen? You still get an A for effort. Even if you only try to make her something nice, your mom will feel loved... and you can always grab some bagels from the store as a back-up option!

  • 5. Use Your Talents

    For all the right-brained folks out there, your gift awaits in your talents. Are you a natural singer or artist? Do you write poetry in your spare time? Create something meaningful for your mom this Mother's Day by showing her what a thoughtful, creative child she reared. Write her a poem or a song, make her a collage, or just put together your own personal project.

  • 6. Take Her To A Show

    If you live in a city with a lively theater district, like <a href="http://www.nyctourist.com/broadway_tkts.asp" target="_hplink">New York City</a> or even <a href="http://www.theatermania.com/philadelphia-theater/" target="_hplink">Philadelphia</a>, look no further for your Mother's Day gift. Lottery and rush tickets can be a great last minute purchase for a special evening out, or splurge on great seats for you and your mom. Keep in mind that the special price <a href="http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/82428-Broadway-Rush-Lottery-and-Standing-Room-Only-Policies" target="_hplink">tickets often have no guarantee</a>, so try to have a plan B in mind! If your mom is more of a concert person or far away from the theaters, check out <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/" target="_hplink">Ticketmaster</a> to see what might be happening in your area.

  • 7. Make Her A Journal

    If your mom is the artistic one, keep yourself close to her work. Take an old, barely used journal, rip out the used pages, and dress it up for mom. Decorate the cover, add photos of the two of you. Sporadically insert inspirational quotes, and any other mementos from your life together, into the pages. Make sure to leave space for her to write her own thoughts and memories!

  • 8. Adopt Or Sponsor

    If your mom is an animal person, there are a handful of options to honor her cuddly friends this Mother's Day. Have you two spoken about getting a pet, and is she willing to commit to caring for an animal for 10 or more years? In that case, adopting a cute pup or kitten may be just the ticket to filling her empty nest. Check out a nearby <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/" target="_hplink">Humane Society</a> or <a href="http://www.aspca.org/" target="_hplink">ASPCA</a> to find out the next steps. Would your mom rather admire cuddly creatures from afar? Adopting doesn't always mean bringing the dogs home. At <a href="http://action.farmsanctuary.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=23121.0&printer_friendly=1" target="_hplink">Farm Sanctuary</a>, you get an adoption certificate, a color photograph and an invitation to meet your new friend through their adoption program. The <a href="http://www.worldwildlife.org/gift-center/gifts/Species-Adoptions.aspx?sc=AWY1200WC913" target="_hplink">World Wildlife Federation</a> allows you to adopt an entire species from their webpage. And if your mom is more of a nature buff than an animal lover, you can always <a href="https://www.nyc.gov/html/fund/html/donate/donate.shtml" target="_hplink">adopt a tree</a>, a <a href="http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/adopt/donate" target="_hplink">rainforest</a> or even <a href="http://adopt.nature.org/coralreef/palau/gift.html" target="_hplink">a coral reef </a>for her!

  • 9. Make A Homemade Coupon Book

    This gift is personal, versatile, and only gets better with age. Make a coupon book for your mom with little treats throughout the year -- one free back massage, one home-cooked meal or her own personal grocery store courier are just a few examples of things she will surely appreciate.

  • 10. Sponsor Her Donation To A Favorite Charity

    As the saying goes, it's better to give than to receive. And by giving your mother a charity gift card, she has the chance to do both. <a href="http://www.tisbest.org/" target="_hplink">TisBest.org</a> and <a href="https://www.justgive.org/nonprofit-resources/index.jsp " target="_hplink">JustGive.org</a> are donation gift sites, where you can get your mom a prepaid gift card to donate to the charity of her choice. All she has to do is visit the website and pick up to three charities she wants to support. The hardest part is choosing between hundreds of worthwhile charities!

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