You don’t have to spend a fortune to show your mother you care. Check out some of the ideas for celebrating mom on a budget.
Do Her Housework
It’s one thing to say “take the day off,” but making it easy for mom to do so is even better.
Do as many of her daily chores around the house as possible and make sure that she takes time to actually rest.
Enjoy a Special Meal
You don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant on Mother’s Day, and it may not be what your mom wants anyway. Many mothers feel compelled to do so, but it actually stresses them out. It’s noisy and crowded and can feel unnatural due to COVID restrictions.
Instead, cook a meal at home AND clean up afterwards. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it does need to be prepared with love.
Chat About Her Childhood
Your mom my think that you’re not very interested in her past, so why not set aside a few hours to chat about her childhood? Everyone has happy, sad, and trying times, but sharing them creates connections and understanding.
Take a Walk Together
Walking improves mental and physical health and provides time to bond. Choose a local area, put on your walking shoes, and get out and explore.
Take time to examine the flora and fauna, and pack a picnic lunch for extended time in the park.
Watch Her Favorite Movie
Do you know your mom’s favorite movie? If not, ask. Then see if you can find it online to view together. Older movies are often free to view, while newer ones may cost you less than $5 to rent.
Even if her favorite isn’t yours, you’ll gain many insights into what makes her unique and interesting.
Buy a Seed Card
If you can’t afford an expensive gift, consider buying a seed greeting card. Fill it with love and once she’s read your message, she can tear away the seed paper on the front of the card and plant it in her garden.
Cards are often hand painted, bio-degradable, and filled with herb, wildflower, or microgreen seeds. Etsy and Amazon are good sources, but many other companies sell them, too.
Buy a Sampler Set
You can buy sampler sets of just about anything for a fraction of the cost of the full-size items. Coffee, tea, perfume, bath salts, jam, cosmetics, and beauty bars are just a few examples.
Besides being a great way to try new products, sampler sets are also cute and novel. After all, who doesn’t like little things?
Remember, Mother’s Day is all about making your mom feel special and loved – not about spending a small fortune. As they say, it’s the thought that counts!