We've come full-circle. When we were kids, our Mothers' Day gifts were always handmade, and therefore personal, frugal and one-of-a-kind. After years of gift certificates, dinners, flowers and earrings, we're once again looking at gifts we make ourselves from supplies we have on hand: i.e. grout and extra buttons.
Cathie Filian (along with Steve Picaenza) has a how-to on her blog for revamping an old frame and a clay planter.