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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Mother's Day is May 8th, right around the corner, and this means it's time to plan what you're going to do for your mom.

Not sure if you can afford to roll out the red carpet this year? No problem. We've outlined ten budget friendly options that will honor your mom and simultaneously keep your bank account in check.

Get crafty

Go to your craft store and buy a small, blank canvas for everyone in your family. Buy a few types of acrylic paint in fun colors, including a white tube of paint. Then, together with your mom and the rest of your family, color each canvas a different color. Dip one hand into the white paint and make a handprint. Presto! What results will be fun wall art instillation that she can enjoy all year long.

Give her a mani pedi

Manicures and pedicures can cost quite a bit at a spa, so consider treating your mother like a queen at home. Create a spa-like setting in your living room by buying fresh flowers, croissants, and orange juice, then have a few nail colors ready so you can offer to paint her toenails and fingernails.

Do unexpected chores

Make a list of the things your mom does around the house and take some of them off her plate. Try doing the laundry for a full week, making her dinner, or thoroughly cleaning a room that's always messy. She will deeply appreciate your effort.

Focus on photos

Make a photo book of your favorite memories. Many companies like Apple and Shutterfly have low-cost options for this, and it's the perfect gift to her on Mother's Day. Even better, pick one photo, enlarge it, and have it framed. Both of these gifts would make a great package to present on her special day.

Make a day of it

Dedicate Mother's Day to being with your mom. Do research ahead of time to find cheap events like festivals, concerts, or low-cost museum admission in your area. You can also treat her to a picnic lunch while you're at it.

Buy her a book

Pay attention to the topics and authors your mom enjoys reading and then go out and buy one that you think she'll like. You can search online for recommendations. Another option is to purchase a $20 gift card to your local bookstore so she can choose one on her own. Better yet, get your own copy of the book and read along with her so you can spend that much more quality time with mom.

Make a coupon book

For a free option, cut out pieces of construction paper, staple them together and then label each sheet as a coupon for things she can redeem later on. This could include tasks like filling the dishwasher, vacuuming the living room, making breakfast in bed, or other no-cost activities that she would appreciate.

Take her to the movies

Take in a discount matinee with your mom and spring for some popcorn. Let her to pick the film, even if you don't share the same tastes and aren't wild about her choice.

Purchase a birthstone necklace

Consider springing for a necklace that includes the birthstones of every person in your family. There are tons of vendors on Etsy that offer this kind of jewelry, including IrinSkye, DaniqueJewelry and CrystalSongJewels. It's sure to be a gift he'll cherish forever.

Give her time

Sometimes all your mother needs is some me time. Make accommodations to take care of the rest of the family while she relaxes at a park, goes to the beach, or enjoys a meal on her own. She'll be happy to decompress and come back refreshed. She'll also be grateful for the time off.

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