Mother’s Day Checklist for Dad

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Mother's Day is upon us, and every year it seems like my husband has the hardest time helping the kids pick out gifts. Every year I tell him it's not how much you spend but the thought that counts. He insists on getting me something because he says I work so hard and I put up with a lot of stress going on. So I thought it would be a great idea to write up a “Mother's Day Checklist” for dads everywhere who may be in the same predicament. My checklist will include ideas for the “Frugal Dad,” as well as the “Spend Savvy Dad,” so there are options for everyone! Above is a picture of my Mom & I.

The Frugal Dad: Mother's Day ideas at little or no cost.

  • Frugal Flower Pots: Grab a small clay pot at your local store (I believe Wal-Mart has them for $1.00 or less). You should also let the kids pick out a packet of seeds, and then they can decorate the pots with paint, glitter stickers, jewels, etc. Help the kids plant the seeds. Take picture of the kids, and cut out their faces and glue them to the end of a popsicle stick. On the popsicle stick, write “Happy Mother's Day!” and the date. Push it gently into the pot.
  • Breakfast in Bed: Sometimes it's the little things that make a difference. How about having the kids get up early and help make breakfast in the kitchen and serve it to mom in bed. You can include a card that the kids made and maybe a flower in a vase that you picked in the garden. To go one step further, you can even have the kids help pick up their toys and clean up the house so that mom doesn’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day! Put a sign on the bedroom door that says, “Mom is out for the day, she will return to work tomorrow, please leave a message.” Anything the kids need, they can write on a sticky note and leave it on the door!
  • Whisking you a Happy Mother's Day: How about buying a bag of chocolate kisses and a cute kitchen whisk. Tie a bow around it with a card that says, “Whisking you a Happy Mother's Day!”
  • Baking with the Kids: Grab a box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies® cereal and some marshmallows, and have some fun making Rice Krispies Treats for mom. Get out the cookie cutters, and let the kids make fun shapes. May I suggest flower cookie cutters? The kids can also decorate them with frosting, sprinkles and more. There are some great recipes that you can try on I want to try making the ice cream sandwiches and the Mother's Day mug.


The Savvy Spender Dad: Mothers Day ideas under $50.

  • Scrapbook: This is a great time to pull out all those family photos to make a scrapbook for mom. This is a fun and creative way to show mom how much you love her. Items you will need: photo album, photo safe stickers & paper, photo tape, scissors and photo safe pen. Journaling is the most important part of this craft, and you can spend a little or a lot depending on what you want to buy. Check your local craft store; they usually have one section dedicated to scrapbooking, and the sales associate can help you.
  • Spa: Treat mom to a manicure and pedicure at her favorite spa. Sometimes mom just needs a day to relax and treat herself!
  • Flowers: How about a bouquet of flowers? Instead of the standard roses how about a vase full of beautiful tulips?
  • Software: With all moms in mind, if your mom is very tech-savvy, what about that new software she has always wanted? Something she really wants but won't spend the money to get it. Something like family tree making or digital scrapbooking programs, etc.

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  1. If I had a magic wand I would wish that I could really help my mom out financially with the many bills she has. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. Thanks.

  2. If I had a magic wand…I would make myself healthy so I would not have the illnesses I have and then I could work like normal people

  3. seriously- to be finally divorced- for peace-but it will not happen by mother’s day…from the kids- hugs is all I need and want-

  4. If I had a magic wand I would wish for an all expenses paid family vacation to Hawaii! The beach, mountains, swimming, hiking, shopping, food and family time. A girl can wish right. 🙂

  5. I'd wish for perfect health for my mom and my sister, both who are disabled. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway and cute Mother's Day ideas!

  6. I would wish for strength, resolve, and renewed hope for a very loved family member who is not able to be a Mom to her kids right now. She's an awesome Mom and is working hard to be able to come home to her kids.

  7. If I had a magic wand, I'd wish for health, happiness and longevity for all the members of my family.


  8. Well, of course I would wish for the health and well being of my family. Secondly I would wish for all our remodeling to be finished! It seems like we've been remodeling for years and we'll probably be at it for years to come. It's a fun process, but sometimes I do wish I had a magic wand to hurry some parts up!
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  9. If I had a magic wand, I'd wish for our current house to sell with enough equity to purchase my dream home in the suburbs; 4 bedrooms, at least 2 full baths, a huge kitchen, first floor laundry room, attached garage and a fenced backyard with a sunroom.

  10. I would wish for a bigger house. Just found out that baby #3 is on the way and we're running out of room!

  11. I would wish that my brother, my only sibling was still alive today and so that my mother’s joy would be put back in her heart.

  12. I would wish for the good health and happiness of myself and my family AND a year's worth of not telling my daughters to clean their room everyday- just for it to magically happen without my prompting them.

  13. I would wish that my son and his family lived closer so that I could see my grandkids more often.
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  14. I’d wish for a log home with a creek in my back yard & a beautiful mountain view
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  15. If I had a magic wand I would wish to be an at home mom and spend more time with my children and husband.

  16. A bigger car so that when I'm babysitting my granddaughters and have my daughters at home that we can all go someplace together if needed.

  17. If I had a magic wand, I’d love to buy my mom a new house with a lovely wrap around porch and lots of garden space.
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  18. If I had a magic wand,what I would like most for mothers day is for all 6 of my kids an all 5 of my grandchildren to go to church with me an have dinner,they are all grown an live 1200 miles apart,havent been together in over 6 yrs

  19. If I had a magic wand and I could get anything for mother's day…… I would probably want patience, because I got married young and have 3 kids under 5. And they still have more energy than me. lol

  20. If I had a magic wand I would get the bed my husbands been wanting and spend mothers day in it with him watching movies.

  21. I f I had a magic wand I would make every online site offer free shipping because I get sick of getting to the shopping cart and being charged double what the item I am buying costs… or I might just wish for big bowl of movie theater popcorn. It is a toss up really.

  22. If I had a magic wand, I would wish that my mom could see my brother on Mother's Day. He is currently deployed to Afganistan.

  23. If I had a magic wand, I would grant myself the opportunity to see my son, daughter, and grandson right now!

  24. I know this is really bad, but I'd wish for a day all to myself! I love my kids, but I'm a SAHM and I don't get a lot of time alone. A day with no one bugging me would be the ultimate gift!

  25. If I had a magic wand I would wish for my baby to be here with me who was taken emergency c-section on Feb. 2010 at 32 weeks, he had tachycardia and lived for 16 hours. I am thankful for my other kids that I have.

  26. I would wish that my relationship with my mom was normal instead of so strained and dysfunctional. It makes mother’s day bittersweet, she has a great relationship with my sister and I have a great relationship with my kids so I would waive my wand and fix ours.

  27. If I had a magic wand I would wish for a Special Mother's Day for my mom. I would wish that her and my dad would got have one last special Mother's day together before his untimely passing 18 years ago

  28. If I had a magic wand, I'd wave it and bring my daughter and granddaughter home to celebrate Mother's day with me.

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  29. If I had a magic wand, that would be enough!!! Mrs. Weasley certainly got a lot done with hers in the Harry Potter books! 😉

    (back to the original question…)

    If I had a magic wand, I would wish for the moon AND the stars… every room would be tastefully decorated, color-coordinated, and organized in such a way that I and everyone in it would have a place for everything, with everything in it's place!

  30. If I had a magic wand, I would use it to bring in a maid, carrying a record jackpot Powerball winning ticket!

  31. IF I had a magic wand, I would wish for my kids (4 and 6) to give me some precious homemade cards, to take me out and just spend time together.

  32. Oooh, I’d love to have a new washer and dryer… and to have the laundry fairy bless me with washed, dried and folded laundry!

  33. “If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for Mother’s Day? – that my mother could be here on mothers day!!!!!

  34. If I had a magic wand I would sprinkle my mom with no-debt and no more back pain!


  35. I would send my Mom & Dad are a sunny cruise because she has always given her 4 children 100% and I wish i could give back to her as much as she has given. She is the Best I could ever ask for. Love to my Mom!!!

  36. “If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for Mother’s Day?”

    To share one more day, a Mother's Day with my mother.

  37. If I had a magic wand for mother's day I would wave it and have my sweet kids taking care of me and helping me feel loved. Flowers wouldn't hurt either. 🙂

  38. If I had a magic wand, what would I wish for this Mother’s Day? An airline ticket so my husband could visit his mom. He's been missing her terribly lately. ~Sigh~

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