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Best Mother's Day Gifts that Don't Involve Spending Money

Updated on March 7, 2013

For you, Mother


What's the Best Gift you Can Get your Mother for Mother's Day 2013?

Last year I got my mum some flowers and chocolates, come to think of it, I probably got her something similar the year before that and the year ... you know what I mean! There may have been a cup of tea thrown in for good measure but not much else.

But really, should we really be so concerned with material things? Isn't Mother's Day more of an experiential time?

I asked myself these questions just yesterday when I began to consider what would assist me in ensuring my mother had a wonderful day, one in which she felt appreciated and noticed. What I realized was that each year I buy these same or similar gifts but very rarely actually give my mother much in the way of experiential appreciation.

Therefore, this year I'm going to 'do something' for my mother instead of get her a gift.

I'm going to 'show' her how much I appreciate her for going through the agony and suffering she no doubt did, while having me and subsequently bringing me up.

So I have compiled a list of the best gifts which don't involve spending money for Mother's Day.

I hope you like it.

It Hurts Doesn't it?!


1. Cook, Clean and Basically be your Mother for a Day!

Yes, your mother will be impressed that you are willing to go through what she went through for 20 years!!

Put your back into it!

No, it's not a joke, mum!


2. Breakfast in Bed

I don't know about you but this is a better Mother's Day gift than a box of chocolates or even the biggest bunch of flowers in my opinion because think about it - how often does your mother EVER have breakfast in bed?

How often is she waited on hand and foot? You see?!

One of the Best Mother's Day Gifts


3. Listen to Her

Possibly the best Mother's Day gift you could get your mother, in my opinion. Why? Well, in my experience and from observation, once children are old enough to make their own decisions and they start to make their own way in life - they stop listening to mom!

When was the last time you sat down and just listened to your mom talk. Granted, there ARE some who listen to mom but I'm pretty sure the Non-mom-listeners far outweigh them. We are just too darn busy - even for our own mother!!

One of the best Mother's Day gifts 2013.

Real Appreciation


4. Make a Card with your Own Two Hands

Yes, put in 30 minutes of effort for a mum who has put in a whole life's worth of effort to bring you up. Sounds pretty worth it to me and definitely beats a card shop card any day!

A great Mother's Day gift!

Well, at least a great accompaniment to a Mother's Day gift.

For you Mum


5. Dedicate Something to Her

A wonderful Mother's Day gift and one that will make her feel so special and important.

Dedicate something to your mother whether it be a song on the radio, a poem, a blog post a huge heartfelt post on Facebook even!!

Make your mother feel extra special by making an extra special effort for her. She will know you are thinking of her and knowing that will make this one of the best Mother's Day gifts of all, far better than flowers and chocolates.

Cookbook at the Ready!


6. Cook her Favorite Meal no Matter how Hard it Is!

Even if you end up burning the meal and destroying the kitchen in the process, your mother will no doubt be impressed that her child attempted to cook for her, after all those years of cooking for you.

Give her a nice home cooked meal for Mother's Day.

Gather the Clan


7. Throw a Surprise Party

Call the clan and gather for a surprise dinner party for your mother. How often do you get together these days? Not often, I'll wager.

She'll love to see the family together and be treated like a queen for a day.

A Collection of Special Memories


8. Make a Scrapbook of all the Special Moments you Have Shared Together

A Mother's Day gift that will bring tears to her eyes. A scrapbook of all the treasured times you have spent together over the years and lovingly prepared by you.

One of the most special Mother's Day gifts you could possibly give.

You're the Best Mum!


9. Thank her for Being the Best Mother on Earth

Simply thank her for being such a wonderful mother, or at least for putting up with you for so many years while bringing you up. It isn't easy bringing up children, especially for mum.

Show your mother you 'know' and you are grateful on Mother's Day.

Love you Mom!


10. Give her a Hug and a Kiss on the Cheek!

Is this one of the best Mother's Day gifts a mother could ever receive?


Requiring only two arms, a pair of lips and love - a hug and kiss for your beloved mother.

What are you going to get your mother this year?

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      Nicole Kiddie Granath 8 months ago

      Great article! These are some wonderful ideas to give to your Mom for Mother's Day. We don't have to spend a lot of money to show how much we care. I've written a hub about 30 DIY Crafts/Gifts to make for Mom for Mother's Day. Hope you'll take a look!

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      I think you have hit the nail on the head. Mother's Day should never have been made into a gift buying time. The ideas you have suggested are wonderful. Like so many other special days, commercialization has gotten out of control. Everyone needs to take a step back and have a rethink. Great post, I'll be sharing.

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      Kristen Mazzola 4 years ago from South Florida

      So great! I loved all of them! They are so simple and most mothers enjoy the little gestures of love more than expensive gifts! Voted Up!

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      Richard J ONeill 4 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey Faith Reaper,

      This is my first answer to a comment in months and months!! A little naughty of me!!

      I have been busy with other projects but now those projects are starting to involve HP a little more and I have lovely people like you commenting too so I gotta come back and answer you.

      Thank you and I am glad you liked these Mother's Day gifts.

      Sometimes it takes action not spending to show Mom how much she means.

      Thanks and have a lovely day!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Aaaauuuwww, Rich,

      Being a mom, these are the ten best things to give one's mother on Mother's Day, whether or not the cost one dime or not!!! My sweet mother went on to heaven five days before this past Christmas, so this one will be hard for me, but I know she is at peace. We did get to celebrate her 84th Birthday with her, and then four days later she was gone.

      May have to hint these lovely tips to my son and daughter, who are always short on money.

      This is a very useful and excellent hub here.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper