Mom’s are our treasures. They mean more to us than we can ever express, because they’re simply priceless. But that doesn’t mean showing how much they mean to us has to break the bank. Here are 12 no-cost Mother’s Day gift ideas that are straight from the heart.
1. Give a handmade card
You’re never too old for this one. A handmade card doesn’t have to be fancy to be heartfelt. You can create one using craft supplies and paper already on hand, and even add a favorite photo of the two of you for a special touch. Your mom will appreciate the time you spend making something just for her.
2. Go for a visit
Finding time to visit your mom will be one of the most cherished gifts you could give her. Mom’s always wish they had more time to spend with their kids, no matter their age. Whether you go out or just stay in and talk, choosing to give the gift of your time will be super meaningful and something your mom will always be glad you gave her.
3. Cook her favorite meal
When I think about how many meals by mom cooked for me over the years… I can’t even count that high! What a wonderful thing to cook for her for a change. And then? Do the dishes too! Just knowing she won’t have to clean up is a gift in itself. Plus, all that cooking and cleaning will give her another chance to be proud of the amazing job she did raising you. 😉
4. Give her a shoulder rub or foot massage
Mom’s are tired. You know it’s true. I don’t know any mom who would turn down a shoulder rub. For my mom, her favorite was a foot massage. Feet are not my favorite, but I would do it because she meant so much to me. Trust me, your mama will love you for it.
5. Create coupons for time together
You could do this with a notepad, make them on the computer and print them off, or even do a jar with little slips of paper inside. Taking time to spend with your mom is something you’ll never regret. You can make this one as easy or detailed as you want. Just writing down “shop together,” “watch a movie together,” or “afternoon visiting on the phone” are simple but great ideas she’ll love. Or you could get more detailed and look up times or coupons for local events, like “day at the zoo” for a day you know will be $1 admission. Whatever you decide, spending time together will make for cherished memories.
6. Get the family together
Family time is the best time, and you can give a wonderful gift to your mom by getting everybody together. It could be just your siblings, or the whole extended family. It can be hard to get everyone together with all the crazy schedules and distances, so your mom will be extra thrilled that you were able to make it happen. And it doesn’t have to be on Mother’s Day either, just knowing she has the get-together to look forward to will make her day.
7. Make her favorite treat
Alright, who doesn’t want their favorite dessert or treat prepared especially for them? I want this one for Mother’s Day and I’m not even a mom. (Does being a pug mom count?) Your mama is gonna love you to death if you make her favorite dessert, simple as that.
8. Create artwork
This one certainly doesn’t apply to me, but if your artsy or craft-y, or both, something you create from the heart is an amazing gift. Not only will it be gorgeous and handcrafted, it will be taylor-made for you mom, and you really can’t get any more personal than that. Heartstrings, get ready for some tuggin’.
9. Write a heartfelt letter
This is the one I’m best at. I wrote my mom an open, sincere “love” letter several years ago for Mother’s Day. She cried. The good kind thankfully! It was several pages long, and it basically told her all the things she’d done for me that I was thankful for, that I appreciated her as a person, that’s she’s beautiful and had done a good job, and that she was sooo loved.
My mom has since gone on to be with the Lord, and I’m so glad I wrote her that letter when I did. She texted later that evening and told me it meant so much to her and it was already one of her most cherished things ever.
10. Put calls & visits on a calendar
If you’re like me, chances are you might have an extra calendar laying around, but if not, you can easily find a free printable one online, so no expense there. Take some time and plan out when you can dedicate time to visit and/or call your mom. Imagine your delight when she opens your gift, knowing she can take those dates to look forward to throughout the year. That’s just precious right there.
11. Set up a schedule to help with chores
Now that I think about it, you could combine this idea with the one above. Or it could be its own thing. You could create a calendar with dates of when you can come help out with some chores. Maybe it could be helping your mom do a deep clean, or just reaching places that are hard for her to get to. Planning times to come fix dinner and eat together would be awesome for both of you, and you could do the clean-up afterward.
But none of that really requires a calendar. Picking a day of the week and going to help your mom do grocery shopping, or run her to the post office, something like that could be a great chance for regular catch-ups, and you’re helping her get stuff done, too.
12. Take a family photograph
Okay this is a treasure right here. Especially if you’re able to do the idea up above about getting the family together, be sure to take a picture or two with everybody! Otherwise, contact the immediate fam and see when’s an easy time to take a quick photo. Maybe everybody can meet at a local park, or after church one Sunday when people are already dressed up. (Hey, you gotta think of these things… Whatever makes it easier for people!)
One of my favorite pastimes (and my mom’s too) is looking at family photos. It helps solidify memories that can sometimes be fleeting. I can’t count the number of times I remembered something about someone or a certain time we had by looking at photos. I’m sure your mom will be thrilled to get an up-to-date family photo, I know mine would have loved it.
I’m so thankful for the time I had with my mom and all the memories I have to look back on. Taking the time to make your mom know she’s loved and appreciated is well worth it. Even so, don’t let yourself feel pressured into thinking Mother’s Day has to be commercial holiday. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with buying her something, but there’s nothing wrong with no-cost gifts either. And these budget-friendly gifts come straight from the heart, which is what truly matters. Trust me, your mama will feel the love.
What are you plans for Mother’s Day? What’s your favorite idea from this list? Let me know in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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