by Kristy Quist

It’s almost Mother’s Day, and that means different things to different people. Some think it’s a “Hallmark holiday” like Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day. Others see it as a time to pay tribute to all the women who have had an impact on their life. Whatever your view, “Honor your father and your mother” doesn’t mean you should go into debt to provide Mom or Grandma with the Best. Gift. Ever. Here are some gift ideas for Mother’s Day that won’t break the bank.

Check out these recent Banner postings for books and CDs that might be just right for the mother-figure in your life. Click on any of them for more information.


The Ex-Nun Poems by Jeanine Hathaway (poetry)

A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny by Amy Julia Becker (memoir)

The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter (historical fiction)

Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well by Billy Graham (memoir)

The Quality of Mercy by Barry Unsworth (historical fiction)


Ghosts Upon the Earth by Gungor

Great Hymns of Faith, Volume III by the St. Olaf Choir

The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond by Various Artists

With Love by Rosie Thomas

If Mom is a cook, she might appreciate any of the cookbooks or other items on one mother’s lengthy wish list at the Love from the Oven blog.

Now, maybe you’ve heard (or spoken) the dreaded words, “I don’t need any expensive gifts—just have the kids make me something”—a request that can strike fear into the heart of the non-crafty. But you can do this! Have the kids write a “MOTHER” poem by coming up with a line for each letter. Or invite them to write down some reasons they’re thankful for Mom, or some fun memories.

If you’re even a tiny bit crafty, you can make something (really, you can). For those working with young children, the Come Together Kids blog has ideas for simple crafts including candles, bookmarks, and more. For those a little higher on the crafty spectrum, has suggestions for handmade gifts: embellished dish towels, candles, jewelry stands, and more.

Don’t spend a fortune to tell Mom she matters. A little thought, time, and love are all it takes.