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Garage Sale Tips: Shopping for Mother’s Day 2012 gifts

It seems like every year when Mother’s Day rolls around the media pushes us to spend big: diamonds, fancy restaurants, and high-dollar perfumes. But you don’t have to burn a hole in your budget to give an unforgettable Mother’s Day gift that the moms in your life will cherish. Your neighborhood garage sales and estate sales are just the place to find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, and mom will appreciate you being smart with your money.

Before you go shopping, make sure you’ve read our Weekend Shopping Guide for garage sale tips to help you get the most out of your experience. Once you’re up to speed, all you need to know is what type of mom you’re shopping for, and what yard sale items match her interests.

Gifts for the Gardening Mom

Unique planters, teacups, or vintage bowls – all of these can be found for $5 or less at garage sales. Put a little soil in them and a miniature plant (think succulents or violas), and you’ve got a gift that will wow. For inspiration, head to Epheriell Designs who made a beautiful teacup succulent garden.

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Succulents like cacti can make great Mother's Day gifts.

Antique spoons – Antique spoons are easy to transform into adorable garden markers. Artsy VaVa has an easy DIY tutorial for creating whimsical herb garden spoon markers. Anyone would love this garden gift.

Lawn buddies – There’s always a cute figurine or two hiding out at a garage sale. Find out her favorite animal and keep your eyes peeled. There’s sure to be a porcelain or brass critter who’d love to call her lawn home.

Gifts for the Bookworm Mom

The obvious, books – Make a list of your mom’s favorite authors and scour the tables of your local yard sale. Books can usually be scored for $1 – $2.

Unique bookmarks – Many garage sales will have items that could be turned into beautiful bookmarks (think buttons, charms, and jewelry) at the sale. Head to Good Life Eats for inspirational DIY bookmark ideas before you go shopping.

Once you’ve rounded up some good reads and reading accessories, assemble them in a beautiful book gift basket with some of mom’s favorite teas and snacks. You’ll win the favorite kid award for sure.

Gifts for the Fashionista Mom

Jewelry – Head to estate sales or garage sales that explicitly state they have jewelry for sale. You should be able to find good bargains ranging from $1 – $10 at most sales. While the big box stores and high price tags might seem impressive, a garage sale jewelry gift is one of a kind and can be a real beauty once cleaned up. Who knows, you may even stumble on a valuable treasure.

Scarves and shawls – These can also be found at many estate sales. Keep an eye out for boxes filled with colorful silks, and you’re likely to find a vintage scarf or shawl hiding in there that would look beautiful on mom. All you need to do is give it a gentle hand wash and iron, and it will be ready for gifting.

These are just a few ideas. There are plenty of treasures to be had at garage sales. Know some gift ideas that we missed? Tell us with a comment, or join the conversation on our Facebook page.

Wishing you a very happy Mother’s Day, and many successful garage sale treasure hunts!

The PennySaverUSA Team

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Save Money Monday: Mother’s Day gift ideas

Mother’s Day is less than three weeks away! Before you know it, Mother’s Day 2012 will be here and you’ll be scrambling for a great gift.

PennySaverUSA.com’s Save Money Monday is here to help you avoid the commotion and get a head start with the following list of Mother’s Day gift ideas.


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For those seeking a unique Mother's Day gift idea, this DNA imprint should do the trick.

DNA Imprints from SaverTime.com: Simply getting a Georgia O’Keefe print is no longer good enough. If you really want to impress for Mother’s Day 2012, buy this deal for Canvas Print Artwork as Unique as Your DNA from DNAImprints.com. Yep, you read right, you can have your mom’s DNA made into an artistic print. With this deal from SaverTime.com this unique gift will cost you just $199 ($416 value).

Stylish tote bags

Beneterre tote bags from SaverTime.com: Disposable bags were so 2011. Stylish tote bags are now all the rage. Help your mom join the movement with this $12.50 deal for $25 Worth of Chic, Reusable Lunch Bags, Wine Totes & More from Beneterre via SaverTime.com.

Greeting Cards

Cardstore.com: The selection at this site is outstanding. They even have Photo Mother’s Day Cards that you can create to add a personal touch. The best part … when you buy two Mother’s Day cards, you get the third one free! You can take care of your mom, grandma and wife all at once.Mother's Day #pennyshout giveaway

Beauty products

Sally’s Beauty Supply: It’s tough to go wrong when giving beauty products for Mother’s Day. One of our favorite stores for beauty products is Sally’s Beauty Supply, and it just so happens they are having some amazing sales right now!


Hotel Chocolat: It might be an old standby, but chocolate continues to be a popular Mother’s Day 2012 gift idea. Why? Because moms still love chocolate! HotelChocolat.com has luxury chocolates available in nice gift sets at a good price.


Kitchen Aid: If your mom enjoys the kitchen, then there are few brands with better Mother’s Day 2012 gift ideas than Kitchen Aid. Check out their web site for the latest deals on items ranging from blenders to slow-cookers and more.

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