One summer morning when I was a kid my step-father looked at the calendar, saw that it was June 10th and slapped his forehead and exclaimed, “I forgot it’s your mother’s birthday!” He sent her roses at work, took us out for a lobster dinner (her favourite) and before the dessert came, gave her a birthday card. Mom fished around in her purse for a second, then handed him one too. “It’s not my birthday,” my step-father said, furrowing his brow. “It’s not mine either,” mom smiled. “It’s July 10th.” Ha ha ha ha. He never forgot her birthday again. And certainly not Mother’s Day. That would be the worst.
Mother’s Day was always breakfast in bed or brunch at the Inn, and a card and something handmade from me. I still like to make my mom things, only now I do it with a little help. And Minted (you know I love Minted!) has all kinds of gorgeous gifts you can personalize for your mom and the moms in your life. Here’s a look at just a few of them. (Some of these are on my wish list too.)
Custom footprint (or handprint) art — My brother should give my mother a print of his adult feet — she’d get a kick out of that. One Christmas she gave him a pair of gorgeous high heels. When he opened the box she said, “Oh those aren’t your size? Well they must be for me!” Real card, my mother.
Art from Minted’s Orange Rose Collection — now this isn’t customizable, but it is for a wonderful cause. 20% of the proceeds from the products from this collection will go towards programs supported by Every Mother Counts (EMC), a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. This piece is Move Me by Mya Bessette. (The collection also includes the personalized greeting card at the top of this post.)
A personalized invitation — to brunch, lunch, dinner or a play (my mother would love that!). This is one of my favourites. So thoughtful.
Online invitations — these are new for Minted and free until the end of June, so last-minute Larrys like me who can’t get it together to order a printed invite in time (or just prefer to go digital slash FREE) can get in the game.
Desktop wallpapers — There are five desktop wallpapers in the orange rose collection, with all proceeds (they’re $2 each) going to Every Mother Counts.
One lucky try small things reader is going to get a head start on their Mother’s Day shopping with $100 to spend at Minted! (Thanks Minted!) To enter, tell me something you’ve given or received for Mother’s Day.
For a second entry, feel free to tweet the following once a day, just make sure to leave me the url for your tweet in the comments.
Make it @Minted for Mother’s Day with @trysmallthings and win $100 to shop! http://wp.me/p4xBed-1CB CAN/US 4/27
The giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the continental US and ends at midnight EST on April 27, 2016.
Update April 28, 2016: Congratulations Tiffany D!
I partnered with Minted on this post. The images are Minted’s, but all opinions are my own. Oh and if you’re reading Mom, you’re getting something from this post for Mother’s Day!