Mother’s Day Box

When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, I admit I’m partial to roses and Godiva chocolates. Nothing makes my heart go pitter-patter, though, like a few heartfelt words scrawled across a construction paper card. Somehow the pairing of time and thought makes a gift seem that much more precious.

Here’s a simple Mother’s Day gift idea for you or your son or daughter to give.

From child to grandma

Use a few everyday items to tell a simple story. For example…

ball, Laffy Taffy, teddy bear, construction paper heart

Number each item and pair it with a note like the following:

Dear Grandma,

I like you because you play ball with me [#1: ball].

You tell funny stories and make me laugh [#2: Laffy Taffy].

And want to give you a big bear hug [#3: teddy bear].

I love you, Grandma [#4: construction paper heart].

Happy Mother’s Day.

Place all the items in a box (a gift bag will do too), set the Mother’s Day note on top, and gift wrap the box.


From grown daughter to mother or mother-in-law

Here are the items and note I’ll pack into my mother-in-law’s Mother’s Day box:

mac and cheese, matchbox car, floral-scented candle & shower gel, heart-shaped cookie cutter

Dear Clairice,

I want to tell you how much I appreciate you. You taught me how to make homemade [#1: box of macaroni and cheese]. You’ve driven my son to piano lessons and hockey games [#2: matchbox car]. You brought me flowers when I was grieving someone who died [#3: floral-scented candle and shower gel.] Most importantly, you gave me a husband I deeply love [#4: heart-shaped cookie cutter]. Thank you for being you. Happy Mother’s Day.

Create a Mother’s Day box as simple or elaborate as you like!

I’d love to see your out-of-a-box Mother’s Day creations. Send pictures please!


© 2012 Carol Garborg. All rights reserved.

About Carol Garborg

Carol Garborg is a parent educator, author, and speaker who is passionate about one of God’s greatest inventions—family. Whether developing curriculum, teaching, or facilitating a class, she wants to encourage parents.


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