Mother’s Day Gift Guide
We know this is pretty last minute, but we’ve got a Mother’s Day gift guide to share. There are probably at least a few of you out there who might need some last-minute, do it yourself ideas, and with everything happening in the world right now…pandemic and all…Mother’s Day has really snuck up on us…check out these super cute ideas, we think any mom would be excited to receive!
Bake or make their favorite treat.
Who doesn’t love homemade baked goods? I know I do, and I know one of my mom’s favorite’s are brownies. The recipe doesn’t have to be super complicated or take a lot of ingredients. It’s the thought that counts!
World’s Best Fudgiest Brownies
1 c. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 T. vegetable oil
1 1/4 c. white sugar
1 c. packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 t. salt
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. good quality, unsweetened cocoa powder
7 oz roughly chopped chocolate or large chocolate chips
- Preheat over to 350 degrees
- Lightly grease an 8×12-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper and set aside.
- Combine melted butter, oil and sugars together in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk well to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat until lighter in color.
- Sift in flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. It’s important to not overmix.
- Fold in 3/4 of the chocolate pieces.
- Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top out evenly, and top with remaining chocolate pieces.
- Bate for 25-30 minutes for just under-done brownies, or until the center of the brownies no longer jiggles and is just set to the touch, or back 35-40 minutes if you like your brownies well set and firm.
- After 15-20 minutes, carefully remove them out of the pan and allow it to cool to room temperature before slicing into 16 brownies. The will set while they cool.
This could include bath bombs (you can even make your own), bath salts, lotion, sheet masks, or other face masks, nail polish, fuzzy socks…the options are endless.
2 c. baking powder
1/8 c. sweet almond oil
3 T. apple cider vinegar
Isopropyl Alcohol (optional)
1 t. essential oils
Dried flower petals (optional)
- Sift the baking powder into a large mixing bowl to remove lumps.
- Add the sweet almond oil and blend until the oil is well incorporated.
- If using, mix the essential oils and/or a few drops liquid soap color with the sweet almond oil before adding them to the baking powder. This helps to disperse the oils and pigments.
- Add the apple cider vinegar one tablespoon at a time. Mix the vinegar very quickly and thoroughly into the baking powder to avoid a reaction. The mixture should feel like barely wet sand and stay together when pressed together in the palm of your hands.
- If using additives like sprinkles or flower petals add those now. (I would personally not recommend sprinkles…it makes a pretty big mess, that mom will have to clean up afterward)
- Once the bath bomb mixture has the right consistency, pile two halves of a round bath bomb mold loosely with a heaping amount of mixture.
- Press the mold tightly together.
- Using a spoon tap on the mold. Then carefully lift off the top mold, turn the bath bomb around and remove the other half.
- Place the bath bomb on a lined tray and let dry for 24 hours.
CLEAN UP OR TIDY THE HOUSE, DO THE LAUNDRY, etc.
Mom will appreciate this more than you know!
REST AND RELAXATION.
Every mom, especially if you still have kids at home, would love some time to just kick her feet up, watch her favorite show, read a book, or just take some time for herself.
FLOWERS, CHOCOLATE, AND/OR WINE.
Any or all of these could be a great option
TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE A LETTER.
Taking the time to sit down and handwrite a letter to your mom would be an awesome gift to give. Maybe let her know grateful you are for her, just your true feelings written down for her to read. Kick it old school, no fancy e-mail, no typed letter…handwritten is key!
IF YOU HAVE YOUNGER KIDS, ANY TYPE OF ARTWORK THEY’VE DONE Or PHOTOS.
We also found this super cute rock artwork, that just about anyone could make. They don’t take much time and are super customizable.
A stick, this is what they are sitting on
Something to glue the rocks too, I just used things I had sitting around my house.
Metal letters, stickers, rocks, etc to write whatever name the kids call their grandma. Of you could even handwrite this part.
I also wrote names, in small cursive, on the “rock person” that represents each grandkid and on the rock that represents grandma.
Wrap it up in a cute box, and wall-a you’re done!
In the scheme of things, mom’s don’t care that you buy them some expensive gift, when it comes down to it, a simple “thanks mom,” or “you’re doing great, mom,” or even just a simple “I love you, mom” is the best gift you can give! Although, some rest and relaxation would be great as well!
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