Remember how your mom would say, “Just make me something,” when your six-year-old self asked what she wanted for Mother’s Day? Well, your sweet Mom wasn’t just teaching you how to save pennies. She was trying to tell you that she really did, in fact, love homemade gifts. Ten years down the road, that drawing of her you did using all the colors of the crayon box is going to be preserved in a drawer. Handmade gifts are fossils from our childhoods that moms love revisiting. Now, things are a little different as we grow up. I’m certainly not saying break out the Crayola boxes this year for Mother’s day (because, let’s face it, that’d be pretty lame) but there is still something artistic about purchased gifts: the wrapping.
I know, I know, you think that spending oodles more money on wrapping paper, ribbons, and a card is silly, especially after you’ve just dropped dough on the actual gift. But the way you present your gift is important. Saying, “Sorry, I didn’t have time to wrap it,” just doesn’t cut it anymore and just throwing something in a gift bag is equally as offensive. When you don’t make your gift look presentable, it sends the message that the recipient is a hassle and that they’re not worth it to you. Put in the same time and effort you would have done when you were little and make your mom feel extra special. She deserves it.
And (the good news) there are really cool ways that you can decorate your gifts without breaking the bank (or without spending any money at all).
In Japan, they wrap presents with fabric cloth, called a furoshiki, that’s tied around at the top. It’s pretty, festive, and really great especially if your Mom likes sewing or fabrics. And, if you’re no pro at tying fabric around gifts, you can jazz it up with some pretty ribbons. It’s a-okay to have fun and be creative with it. Even if it doesn’t look like Martha Stuart got her hands on it, the time that you put into wrapping will show and that’s what counts.
Extra, extra don’t throw out yesterday’s paper. I used to hate this, but then I figured out that there’s a way to do this which makes it really neat. Try finding articles that the recipient would be interested in and use those to wrap your gift. Cut the newspaper to make fun bows that match and use photos and/or headlines to make ribbon. Or – even more touching and time consuming – make your own wrapping paper!
Recycle printed memos and emails by drawing on the other side. Not artsy? No worries. Try just making a simple pattern like circles of different sizes that overlap or just lines made with a straight surface.
There are many ways to wrap a gift besides using traditional papers, but so long as it looks like you’ve put in time and effort, Mom’s going to feel important and loved… and that’s kind of the goal on Mother’s Day.
About the Author:
"Katie Straw" is the Gourmet Scribe at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, one of the top suppliers of gift baskets in the nation, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.