7 creative Mother’s Day gifts that won’t blow your budget

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7 creative Mother’s Day gifts that won’t blow your budget
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Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show the most important woman in your life just how much you appreciate her. And while there’s no right or wrong way to thank her for everything she does, you should think beyond the basic bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates to find something she will really love.

That doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget on an extravagant gift, either. A little creativity can go a long way in finding a more meaningful and equally affordable present. Take a peek at these ideas to help you get started!

Inexpensive gifts Mom will love

Homemade body scrub

Instead of running out to a local beauty store to pick up a gift, save money by making a homemade body scrub. It’s easier than you think! All you need is a mason jar and a few basic ingredients based on the recipe you choose.You can personalize it by selecting a recipe with your mom’s favorite scent, be it coffee, peppermint, lemon… the sky’s the limit! Here are 21 sugar scrub recipes to help get the creative juices flowing.

Photo book

Between smartphone camera libraries, Facebook snapshots and Instagram posts, there are so many pictures hanging out in digital space. This is a great opportunity to wrangle those images and put them into a photo album for mom so she can flip through the pages when she feels like walking down memory lane. Depending on the final look you want to achieve, you could go with the DIY approach and put together a scrapbook with personal captions or order one from an online photo-printing site like Snapfish. Other photo gifts like mugs and calendars are sure-fire hits and won’t cost a lot, either.

Gardening bucket

Moms who like working in the garden and getting their hands dirty probably should not be given a basic bouquet of flowers. Take advantage of spring gardening sales at home improvement stores like Lowe’s and The Home Depot to save on supplies and plants and put together a bucket of essentials like potting soil, gloves, a shovel, and bulbs or herbs. You could even offer to help her plant her new gift, as she is sure to enjoy the extra time together!

Handmade jewelry

If something sparkly is on your list of gift ideas, skip the overpriced jewelry stores and head over to Etsy, where you can find one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces at affordable prices. Choose from an engraved cuff bracelet or a bangle with charms featuring each child or grandchild’s name along with their birthstone. Prices are all over the map (but mostly very affordable), so shop around to find one that fits your mom’s style — and your budget.

Unique subscription

These days, you can order special monthly subscriptions for everything from fruit and wine to movies and massages. Check out Plated for monthly boxes of ingredients and recipes to make delicious meals; Birchbox for a fun way to try new beauty products with tips on how to use them; and Book of the Month to discover new books (mom will get to choose which book she wants every month from a selection of five titles). You could set your mom up with DVDs or video-streaming from Netflix, too! Check out this list of 23 subscription gifts for more ideas.

Hand prints

Mom will love any craft that captures her children’s handprints — it’s like freezing a moment in time! There are a variety of creative ways to this that will let your kid’s imagination run wild. If she loves to cook, for instance, make her this handprint apron. All you need is a plain apron in mom’s favorite color and some paint. You can also create wall art using mini caves sets or pick up a ceramic plate kit from a craft store like Michael’s for a few bucks and let your kids decorate it themselves.

At-home spa
A day at the spa sounds dreamy, but it can be incredibly expensive. Since mom likely needs a little rest and relaxation, create a rejuvenating spa experience for her at home. Draw a warm bath using soothing lavender-scented salts, light several candles around the tub and turn on relaxing music. Don’t forget the bubbly, either. Pour a glass of champagne and serve it along with some chocolate-covered strawberries for the ultimate in pampering. Lastly, leave mom alone to relax with no interruptions!

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Andrea Woroch About the author:
Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps Americans find easy ways to live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers and super savers. As an established on-air contributor and sought after media source, ...Read more
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