Blog Mother's Day Homemade Gifts

Blog Mother's Day Homemade Gifts

Though it may seem like a small distinction, there's a reason that we celebrate "Mother's Day" rather than "Mothers' Day." Anna Jarvis, the woman who established this holiday in America about a century ago, intended that it should honor individual mothers, rather than mothers as a group—hence that carefully placed apostrophe. She also believed that gifts given to mothers on this day should be personal and reflect some thought and effort on the part of the giver. And indeed, if any holiday was made for giving homemade gifts, it is Mother's Day. Even if you're not the "crafty" type, why not try your hand at making a card, or encourage your children to do so? For those intimidated by the prospect of composing a verse, here's a simple idea that's particularly good for children: Write down things that you love and appreciate about the mother in your life using your age as a guide (a six-year-old would come up with six things). To accompany the card, a batch of homemade cookies makes a welcome and thoughtful gift, especially if you personalize them by using her favorite flavors, shapes, and colors. The lemon cookie recipe below is just right for the occasion since it's both delicious and easy. Finally, the gift of time—time spent making dinner for her, washing her car, or just visiting and listening—is the most valuable thing you could offer.

In an ideal world, mothers would be given thanks and praise on a daily basis, but in our busy reality it's nice to have a special day set aside to honor our mothers, grandmothers, or indeed any woman who has influenced our lives in a meaningful and positive way.

Lemon Icing

Melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, mix with 3 cups confectioners' sugar, 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, and a pinch salt until smooth.

My favorite shapes for Lemon Cookies include the Crown cookie cutter, the High Heel Shoe cookie cutter, and the Little Black Dress cookie cutter.