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Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

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In case you forgot, Mother’s Day is this weekend!

Don’t fret if you’ve let it slip your mind. We won’t tell your mom. And with our great last minute, home made gift ideas, you can surprise her with a unique gift you can put together with haste.

So the first idea is…drum roll…you guessed it! A Book!

Now, you should absolutely make your mom a book. Fill it with childhood photos and memories, little things that will remind her why she’s important. This is an absolute must. But if you’re reading this, its too late to make that book for a mother’s day gift. The upside is, if you get started now, you’ve got plenty of time to have it ready for next year.

At the moment, what you can do is make your mom a hand-held book from a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper. It’s incredibly easy, quick, and creative.

There’s a few different ways you can make a One Sheet Book:

My personal favorite is the eight page design (first in the above list). It requires the minimum cutting, and makes a simple, well sized book for writing or drawing in.

Here’s a more detailed set of instructions with additional images – One Sheet Book

Grab your pens, colored pencils, and artistic talents to add some heartfelt mother’s day content!

Another simple idea for a heartfelt and creative gift is folded flowers. Less expensive than a dozen roses, and they won’t wilt over time!

You’ll need some colored paper for these. Here’s a link to my favorite folded flower design – an Iris with stem. The instructions even have tips for using full sheet paper, and a design for the stem. Make a few of these and you’ve got a beautiful boutique for your mom!

If you’re not into crafts so much, or could always consider buying your mom an ebook! Lulu offers a wide variety of ebooks on our site. Does you mom like to cook? Check out our nearly 2000 ebook titles under cookbooks! How about crafts your mom might like to make herself? Lulu has over 1000 ebooks on crochet and more than 500 ebooks  on knitting.  Ebooks are the perfect last minute gifts, since you can buy the book (usually at a lower price than a print book too) and send the file over to your mom’s tablet, eReader, or handheld device with ease.

Whatever you do, don’t let Mother’s Day slip by without thanking your mom!




The 2016 Best Gift Award Goes to…. You!

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Best Gift 2016

Be a winner.

This year, Lulu wants you to win the trophy for best holiday gift.

I know, I know. I hear you wailing, “One holiday at a time. it’s not even Halloween yet.” I’m with you. Nothing ruins September like walking into a store that is already decked out for Christmas. But, if you want to win that trophy and make everyone green with envy, you need to prepare now.

Let’s start by thinking about what makes a winning holiday gift. Maybe your Christmas morning is like a day on the Oprah set, “You get a new car. You get a new car. Everybody gets a new car!” If so, you have already won.

If not, think about the gifts you have received in the past. Which gifts were most memorable? You would probably remember a free car, but you are also likely to remember gifts that were personal, showed a level of thoughtfulness, effort, and originality.

Here are a few gift ideas that are sure to win you the best gift trophy:

  • Create a personalized friends and family calendar featuring pictures from the past year.
  • Print a cookbook featuring your family’s favorite recipes. Include some stories about where the recipes come from and why they are favorites.
  • Help grandpa publish his memoir. Print copies and ask him to sign them for family members.
  • Download your family history from and print copies for the family.
  • Ask your children to write and illustrate a story.  Then scan the pages and create a book to give as gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles.
  • Remember those old love letters in the back of your closet? Create a photo book pairing the letters with pictures from your relationship.
  • Create a travel log from this year’s adventures.

The winner is….. You!

These will all make treasured gifts, unlike the ugly sweater you will only wear when Aunt Martha visits.  These ideas will all take a bit of planning and effort; however, it will all be worth it when you take home the best gift trophy for 2016.

Over the next several weeks we will discuss how to create these winning gifts. If you have additional ideas, share them in the comments below.

Now get back to enjoying your September.

For More Information

Custom Calendars: Daily Reminders of Your Best Memories

Tutorial: Create a Calendar

Tutorial: Create a Coloring Book

Tutorial: Create a Personalized Journal