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Unique, frugal ways to show mom you care

Mother's Day

By Jessica Horton, Copywriter

Let’s face it, moms are vastly underappreciated given the hard work they do day-in and day-out. And, although moms deserve far more than one day of gratitude (she should actually be earning six figures!), Mother’s Day is a perfect time to go out of your way to show mom how much you appreciate all she does.

Don’t wait until the last minute to find the perfect gift (mom will know – trust me!). Make her proud by checking out these great frugal gift ideas that will help show your love while maintaining your budget!

Make something from the heart. Pinterest is a great resource for finding easy, Do-It-Yourself craft ideas that mom is sure to love. Check out this sweet – and simple – craft that is sure to warm mom's heart:

Mother's Day craft

1. Trace your (or your child’s) hand, and cut out two copies.

2. Cut out a strip of paper and fold it accordion-style. Use a marker or rub-on letters to add the words “I Love You” on the outside, and “This Much” on the strip of paper.

3. Glue the ends of your accordion strip on the insides of the hands and your card is finished!

Find a unique deal. If you’re not particularly crafty, you can find great Mother’s Day deals on group coupon sites, like Groupon and Living Social. One of my favorite websites for discovering unique gifts for all occasions is Red Envelope. And luckily for me, Living Social has an online deal that offers you $40 at Red Envelope for only $20. I managed to find a modern, yet simple, necklace I could personalize with my name and birthstone. And with the Living Social deal, the price dropped to just $9.95. Now that’s my kind of deal!

Give the gift of fashion. Does your mom have a passion for fashion? If the matriarch of your family loves designer duds, but hates the exorbitant price tags, websites like Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Rue La La offer great designer clothes at bargain basement prices. If you’re not sure what her closet is lacking, Living Social comes to the rescue once again with $50 to spend at LastCall.com by Neiman Marcus for just $25. What mom wouldn’t love a frugal shopping spree?

Personalize a gift certificate. If there’s one gift you could give mom that is priceless, it’s the gift of your time. A personalized gift certificate is a great way to show mom you care. You could offer her ten back rubs or breakfast in bed at her request. The possibilities are endless. And best of all? It’s completely free!

Do you have any creative, budget-friendly ideas for Mother’s Day? Share your ideas by commenting on this post!

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You don't have to spend a lot to say a lot!



The most thoughtful gift you can give a mom is one from the heart. And luckily, it doesn't cost a thing! So personalize your own Mother's Day gift certificate and be extra sweet on May 13 — after all, mom deserves it!

Personalize a gift certificate for Mother's Day 


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