Mother’s Day is coming!!! So it’s time to come up with a thoughtful gift for her. This list of 17 frugal and free Mother’s Day gifts is perfect for all you last minute gift givers and for anyone on a tight budget.
With Mother’s Day almost here I’m sure many of you are scrambling for ideas!! Well, have no fear, this list of gifts for Mom is mostly free, and they are ideas she is sure to love.
Frugal & Free Mother’s Day Gifts
1. Plan an evening of favorites.
A budget gift that is easy to personalize is an evening filled with her favorites. Plan her favorite meals. Do her favorite activities and even listen to her favorite music. The basic idea is to make everything about that night all about her and to pamper her like she’s never been pampered before.
2. The gift of cleaning.
There are so many things you can do to help Mom out to give her a break for the day. Things like cleaning the whole house up, organizing the garage, detailing or washing her car, organize her closet or just simply washing the dishes.
3. Plan a day trip.
With the stay at home quarantines happening this Mother’s Day 2020 you may not be able to go too far, but it can feel so good to get out in nature and enjoy time together. Pack a simple picnic lunch and find a park or trail. She will appreciate the joy from getting out of the house and enjoying time together.
4. Give a wildflower bouquet.
Roses are great, but some of the prettiest flowers are the ones that grow wild. Find a field near you and take the time to pick a bouquet filled with beautiful wildflowers. Your mother will appreciate the time that you took and you’ll have a cheap, but amazing gift to give. Just be sure to ask for permission first if you are going to pick on someone’s land. A bouquet of flowers isn’t worth a trespassing charge!
5. Breakfast in Bed.
If you can think ahead and make a delicious breakfast to surprise mom with, she will be thrilled! Make sure and print out this cute little banner sign and other free Breakfast -n-Bed printables from Personal Creations. It will make that experience that much more fun!
Some of my favorite recipe ideas for Breakfast in Bed are:
- homemade waffles
- crepes with fresh strawberries
- Maple Glazed French Toast Casserole
- Make Ahead Sausage Egg Bake
- Lemon Almond Poppyseed Muffins
- finish each of these off with fresh fruit and a simple glass of orange juice.
6. Personalize a gift basket.
If your mother has a favorite thing, why not put together a gift basket filled with hand picked items (by you, of course) that is filled with those things? You could do her favorite snacks, spa products, movies and so many other options. Make sure that you include a handwritten gift note and that your gifts are only things that she will enjoy.
7. Make her a free Mother’s day gift door sign.
Print her out a free printable Mother’s Day sign. I’ve always loved this sweet sign with one of my favorite quotes about Mothers.
8. Write her a letter or poem.
We live in a world where handwritten notes are being more and more rare so why not write your Mom a letter? Even better, take it one step farther and spend a month or a year writing a journal specifically for them? Give it to her on Mother’s Day and she will have something that she can come back to over and over again to remember how much she is loved.
9. Mother’s Day Coupon Book.
Print out & color a Mother’s Day Coupon book! Sunny Day Family has the most adorable free printable coupon book that’s customizable.
10. Offer Service.
Sometimes the best gift is one that is truly needed but the gift recipient won’t tell you that they need. This could be anything from help cleaning the house to a night away and anything in between. Pay close attention to Mom and if there’s a need they need fulfilled? Find a way to include that need into your gift.
11. Make her a special treat.
I know myself, as a Mom, would LOVE it if my family made me a special treat to enjoy. This Raspberry Tart is to die for. Another awesome recipe would be these Chocolate Truffles from Savoring Today. (I’m drooling here…)
12. Serve her a quirky meal.
Candlelit dinners are cliche’, but take those candles and make them quirky and you’ve got a memorable meal for years to come. Set up an in-house restaurant with you waiting on her personally, give some options for the meal and provide some cooking entertainment. You’ll get to spend time with your family and she’ll get a kick out of how “strange” the meal is.
13. Get crafty.
Get crafty. There are so many wonderful homemade gifts you can make right at home with the supplies you have hanging around. One creative idea is to use Recycled Glass Plates to make Flower Art.
14. Candlelight Dinner.
Sometimes cliche’ isn’t a bad thing. Serve a candlelit dinner, buy roses, and write her sappy poem. Whatever you do though, make it memorable.
15. Fortune cookie gift idea.
This Fortune cookie gift idea is a really thoughtful and inexpensive gift to make and give to Mom. Fill the cookies with lots of personal messages that will mean so much to her.
16. Get handy.
If you’re handy with things like tools or at crafting, why not make your Mother’s Day gift? Do a little research and find what Mom has been wanting but couldn’t afford. Make it for her if possible. This is one of the best free Mother’s day gifts out there.
17. Plan a Movie Night.
This budget gift is great for movie buffs, but will work for just about anyone. Plan an evening centered around movies. Serve several different flavors of popcorn and soda, watch her favorite movies, visit a film centered museum and do other activities that are all centered around the big screen. She’ll have a blast while relaxing at the same time!
Those are all my favorite frugal & free Mother’s Day gift ideas.
If you want to BUY her a gift I’d recommend looking over these 2 posts. These are the BEST gift guides of all time, as I hand picked every gift myself as something I’d personally want: