Mother's Day gift ideas
Mother's Day isn't just 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. 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 extravagant ideas will take a bit more planning, as they'll
need to be sent off for finishing. These days, there are a variety
of options from traditional mugs and tea towels to canvas bags,
aprons, mouse mats and clocks. Decorate them with your child's
handprints or a favourite drawing. See our suppliers
directory for providers.
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 need ideas on what to
purchase, have a look at this helpful Facebook thread.
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 usually makes around £300 profit.'
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
everything would happen on time and on budget. We bought the
flowers for £2 a bunch and sold them for £3 each, making £1
profit per bouquet. The grower usually charges £5 per bunch,
meaning our customers were still getting a bargain. We settled
for 150 bouquets and sold out in five minutes, making a healthy
And if you're still looking for ideas...
Try these ideas from our community on
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 correct wrapped pile. It
requires 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 in.
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) and
they supply us with goods at discounted rate. We then sell them
marked up by £1. We do it on a pre-order basis and send out a
leaflet 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 sell primulas from a
local garden centre, wrapped in a plastic pot bag with a ribbon
tied around them and a tag written by a child. We sold loads - the
mums and kids loved them.'
Carol Hughes: 'Pots of daffodils, can plant and
decorate your own pot'
Ellie Storey: 'Get the 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
Day presents, we used to charge for the gifts, and this caused a
lot of upset for the children who couldn't take part. 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. We saw it as giving something back
to the families who had supported our events.'
about upsetting children who don't have mothers in their lives?
Encourage children to use the occasion to thank anyone special to
them - it isn't restricted to just mothers. We would suggest you
take advice from your headteacher if you are in any doubt.
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