The very best gift my family has ever given me, Mother’s Day or otherwise is this:

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A dollar store journal that I attached some vinyl lettering to.

I made this for myself (and a few for friends) back in 2014 and it is hands-down my favourite and the best Mother’s Day gift ever.

But I bought it and made it myself – so how is that a gift?

Look what’s inside:

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I store the journal so that it doesn’t get lost, and each year on Mother’s Day (and my birthday) I bring it out and ask for my annual gift – which is a letter or picture from my girls.

This entry was when Madison was 8, and she’s written in it every year since.

My Hubby isn’t a very sentimental or romantic sort of guy, but once in a while he surprises me – and those cards and notes get tucked into my Mother’s Day journal as well.

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On my birthday this year I started the entry for the girls with “My favourite things to do with  my Mom are…”  because sometimes it’s hard to come up with a message that you haven’t already done (and I wanted to know what they enjoyed doing together so I could repeat it).

The best Mother’s Day gift in the history of Mother’s Day gifts costs only a dollar or two, and requires very little effort – but as the pages fill each year it becomes more and more valuable to the recipient.

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You could change it up and write out favourite family recipes.  If you are an adult child, you could fill the pages with favourite memories of childhood, written by you and your siblings.

What makes this the best Mother’s Day gift are the words and feelings captured on paper for me/you to look back on over the years.

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I certainly won’t say no to a good book and a cup of tea, but not if it’s at the expense of my little Mother’s Day treasure.

Have a great one!

 

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