Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Published May 2021
Mother's Day Gift

Do you want to remember Mom on Mother’s Day, but your budget can’t support a pricey gift? Here are some thoughtful and inexpensive ideas for letting mom know how much you care.

Key Points

  • You don’t have to spend a lot on a Mother’s Day gift to let Mom know you care.
  • Inexpensive or free gift ideas for Mother’s Day can still have a huge impact on the Mom in your life.
  • Include a line item for gifts in your budget to be better prepared in the future.

Your Mother’s Day gift doesn’t have to break the bank to let Mom know you care. Find options that can fit your budget without landing you in credit card debt or increasing your existing debt. It may also be beneficial to pay for the gift with cash to avoid increasing your credit card debt.

A budget can help you plan for future gifts. When you create or update your budget, include a line item for gifts you may want to give throughout the year. Putting aside just a few dollars can help get a great gift for holidays and birthdays.

Simple Gift Ideas

Keep it simple this Mother’s Day while still showing Mom how important she is with these simple gift ideas.

  1. Breakfast in bed is always a staple in Mother’s Day gift ideas. If Mom has young ones, it might be nice to leave her to eat in peace.
  2. Cook her favorite meal and clean up afterward.
  3. Have a picnic in the park or even in the backyard. A simple gift idea for the Mom in your life who loves the great outdoors.
  4. A simple picture frame with a snapshot of Mom and her kids is an easy present with a lot of heart behind it.
  5. Ask her to teach you something or teach her something new. This could work for your own mother or the mother of your kids.

Inexpensive but Thoughtful Gifts

If your budget is tight, you can find the perfect gift for Mom on the inexpensive side. There are plenty of ways to show you care without spending a lot of money.

  1. Create a scrapbook of her life with all of her favorite pictures, especially ones with her kids and/or grandkids. Even just a photo album of her favorite memories can be a great gift.
  2. Create something, whether you paint a picture or use a needle and thread.
  3. Have a movie night and let Mom pick the movie. Don’t forget popcorn and snacks.
  4. An at-home spa day can give Mom a chance to relax without leaving the house. Buy her bath bombs and scented candles to set the mood just right.
  5. Do her favorite activity with her, though you may need to put a price limit on the activity.

Free Gift Ideas

If your budget is really stretched and you have no extra money, you may need to resort to a free gift this Mother’s Day. Here are just a few ways to show how you feel without spending a dime.
  1. Create a coupon book offering to do some of the chores Mom doesn’t like. You can also include IOUs for when you have more room in the budget.
  2. Spend quality time together such as going for a ride in the car or playing a board game. The simple gift of being together may mean a lot for Mom.
  3. Hand-write a list of reasons you love her, so she never forgets.
  4. Digitize old photos to ensure they will never be lost or ruined. Just make sure to back them up somewhere safe.
  5. Call her on Mother’s Day with no time constraints. In a busy world, especially if you have kids of your own, a simple phone call is a free way to let Mom know you care.

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Topics: Financial Education