We like to pay tribute to our moms for all the things they have done for us, but sometimes our budgets limit what we can do. What do you do when there's no money in the bank? Show her how much you care with something hand made. But don't be mislead. Handmade items can get very pricey too! If you decided to make something that you have none of the supplies for, you could end up spending more than you intended. It's important to look around at what you have and design your gift around that. I've listed some ideas to get you started...
1. A photo album with pictures she hasn't seen!
Don't have an album laying around? Pictures are all digital and in the computer? Using a computer
program like Word or Openoffice, spend a little time laying out a few pictures per page and add
some journal entries and some fun clip art and you have a nice photo album for mom. The front and
back covers can be made with some card stock, construction paper, or even cereal boxes when needed. Cover them with some pretty gift wrap you have or contact paper if you have some.
This was made using Microsoft Word, pictures I had on my computer from a zoo outing and stickers I got from the Dollar Tree.
2. A nice bouquet of flowers from your garden. Don't have a garden? Buy a few bushes of artificial flowers
at the Dollar Tree and arrange them in a vase you already have or even a fun drinking glass or mug she
she can use.
This was made using a cup from the Dollar Tree and some flowers, ribbon and tissue paper I already had.
3. Dinner for a week. Don't worry, I don't mean you're going to take her out to eat all week. When you
cook a meal, try to make a little more to feed one more person and then package that meal up for mom in a freezable container. This is especially nice for moms who live alone. Put them in the freezer and then
give them to her in a nice box or gift bag, or decorate a brown grocery bag. This one will require some
advance planning so you have the meals ready by mother's day!
4. Buy or make a card for mom and include an invitation for a special day with just you and mom. It can be
for a day at the park, a nice lunch, or taking mom on errands or shopping. Whatever you like to do with
mom or something that she needs. The possibilities are endless!
5. Does mom need something done around the house? Maybe the flower garden needs to be weeded, or a
a small repair needs to be done. Go over on Mother's day and do it. If the project is a little bigger than
you can do alone, get your siblings to help. Doing this type of project for our moms can mean more to
them than you know. They might not ask for your help because they know your busy, so doing it without
being asked is a gift beyond measure!
I hope you find these ideas useful or that they give you the inspiration to come up with something really special for your mom this year, without taking out the credit cards! Share you plans for making Mother's day special. I'd love to hear them!
Thanks for reading!