Father’s Day Gifts from the Heart

7200927_STraditional dad’s day gifts such as ties and shirts get old, so how about making sure Father’s Day is celebrated in style with a gift the dad or dads in your life will treasure?

Here are a few ideas to make that special day memorable for a father.

Give a memory. Create a special experience for dad. How about a surprise family picnic with all of his favorite foods? Make sure all he has to do is hop in the car and you can head to a favorite park. A trip to the zoo or a favorite museum such as a science museum would also be fun. Be sure to take plenty of photos so you can remind him of the day long afterwards.

18615974_SGive flowers. Men generally aren’t used to receiving flowers, but a simple arrangement in a dad mug can be an unexpected treat. And by putting the flowers in a nice mug, he has a remembrance long after they’re gone.

Give photos. Does dad have a current photo of the family in his office? If not, start taking photos and choose the best to frame. Digital photo frames work if you want to share more than one shot.

Go handmade. Handmade cards, drawings or simple items for a desk have extra meaning if made by your children. Covering a can to make a pencil holder or a clay creature as a paperweight can be fun for the kids to make and fun for dad to receive. For more ideas to make Father’s Day special, visit The Fulton Homes Pinterest board. And have a wonderful day!

Mother’s Day Special Gifts

12706327_SHow about flowers for Mother’s Day? Pick up the phone or hop online and in a few minutes you can have a lovely arrangement sent with only a medium hit on your credit card. But maybe you’d like to do something a bit more personal. Which flowers do you think a mom would rather have: the professional arrangement or the posies in this photo? Yes, I think so too.

Young children often make special handmade presents for mom in school to give her on her day. But if your kids are older, or you’re the adult kid planning something for your mom, you may feel obligated to do more. Or you want to make something with your children as a family to let the mom or moms in your life know that they are important.

You happen to be in luck. Even if you are fairly clueless on what to do or make, you have an amazing resource for ideas: Pinterest. Just do a search for Mother’s Day handmade gifts, or – better yet – visit the Fulton Homes Mother’s Day Pinterest board. You’ll find ideas, printable cards and pictures to color, simple yet attractive crafts, recipes, and even some fun ideas for photos for mom.

26505933_SHere’s one idea to get you started. Cut some hearts out of colored paper or scrapbook prints and spell out something special for mom to discover when she comes downstairs on Sunday. You could hang it like this photo to the right or just tape them on the refrigerator.

Above all, think of something personal, something that takes a bit of effort, and something that acknowledges how amazing life is because she’s in it. You can do this.