It’s not that we don’t appreciate mom enough to splurge on her. It’s that we just don’t have a budget that will cooperate with splurging all that much. Here are a few tips for those that fall into this category.
While I’m sure mom would love the coffee filter flowers, there is a more refined crafted flower out there to make for mom. Check out Instructables.com for a few flower crafting ideas. They may take a bit of time but they will be very pretty for mom and will last longer.
If paper flowers just aren’t in your crafting ability pick up some fake flowers at the dollar store. Remove the petals from the stems and leaves and mix and match the petals. Then put the new flowers back together. You will end up with more colorful and fuller flowers. To go the extra mile outline the petals with a gold, silver, or matching glitter glue.
Cards are easier than ever to make, and you can get as creative as you would like without spending a dime. Upload a family picture to Picmonkey.com and use overlays, framing, and color tinting to turn it into a great visual. Add some loving words in a nice font. You can either have it printed and mailed out, or send it as an attachment to your mom in an email. If you aren’t sure you’re that tech savvy you can also use Punchbowl.com to create and send mom a digital card. They have step by step instructions to get you through the process.
A Gift of Self
When you have a talent, share it with your mom. Make a dinner for her and bring paper products or do the dishes so she doesn’t have to. Start a garden with her or let your children start a garden with her. Spend time through out the year tending the garden. You could also make a blanket or quilt for her if that is your gift.
Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away! We know you didn’t forget, but sometimes it can be difficult to give mom a gift that tells her you care and stays within your price range. Here are three ideas that could help make you mom’s day a good day without breaking the bank.
Fill The Kindle
If your dear wife or mother is an avid book reader, try filling up her Kindle this year with free ebooks. There are books that are low priced or free for a limited time by new authors. There are also many free classics. There are even cook books, self help, and do it yourself books. Look at Amazon.com to find the latest and greatest free and cheap ebooks for the woman in your life. Once you have found what she would enjoy, download the ebooks to her kindle. Free or not, they will provide hours of enjoyment
Dollar Store Gift Basket
Dollar stores sell many fun items. Pick up a basket and fill it with the latest dollar store spa scents in body wash, lotions, or sprays. Add a few candles, a loofah, and (if there is one available at the time) a relaxing CD. Tie a ribbon around your basket and you have a luxury bath basket for a very small amount of money. What’s even better is if you provide the mom in your life with the time to use it without three children banging on the bathroom door.
It doesn’t have to be more than a few hours, and it doesn’t have to cost anything. While moms love spending time with their family, they also enjoy a little time to themselves. Take the kids out for ice cream, or give mom the keys so she can go enjoy a few moments to herself. She’ll most likely come back a more calm individual. Top it off with a meal she doesn’t have to prepare or clean up after and she is set for a good evening. So are you, because when Mama’s happy, most likely so is everyone else.