Every year I rack my brain to come up with a great gift for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day that I can afford and I know they will like. I was in a card aisle somewhere just yesterday wondering “is this the card I sent last year?” For those of us with more love than dough to pour into a gift, something simple, personal, and inexpensive may be the way to go. After all, it is the thought that counts…milk it for all it’s worth!
Do not wait for the last minute to plan, make, or buy what you need. Give yourself at least 30-60 days to save money, raise money, watch for sales, take pictures, learn to cook or bake a certain recipe, learn how to dance, whatever it is you have to do to pull off the gift. If your first idea fails, then you have time to change your plans without stressing out to bad.
- Her favorite flower or plant from your yard, a discount store or a nursery
- An uninterrupted hour and bubble bath
- Homemade jewelry- buy supplies and get instructions from Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, etc.
- Write a poem or song
- Her favorite CD
- Any grilling utensil
- Make or buy something small that supports a hobby: guitar strings, a fishing lure, golf or tennis balls, a water bottle for his bike, etc.
- Make coupons for him to cash in: good for one time-mowing the lawn, taking out the trash, cleaning out the garage, etc.
- Favorite movie on DVD from Wal-Mart or discount store
- Book (s) by his favorite author
- Create, color, or draw a personalized card
- Craft a picture frame to hold a favorite family photo
- Buy them a gift card to their favorite restaurant
- Offer to babysit, if needed, so mom and dad can have a date
- Create a personalized message/photo magnet from Vista Print (great quality and reasonable prices)
- Plan a surprise party. Have friends and family pitch in with food and supplies.
- Bake and/or cook their favorite meal or dessert
Brainstorm your own ideas. Be attentive to hints mom and dad may be dropping for gift ideas. Pool family resources into one great, huge gift if that is what they want. Click on the links below for more ideas.