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How to Give Your Mom a Happy (Frugal) Mother’s Day

on May 10, 2014
I Love You Mum - Stuart Miles

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There’s no one like mom. In good times and bad, moms are there when you need support, strength, guidance, and love. On mom’s special day, Mother’s Day, show her that her mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual investment in your well-being is appreciated by doing something special for her. Doing so doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here are five frugal things you can do to give mom a special and meaningful Mother’s Day.

Get crafty and make her origami flowers.

Floral bouquets are expensive, in part due to the demand for them. And Mother’s Day is one of the most high-demand (and high profit) days for flower shops. Rather than spend a ton of money on a bouquet, make her an aesthetically-pleasing origami paper bouquet instead. Admittedly, this does take some knack and patience, but the end result is lovely. You can even add an extra touch by gently spraying it with her favourite perfume. She will be mightily impressed by your ingenuity. (See the links in the Additional Resources section at the end of this post for tutorials on how to do this.) While you’re on a crafty roll, make her a card from scratch, as well, with a thoughtful hand-written message.

Give her a small gift bag of homemade soaps.

It’s easier to make soap than you might think, especially if you use the melt-and-pour method (see the link to a basic tutorial in the Additional Resources section). All you need is a melt-and-pour soap base, a decorative soap mold, fragrance oil, skin-safe soap colourant, and a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol. Put the completed soaps in a cellophane gift bag and tie with a decorative ribbon.

Make her a nice meal, or bake a special treat.

Rather than going out to a restaurant and/or buying her a cake, prepare a nice brunch for her, or bake her a sweet treat she may love, like cupcakes. The time and effort put into it will be much appreciated.

Give her an at-home spa treatment.

She will get a kick out of being pampered as you give her a manicure/pedicure after a nice hand and foot massage, and having a natural homemade facial mask applied to her skin. (The Additional Resources section below links to homemade face mask recipes for various skin types and conditions.)

Cue up her favourite movies to watch on t.v.

Spend some quality time with mom by having a mini-marathon viewing session of her favourite movies (or t.v. shows). Make it feel more special than your average t.v. viewing session by lighting her favourite scented candle and making her a glass of your best mixed drink. Mother’s Day Margarita, anyone?


Additional Resources:

Origami Rose YouTube Tutorial

Origami Lily YouTube Tutorial

Melt-and-Pour Soap Making – Basic YouTube Tutorial

8 Do-It-Yourself Home Face Masks



One response to “How to Give Your Mom a Happy (Frugal) Mother’s Day

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