Inexpensive ways to show mom you care

Moms are always there when you need them. They give timeless advice, offer encouraging words, and are even there to bail you out of a jam. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show your mom how much she really means to you. With a plethora of celebrations coming up – graduations, weddings, baby showers – you might find your gift giving budget to be a bit stretched. The good news is you don’t need a lot of money (or time!) to show your mom how special she is to you. Following are five inexpensive ways to treat your mom this Mother’s Day.

Create a memory book. Mothers try to hold on to their children’s most memorable moments – from the first ultra-sound photo to the first fallen tooth. Return the favor and create a memory book of some of the most valuable moments in your mom’s life.

Donate to her favorite charity. Maybe your mom is an advocate for breast cancer awareness or gives her time to the local homeless shelter. Show your mom how much you care by giving a donation to the charity of her choice. She’ll appreciate that you understand and respect her values.

Offer her help. If your mother is always giving, it's time she was on the receiving end. Stop by the house to clean or cook her a nice dinner.  Maybe even help her to tackle a home improvement project.

Say “Thank you.” Mothers put their kids first. Use this Mother’s Day to show your mom how much you appreciate her time and sacrifice. You can do this in many ways, but perhaps the simplest is to say, “I appreciate you.”

Get personal. Personalized gift certificates are a great way to show mom you care.  This gift giving resource is free and the possibilities are endless!


Finally, remember that love doesn’t cost a thing. Most moms just want to spend more time with their children. Give your mom the most important valuable thing you have – your time.

Renee McGruder is a former communications coordinator and grant writer at MMI.