Val McCauley offers the following ideas for Mother’s Day in LivingontheCheap.com.
There’s an important holiday coming up in May and it’s time to start thinking about gifts! Whether you’ll be celebrating your mom, step-mom, mother-in-law, mother of your children, or someone you think of as a mom, it’s a holiday that deserves more thought than a bouquet of grocery store flowers.
Most moms would probably be happy to just have some family time on Mother’s Day. If you can visit, do so. If you can’t visit, Skype or make a phone call. If you are lucky enough to visit with your mom for Mother’s Day, make it her day. Do what she wants, don’t let her cook, and bring her a little something.
Plants, Gardening, and Outdoors
Since Mother’s Day falls right in the heart of spring, flowers, plants, and gardening gifts are popular. Personally, I avoid giving cut flowers because they die within a week or two. House plants are a nice option for a non-gardening mom, but kick it up a notch with a cute plant pot, pot hanger, or watering bulb.
If your mom is into gardening, there are plenty of gift ideas that will make her happy:
Favorite flowers, plants, or bushes for her garden or yard. Get bonus points if you help her plant these!
Decorative stepping stones, or one of these Stepping Stone Kits
If you have more time than money, plan a day to help her weed (and actually do it!) or make her some Homemade Gardener’s Hand Scrub
If you’d rather gift your mom with some pampering, surely she’ll appreciate one of the following:
Manicure or pedicure (bonus points if you join her — sons can get manis and pedis too!)
Her favorite homemade treats (candies, cookies, and other shippable goods if you can’t hand-deliver).
Put reading at her fingertips with a Kindle (if you have siblings to split the cost with).
A Favorite Things basket including all of the things that she loves (candy, beverages, food, books, hobbies, photos, etc).
Things to Cherish
Get a little sentimental with these ideas:
A family photo book (the past year or all-time favorites)
DIY Canvas Art with a meaningful phrase
An autobiography book that she can fill out and pass down through the family (many options are available).
Arrange for a family photo.
A decorated jar filled with short memories or reasons that you love her
Mother’s Day isn’t about the gifts, but your mom does deserve something, so at least make it a gift that you’ve put a little thought into and is useful. Check out our Mother’s Day Pinterest board for lots of other ideas, including plenty of homemade ideas that won’t cost you much!