10 Cheap or Free Mother's Day Gifts for 2014

Cheap Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Here are some cheap Mother's Day gift ideas. They're actually mostly free, with the cost being very little to absolutely nothing. These are also things that you can put together at nearly the last minute. They require some thought and a little time to put together. What's neat about these ideas is that, although they cost next to nothing, their effect is priceless, as they are sure to please the special mother in your life.


Homemade Mother's Day card
Homemade Mother's Day card | Source

Give a Mother's Day card

My mom gets a Mother's Day card every year and always appreciates it. Just letting someone know you're thinking of them can make the day special. Even if you spend a lot on a card, it's only going to be about five bucks or so, but you can go much cheaper than that. I find great cards at 2 for a dollar at stores such as the Dollar Tree and Deals.

If you want to go even cheaper--and more sentimental--than that, just make your own card. Using a piece of paper and your own writing tools makes the cost practically free. Send in the mail with just the cost of a stamp. If it's possible, hand your homemade Mother's Day card to Mom--or other special lady--and see her face light up as she reads it. Guaranteed.


Call your mother!

Calling your mother on Mother's Day may be the best thing you can do. I'm bad to let weeks (or longer) go by without picking up the phone. Most mothers love hearing from their kids, so if you're away from "home," regardless of your age, pick up the phone to call your mom. She will appreciate it undoubtedly more than any expensive gift you could give her.

With most people having landlines or cell phones with long distance minutes built in, the phone call most likely won't cost you a cent.


Write your mom a letter

Write your mom a handwritten letter, telling her all the things you love or admire about her. Who gets letters anymore? Receiving one can be a fun thing in itself, but lavishing words of adoration of praise on the recipient makes it all the more special.

If you live with your mother, give it to her or leave it where she will find it. If you have to, mail the letter for just the cost of a stamp, or email it if you really want to spend nothing. In the end, it's the words you say and the time you spend that will matter most.


Mom and me when we graduated from college together. A perfect photo to frame!
Mom and me when we graduated from college together. A perfect photo to frame! | Source

Frame a picture

I have framed lots of photos for gifts. Choose one that will mean a lot to both you and your mom.

Put it in an existing frame or one you pick up for a buck at the dollar store. This gift will keep giving, as it will invoke positive feelings every time she sees it.


Do a chore for Mom

If you live at home, doing a chore for Mom will be especially welcomed. Rake or mow the yard. Sweep out the garage or carport. At the very least, clean your room! I know my mom struggled with me on that one!

You can still do some household chores or yard work for Mom if you don't live with her. If she has trouble getting out on her own, pick up something she has been wanting or drive her to go get it.


Write a poem

Do you write poetry? Could you write a poem? A framed poem from the heart would thrill anybody's heart, especially a mother.

Try your hand at some poetry. Next, put the poem, or a simple letter if you're not comfortable with poetry, in a nice, elegant frame for her. I bet she'll love it!

An option to writing your own poem is to write up or type out one of her favorites or a favorite you think she will like. Choose one that reflects your relationship with your mother or something special about your mom. She is sure the appreciate the effort.


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Purple wildflowers? Or weeds? I love them, anyway! Free in my yard!Blooming white azalea bushPink azaleasFading pink tulips
Purple wildflowers? Or weeds? I love them, anyway! Free in my yard!
Purple wildflowers? Or weeds? I love them, anyway! Free in my yard! | Source
Blooming white azalea bush
Blooming white azalea bush | Source
Pink azaleas
Pink azaleas | Source
Fading pink tulips
Fading pink tulips | Source

PIck some flowers

Although buying flowers is simple and always makes a nice gift, flowers purchased from a florist can be very expensive. I've bought inexpensive flowers before at Wal-Mart or other grocery stores before--a single rose for a dollar or a spring bouquet for three or four dollars.

You can go even cheaper than that, though--free, even. Look around your yard to see what is blooming, and start picking away. You might see roses and daisies, azaleas and tulips. Tulips may be fading by Mother's Day, but there's bound to be something growing. I enjoy even the wildflowers or little purple and yellow flowers that grow in my yard that many people would call "weeds."

Take or make Mom a meal

If you can cook, Mom would love for you to cook for her for a change. Sure, it will cost a few bucks, but you don't have to break the budget. Look for a homemade casserole or other recipe, or try these Mother's Day brunch ideas.


Spend the day with Mom

Spending the day with the special mother in your life costs nothing and is one of the best gifts you can give. I have great memories of spending all day at home with my mom putting puzzles together or talking and drinking hot tea. If you want to get out, go window-shopping at the mall, or go for a drive in the country. All it will cost is a little gas money--unless you decide to shop 'til you drop!

If your mom has passed away, you can still spend time visiting her gravesite and remembering the special moments you had together

Do something in your mother's honor or memory

A very honorable gift is to volunteer your time in honor or Mother's Day, whether your mom is still here or has passed on.

Another option is to donate to a charity in your Mom's name (yes, this one isn't free) and give Mom a card telling her about it.

Whatever you decide upon, doing something your mother would appreciate and be proud of is a special gift.

Summary of (Mostly) Free Mother's Day Gifts

Gift
Items Needed
Total Cost
Mother's Day Card
Paper, pen, pencil, crayons, markers . . .
Negligible
Phone Call
You and the phone
Free if you already have minutes
Letter
Paper and pen or pencil, envelope, stamp
45 cent stamp (more for overseas, free if emailed)
Flowers
Roses, daisies, wildflowers, azaleas, tulips?
Free when picked from your own yard
Poem
Paper and writing utensil
Zero
Picture
Picture and photo frame
Zero if use what you already have
Meal
Homemade recipe and ingredients
Not much
Chore
Willingness to help with household chores
Not a thing
Spend the Day
You and Mom
Priceless
Something in honor or memory
Volunteer, do something for others, donate
Can cost nothing or as much as you want

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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh Victoria - my mom is VERY materialistic:) LOL. I'd have to roll up a hundred dollar bill to attach to the poem:) hahaha

Great ideas - I'll make sure my girls get to read this :)))


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Victoria- these are all great ideas! I especially like spending the day with your mom or calling your mom. Everyone needs to do this as much as possible - this was my favorite Sunday activity...visiting with my mom and both of complaining or cheering about our weeks at work. She worked with Alzheimer's patients and I work with children with special needs and we often had very similar stories to share. She passed away nearly three years ago and I would give anything in the world to have just one more conversation with her...


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Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

Great ideas you have here. I think I may use some of my scrap booking material and make a card for mom this year with that, and a picture or two. I think she's love it enough to frame it and it will be a bit more personal for her too. Thanks for the great idea! Voted up and awesome ( and timely too but there's no button for that!)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Real--That's funny about your materialistic mom. Oh, well, I tried. hahahaha. Yeah, help your girls to save their money!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Hands down, when Mom was alive...the gift of time, really being present, was the best present of all.

While I gave her gifts of all varieties, TIME...what I would not give for just a bit more of that...and every day, at least a phone call, if not even a quick visit.

Beautiful ideas...Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I've done every one of these things for my mom through the years. During the last 11 years I've been doing something in her memory and I always make sure I enjoy it as much as she would have. My mom was a lot like me, vice versa...it was always the thought that counted the most. Excellent ideas Vicki.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, justateacher, your comments make me realize I need to go visit my mom more. How sweet your times were with your mom. Thanks for sharing that.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Karen--there should be a timely button, huh? :-) Great idea. Great idea, too, for you to frame a couple of photos for your mom. I think the sentimental gifts are the best!


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jonmcclusk 3 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

Good ideas, I usually pick out a nice card and we have dinner with the family. She always wanted simple so we always do simple, but we add the flares of love ourselves.


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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

Great ideas VICTORIA. These ideas are really price less and all mom will love it. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.


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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Thanks for sharing these simple ways to show we care. I wish I'd done more of them while my Mom was still with me. But I did let her know how much she taught me how to live.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Maria--Thanks for sharing that. I wish my mom and I lived in the same town. I would love to drop in for a quick cup of coffee now and then. Thanks for the lovely comments!


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Great ideas, Vicki.

The pix of you and your mom is awesome!!

Sharing it across


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sometimes the most inexpensive gifts are the best! A gift does not have to have a high price tag to be thoughtful. Great round up of ideas. There is something for everyone.


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Nice gift ideas, thank you for sharing....


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

These are absolutely great ideas. To honour your mom it doesn't need expensive gifts. It's more important that it comes from your heart. Thank you for sharing this.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sunshine--that's cool that you've done all of these ideas. And it's neat that you do something in your mom's memory. It's always the thought that counts with my mom, too. Thanks for your comments. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

jonmcclusk--I think dinner and a card is perfect. I love what you said about the "flares of love." You are a true poet!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vacation Trip--I'm glad you like the ideas. Totally without price and totally priceless, too! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

SidKemp--Your words make me realize that I need to do more of these for my mom while I still have her. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Ruchira. I love that pic of Mom and me, too. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, random, for the input. I obviously totally agree that gifts don't have to be expensive. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

jainismus--You're welcome, jainismus! I appreciate your reading and commenting!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

janetwrites--I totally agree about gifts coming from the heart. Thanks so much for your comments!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

Hi,

Wonderful ideas and I hope everyone remembers their Mother on her special day. I wish my was still here for me to hug and kiss.

Bobbi Purvis


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

These are great, simple ideas, and they're perfect for someone who may not have much money, or waited until the last minute to get something, or even for someone who wants to give their mother a memorable experience.

I always send my mother out a card, sometimes purchased, and sometimes handwritten. This year I printed one out from HP's project website. They always have a free selection of cards to print, and you can add a photo to some, and words on the inside, so it is personalized. I also have a small package to send out to her this year. I hope to be able to actually visit her within the next few weeks.

That reminds me, I need to call my Mom on Mother's Day. I don't know what she'll be doing, but I know a call is always appreciated.

Wow, you have quite a selection of articles for Mother's Day! I'm going to check some more of them out.

Thanks for sharing such a useful article with us, and have a beautiful day!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Bobbi--Aw, I wish that for you, too. Everyone who does still have his or her mother is thankful, I pray.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Wow, Kathryn, thanks for checking out so many of my Mother's Day hubs. That's very sweet of you! HP's project website for free cards? Is that Hewlett Packard? That's neat you have a package for your mom this year. I don't have anything but a card and a phone call. I've been too busy writing Mother's Day hubs! LOL!


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

It's hard to know what to do for my mom: she's at that age where she already has one of everything she'd want. So, I finally made a homemade (printed one of my photographs) and wrote a heartfelt letter. Sent it last week. Yippee!


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

You know from all the gifts you can give I reckon your time is the best gift ever..great hub Vic..Up & shared..cheers


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Good for you, CC! That's a perfect gift. My mom is the same way. She doesn't really need anything, so something from the heart is the thing! You sent yours early. I don't have my card yet. Better get a related one, huh? :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, carter! i agree that time is the most important gift.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Yes, Hewlett Packard. Although I just discovered that they switched over to Snapfish. The creativity studio is now a branch of Snapfish, and even thought the photo company sells many things, now they have an area where you can print out your own free projects. It is clever, I think!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kathryn--Oh, I didn't know Hewlett Packard was a part of Snapfish. Neat to know. And, yes, free projects are great in my book! Thanks!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Mother's day is such a special day unfortunately I am so far off from my parents that I miss this time together. great hub!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

DDE--I usually am not there, either. I often send something or give something to my mother later. Most of the time, I just call and send a card. :-)


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

Great hub. I host brunch at my house every year for Mother's Day.


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Nancy Owens 2 years ago from USA

Something that is hand made is always very special to me. I like to keep even the small trinkets my daughter made in grade school.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

The Mothers Days we spent working in Moms yard were the ones she loved. My best friends mom will get flowers and a card from us. Thank you for helping me to not feel sorry that mom is gone, but to remember Jane is still here:)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Deb--that's a nice tradition!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Nancy--Thanks for the comment. Something handmade is always a nice gift. I keep everything my nieces have given me. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, tirelesstraveler, what sweet comments. I'm sorry you lost your mom, but I'm glad you have another sweet mother to appreciate.

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