Spoil your partner or mum this Mother’s Day with these personal, thoughtful ideas that won’t break the bank! Here are 11 frugal ways to show your appreciation…
1. Serve afternoon tea at home
A DIY afternoon tea is a really affordable way to treat your mum or partner, without spending a fortune. Scones, cakes and sandwiches are cheap and easy to make but, if cooking is not your talent, a couple of quid spent in a supermarket or bakery will do the job. Decorate the table with flowers, add some yummy treats and have an afternoon of quality time for a fraction of the cost of eating out.
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. Give the gift of sleep
For mums with young children, sleep is the best gift anyone could give. Organise for the children to sleep over with their grandparents, or take the kids out of the house and let her spend the morning in bed. Peace and quiet doesn’t cost a penny, but it’s absolutely priceless!
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 is nothing better than a trip down memory lane.
5. Plan a picnic
If the weather is bright, why not plan a picnic and get out and about? Pack up some tasty treats and spend some quality time together. Perhaps visit her favourite place, or find a nearby park where you can enjoy the fresh air and relax. Find a beautiful spot and chill!
6. 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.
7. 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 charity shops; such a simple but thoughtful gift.
8. 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?
9. Give a night off from cooking
I know of a few households where the dad does the cooking (that’s the dream!! 😂) but, for a lot of us, mums rarely get a night off from feeding the family. Take your partner or mum out for dinner, or eat at home for a more affordable option. Order a take-away and let her put her feet up or, better still, cook a meal for her to show how much you appreciate her – you could even get the kids involved.
10. Get crafting
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!
11. Book an experience
Hunt out the best deals from Groupon or Buyagift for a fun day out or a cheap meal. You can get £10 off from Buyagift just by signing up to their newsletter, but they always have offers too near special occasions – so they’ll be lots of Mother’s Day bargains to choose from. Take a look at their Mother’s Day discounts here.
Groupon is brilliant too, and can save you a fortune on days out and experiences. Extra voucher codes are often available as well, to sweeten the deal even more! Pop over to Groupon to see what’s on offer near you.