Mother’s Day on a Budget

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized

Mother_daughter With Mother’s Day only a few weeks away, it’s time to start looking for that perfect gift for Mom. Now is the one time of year when you can really show her just how much you love and appreciate all she’s done for you. But just because you want to express your gratitude doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Think outside the box and get creative; remember, it truly is the thought that counts. Here are a few fabulous Mother’s Day gift ideas that require a big heart, not a big bankroll.

1. Flowering Plants
Why give Mom a single bouquet when you can give her the enduring beauty of flowers that she can plant? Not only will her favorite annuals or perennials outlast a short-lived bouquet of roses, but they’ll cost a lot less. Plus, you can plant them together and make the gift extra special.

2. Memory Album
If you are the type that saves everything, now is the time to go through all those old cards, letters and photos and turn them into Mother’s Day scrapbook. Arrange the family mementos in a personalized keepsake box or photo album and give Mom the gift of warm, loving memories.

3. Plan a Picnic

Enjoy the gorgeous spring weather with a picnic in the park just for Mom. Do all the cooking—be sure to pack some of her favorites—and pamper her with some sweet treats. Don’t let unexpected showers ruin your plans; you can always cook a lovely meal for her at home.

4. Maid for a Day
What Mom wouldn’t love this gift? Let her know how much you appreciate all the housework she did for you growing up by repaying the favor. Clean her house from top to bottom and help her with any small repairs. If you can afford to hire a maid service, she’ll love that too, but it might mean more coming from you.

5. Chocolate Roses
Instead of buying her chocolates and roses, combine these two popular gift ideas into one delicious and beautiful treat. Most candy and chocolate shops offer this reasonably priced novelty gift (our favorite is Schakolad Chocolate Factory), or you can make your own using cellophane, floral stems and Hershey’s Kisses.

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