Day is just around the corner and there's just no money in the
budget for gifts. Not to worry! Just look over this list of
inexpensive gifts to buy or make and you'll be all set. These
budget ideas with a lot of heart can mean more than 2 dozen
red roses to a mom!
your mom a bouquet of flowers from your own garden.
Use a vase you have saved from a time when you received flowers
from a florist or spend a little on a pretty new vase. (Try
your local Dollar Store) Tie a ribbon or raffia bow around it
and add a card (make it yourself on your computer) and your
gift is ready!
2. Buy a
single bloom at the florist. The florist in our town will put
one carnation, daisy or other flower in a bud vase along with
a little baby's breath and add a bow for around $5.00. And they
your mom an afternoon with you! Not with your kids or spouse
along, just you. How long has it been since you spent uninterrupted
time with her? Look at old pictures, reminisce, or go window-shopping,
whatever. The point is just being together.
your mom's favorite dessert and present it to her along with
a gift certificate for a homemade dessert once a month. Especially
if your mom lives alone, this can really be a treat.
5. If your
mom is elderly or lives alone, give her the gift of a Saturday
spent doing things around her house. Such as washing her windows,
changing light bulbs and air conditioner filters, working in
her yard, hauling away trash, anything she finds it difficult
to do for herself anymore. Get the whole family involved in
baskets are always fun for the recipient and the giver, too.
Fill a pretty basket with things you make, cookie mixes, dried
herbs, needlework, a mug filled with a couple of specialty tea
bags. Line the basket with a lacy doily or napkin, add a raffia
bow and you have a great gift any mother will love.
7. If a
card is just all you can do this year, make it really special.
Have everyone in the family write a little note; toddlers who
can't write yet can draw a picture.
With a little
imagination, you can create a gift your mother will be elated
to receive! And she'll wonder what you'll come up with next
Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the bi-weekly newsletter "1
Frugal Friend 2 Another", bringing you practical, money-saving
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