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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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With Mother’s Day approaching so quickly many of us are asking ourselves: “how do I fit 365 days’ worth of thank you’s into one day?” Even when we hate to admit it, our moms are almost always right and ready to pass on that knowledge AND they are probably the most well-intentioned people we know. If you’re a mother yourself now, you know how hard it is to try and be so awesome all the time – ha – and all mothers want and deserve a gift that shows that their hard work has been noticed.

No gift could accurately say how much we appreciate mothers, but believe that the best way to show you’ve been thinking about them is by getting something that speaks to them and your relationship – it doesn’t have to be expensive it just has to show you put love and thought into it. What speaks louder than art?

Ultra Violet (for sale, click SHOP)

Pure art – with a sweet card of course – is an amazing option because it can be hung up and every time they pass it they will think of you. Imagine having a hard day and feeling useless, it’s days like those that moms need a beautiful pick me up. An added beauty of art is that it is lasting so that when that gloomy day presents itself the art is waiting to show you the beauty of the day. I mean the idea isn’t that revolutionary. Remember when we were kids and would paint something cute at school and bring it home on Mother’s Day? Remember how much they loved that stuff? Geez, some moms may even still have those early pieces of artwork. Well, now that we are all grown up, we can still give art, even if we don’t make it ourselves.

Badass Acrylic Tray, 11×16″

Home décor is another good option and runs along the same lines. This is a good option if you aren’t able to afford a commissioned piece right now and if you didn’t find a good pre-made piece that evoked the right emotion or memory. You could get something you know they will love and use often! Does she love breakfast in bed? Maybe think about a fun coffee mug and serving tray. Is she a bookworm? Maybe look into a book she’s been eyeing and a cozy blanket or pillow to curl up with while she reads.

Viridescent Pleated Midi Skirt

For those fashionista moms, maybe look into Summer clothes as an option! We have beautiful pleated midi skirts she would love to show off. Or if you know you have a beach bum on your hands you could help her prepare for the season of sun with our bathing suit cover-up and a fun sun hat! (Cover ups coming soon!)

Whether your mom is a fashionista, bookworm or art connoisseur, AlanaKayART has something she is sure to love!

Why written notes are underrated

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Have you ever received a letter in the mail that just warmed your heart? They are typically baby announcements, wedding invitations or the favorite Christmas cards, but when was the last time you received a written note from a friend or family member?

In an age where we can send quick text messages or comment on a Facebook post, why would we send letters anyway, right? Wrong! Think of the unexpected smile that a handwritten letter could offer. I know it’s more work than a text – you need a stamp, something to write on, an envelope – but you don’t need to write a novel to make someone’s day.

Why sending a letter can be so much more fun:

Stationery can be so beautiful

These notes can be like sending a piece of art with a sweet message inside! We have all walked by the stationery aisle in Target or Anthropologie and thought, “ooh look at this one with the pretty floral print,” so consider this your excuse to finally use those pretty pieces of paper.

We could all use a pick-me-up

If you know someone is having a hard time or even just a bland time, that person would probably love a letter with a sweet message or funny inside joke scrawled inside. Receiving something so personal makes a person feel special and valued; even though they were probably already valued, seeing it in writing adds a great touch.

Check out my Stationery Pinterest board for a few ideas.

It’s so tangible

Writing on someone’s LinkedIn account “Congratulations on the new job!” is very kind and appreciated, don’t get me wrong, but writing it down and letting the person hold the congratulations in their hand is unbeatable. The people in your life work so hard, as do you, and being able to recognize that in them can be so meaningful, like “hang it up on the fridge” worthy. We may not get gold stars anymore, but a letter saying “congratulations” can be the new gold star we get excited about!

Which AlanaKayART designs would you love to see as stationery? Let me know in the comments.

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