Just because you’re broke this Mother’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t do something great.
Here are some of our favorite ways to treat your mom for Mother’s Day without breaking out your piggy bank.
Make Her Something
Making mom something says more than a store-bought present ever could. For a crafty person, there are boundless opportunities to make mom something she’s going to cherish for years to come.
But if you’re not so artistically inclined, don’t worry. You can make her a mix CD, Spotify playlist, or load a thumb drive with some of her favorite tunes on it. She’ll think of you every time she looks at or listens to what you’ve made for her.
Cook For Her
Those who know their way around a kitchen have a ready-made way to make mom happy on Mother’s Day. You might have to shell out a little cash to buy food, but cooking mom a nice dinner at home can be done for a fraction of the cost of taking her out to a fancy restaurant.
Best of all, it gives the two of you time together in a comfortable and relaxed setting — just make sure to clean up your place before she comes over.
Go Day Tripping
If you and your mom both live in the same city, taking her on a day trip might be a great way to spend time together on Mother’s Day. Even if it’s just a drive up the coast, a short getaway gives the two of you some time to spend together.
Throw on some music and take the time to really catch up with her en route to a scenic destination and bring a picnic for lunch along the way.
Give Her a Call
In the 21st Century, it’s easier to communicate than ever before. You might text or email your mom several times throughout the course of a week but how often do you sit down and have a conversation with her?
Make it a point to give her some one-on-one time. That’s easy enough – especially in the age of Skype, free cell phone minutes, and VoIP.
How many times has your mother cleaned up after you in the course of her lifetime? Now it’s time to return the favor.
Tell her in advance that you’re coming by with all your cleaning products in tow — and that you’re not taking “no” for an answer. Let her know that this is her day and you’re going to be doing it all on your own, just like she did for you for so many years.
Remember: All your mom really wants for Mother’s Day is a little bit of your time, attention and appreciation for all her hard work. Give her that and it’ll be hard to go wrong.
“Free Mother’s Day Celebration Ideas” was written by Nicholas Pell.