Mother’s day is a special day where we get to let those moms in our lives know exactly how much we appreciate everything they do. Moms are not only essential to our society but one of the key components to a happy, healthy family. What happens when mother’s day comes and you’re running on a budget? No worries! Here are seven mother’s day presents that don’t cost a dime.
1 – Make Her Dinner
Nothing says “I love and appreciate you” like preparing a home-cooked meal for your mom on mother’s day. There are hundreds of easy recipes available online, so you’ll be able to find something that’s quick, easy, and most of all, completely free (provided the ingredients are readily available).
Everyone loves a tasty home-cooked meal! Whether you’re preparing homemade spaghetti, stuffed chicken breasts, or a simple mac n’ cheese dish, making her favorite meal on mother’s day will leave your mother with a smile on her face and a full belly. What more could you ask for?
2 – Photo Album or Montage
Moms love pictures of their children (and grandchildren), and you’re pretty likely to have some either saved in an online or physical drive or laying around in dusty photo albums. Preparing a photo collage or digital montage is a great gift that won’t cost you anything.
There are lots of free tools online to help you create a stunning montage, complete with artistic transitions and even music tracks. Put mom’s favorite song over a picture montage of her children and you’re sure to spark some tears of joy.
3 – Give Her Your Netflix Password
Here’s a gift that can go a long way with little effort and no cost to you. Since you’re already paying for Netflix, giving mom your password can be a nice gesture and provide her with hours of entertainment down the road.
Netflix is already quite cheap, being only a few dollars per month. Since the service allows up to four different profiles, your mom can have one all to herself, so as not to interfere with the shows that you watch. This is a way of saying “happy mother’s day” all throughout the year!
4 – Write Her a Poem
Are you handy with a pen and have decent language skills? Poems have been used for centuries to invoke wonder, inspire admiration, and most of all, declare feelings of love and respect for people, places, and things.
Writing mom a poem is a sweet and gentle way to remind her that you care and that she is important to your life. If you’ve never written a poem before, simply read some great poetry by authors like Emily Dickinson or Robert Frost. Once you get a feel for how words should flow together, put your pen to the paper and let mom know just how much she means to you.
5 – Clean Her Car
Let’s face it; our cars can always use a good cleaning, inside and out. Around this time of year, when pollen counts are high, that pesky greenish-yellow powder can cover everything, including that beautiful paint job on your mom’s car.
Washing her car and cleaning out the inside is a free and effective way to say Happy Mother’s Day. No one truly likes to clean out their own car, so doing this small favor for mom will let her know that you want her to take a day off. After all, mother’s day is just for her, right?
6 – Help Her Plant the Garden
Springtime means planting season, and that means mom may need some help in the garden! If your mom is a gardener, lending her a hand with tilling the soil and planting her seeds is a wonderful gesture to say I love you on Mother’s Day. Gardening can be hard work to do by oneself, so offering your help will ease some of the work and allow for crucial bonding time with mom.
If you’re really feeling nice, you can offer to plant the entire garden for her, so she can sit back and relax on Mother’s Day. Never underestimate the power of just a few hours of relaxation; it’s one of the greatest gifts that you can give.
7 – Just Spend Time With Her
Mothers generally don’t expect a Mother’s Day gift. In fact, the one thing that most moms truly want on this special day is just to spend time with their children and grandchildren. Bonding is one of the best gifts to give mom, as she’s likely missing having her children at home with her.
Spending time with mom doesn’t have to include any activities or gifts, just being together and talking and laughing together. Laughter and joy bring people together, after all. So if you want to show mom how much you love her on Mother’s Day, go see her! This is especially important for people whose mothers live out of state or a few hours away.
While Mother’s Day is certainly a huge holiday for greeting cards and all manner of other gifts, the best things usually don’t come from a store. Your time and small efforts in giving these seven free gifts can be just what mom needed on this special day. So the next time you’re unsure what to get mom for mother’s day, remember these free options and don’t forget that your time is the most valuable gift you can give.