Take 12 children’s drawings, scan them in and use them to create a calendar on a website such as Shutterfly, or just copy them and print out your own calendar pages for the year. Have the original artists sign their works, and mount a picture and calendar page on a single sheet of 12" x 18" construction paper. Stack them up in order and staple at the top. This is a great project for dads and kids to work on together! Make more than one set so that you can give them to the Grandmas too!
Find a card with an ethnic print on it and place inside a gift certificate for a matching ethnic restaurant she’s never tried before (Indian, Ethiopian, Thai, etc.)
Take mom for a “local” sightseeing vacation. Research ahead of time all the interesting places nearby that she has not been to before and plan a day to visit a few. Let the last stop be a bed and breakfast where you leave her for a good night’s rest.
Give her car new life with a wash and vacuum, new mats, seat covers, emergency kit, air freshener, console organizer, visor mirror, cup holders, new music, etc.
Select a small unique mothers day gift that represents each letter of the word MOTHER. For example, a pretty oven mitt for M, a gift certificate to the Olive Garden for O, etc.