Tucked between the pages of typical/beloved Mother's Day tropes —macaroni necklaces, lovingly gathered and therefore bedraggled garden bouquets, breakfast in bed—there is a thoughtful outlier: THE COUPON BOOK.
The Coupon Book is a sleeper hit. With typical entries like "GOOD FOR ONE FOOT RUB" or "WILL MAKE THE BED", on the one hand a classic "Coupon Book" can be a funny porthole into what children *think* their mothers really want from them and from the world, and, of course, a little wink and nod to the invisible mental load. On the other hand, the "Coupon Book" can be a limitless artifact of the intangible (time, love, intention) made tangible (here it is named, it is honored, and you can hold the proof of it in your hand—and heart)... and, of course, making the intangible tangible is the great magic trick of mothering itself.
While a physical gift can be so nice (we are a shop after all, and we truly love giving and receiving thoughtful gifts)—we also really love the idea of the pure gift of time and intention.
If, this year, you want to capture the magic of the quantified intangible, we've put together a collection of Free Foundry Printables to make your own coupon book. There is a cover page (with two blanks for writing in your own coupons) and a few pages of thoughtful coupons tailored to the mothering figures in our own lives—for you to pick, choose, cut out, and decorate as you see fit.
And just as there are infinite modes of mothering, there are infinite ways of celebrating those that mother us all—and because "Mother's Day" definitely doesn't have to look a certain way—nowhere does it say specifically that these are for this specific day or for that specific person. So go ahead and print them out year round and give them to whoever deserves a healthy dose of tangible love. They never expire.
Big thanks to super human *and super mama) Bri @burtsbrisplease (and Jude!) for taking these for a spin.
Simply left click the images to save and print at 100% (each page fits exactly on a sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper):