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Five frugal mother’s day gifts that don’t involve flowers

I learned everything I know about shopping from my Mum. She has a great eye and can find something fabulous in places you’d never think to look. But while my Mum loves beautiful things, they’re not really what she wants for Mother’s Day.

Photo by Roberto Caruso

Photo by Roberto Caruso

I learned everything I know about shopping from my Mum. She has a great eye and can find something fabulous in places you’d never think to look. But while my Mum loves beautiful things, they’re not really what she wants for Mother’s Day. I know this because every year she asks for the same thing: time. Whether it’s a walk, a movie or lunch, my Mum loves it when she gets me all to herself — in fact, I am pretty sure she’s the only person in the world who thinks this way! Time is such a precious commodity because, between work and my kids, I don’t have very much of it to give. And of course, it doesn’t cost money.

My point here is that your mother probably doesn’t want an expensive gift for Mother’s Day — so you don’t have to spend a fortune to make her happy. With some thought and a bit of imagination, you can give your Mom something she really wants this year without spending a ton of dough. Here are just a few ideas:

A letter: It can be really hard for a lot of daughters to tell their mothers how much they value them. A letter or card that talks about important and memorable moments with your Mom, or ways she has influenced you (positively of course!), would be a great gift to her.

Make dinner: It doesn’t have to be fancy, but taking the time to make a meal for your Mom and spend time with her is another good (and frugal) way to show her she’s special to you.

Make a photo album: I love getting photos from people, especially because all my pictures are digital and I have far too few print photos around. Make a picture album for your mother with your favourite shots of you two together and, if this applies to you, lots of pictures of her grandkids too.

Invite her over for a special movie night: Like a lot of people I know, I learned to love movies by watching them with my Mum. Rent your favourite films, make some homemade pizza and kick back with your mother this year.

Take her for a manicure: They don’t cost all that much money, and it’s a really nice treat you can enjoy together.