Celebrate Mother's Day on a Budget
Mother’s Day is just a few days away, have you bought a present yet? If not, we’ve got some creative, last-minute gift ideas that are cost-effective and meaningful.
Holidays are a wonderful time to show your loved ones how much they mean to you. But it’s important to stay within your financial means, even when gift giving! Here are five inexpensive Mother’s Day gift ideas:
- The good old-fashion coupon booklet
Do you remember those 90s sitcoms that always showed children banding together to give their mom the ultimate coupon booklet? There’s a reason this gift is always making appearances. A coupon booklet is the gift that keeps on giving. Each coupon in your booklet offers a service that your mom will appreciate. For example, if pasta is her favorite food, one of your coupons could be a homemade pasta dinner for two. If you know your mom needs yardwork or you noticed her car hasn’t been washed lately, you can add mowing the lawn or washing her car to the booklet. She’ll appreciate all of the thought you put into her personalized coupons!
- Plant flowers together
A beautiful flower bouquet is always a heartwarming gift to your loved ones. But you can go the extra mile and plant flowers together. Planting your own flowers is special because you’ll get to spend time with your mom while gardening. You won’t get the instant gratification of store bought flowers, but your plants will last much longer. You can purchase a complete gardening tool set for under $20. The cost of the actual plant seeds will depend on the flower you choose. Choose your mom’s favorite!
- Create a painting
Your mom will be thrilled to see your creative and artistic talents on a canvas. All you’ll need is a canvas, paintbrush and paint which you can find for less than $15 at discount art stores. If you’re really good at painting, you can create an original portrait of your mom. You can also recreate one of her favorite family photos with you and her. If you’d rather be imaginative, you can paint an abstract piece using some of her favorite colors and symbols. Another idea is to use calligraphy to write an inspiring quote that you know she’ll appreciate. Whether you choose to paint a portrait or you decide to go abstract, a handmade painting will surely warm your mother’s heart.
- Bake sweet treats
If your mom has a sweet tooth, she’ll be overjoyed by her homemade treats from you! You can bake her a Mother’s Day cake using her favorite flavored frosting and cake batter. Be sure to write a thoughtful message on top. You can also bake some cupcakes and use a decorative cupcake stand to make your gift even better. You can bake a batch of brownies, cookies and any of the delicious treats you can think of that you know your mom will enjoy.
- Make a photo collage
If your mom loves to stroll down memory lane, a photo collage is the perfect gift for her. Make copies of all of her favorite photos, old and new, and piece them together in a beautiful way. You can make photo duplicates at your local pharmacy or grocery store for about ¢20 each. With duplicates, you can add glitter, write or cut some of the photos without altering any of the original pictures. You can attach a letter or include a timeline with your collage to add an even more personal touch.
With these ideas, your mom will appreciate the time, effort and thought you put into her Mother’s Day gift and you’ll be able to stay within your budget!
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- Written by Darlene Aderoju
- Category: Blog
- Published: 09 May 2018