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Make Mother’s Day Magnificent (and Budget-Friendly)

U.S. Mother’s Day is in May, on the second Sunday of the month.

You can make mom feel appreciatedand give her a marvelous day without breaking the bank or draining your wallet with these Mother’s Day ideas that any and every mother would love:

Make Mother’s Day Special – Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day without breaking the bank. The Shopping Queen, Fatima Mehdikarimi gives ideas on flowers, dining, luxury and a top tech idea to make Mother’s Day special.

Outside the Box Mother’s Day Gifts – Mother’s Day with a twist. Not-so-typical gift ideas that can also be budget-friendly. Six Minute Style’s Susan Doherty presents five fabulous outside-the-gift-box ideas for mom. She’s gonna love this.

DIY Mother’s Day Spinners – An easy, bright and cheerful DIY project for young children to make. Perfect for Mother’s Day and will continue to delight mom all Summer long from Crayola Creative Workshop.

Duck Tape Roses for Mom – Make a Mother’s Day bouquet of flowers out of duct tape! Easy, fun and pretty DIY from Duck Brand duct tape for mom! Simple tutorial shows how. Make it useful by using a pen for the stem!

DIY Paper Photo Wallet – Every mom loves sharing pictures of her family. This easy DIY papercrafted tri-fold wallet will display all her favorite pics in style. Crafter and author of Christmas Papercrafts, Corinne Bradd, shows how to create a brag book using paper and a series of simple creases.

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9 DIY Gift Ideas – Home Accessories from Recycled Items

Spruce up your space, (or create a great gift) with a little do-it-yourself. Here are easy-to-do eco-friendly projects that will turn those tired household objects you’re thinking of tossing out into beautiful and useful home accessories. They make great gift ideas, too!

Make a Vase from Magazine Pages – Recycle your old magazines by creating a vase, bowl or vessel using nothing more than glue and pages from a magazine. This video gives an easy DIY tutorial.

Home Decor Recycle DIY – Easily repurpose thrift store purchases or items from around your home… sometimes all you need is a little spray paint! Decorator Susan Phillips shows DIY home decor transformation ideas in this clip.

Repurpose Home Decor Items – This video from designer Soshana Gosselin gives easy ways to freshen up your home decor by repurposing, recycling and re-inventing items you already have.

DIY Cans to Votive Holders – This segment shows a simple DIY craft recycling project to transform an empty aluminum can into a votive holder. All you need is an empty can and scissors!

A Basket from Magazine Paper – Recycle your old magazines with this easy DIY craft project to create a cool and stylish multi-use basket out of nothing more than magazine pages and glue! Easy how-to directions in this clip.

Chinese Takeout Lantern DIY – Crafter Shiho Masuda transforms Chinese takeout containers into mini tabletop lanterns. Beautiful video shows DIY recycling craft directions to brighten your dining or coffee table.

Make a Book Safe – Take an old book and recycle it into a secret place to store precious or favorite items. A clever gift idea, or double a gift’s goodness by using this as an eco-friendly gift box! Video shows how you can do it.

Make a Vase from A Plastic Soda Bottle – Eco-friendly DIY: Create a vase from a plastic soda bottle. Simple DIY in this clip provides instructions. All you need is a bottle, scissors and rocks. Consider displaying several together in various sizes and colors. Add flowers and it’s complete! Makes nice gift!

Soda Can Lantern DIY – This clip shows how to make a recycled DIY lantern/candle holder out of a soda can. Extremely simple to do. (Be careful of sharp edges when pulling out the strips).

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Give Gifts That Give

You can increase the value of your money when you shop by choosing gifts and items from organizations that donate their profits to deserving causes. Why not put your money toward enriching the lives of others while at the same time giving a beautiful gift to a friend, family member, or even yourself?  Enjoy giving gifts that give back this holiday season or throughout the year.

Charity Water – Since its inception in 2006, Charity Water has developed 4,000 projects that will serve over two million people around the world with clean and safe drinking water. This video shares their story. Proceeds from their gift shop help support operating costs and fund sustainable clean water solutions in developing countries. Charity Water gifts range from $12 and up: wrist bands, bracelets, gift cards, stationery, calendars, iPod and laptop Gelaskins, eco-friendly thermos hydration bottles, T-shirts and hoodies.

The Amber Chand Gift Collection – This gift collection offers beautiful gifts made by craftswomen from areas of conflict and post-conflict around the globe. Here in this video Amber tells the story of her company, while showcasing the gifts. All Amber Chand Collection gifts are under $50.

TOMS One for One, Giving New Shoes – For every pair of TOMS shoes you buy, TOMS will give one new pair to a child in need.  Together with their giving partners, TOMS have given over 1,000,000 pairs of new shoes to children in need around the world. Toms eco-friendly shoes are designed for all ages and use no animal by-products. Prices start at $38. This video features the founder of TOMS being interviewed on Ellen Degeneris’ TV show.

TOMS One for One, Giving Eyesight – For every pair of TOMS sunglasses you buy, TOMS will help give the gift of sight to a person in need. Eye care is provided through partnerships with expert eyecare organizations throughout the world. TOMS offers three classic shapes for their sunglasses, with hand-painted details. See the story of TOMS world wide “One for One’ Giving Eyesight campaign.  Sunglasses are $135 and $145 per pair.

Ebay for Charity – Take advantage of the huge array of products available on Ebay while knowing your purchase will benefit a worthy cause. eBay has designed eBay Giving Works, a format where sellers may commit to donate all or a percentage of their listing’s final sale price to the non-profit of their choice. The blue-and-yellow ribbon identifies those listings that support nonprofits through eBay Giving Works. This video with Ebay Giving Works General Manager, Kristin Cunningham explains how it works.

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6 Fabulous Fashion Accessories – DIY Gifts Your Friends & Family Will Love

Turn your clutter into fabulous! These easy do-it-yourself craft projects use items you may already have or can easily collect or find and transforms them into attractive fashionable accessories. These make unique, eco-friendly and virtually free gift ideas, too!

Turn a Book into a Handbag – Curbly.com shows how to create a DIY custom, colorful purse by recycling a vintage hard-covered book cover and fabric. This takes a little sewing savvy, but the results are cool.

Make Your Own Beads from Paper – Easy recycling DIY from Threadbanger.com shows how to create beads for necklaces, bracelets, and more using old magazines, newspapers, or wrapping paper.

Necklace from Magazine Pages – Makeup artist, crafter and vlogger from VenusOcean.blogspot.com shows how to create a necklace from old magazines. A fun super simple family-friendly project  that costs almost nothing to make!

DIY Necklace from Pantyhose – Inspired by the book, P.S. I Made This by Erica Domesek, Earth911.com’s Jennifer Berry shows how to create a fashionable elegant or campy necklace with this easy DIY project using recycled  hosiery, scissors & found items from around your house.

Use Plastic Bags to Make Cool Things – Etsy Labs Technician Anda Lewis shows us how to fuse plastic shopping bags together to create a material you can sew together and use as you would a sturdy water-resistant fabric. Make a reusable shopping bag, messenger bag, cosmetic bag, guitar straps, belts… you name it!

DIY Bracelets and More from Pop Tabs – A creative bracelet is just one of many items you can make out of soda pop tabs! A creative eco-friendly and versatile project that you can use to make belts, earrings, we’ve even seen purses and tote-bags out of pop tabs as well! A fun gift idea great for guys or gals!

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DIY Holiday Crafts for Kids

Create some holiday fun for kids during the holiday season. They’ll feel great about their creative ideas when they make unique gifts for friends and family or teachers. These are easy, inexpensive projects for decorations, ornaments or gifts that just about any age child (or adult) can easily do.  And, they make great activities to keep kids busy during your holiday events.

Of course, keep in mind that anything with a particular theme, ie: Christmas, can be adapted to reflect any other holiday affiliation, symbols and colors.

Kids Christmas Craft Idea – Our friends at SanDiegoBargainMama.com found this creative easy DYI  Christmas holiday craft idea that kids can do & use as a tree ornament, house or door decoration, or gift card, from ActivityVillage.co.uk

Kids DIY Xmas Tree Ornaments – DIY Christmas Tree ornaments! LooLeDo.com sows how to use inexpensive paints, sharpies, twistie ties or pipe cleaners, paper cups & egg cartons! Easy fun project kids will love creating, and a fun activity to enhance a holiday party.

Holiday Crafts for Kids – Founder of MuffinTinMom.com and a member of the SanDiegoBargainMama.com team, creative crafter, Michelle Sybert, shares easy projects families & kids can do and use for holiday gifts.

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