Mother’s Day is almost upon us and unless your kids are of an employable age – or you’ve had them working a paper round since they could walk – then the likelihood is that the present-buying responsibility will fall on your shoulders.
And if money is tight this year, as it is for many of us, then these tips for frugal Mother’s Day gifts could come in handy!
Get the kids to make the cards…
In the years before you had kids you may well have flirted with making a birthday or Christmas card for your better half and what started out as a good idea (thoughtful and frugal) may well have ended up looking like an explosion in the stationary cupboard.
The good news is that, now you have kids you have your own, you have your very own little card making
It doesn’t even matter if they can’t pick up a pen yet as a piece of card with your child’s handprint of the front (and maybe inside in lieu of a signature) will suffice.
And even if the card looks a complete disaster it won’t matter one bit, the very fact that is has been made by your child’s own hand will be enough for Mum. Come to mention it, it will be enough for you too when the favor is returned on Father’s Day!
Make Mother’s Day coupons…
Accepted wisdom states that Mum does all the household chores and, whether this is true or not, Mother’s Day is the one day of the year she should be able to put her feet up and let everyone else do the running around.
Obviously, most Mum’s in this position will be fully aware that letting you or your kids loose on the washing and ironing will probably end up with her either having to do it all over again anyway or paying out to replace the dyed/ shrunken/scorched items.
But you can at least get the kids to show their good intentions buy making coupons that entitle Mum to put her feet up whilst they (and you) do the laundry, vacuum the house or prepare the evening meal.
And if she decides she doesn’t want to cash them in well at least you tried…
Breakfast in bed/Tea in the park…
Mother’s Day means it’s definitely your turn to get up with the kids so, whilst you’re up and about, why not make Mum breakfast and serve it to her in bed?
Even though this will be something special in itself, it’s a good idea to go the extra mile and make something special so maybe get some pastries or a bacon bagel and a cup of coffee or, if you prefer a healthier option, then go for some fresh fruit, natural yogurt and fresh fruit juice.
Alternatively, you pack a picnic and spend the afternoon in the park.
Again, this doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just some sandwiches, potato chips and cakes will do and pack some games to play whilst you’re there to make a care-free afternoon of it.
Make a mix tape…
Well, probably not a tape but maybe a CD or a new playlist on Mum’s mp3 player.
This will probably work best if your kids are a little older and can contribute to the process and making it together will be fun. You can just pick out some of Mum’s favourite songs, some that you have fond memories of listening to with her and some new stuff that you think she’ll like.
It takes a lot of thought and not much money to do this as, even if you download every song it shouldn’t cost much
more than $10 and she can then listen to it as she relaxes whilst you all tackle the household chores.
Make a scrap book/collage…
Get old photos of you both together, photos of the kids, photos of you all as a family and then things like old ticket stubs from holidays or events you’ve been on together and stick them all down in a book or in a picture frame.
Again, this will not cost a great deal of money and will be a very personal present that any Mum would love…and remember, you can also follow these tips when sorting out your own Mum’s Mother’s Day gifts!
Article written by Les Roberts, a father of two and writer for the UK’s number one comparison web site, see if you can make savings with moneysupermarket.com.