Homemade Gift Ideas for a Senior Loved One on Mother's Day

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 8, 2019
Homemade Gift Ideas for a Senior Loved One on Mother's Day
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Showing appreciation for the loving sacrifices our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other influential women in our lives made for us is important. It’s something we should do all year, but on one day in particular. That is the second Sunday every May, when we celebrate Mother’s Day.

This holiday doesn’t require a lot of money to show you care. Homemade gifts can turn into treasures a senior loved one will cherish for years. If you are looking for unique ways to show your love this Mother’s Day, we have a few ideas.

Making Your Own Mother’s Day Gifts

Gifts from the heart are the most meaningful, especially from grandchildren. Here are a few gift ideas for children and young adults to make for a grandmother on Mother’s Day:

  • Painted flowerpots: Purchase a pot or two of spring flowers, such as tulips or daffodils, from your local grocery store or flower shop. Then pick up a terra-cotta pot big enough for the flowers you bought and multiple colors of craft paint at your local craft store. Have the kids personalize the pot with their own designs. You can find some great ideas on the Kids Terra Cotta Pots and Cups board on Pinterest.
  • Container herb garden: From cooking to sachets, herbs have many uses. Another Mother’s Day gift is a homemade container herb garden. It can be a small pot with lavender or rosemary if space is limited. If your senior loved one has a patio, they might enjoy a few herbs to cook with, such as basil, sage, chives, and dill. The Farmer’s Almanac has some suggestions for the Best Herbs to Grow Indoors.
  • Family tree shadowbox: Another project that can have great meaning to an elder is a family tree shadowbox. Make each leaf on the tree from family members’ photos. Displaying it in a shadowbox can protect it for years to come.
  • Handprint flower bouquet: A great project for little ones to make together is a handprint flower bouquet. Each felt flower is made from a child’s handprint. It’s a simple and inexpensive project, but one a grandmother or great-grandmother will cherish.
  • Family history video: If you have a teen or young adult in the family, they likely have good technology skills. You can ask them to use their skills to create a family video. It can be a combination of family photos throughout the years along with current video clips of loved ones sending Mother’s Day wishes. Add to the fun by scheduling a time for several generations of the family to watch the video with your senior loved one.