No matter what the ads say, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your Mother feel special this Mother’s Day. Many gifts from the heart can be made for free or from items that you may already have in your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Write your Mother a letter, tell her how much you mean to her and recall some funny or precious Mother/child story from your childhood years. Scan childhood photos of the two of you together and add them to the letter. Tell her that you love her and appreciate all the selfless, hard work that she has done over the years for her family.
Give your mother the gift of your time on Mother’s Day. Spend the whole day together, just hanging out. Do something that she loves to do; hiking, gardening or watching a marathon of chick flicks together. We get so busy these days that just being together for a long lazy day is a special treat for your Mother if she does not get to see you very often. Revisit a place together that holds special childhood memories for the both of you such as a local park or beach. You can laugh and reminisce, take a picnic lunch with you; you don’t need fancy food, just pack your best silverware, cloth napkins and good china to give it a luxurious feel. Borrow these items if you don’t have them.
Pamper your Mother on her special day; cook her a special meal or give her the day off and clean her house, do a job around the house you know she hates doing; cleaning windows, cleaning out the oven or perhaps cleaning behind the fridge. While you are working she can be drinking tea and watching DVD’s of her favorite classic TV series that you ordered from your Netflix account. Alternatively pamper her with a home spa treatment. You can use all natural ingredients from items that you may already have at home to treat your Mother to a facial or a manicure; you may not need to purchase anything. Look up recipes online for homemade facial treatments.
Make a home made Mother’s Day card, they are so much more heartfelt than a store bought one. It does not need to be fancy, just write a meaningful message and use what you have around the house to decorate it such as; card stock, ribbon, glue, lace, velvet and tissue paper.
If you knit or crochet and have spare wool, knit your Mother a hat and scarf set or a throw blanket.
If you are the gardening type, pick fresh, homegrown flowers from your garden or ripe fruit and wrap them up in cello plastic wrap and add a ribbon or a bow and with a little forethought and creativity, you have made a small gift look like a million dollars.
If you want to give the gift that keeps on giving, make your Mother a coupon book. Write out coupons to be redeemed for cooking meals, cleaning house, pampering or yard work. Your Mother can then cash them in as she wants throughout the year.
Making your Mother feel special on Mother’s day with a limited budget may take some planning but the smile on her face will be worth it!