How do you express to your mom how much you love her? Tell your wife what an incredible mother she is to your children?
Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to provide the women in our lives with tangible expressions of love. But what if there was a way you could do that while also tapping into the real heartbeat of a mom — helping other moms.
Here are 10 Mother’s Day Gifts that show the moms in your life how loved and valued they are — while also providing hope and opportunities for mothers and children in poverty.
1. For the NEW MOM
She’s the mom who is deeply in love with that new little baby … and deeply, deeply exhausted. And she understands just how hard being a mother can be. Honor the New Mom in your life by giving a Newborn Care Package — a gift that will ensure that a mother in poverty has the resources she needs to care for her child. Add-On Idea: You can also get her a gift card for a manicure so she can have a little pampering.
2. For the GIRL SCOUT MOM
She’s that mom who’s always prepared — a purse full of water bottles, granola bars and Band-Aids to take care of any need. Honor the Girl Scout Mom in your life by giving a Water Well — a gift that will help mothers in poverty make sure their children are cared for and have access to clean, safe water. Add-On Idea: You can also get her a box of Girl Scout cookies to keep in that purse of hers!
3. For the GREEN THUMB MOM
She can make anything grow. And every time you see her she has a bag of tomatoes that she just picked that morning. Honor the Green Thumb Mom in your life by giving Garden Seeds — a gift that will help a family in poverty grow food that they can eat, sell in the market and, yes, even share with their neighbors. Add-On Idea: You can also get her some garden seeds of her own and a trowel as she plants this spring’s garden.
4.For the TEACHER MOM
She doesn’t necessarily have to teach in the classroom, but this mom loves to shape young minds and expand the world of each child she encounters. Honor the Teacher Mom in your life by giving Textbooks — a gift that will help children around the world find the knowledge and skills to escape poverty. Add-On Idea: You can also get her a mug emblazoned with “World’s Best Teacher” because that’s exactly what she is.
5. For the COUPON MOM
This mom never leaves home without coupons! She loves a good bargain, because saving money means she can provide even more for her family. Honor the Coupon-Clipping Mom in your life by giving an Income-Generation Bundle — a gift that will help a mother in poverty learn how to manage a small business and care for the needs of her family. Add-On Idea: You can also make a book of homemade coupons for her, because every mother is a softy for a “One Free Hug” coupon!
6. For the CRAFTY MOM
She’s the mom who can make a praying mantis costume for the school play out of pipe cleaners and paper clips without even breaking a sweat. Honor the Crafty Mom in your life by giving Sewing Classes — a gift that will help a teen in poverty learn valuable life skills that will help her find a job and literally change her future. Add-On Idea: You can also get her a sewing kit, because school play costumes don’t just sew themselves you know!
7. For the SUNDAY SCHOOL MOM
This is the mom who loves telling children the stories of the Bible. She’s not afraid of pretending to be an elephant on Noah’s ark if that means a child will better understand God’s promises. Honor the Sunday School Mom in your life by giving Bibles — a gift that will ensure that a child in poverty will have his or her very own copy of God’s promises to bring comfort and faith. Add-On Idea: You can also get her a devotional book that she can read without having to make animal noises.
8. For the FREE RANGE MOM
She’s the epitome of the do-it-yourself mom. She loves finding innovative ways to care for her family. She makes their laundry soap, bakes their bread, and maybe even has a few chickens in the backyard. Honor the Free Range Mom in your life by giving Chickens — a gift that allows a mother in poverty to care for her own family and gives her a resource to provide both food and an income. Add-On Idea: You can also make her a pan of homemade granola bars to eat as a power snack between the baking and the egg gathering.
9. For the PTA MOM
This is the mom who gets things done. She always has a checklist, and she loves to volunteer and organize — all for the sake of providing a place for children to feel safe and cared for. Honor the PTA Mom in your life by giving a Safe Playground — a gift that means children in poverty will have a place to play that is free of danger. Add-On Idea: You can also get her a gift card to her favorite restaurant, because even the PTA Mom needs a night off.
10. For the BOOKWORM MOM
She can always be found curled up with a good book. Sometimes a novel but more often a dog-eared copy of Goodnight Moon. Honor the Bookwork Mom in your life by giving Literacy Classes — a gift that will help a mother in poverty learn to read and write, a skill that will give her confidence and teach her children how important education is. Add-On Idea: You can also get her a new book by her favorite author — just make sure it’s not a book with pictures.