Mother's Day gift ideas
Mother's Day isn't all about relaxation... there are
presents to be opened too! And what could be nicer than a
custom-made gift from your very own little designer, courtesy of
Do it yourself
Get the kids to work making presents their mums will cherish.
Remember to provide wrapping paper and tape so that they can wrap
their gifts too. DIY ideas could include hand-decorated fridge
magnets, photo frames, tea light holders and keyrings - Baker Ross has several bargain options. We have
some fabulous spring-term craft ideas on our Pinterest board, including a hand-print bouquet
of flowers, pom pom paper flowers and yummy mum cupcake ideas!
A cherished keepsake
More luxurious ideas - which will take a bit more planning as
they'll need to be sent off for finishing - could include mugs or
tea towels decorated, perhaps with your child's handprints from
suppliers such as All My Own Work? We donned our creative hats to
create an innovative Mother's Day mug with sweets, for you all to
see in the spring 2014 issue of PTA+ Magazine. Missed it? Have a
look here. Other options include aprons, mouse mats
and clocks. See our fundraising directory for more suppliers.
Run a gift room where pupils can select and wrap a gift for
their Mums or Grannies. Buy presents in bulk from companies such as
Your Fundraising Gift Shop, then sell them on
for a small profit. Gifts cost around £200 (incl VAT) for 100
unwrapped items - including candles, bracelets, notecards - with an
RRP of £3. Make sure you order enough gifts, by sending letters
home beforehand. Ask them to be returned by an agreed date, with
each pupil's details, money and an indication of how many gifts
will be required. If you're buying gifts yourself and looking for
ideas on what to purchase, have a look at this helpful Facebook thread for ideas.
Say it with flowers...
Or how about this idea, posted on our Facebook page by Joanne Boyd-White: 'We buy
daffodils from a local florist for £1 a bunch then sell for £1.50,
the children add their own message on a tag which we attach with
ribbon. It's very simple to organise and the children pre-order in
advance so we know the numbers required. It makes around £300
Darren Ward, PTA chair, Spalding Primary School runs a
successful Mother's Day bouquet scheme: "For Mother's Day,
the obvious gift choice was flowers. We found it quite easy to
approach growers - we wanted something for as little as possible,
that would last for seven days or more, on which we could also make
a profit. A PTA member liaised with a local grower and ensured that
everything would happen on time and on budget. The flowers were
sold for £3 per bouquet; so with an RRP of £5 the 'customers' were
getting a bargain, and we were able to make a £1 profit per bunch
having purchased them for £2. We settled for 150 bouquets but sold
out in five minutes, and made a £150 profit!"
And if you're still looking for ideas...
Perhaps these ideas from Facebook might give you a
Karen Hillmansen: 'We've found that anything
with "Best Dad" or "I love my Mum" on it gets snapped up. Or stuff
that the kids fancy having themselves... pink piggy kitchen timers
from the poundshop go down well. We pre-wrap all but one of
each item which we display. We photograph each item so we can print
out a label to stick in front of the right wrapped pile. Lots of
plastic bags to keep the gifts separate and a couple of big Ikea
bags to cart the lot inside. We also buy some low cost items to let
the kids choose whose parents forget to (or can't) send cash
Phillipa Boxall: 'We bought primulas and
wrapped the pots in a napkin from Lidl and a ribbon.'
Syreeta Oakes: 'We contact local craft people
in our area (usually the ones who attend our shopping evening) they
supply us with goods at discounted rate, and we then sell them
marked up by £1 we do this on a pre-order basis and send out a
leaflet which was designed by one of the crafters. We offer cakes,
personalised wooden keyring, cards, bath bombs and.much more. Kids
and parents love it.'
Ellen Woodley: 'We also do primulas from a
local garden centre, wrap in a plastic pot bad with a ribbon tied
around it and a tag written by a child. Stick a lolly stick on it -
we had loads sold the mums and kids loved it.'
Carol Hughes: 'Pots of daffodils, can plant and
decorate your own pot, etc.'
Ellie Storey: 'Get kids to paint a picture and
laminate it. We do a reception-only afternoon tea and kids serve
cake to "my special person".'
Joanne Doble: 'We are doing tea towels this
year as we can sell them all year!'
Lara Bradford: 'We buy a selection of 99p key
rings, pens, mugs, socks etc from the Card Factory or 99p shop, we
then set up a stall in a spare classroom and classes come in one by
one. They bring £2 and are able to choose a gift and have it
wrapped. It works really well for us and usually makes around
Julie Caines: 'With my old PTA (I have moved on
to a secondary one now) we used to buy 400 bunches of daffodils
from Tesco and give each child a bunch of 10 daffodils to take home
to mums. After a problem with daffs one year, we moved on to a
small pot plant (Primula) which we bought from a garden centre and
this was really successful. In the early days of doing Mother's
days presents we used to charge for the gifts and this caused a lot
of upset for those children that couldn't take part. So in the end
we gave up trying to make a profit from it and gave each child the
daffs or pot plant to take home, and saw it as giving something
back to the families who supported our events.'
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