14 Creative Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day When You're Broke as Hell
For some of us, celebrating Mother’s Day can be a bit of a challenge. You love your mom and know she deserves the whole entire world, but with limited funds in your bank account, you might end up settling for a DIY fail that looked much easier on Pinterest. (And even though your mom would love whatever you made no matter what, you still don’t want to give her something you’re not proud of.) The good news is that showing your mom some appreciation doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, there are a ton of helpful things you can do for your mom that don’t cost a single cent. To save you the time, we rounded up 14 thoughtful and cheap gifts to give your mom this Mother’s Day that she’ll actually use. No extensive crafting, no grand gestures – just sweet, budget-friendly ideas for the best moms out there.
If you’re physically with your mom this Mother’s Day, head to the kitchen! It doesn’t matter whether you learned it from your mama or a few dozen YouTube tutorials, cooking for your mom is a cheap and thoughtful way to show your appreciation. Try a new rendition of her favorite food, a family recipe, or the only meal you actually trust yourself to make. What matters is it’ll be a meal made with love.
Make a Scrapbook
If you’re into film or photography, try your hand at putting together a scrapbook documenting all the amazing moments you’ve shared with your mom. This one might take a little bit of planning if you don’t have a ton of photos already, but once you have the materials you need, you can create a unique and thoughtful gift. It’s also the perfect thing to send to your mom if you aren’t together.
Give the Gift of Sleep
Moms do a ton of work, so take care of any early morning errands that might be pushing your mom out of bed before the sun is up. Grab her groceries, make her breakfast in bed, or rally your younger siblings and get them ready for the day so she can actually enjoy her morning. It’s a classic Mother’s Day celebration, but thoughtfulness never gets old, especially if you go the extra mile to make it a responsibility-free day.
It’s been said that our homes reflect how we’re feeling, so start the day off right by creating a clean, beautiful space for your mom to enjoy her day in. Do the dishes, fold the laundry, wipe down the counters, and declutter so everything feels calm and organized. It might not be an especially glamorous gift, but it’s one that will definitely be appreciated.
Write a Song
For the musically gifted ones out there, your mom has probably been begging you to perform for years now. Give her the gift she’s been waiting for by writing an original song or covering one of her favorites. You can either record it for the whole family to enjoy, sing it over FaceTime, or perform it live for all the feels.
Flowers are a Mother’s Day favorite, but take it one step further and get mom something unexpected. Maybe DIY a small terrarium for her to add to over time, or find some small, easy-to-care-for succulents that will brighten up her day. Opt for low-maintenance plants and help liven up your mom’s space in a different and longer-lasting way.
DIY a Spa Day
With a couple of cheap face masks, a few bottles of nail polish, and your most relaxing playlist, you can take your mom (and maybe even yourself) to the spa for cheap. Look for little luxuries like fun bath bombs or candles to help your mom relax for the big day. In a pinch, you could even make your own bath scrubs and lotions for a low-budget but high-quality treat your mom will love.
Have a Game Night
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of overly competitive family game nights. Gather all the best games in the house (not the ones with 27 different pieces missing) and let mom pick the games she likes. And if you’re not together, you can easily still do this one over FaceTime!
Put Together a Movie Night
Sometimes the best gift you can give is a pile of cheap takeout and a quiet movie night where you can actually hear the TV without someone yelling every two seconds. Spend the extra $3 to rent the movie your mom actually wants to see, check out some of these fun popcorn recipes, and order in for a relaxing night at home.
Whip Up a Great Playlist
Many of us have grown up listening to our mom’s favorite songs, so why not put together a playlist just for her? Collect all the songs that remind you of her and throw in a few suggestions you think she might enjoy. Give the playlist a cute name and send it to her on Mother’s Day, or burn the songs onto a CD for an old-school gift she’ll love.
Write Some Thoughtful Notes
Fill a jar with reasons why you love your mom, cover the wall in sticky notes with your favorite things about her, or write a happy message on her mirror using washable markers. You’ll start the day off right by giving your mom a bunch of visible reminders about what she means to you. And if you aren’t together, have a sibling or your other parent put this together for you. That way, your mom will feel like you’re right there with her.
Do Her Makeup
You might not have the resources to get your mom a million different beauty products, but if you’re a beauty-lover yourself, you could still help her feel amazing using the makeup you already have. As you get ready to celebrate, help your mom get dressed up, do her makeup for her, and give her a boost of confidence so she feels like her most beautiful self.
Gift a Hobby
Is there something your mom has always wanted to do? A class she’s always wanted to take? Get her started by gifting her an experience she hasn’t tried before or wants to do more of. And even though she won’t be able to use it for a little while, it’ll give her something to look forward to (and you’ll most likely support a small business in the process!). From yoga to art to rock climbing, there are tons of classes you can choose from without breaking the bank. Even better, you can go with her and make a memory together.