Mothers Day is May 13!

Everyone of us has a mother or is a mother. Mothers are indispensible many times! Mothers brought us into the world, and cared for us until we could care for ourselves. They help us in so many ways, and always love us no matter what!

May 13th – A Day to Celebrate Mothers!

Mother’s Day Gifts come in so many forms, all the way from doing something special to giving gifts.

In my family, growing up, having a special meal on your birthday was something my mother enjoyed doing.  It often included inviting other family members, mostly our grandparents.  As we became teenagers, we began to think about Mother’s special days.  Her birthday, Mother’s Day and wedding anniversary.

I always felt these special times were ways to show love and appreciation for the honorary person and spend quality time together. After all, as members in a family it is a good time to build and nurture our relationships. Mothers work hard and wear many hats in life.

What can you give this Mothers Day to make the day special for your Mother?

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Planning a Mother’s Day Meal

As an adult daughter, I often had a Mother’s Day Gathering that included a special meal.  We often exchanged the gift of hanging flower baskets. This way we had a beautiful basket of flowers to enjoy through spring and summer!

Giving the gift of time or a gift card

School age children can give a gift to Mother by giving a gift certificate or gift card. Maybe the certificate could be for tasks not on the normal chore list, or yard work or babysitting.

A Handmade Card

Making a handmade card to give to mom, signing and dating it.  Mothers often keep the gifts and cards their children have made for years to come.

Chocolate for Mother!

A pretty mug filled with Mother’s favourite tea, coffee or chocolate.  Hershey kisses are the perfect filler!

Easy DIY Mothers Day Gifts

Handmade Lip Balm only takes about 15 minutes to make.  They are very easy and can be flavoured or unflavoured. The ingredients you need are beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter or cocoa butter, castor oil and essential oils to flavour if desired.  Lip balm tubes, you can get them here.  The following recipe I made in about 15 minutes.  I made some unflavoured and some flavoured.

Lip Balm Recipe

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon beeswax weighing 4 grams

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

1Tablespoon shea butter

1 1/2 tsp castor oil

10 – 15 drops of essential oil of choice, optional (flavour ideas below)

Instructions:

Line up all your lip tubes and rubber band them together, also make sure they are twisted down.

Measure butters and oils and place in a glass pitcher.

Fill a large saucepan with 1-1 1/2 inches of water and bring to boil.

When it boils, add the glass pitcher to the saucepan.Stir every few minutes until melted and combined.

Once all is melted, take off the heat and let stand 3 minutes, then add your essential oils.

Using the glass pitcher, slowly pour the lip balm into the tubes and let cool.

I actually poured 3 tubes unflavoured, then added the citrus flavours and poured 4 more tubes and then the 5 drops of Lavender and poured the remaining.  I wanted to try a couple of flavours as well as unflavoured. It is ok to be creative!

This recipe makes approximately 8 -10 tubes of lip balm. You could also use lip balm pots or small containers of your choice.

Lip Balm ingredientslip balm tubes, measured ingredients in glass pitcher

 

 

 

 

After they have cooled and set up you can decorate the tubes and/or label them as desired.  I used some washi tape to make the containers look pretty.

Flavour ideas: Citrus, 1 drop lime, 5 drops grapefruit, 3 drops of lemongrass.

Citrus Lavender, 1 drop lime, 5 drops grapefruit, 3 drops of lemongrass, 5 drops of Lavender.

Peppermint: 5 – 10 drops of peppermint essential oil depending on how strong you want the flavour.

If you would like a printable version of the instructions, click here and download a Free Printable Lip  Balm Recipe!

Another super easy gift to make for Mothers is Soap.  Anyone can make Melt and Pour Soap.  It is completely safe, fun and exciting to make! My very first batch of soap was a Melt and Pour Recipe!  Now I am formulating my own recipes and making cold process and hot process soaps.

Coconut Shea Butter Soap

For this recipe you will need Shea Butter soap base, soap fragrance or essential oils and a soap mold. You should be able to buy these supplies at Michaels, Amazon or any craft store.

10 cubes of Shea Butter Melt and Pour Base or about 8 oz by weight

15 drops of Coconut Fragrance

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of plain yogurt

I don’t use fragrance oils so I am going to use essential oils instead or if you want unscented you can leave out the scent. I am going to use 8-10 drops of Grapefruit essential and 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.

 

 

 

 

Instructions:

Cut your soap base in cubes and place in a glass container.

Melt the soap base in the microwave using 30 sec increments. Stir after 30 sec and then heat for 30 more till completely melted. Once it is melted you can add the honey and yogurt and stir in. Let sit for about 3 minutes and then add the fragrance or essential oils. I added about 1/2 teaspoon of ground tumeric for a yellow colour. You could add more or less depending on what colour you want.

If you would like a free printable of the recipe and instructions please click here to download your printable copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are some very simple ideas for gifts to make for Mother’s Day!

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