This is my first Mother’s Day as a new mom, giving me even more appreciation for the sacrifices my mother made to raise me.
My question is this: how can I give her something meaningful on a modest budget? With a 6 month old and a part-time salary, finances are a lot tighter than they were last year. I appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks! – Valerie S.
Congratulations on your sweet family, and how kind of you to take the extra time and effort to plan a special Mother’s Day for your mom even though you have a full plate! Thankfully, there are many things you can do for her that will come in under budget and deliver your sentiments well. May I suggest…
- A shabby chic gift basket with a few DIY treats. Everything from fabric-covered clothes hangers (thanks to Pinterest) to bath salts (with countless options and aromas) can be put together inexpensively. Add a beautiful card and spa candle and she’ll feel pampered!
- Your admiration in writing. A good friend’s daughter recently gave her a deck of cards, with each card personalized with a trait the daughter admired about her mom. Altogether, there were 52 priceless compliments my friend could refer back to later to brighten any day. Create a lovely deck with pastel paper featuring your handwriting; there are several floral options online. A glue stick or washi tape should do the trick to finish the project.
- A quarterly surprise. If your budget allows for smaller payments spread throughout the year, consider gifting mom a subscription service for delivery of eco-friendly beauty products, fresh fruit, healthy snacks, or whatever else you think she’d enjoy.
- A lovely magazine. I know I’m a little partial, but I happen to love Celebrate Magazine because they include such wonderful ideas that are chic and budget friendly.
You may also find my article on “Celebrating with a Mother’s Day Tea” helpful. Most importantly, the gift of your time is what your mom will cherish most.
Happy Mother’s Day,