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With Mother's day coming up I bet your hubby is sweating bullets trying to figure out how to stay within budget but wondering about Mothers Day Presents.
Here are some great tips you can share or go ahead and just pass him the computer now and tell him to read! I promise this year will rock!
How We Are Saving Money on Mothers Day Presents
Mother's Day Presents from the Husband
Spa Day – What girl wouldn't love a spa day? She will enjoy a massage, pedicure, manicure, and facial. At a spa, this package could cost you $300 or more. OUCH! So DIY it!!
Send the kids upstairs for a nap or out with friends (or get them to help!) and pamper your wife! Give her a back massage, soak her feet in water then rub her feet and legs, lotion them up and paint her nails! Do the same for a manicure but with her hands! Give her a simple facial by having her lay down to wash her face with her a cleanser, a light massage then rub in her moisturizer. You can grab a nice spa kit for around $25 to really pamper her with.
Breakfast in Bed – Don't forget the sleeping in and breakfast in bed. How often does she really get to relax? Sleeping in one day a year and breakfast in bed is free, the kids can help by drawing cards to give her during breakfast and the good ole fashion coupon book!
Mothers Day Presents from the Kids
As mentioned above, when you are making breakfast have the kids make mom cards. They can make coupon books for mom too. Things like foot rubs, hugs, kisses, taking on some of mom's chores, and my mom's favorite an hour of silence! Make the day about her it doesn't matter how. Let her curl up with her favorite book while you and the kids take care of the chores and meals.
Mothers Day Presents for Your Mom
Don't live near your mom? In the past, we have sent our moms flowers at about $40 a pop, edible arrangements at about $50 a pop and gift cards at $25 a pop. This year we are doing something different. We are sending them a card ($3) filled with some pictures of the kids we had taken and printed out for them ($1 each for printed pictures). Think of some creative picture for them! Have the children hold up a handmade sign that says Happy Mothers Day Grandma _____ put their name in so they know it's personalized. Do some cute poses, put them in some the clothes grandma sent. Don't forget to call them!
If you are lucky enough to live near your mom, spend a day or two before Mother's Day with her. Even if you just spend a day at her house doing what she likes. Cook her favorite foods, and catch up. Think about it when was the last time she had you to herself for a day? While you may not be able to do this ON Mother's Day just doing it at all is what counts.
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Mothers Day Presents to Grandma
Let Her into Your Life – If you don't live near grandma, I bet they may feel like they are missing out on so much, even if they don't say anything. So if your kids are older, have them write grandma a letter explaining what is going on in their life. Have little ones draw pictures, get together some photos and school work from your kids and send an envelope to grandma. That day set up a skype or facetime call so grandma can see the grandkids.
Pottery – If you have a little money to burn, having the kids make their own pottery to send to grandma is also a very good idea but it can be more on the pricey side.
Invade Her House – If you live near grandma, invade her house for a day. Do things to help her out, help her with the DIYs she has wanted to do. You can paint a room for her, hang a shelf or more while she sits down and spends some time with her grandkids. Bake some treats before heading over and surprise her.
Other Mother's Day Present Ideas on a Budget
What to take mom out to eat? Take her to breakfast instead of dinner! Going out to matter what time of day is a treat and she will love it and your pocketbook will enjoy breakfast prices over dinner ones!
Flowers – If you really want to get a flower arrangement, skip the florists. Instead hit up your local farmer’s market for some or even your grocery store’s floral department and make your own. It is usually cheaper this way! Don’t spend a lot of money on flowers. While just about every mom likes to get them as a gift, remember they do wilt. Instead, buy a potted plant or make your own potted arrangement for way less using thrift store planters. Mom is sure to love it and it will last for at least the whole season.
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Do something for free for mom. One thing that would put a smile on just about any mom’s face is walking up to a clean home or coming home to one. Make arrangements for mom to get out of the house and stay home and clean her home for her!
Make a book of “coupons” for mom for a later date. This will just cost you the price of the paper and time later on. Offer stuff like free babysitting so she can have a date night or help with house-cleaning, one night where she has complete control of the TV remote, One week where you do laundry, a day of being chauffeured around etc. This is a great gift for kids to make for their moms as well!
Check with your local newspaper or community bulletin board at the public library for any special events going on in your area on Mother’s day. Sometimes this means free entrance to local museums, plays or parks. Won’t this make mom feel like a VIP?
Remember the best thing you can give mom or grandma is the gift of your time. They will never be able to get enough of it! What are you doing for Mother's Day this year?
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