Just a friendly heads up: Mother’s Day is tomorrow.
Of course, I’m sure you remembered, but maybe it slipped the mind of a friend?
Anywho, I thought I’d share a quick last-minute Mother’s Day gift idea that will feel like you gave it tons of thought and have been working on it for a while.
We all know mom does a lot to keep the family unit together, sane, coordinated, on time, well-fed, respectful, etc. etc. So why not take on a few additional chores to help her out? Sure, lunch out for Mother’s Day, flowers or a gift card are great, but if you’re looking for something different, something more personal, something even a little budget friendlier, then these chore cards might be right up your alley.
You can customize your chore cards so they’re more personal to your mom and your lives. Download the templates (zip file contains 1 B/W and 1 color template, in JPEG formats) here.
I gave a version of these coupons to my wife for her birthday, and she loved them. She loved them more than I expected her to, in all honesty. So, I thought I’d modify them for Mother’s Day and offer them here on the website for you to use.
Oh, and guys, in case you’re looking for something for your wives for Mother’s Day, I’ve included a template for you as well. Download a template for your wives here. In fact, why not have you and the kids both give her chores for Mother’s Day?
Some chore examples may be: Walk the dog; do the dishes; clean my room; do the laundry; sweep the floor; cook dinner (and so on and so forth).
Ok, so how do I make the cards? Here’s how I did mine:
1. You’ll need some perforated Business Card printer paper, which you can get from Staples, OfficeMax, even Wal-Mart I think has some. I used White Two-Side Printable Clean Edge Business Cards by Avery (uses Avery Template 8371).
2. Download the chore card templates here (in jpeg format).
3. Go to Avery.com and select Design and Print Online. (You may need to register for a free account first).
4. Input the Template number of your paper (I used Avery Template 8371, but depending on your paper, this may be different). Choose the product that matches yours from the resulting screen.
5. Choose a blank business card template, in landscape (horizontal/sideways) position.
6. Select Images/From My Computer and then select the Chore Card image from wherever you saved it. Then choose “Set as Background” from the left-hand menu.
7. To the right of the screen, you’ll see a tab that says “Edit All.” If you want all of your coupons to say the same thing, then you can keep this option. But, if you want to mix up the chores you give mom, then select the “Edit One” tab. You should now see only the first card highlighted. You can edit each card individually now, simply by clicking on a card in that layout.
8. To edit the text, click on a card in the layout. Now, click “Add Text Box,” and position your text box so that it matches the empty space on the card. Now, just type the chore you wish. I’ll leave the typeface, size and other styles up to you. Select another card in the layout and repeat.
9. Once you’re done, click “Preview and Print” and follow the on-screen instructions to print your chore cards.
Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!