by D. Lanier Shook May 8, 2013
Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend and all of us want to not only make a great impression on the woman who put up with us, but we also want to do something really special. We are all about Cheaper, Better, and More, so her are ten ways to accomplish all these goals. Good luck.
1. Road Trip
Taking your mother on a road trip doesn’t have to be complicated, time consuming, or expensive. Obviously you could whisk her off to Charleston, Atlanta, or New Orleans, but you could also take her to Weaverville, Greenville, or Johnson City. Very few mothers feel they spend enough time with their grown children, so this is a winner even if you all never get out of the car. This means that even if you spend less when you get out of the car you’ll still create a day Mom will enjoy.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Hendersonville, NC
- Morganton, NC
- Cherokee, NC
- Newton and Hickory, NC
- Spartanburg, SC
- Caesar’s Head
- and many, many others
2. Picnic Lunch
Instead of standing in line for four hours at a very popular restuarant, pack up a lunch of what you know Mom enjoys and take off for a picnic. She’ll enjoy the time with you, she’ll enjoy the food, you can spend what you save on a gift, and she’ll enjoy the surroundings. When you take a picnic the area around you becomes part of the experience. Here are two video suggestions for great places for a picnic.
3. Miniature Handmade Items
Sometimes smaller is better. If you hand make a small card, not only does it mean you put time into the project, it’s also easier to keep. There was true sentiment behind the three foot by two foot card I gave my mother one year, but I certainly hope she doesn’t still have it. On the other hand she’ll definitely keep the three inch by two inch card I’m going to make for her this year.
4. Flowers and Plants
The great thing about bushes and perennials is they come back. You can give a gift this year and every time it blooms Mom will remember you. Never underestimate the power of a five dollar perennial.
5. Elbow Grease
If there’s something your mother needs done around the house, that can make a great Mother’s Day gift. Obviously this gift — or any of these for that matter — are a one-size-fits-all solution for Mother’s Day. (If you’re age five, the biggest gift you can give your mother is staying away from the lawn mower or any other power tool.) But in some cases, helping out around the house is something mom will definitely appreciate.
Tickets may bring Springsteen concerts and the Met to mind, but there are lots of other events Mom may want to go to. Local baseball games and basketball games are affordable and convenient. These tickets can be just for Mom, or you can buy one for you and promise to tag along.
Grab your camera or phone, switch it to video and just tell Mom about a moment that’s special to both of you. Then e-mail it to her, or just hand her the phone and let her watch it. Write a few paragraphs about a special moment. This can bring her more happiness than you’ll ever know.
8. Travel Generated Gifts
If you have ever traveled with your mother you’ve got a universe of possibilities right there. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Laminate a travel brochure or ticket stub as a bookmark.
- Use contact paper or just plain glue to attach photos, brochures or other memorabilia to the front of a regular notebook.
- Glue photos inside a card to create a panorama.
- Have your children draw pictures of where you’ve been in the past year.
- Laminate these and give them as gifts.
9. Travel Related Gifts
If Mom likes to travel — or has to whether she likes to or not — then there’s your gift. Depending on your budget the sky’s the limit. Here’s a few suggestions:
- travel toiletries
- cameras and memory cards
- notebooks and pens
- travel books
- sunglasses and a nice case
- travel games
10. Alot of Little Stuff
Okay, so you’ve only got ten dollars to spend for Mother’s Day. Don’t spend it all in one place. Pop down to a dollar store, pick up several items and put them in a snazzy case. (Skip the gift bag, a plastic “showbox” will show more originality.) Just because your budget is limited doesn’t mean your imagination has to be.
The most important thing about your gift is that it shows you care. That means it has to show that you know them. Flowers are great, but anyone can tell their executive assistant to “send flowers.”
Take the time to think abou your mother and who she is. Where did she grow up? When did she grow up? What are her hobbies? What does she care about? Draw on a childhood memory. Believe me, a dollar candy bar Mom enjoyed fifty years ago can mean a whole lot more than a fifty dollar rose bouquet.
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