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I'm having a Mother's day breakfast for 12 ladies on my block. Some have lost their husbands, caregivers, or are divorcees and I just wanted to try and brighten their day. I need ideas for gifts, etc. Thanks in advance for all ideas.
If you're treating all 12 to gifts I guess you won't want to spend a great deal, right? I'd really like it if somebody gave me a small plant. I think African Violets are beautiful and easy to care for. Maybe all 12 could be the centerpiece then you can give them out at some point. If a plant doesn't seem right for these ladies (too much trouble maybe?) you could give each one a little vase of a couple of flowers. If flowers don't hit your spot, what about an inspirational book? A prayer a day or thought a day kind of book.
Home made baking and casseroles! Brownies, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, and a good casserole; macaroni, salmon, tuna, or whatever casserole. You can get cookie tins at the dollar store, as well as small casserole dishes. I live alone and would LOVE a gift like this! Good for you! Have fun.
Dollar Tree! You'd be surprised what you can find there. Also, the plant idea goes a long way for a little money. Maybe some herbs in a small terra-cotta flower pot tied with a pretty ribbon. If this is over budget for you, you could make refrigerator magnets--we all use them! Wooden hearts and a permanent marker to write on them. Craft stores have packages of wooden hearts and magnet strips/buttons.
I tape my wood piece on a piece of cardboard before painting them. It keeps your fingers clean and also the backs are neat. You don't want to glue anything (magnet) to a painted surface anyway. It'll pop off if dropped! Wal Mart has a cheap clear spray for a little over a dollar "Color Place" brand. After your paint is dry and you've written on them, lightly spray a coat of clear, let dry and spray a few more coats allowing to dry in between. This will keep the marker from bleeding or smearing. Good Luck and you're such a sweetie to do this for your friends!
Make each lady a little corsage with either real or silk flowers. Its easy, and inexpensive to do.
Also make bath salts someone just posted an easy recipe. Have Fun