10 frugal and thoughtful lockdown Mother’s Day ideas

Spoil your partner or mum this Mother’s Day with these personal, thoughtful ideas that won’t break the bank! Here are 10 frugal ways to show your appreciation, lockdown-style…

1. Make a DIY afternoon tea

A DIY afternoon tea is a really affordable way to treat your mum or partner, without spending a fortune. Scones and sandwiches are cheap and easy to make but, if cooking isn’t your talent, a couple of quid spent in a supermarket or bakery will do the job. Make a doorstep delivery for a thoughtful Mother’s Day surprise.


2. Create a personalised gift basket

Show her that you know her well by creating a personalised gift basket full of things that she loves. You might want to fill it with pamper products and the promise of an afternoon off – bath bubbles, a bottle of bubbly, chocolates and a book or movie would be the perfect gift to go with some peace and quiet. Or, go for a theme such as gardening, craft or baking if there is something that your mum or partner loves to do.


3. Make plans for when lockdown is over

One of the worst bits about celebrating anything during lockdown is not being able to see your friends and family, so looking forward to a time when we can all be together again, and do something fun, is a great idea. Buyagift have made all of their experiences valid for 20 months, so you can give the gift of a day out which can be booked when things re-open. Take a look at their Mother’s Day gift ideas.


4. Give the gift of memories

Memories are priceless and a photograph is worth a thousand words. Frame those magical moments, or create a photo album or scrap book for your partner or mum to enjoy. Time is so precious, and children grow so fast – there’s nothing better than a trip down memory lane. Leave some pages blank at the end for all of the fun to be had when lockdown is over!


5. Give a personalised coupon

Personalised coupons are a great gift for every occasion, and Mother’s Day is no different – just make sure the coupons aren’t for things that are already expected! They don’t cost a penny but could be exactly what someone needs – why not offer to help in the garden, make breakfast in bed or give some DIY assistance? Not every great present can be gift-wrapped, and the gift of time is more valuable than anything you can buy. Download and print my free coupons to get started.


6. Frame your child’s artwork

Poems, paintings, and drawings become extra special when they’re framed and displayed, and they’re the perfect gift for any parent or grandparent. Frames can be picked up so cheaply in budget stores, or even second-hand from selling websites; such a simple but thoughtful gift.


7. Make a planter

Plant up pots or hanging baskets to bring some colour to the garden this spring. Flowers will usually go down a treat – but potted plants can be enjoyed for a lot longer than a bunch of cut flowers. If your partner or mum is more of a foodie or a keen cook, why not fill a planter with herbs?


8. Give a night off from cooking

With restaurants closed for a little while longer, why not treat your partner or mum to a take-away or a DIY meal kit? Lots of our favourite restaurants are now offering alternative options so support those local to you if you can, to keep your favourite places going during these tricky times. Let mum put her feet up and, if you’re up for cooking, get the kids involved too!


9. Bake a cake

If you’ve got the time, bake something yummy and do a doorstep delivery to create some Mother’s Day magic for your mum.  Check out my budget cake post for lots of creative ideas. If you’re spoiling your partner, get the kids involved in making a treat for mummy. 

My chocolate fridge cake recipe is a simple no-cook recipe (ridiculously delicious!) and it makes a great gift. Press into a foil tray and top with treats and cake toppers.


10. Get crafting

I’ve saved the best gift until last! As a mum myself, there’s nothing I love more than a homemade card or gift from my children. These are the gifts that I never throw out, and that I will treasure forever. Raid the craft box and the recycling bin and spend some time with the kids, creating a masterpiece for their mum. They will love it, and so will she!


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