During this holiday of love and giving, let’s not forget about our gal pals. Being a mom is a big job, and we’re often left feeling under-appreciated for all that we do. If you need an idea for a Valentine gift for your moms friends, or maybe a just because gift for your bestie, I have an idea for a super easy and thoughtful way to show these women that they are valuable and loved.
I’m sure we can all think of a friend who could some acknowledgement for how hard she’s working as a mom. Why not give her a little pat on the back by gifting her with a little trinket of encouragement?
So what is it? It’s really just a cute little jar of marbles. But there is a lot of meaning behind it. The marbles represent all the balls we juggle as women: wife, mother, coworker, friend, team mom, room mom, chauffeur, chef, nurse, therapist, shoulder to lean on… Sometimes we’ve got so much going on that we drop the ball. And that’s ok!
Materials for the Valentine Gift for your Mom Friends
This works best with little bitty containers. I got these turquoise lidded ones at Michaels but there is a similar kind on Amazon that are half as much as the Michael’s ones. As for the marbles, I just happen to have a zillion of them because, teacher. But you can probably find them at the dollar store. I got a bunch of these marbles on Amazon years ago for a classroom marble jar reward system (I think they’re cheaper now!). The stickers came from my classroom stash as well, but I think they were a Target find that are supposed to be an envelope seal similar to these. Cute little red heart stickers can be found just about anywhere as a good substitute.
To be honest, I can’t take full credit for this idea. It was inspired by a devotional I’ve been reading with some friends, Living a Life of Balance. It’s a Christian book about meeting your needs for physical and mental health as well as spiritual balance. Perfect for the new year, right? Each chapter ends with a little idea for a trinket that’s themed around finding balance.
Gift-Giving can be “Just Because”
I ended up having more little boxes than I needed for the women in my study group. I gave the extras to some of my friends who aren’t in the group. Everyone thought they were really cute. I like that it’s a small token of acknowledgement to other hard-working moms. Plus, it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It’s nice if you can pair it with a little note or card explaining why you’re giving the person a tiny jar of marbles. 🙂 Also, chocolate is always appropriate!
If you don’t end up giving this gift, I hope you’re inspired to encourage another mom in some way. It doesn’t have to be at Valentines Day, either. It’s always a good time to lift another mom up by showing her your appreciation for her!