Moms work hard, put up with complaints about their perfectly good cooking (because, veggies!), and take care of the boo-boos. It’s only natural to want to give a heartfelt “thank you” to mom for all she does, but sometimes we draw a blank coming up with ideas.
Whether you are looking for gift ideas for Mom, or want to drop some serious hints to your loved ones, I have some budget-friendly Mother’s Day gift ideas for you.
Cook for her
Give Mom the day off from the kitchen. You and the kids can prepare a nice brunch without too much fuss. Eggs, pancakes, and juice are all pretty easy to pull together and are things even little ones can help prepare.
Does she like it when you grill? How about firing up the grill for the season and make Mom a nice dinner? Whether you grill a steak, chicken, burgers, or grill veggies to go with a large salad, she’ll appreciate the night off.
Just be sure to also do the cleanup!
Primp her ride
Need a last-minute gift idea for mom? Moms of little ones have “things” lurking on the floor and under the car seats in the car. There are snotty tissues, crumbs from who knows what, hair bands, small toys, rocks, and stickiness everywhere.
Trust me. It can get nasty.
Driving a freshly cleaned vehicle is refreshing. Giving her the gift of a clean car is not only a frugal Mother’s day gift, but a thoughtful one as well.
So, put on your swimsuits and go out and give her ride a little TLC by giving it a good wash (and have a bit of fun in the water as well). Afterward, give it a thorough vacuum and wipe down the inside. It’ll feel almost new.
Flowers are always nice to get, and they don’t have to be expensive. If you have some flowers blooming in the garden, put together a nice small bouquet from those, place them in a vase and include a nice card. You can also find nice assortments of flowers at the supermarket (really!).
And, since Mother’s Day is in the spring, you could even buy some flowers to plant outside so she can enjoy the flowers all summer. Check your local garden center for ideas. I personally love perennials because they are a bit more set-and-forget, and they will come back each year. Perennials are a gift that keeps on giving.
Picture of the kids
Another budget-friendly Mother’s Day gift is one that is a DIY project. What could be better than to give her nice, new pictures of the kids?
Whip out your camera, bring the kids outside and take a few pictures of them. Find the best picture or three and frame it as a gift for Mom (or Grandma). Chances are you have an unused frame or two laying around the house. If not, thrift stores usually have a good selection for very little money.
As it’s late spring, chances are there will be good weather on Mother’s Day. If so, take the family out for a short hike. There are likely hiking trails nearby, an arboretum, an esplanade, or boardwalk. A walk followed by a small treat is a nice, relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
A picnic in the park is another great way to enjoy the weather and the kids can go a bit wild. Pack some food, a blanket and go out and enjoy the sun.
Make a gift basket
Want to give Mom a gift, but aren’t sure what to give? Try putting together a gift basket.
The items don’t need to be expensive, either. Put a few small candies or cookies that you made, a scented candle, and a book all in a small basket to present as a gift.
If she is a gardener, a new set of gloves, seeds and starts is another idea. How about a home manicure/pedicure set? The possibilities are endless.
Clean house + do laundry
Send Mom out for the day to take in a movie, go to a coffee shop, or go wherever she likes. While she is out, clean the house and do a few loads of laundry. She will appreciate the effort and the break.
If you are good at crafts, it’s an excellent way to make a present on a budget. You could make jewelry, paint a picture, or build her something.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to show Mom you care. In fact, remembering the day and giving a hug and card is often enough. (Though we do appreciate the extras!)
What do you like to give Mom on her special day?