Posted by: thesavinghabit | May 5, 2010

Gifts for Mom

 Hard to believe that May is already here. Seems it was just a couple of weeks ago we were celebrating Christmas or Hannukah. 

 It seems like holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s day end up being ones that we don’t plan for, or that cost us more than we think. But, as a mom, I can honestly say that the best Mother’s day gifts are the gifts from the heart. My kids are still young, but my husband doesn’t have them buy me a Mother’s day gift, or take me out for lunch. Instead, they make cards for me, and usually do some type of craft. Some years my husband has purchased inexpensive craft supplies and they’ll make something that will last (such as a clay heart that says “mom” on it, or a little box they painted and glued their picture on).  

 I realize not everyone has time to make a nice gift, but I think you’d be surprised what you can come up with. What about making “gift certificates” to do something at a later date with your mom. Maybe you could clean her house, mow her yard, plant her some flowers, etc. Or perhaps you could make her a nice lunch or dinner and just let her relax. I know a great gift for me would be for my family to clean the house! You shouldn’t allow Mother’s Day (or Father’s Day) to create financial stress.

 Also, check out your local dollar store for a card. I buy almost all of my cards throughout the year at a dollar store, unless it’s a card we make.  Often they are even less than a dollar.  I never buy cards for children’s birthday parties. I have my kids make the cards for their friend’s birthdays. They love putting their own personal touches on the card.

 If you have a little more time and enjoy being a little more creative, why not try some of the gifts in a jar?  I found some recipes you may want to check out.

 Homemade Bath Salts – http://www.allfreecrafts.com/giftinajar/bath-salts.shtml

Dry Rubs –  http://www.saving-money-makes-cents.com/dry-rubs.html

Various Goodies – http://www.saving-money-makes-cents.com/goodies.html

 I hope that gives you some ideas on how to avoid the financial pitfalls that often come with Mother’s Day! Don’t get me wrong…there’s nothing wrong with giving Mom gifts. But, if finances are tight, I’m sure Mom understands if you can’t manage it.

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  1. A great MOTHER’S DAY GIFT!! only 99 cents!!

    I wrote this song and sent it to my mom for Mother’s Day and she was overcome with emotion. Though I only intended to share the song with her, she has now encouraged me to share it through iTunes.

    

Please consider it for a gift to for anyone who cherishes a mom, knows a mom or is a mom, this Mother’s Day, May 9th!

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mothers-love/id362948425?i=362948763


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