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Mother’s day a day when all too many people blow their budgets, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Moms don’t need expensive gifts to feel appreciated, at least this mom doesn’t and I am sure I am not the only one.
1. Coffee date
One of my favorite things to do with my daughter for the last few Mother’s day in a row is to take part in Starbucks 1/2 price frappe sale that seems to always land over Mother’s day weekend. We grab one together and sip and chat away.
You can make a coffee date even more affordable by earning your Starbucks gift cards using Swagbucks, Bing Rewards or Ibotta. (psst….when you order the cards from Bing Rewards or Ibotta the e-cards arrive to your mailbox within hours meaning you might be able to still snag one if you are reading this last minute and happen to have points)
2. A top 10 reasons why I love you list
I wrote about how a “top 10 reasons why I love you list” impacted my mother over at Money Saving Mom. Theses lists don’t cost you anything but a little time, and they mean so much to the receiver.
3. A bouquet of fresh flowers
You can pick your own if you have a green thumb or you can pick of a great looking inexpensive bouquet from Aldi’s. If you want the gift to be just a bit larger stop buy your local thrift store for a vase you can put them in, then tie a bow around it and attach a tag with just one reason why you love your mom written on it.
4. Flowers that will last all summer long
If you mom loves to garden you might want to skip the fresh bouquet and opt for perennials or annuals. This is what my family does for me every Mother’s day weekend. They take me to a locally owned greenhouse and let me pick out annuals for the flower boxes that line our front porch that I sit on all summer long. It really is a gift that lasts all season.
Mom’s love pictures of their loved ones, and when they don’t have to have them printed or framed they love them even more. Dollar stores sell a variety of simple frames she is sure to love.
6. Art made by loved ones
I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it! (psst… you might want to follow the board while you are checking out the pin I plan to fill it with all sorts of great gift ideas for mom’s and dad’s (Father’s day will be here before you know it) )
7. A new book
Not all moms are bookworms but for the ones who are a new book is always a welcomed gift. Don’t know what title she is itching to get her hands on, use you Swagbucks or InstaGC to earn Amazon cards and print them out and place them in a card for her to use enter the gift card codes and choose her own. That way she can pick either the paperback or kindle edition.
You could also email her a Amazon gift card to spend on a book if you don’t live close and want to at least save postage.
8. Jewelery made by loved ones
I have a few necklaces made by my daughter when she was younger that I cherish. Even full grown adult children can still make their mom’s necklaces check out my DIY jewelery board on Pinterest for ideas. If you are low on supplies you just might be able to find some in your own jewelry box.
Not a DIY person? Cents of Style often has great jewelery at low prices.
9. Delicious treats made by you
Got a mom with a sweet tooth. Try out my recipes for peanut butter balls, chocolate truffles, chocolate bark and simple chocolate fudge. All four of these recipes are no bake and require just minutes to make.
10. Your time
Most moms will admit that gifts are great and very much appreciated but our favorite thing is time with our kids. Put your cell phone away, be 100% present and engaged with your mother this Mother’s day. Trust me you will never regret time spent together.
Not sure what to write in the card? Here are a few ideas.