I remember one sunny, warm day when I was a kid rushing through the bank with my mom in a hurried pace to finish up her errands. As she was standing at the counter the bank teller quietly admired her jewelry. “That’s a really nice necklace you have there,” she said with a grin. My mom looked down quickly forgetting what she was wearing. “Oh this? Ha, ha. My daughter made this for me for Mother’s Day.” My mother forgot to take off the hand painted pendant either my sister or I made for her (I can’t remember which one of us). But, it didn’t phase her and she went back to writing on her piece of paper. “You’re a great mom to wear that out,” the bank teller offered. “Thanks. I don’t mind wearing it,” my mother returned.

Now it is my turn to enjoy handmade cards and gifts from my girls. Whether they get a little help from their teacher, or their daddy it doesn’t matter. I love every single gift they make. (I am truly a sucker for a tiny hand print!) My heart melts when I see them practically bursting with excitement in anticipation of my joy filled response to their gifts. I could care less about getting a spa day (although don’t take that completely off the table), or a dinner out at a restaurant. These gifts made by their tiny hands are the best gifts of all because they are made with love and given with pure generosity. Plus, there are only a limited number of hand made unique gifts I’ll get for Mother’s Day. One day when they are too busy to shop, they’ll just send a note with some flowers attached.

Luckily for my mom, she now gets more practical gifts; things she can use and enjoy. But, I still send her tiny hand prints and hand made cards with a little help from her grandchildren. The gift she still has hanging on her fridge is the one where I painted the girls’ feet and pressed onto paper. I wrote this poem over top:

Walking with Grandma

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The poem I still enjoy was included on a craft sent home from my girls’ first nursery school. My girls were so little then, so of course I cried when I read it. I admit it still gets me a little teary now.

Walk with me mama.jpg

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I could not find a source, or author for either of these poems, but they are scattered all over the Internet on various blogs and Pinterest pages. You can easily copy these and print to include with your own gifts this year.

I know there are thousands of blogs right now offering a list of gifts that moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day. I can assure you the only gift any mother wants on Mother’s Day (or any day of the year) is to hear Thank You. And, maybe someone else to do the dishes for her.

What is your most cherished Mother’s Day gift given, or received?

The Whatever Mom is a twin mom learning to let go of perfection. She shares her real life struggles with parenting through her blog and contributes her time and talents as a writer to Hudson Valley Parent and Masshole Mommy. When she isn’t writing you can find her chugging coffee, folding laundry and not judging other parents. Don’t forget to subscribe via email so you never miss a blog post again! You can also find her work featured on Mamapedia and The Novice Mommy. 


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37 Comments on Mother’s Day – A Handmade Tradition

  1. I’m not a mom, but I think that handmade gifts form your child have to be the best. THe most sentimental and the most memorable! Love that printable, too!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

  2. Awww! I love the poem! My mom loved all the gifts we gave her from art class. Each year, for 12 years, she got a ceramic cat that I made in art. It is fun to see how I grew over time!

  3. These are really cute printables, perfect poems. I don’t remember any notable mothers days but I cherish random memories of doing things with my mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I only have one photo of the four of us and it’s something I cherish

  4. Those are two very beautiful poems and just like your mother, my mom would cherish all the handmade items that we made her. My daughter loves to bring me items and drawings that she did. She would even bring me leaves from outside. 🙂

  5. Such lovely poems. My favourite gift on mother’s day is the cards. I love to read the sweet lovely things my boys wrote. makes me cry sometimes.

  6. My son made me a necklace a couple years ago. While it isn’t my first choice, sometimes he will bring it to me and ask me to wear it for the day. I do. He gets the biggest kick out of it.

  7. On Mother’s Day my husband always handles all the “work” of the house, and that is my favorite gift, because then I can sit back with my littles and really enjoy their personalities. Time is fleeting, and that is really the best gift I could ask for!

    • The handmade gifts are so heartfelt. I’d rather have a handmade gift with a lot of thought and heart than an expensive gift.

  8. This is awesome I love stuff like this I am sentimental tbough and keep everything my husband makes my mother’s day perfect 🙂

  9. My third child was born two days before Mother’s Day. That has definitely been one of the best Mother’s Day gifts I’ve ever received!

  10. I really enjoyed your post! I remember collecting all the handmade cards my daughter gave me. The one that takes the cake was when one of the cards read ‘You are the QUEER of my World!” Haha! She made this in first grade and it was supposed to say ‘QUEEN’, but she mispelled it. I absolutely love it! Makes me laugh every time I see it!

  11. I love making my mum homemade gifts for Mother’s Day, it’s so much more sentimental. They poem is lovely!

    • I kind of have an idea. 😉 I have two that came home with the same poem. It’s those poems that really nail how short lived their time as little people is. They are only little once.

  12. I wear all of my macaroni jewelry with pride because the little ones who made it for me are priceless 🙂 I also make sure to snap a photo of me wearing it beside them so if the piece ends up destroyed we will always have the photo to remind ourselves.

  13. I agree, the best gifts are the handmade ones. I’m a teacher, and every year I make a Mother’s Day craft with my class just in case there are moms who are single or for whatever reason won’t be getting anything else for Mother’s Day.

  14. I’ve only been a mom for 4 years now (3 Mother’s Days so far) and the best gift I had gotten on my very first mother’s day was a vase my daughter ‘hand-painted’ when she was 5 months old in daycare. I still use the vase to hold my pens & pencils.

  15. This is so sweet! I think I’ll print these up and add some tiny handprints for the kid’s grandmas. My kids are still a little young, and they stay home with me all the time, but I can’t wait for them to start making the really cute crafts. (I’m not holding my breath for daddy to hold a craft time.)

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