Mother's Day isn't just about relaxation, there are presents to be opened too! And what could be nicer than a custom-made gift from your very own little designer, courtesy of the PTA?
Do it yourself
Get the kids to work making presents their mums will cherish. Remember to provide wrapping paper and tape so that they can wrap their gifts too. DIY ideas could include hand-decorated fridge magnets, photo frames, tea light holders and keyrings. We have some fabulous spring-term craft ideas on our Pinterest board, including a hand-print bouquet of flowers, pompom paper flowers and yummy mum cupcake ideas!
A cherished keepsake
More extravagant ideas will take a bit more planning, as they'll need to be sent off for finishing. These days, there are a variety of options from traditional mugs and tea towels to canvas bags, aprons, mouse mats and clocks. Decorate them with your child's handprints or a favourite drawing. See our supplier directory for providers.
Run a gift room where pupils can select and wrap a gift for their mums or grannies. Buy presents in bulk from companies such as Your Fundraising Gift Shop, then sell them on for a small profit. Gifts cost around £200 (incl VAT) for 100 unwrapped items – including candles, bracelets, notecards – with an RRP of £3. Make sure you order enough gifts by sending letters home beforehand. Ask them to be returned by an agreed date with each pupil's details, money and an indication of how many gifts will be required.
- Holding a Mother's Day event? Read our Mother's Day event ideas.
Say it with flowers...
How about this idea from Joanne Boyd-White: 'We buy daffodils from a local florist for £1 a bunch then sell for £1.50. The children add their own message on a tag which we attach with ribbon. It's very simple to organise and the children pre-order in advance so we know the numbers required. It usually makes around £300 profit.'
Darren Ward, PTA chair, Spalding Primary School runs a successful Mother's Day bouquet scheme: 'For Mother's Day, the obvious gift choice was flowers. We found it quite easy to approach growers – we wanted something for as little as possible, that would last for seven days or more, on which we could also make a profit. A PTA member liaised with a local grower and ensured everything would happen on time and on budget. We bought the flowers for £2 a bunch and sold them for £3 each, making £1 profit per bouquet. The grower usually charges £5 per bunch, meaning our customers were still getting a bargain. We settled for 150 bouquets and sold out in five minutes, making a healthy £150 profit!'
NOTE: Concerned about upsetting children who don't have mothers in their lives? Encourage children to use the occasion to thank anyone special to them – it isn't restricted to just mothers. We would suggest you take advice from your headteacher if you are in any doubt.