We should always celebrate our moms, but Mother’s Day concentrates all our appreciation energy into one really sweet day. Therein lies our dilemma, though. We owe so much to the women who birthed, raised, taught, and praised us—yet our budget doesn’t let us make a big, expensive deal out of the occasion. For this Mother’s Day, if you need a game plan for buying a unique Mother’s Day gift on a budget, read our brief perusal of some promising options.
Make a Handmade Card
Start with a cute, handmade card. Stop at the craft store and overdo it with gaudy detail—treat it like a childhood art project—or you can spend tons of time making it nice. Either way, your mom, who loves anything you make, will love another art piece from her favorite formerly-little artist. At the least, putting in the time is a loving gesture.
Buy Her Little Vintage Décor Pieces
You may want to buy her everything she wants, but it’s wise to get her a bunch of smaller things if you’re buying a Mother’s Day gift on a budget. Instead of getting her a kitchen table, buy her a bunch of pretty accessories that fit her style that she can place around her kitchen. You also don’t need to skimp on quality—there are artisan shops like Quinn’s Mercantile that sell attractive and unique vintage gifts that will set her living spaces apart.
Pictures + a Cute Frame
Besides handmade things, there’s little a mother wants more than pictures from her kids, especially if those kids have kids of their own. Grandmas love to plaster their family members’ faces all over the house, and the true value of these pictures far exceeds their dollar amount. So organize a family photoshoot, get as many people as you can find that she cares about to fit in a gorgeous frame, and then give it to her.
Do Something Sweet for Her
There are many ways to show your love, one of which is through your loving acts of service. For Mother’s Day, surprise your mom by going outside and picking up weeds in the wee hours of the morning. Her reaction when she realizes where you are will be priceless. One act of service that betters a celebration is cooking her a meal. Get your siblings or kids together to help, and let her see all of you in the kitchen together. That will be gift enough to her.
Spend Time With Her
When all else fails, when you can’t find a good picture to frame or think of anything to do around the house, just show up. Your mom wants to spend as much time with you as possible, and your undivided and loving attention is exactly the kind of gift she wants.