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KUSA - Sure, the term "it's the thought that counts" might be a bit of a cliché, but when it comes to buying Mother's Day gifts, it might also be true.

"We asked our moms on Facebook what they wanted for Mother's Day," Amber Johnson, a mommy blogger with Mile High Mamas, said. "Nobody answered flowers or chocolate. They really wanted things from the heart."

Johnson was in the 9NEWS studio Monday morning to show off four unique Mother's Day ideas that come from the heart without breaking the bank.

1. Personalized jewelry
Jewelry isn't necessarily a unique Mother's Day gift, but the Vintage Pearl's Love Notes puts a unique twist on a classic, Johnson said.

The Vintage Pearl takes handwritten notes or pictures from children and hand-stamps them on charms that can be worn on necklaces or bracelets. Charms start at $78.

2. "Tarpestries"
The "tarpestry" is a Colorado-made outdoor blanket on one side, and a tarp on the other. Johnson recommends them for picnics or soccer games.

They're available at Swoozies in Cherry Creek, and start at $83.95.

3. Family memorabilia
For her 10-year anniversary, Johnson cut out profiles of her kids and hung them on her wall, below a plaque that says "happily ever after." She said this could make the perfect Mother's Day gift.

"It really is a family treasure," Johnson said.

4. Take your mom out
Moms don't want to spend Mother's Day cooped up in the house, Johnson said.

One event she said they might enjoy is "Listen to Your Mother," which features live readings from local authors about motherhood.

"I've got a few friends who are in it. They are phenomenal mothers," Johnson said. "They will make you laugh and they will make you cry."

Performances are on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Elaine Wolf Theatre and at 7 p.m. on May 12 at the Dairy Center. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door.

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