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The Best Free Gifts for Mother's Day - Gifts for Mom

Updated on April 25, 2015

A Bouquet of Flowers for Mom


The Best Gifts for Mom are Really Free

Looking for the perfect gift for Mom? Moms, young and old, deserve something special on Mother's Day, birthdays or Christmas, but finding that perfect gift isn’t always easy. You might think she’d like clothes or jewelry or tickets to a Broadway play. Or perhaps you think big, and you think she’d like a new car or a cruise to a tropical island.

Give Your Time, Talent and Thoughtfulness

While many moms would love any of the gifts mentioned above, you don’t need to spend a fortune to make Mom happy. Most mothers will be thrilled to receive some free gifts that only you can give her. Give her the gift of your time, your talents and your thoughtfulness. These are priceless! and these are free!

A Bouquet of Flowers for Mom

A bouquet of wildflowers is a beautiful free gift for Mom
A bouquet of wildflowers is a beautiful free gift for Mom | Source

Free Gifts You Won't Find in Stores

Here are some of the best free gifts for Mom that you won’t find in stores. They’ll make her day and they’ll make her smile.

The Gift of Time

  • Visit Mom. If you seldom see your Mom, then a visit on Mother’s day is sure to light up her face. It’s her day, so focus on your Mom by remembering to ask her how she’s feeling. Ask her about her growing up years. Talk to her and really listen. Let her know that she has something interesting to say.
  • Call Mom or, better yet, Skype her. If you won’t see your mother on Mother’s Day, don’t make her wait all day to hear from you. Call Mom early in the day. Tell her that you are thinking of her and that you love her. Tell her thanks for the things she does for you or for the things that she has done for you in the past. Reminisce about some special times you shared or the things that you learned from her. Tell her how often you use her recipes or the skills that she taught you. She will treasure your words!
  • Do a chore for Mom. This works no matter what your age. Very young children can make their beds and dust and put away toys. Older children can do the dishes, weed the flower beds or clean the garage or do the laundry. Adult children can fix a squeaky door or a drippy faucet or mow the lawn and mulch the flower beds. If you have elderly parents, just look around – there’s something that needs to be done: clean the oven or wash the windows. Do a chore that is difficult for your elderly parent to do. Gift them with a day of your time and effort.

Bake a cake and decorate with fresh, edible flowers!
Bake a cake and decorate with fresh, edible flowers! | Source
Make a collage of favorite family photos or favorite places.
Make a collage of favorite family photos or favorite places. | Source

Give a gift of your talent

How about a collage in the shape of her favorite pet?
How about a collage in the shape of her favorite pet? | Source

Give a Gift of Your Talents

  • Invite Mom to breakfast or lunch at your house. Just the two of you. Remember her favorite foods and prepare something pretty and tasty. Be sure to use your prettiest china and put flowers on the table to make it special.
  • Bake a beautiful cake and have a tea party. Invite a few close friends or some favorite relatives. Serve coffee, tea, some pretty cookies and a beautifully decorated cake. Decorate your cake and table with your garden flowers for a festive touch.
  • Make a photo album for Mom. Collect photographs of you and your mother and make a photo album of the two of you. Take a photo of the two of you today and add it at the end. If she has a digital picture frame, put these photos into digital form on an SD card.
  • Make a homemade Mother’s Day Card. Kids of all ages can make homemade Mother’s Day cards that will please Mom, especially if you express appreciation for something special that she does for you.
  • Paint a picture. Mothers love their child's art work, and what better gift than a picture painted by one of her kids. Frame it so that it can be hung in a place of honor. If you paint or do other arts and crafts, give her a piece of your artwork.
  • Make a collage of her favorite places, flowers or people. Make a collage, mat and frame it for a pretty and decorative wall hanging.

Give a Gift of Thoughtfulness

  • Load free songs onto Mom’s MP3 player. Or make a CD of songs for her. Search for “Free MP3 Downloads” on for hundreds of songs that you can download for free. Or, take some of her favorite CDs and transfer them to an MP3 player.
  • Give Mom a manicure and pedicure. Bring everything you need for a pedicure and manicure, and give Mom a few hours of pampering and special attention. Don’t forget some fancy tea and homemade cookies to enjoy afterwards.
  • Give her a bouquet of flowers from your garden. If you have access to wildflowers, why not bring her a bouquet of wildflowers for Mother’s Day or her birthday? A bouquet of flowers is beautiful in a vase or even a mason jar!
  • Check local museums for free events. Moms might enjoy a day at the zoo with the kids or an afternoon at an art show or museum. Some museums and libraries have free craft days if you preregister.
  • Get the family together for a family portrait. Even if you have a friend take pictures, she will love having all her family together for a family picture. It’s also something that every member of the family will love.
  • Make Mom a slide show. Wouldn’t Mom love a slide show of pictures from her childhood to her wedding and then of her family growing up? This can be loaded onto a CD or a card for her digital photo frame to be enjoyed over and over.

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Give a Gift of Love

  • Cater a dinner for Mom. And while you’re at it, make extra and fix up some TV dinners to freeze that she can make when she’s too busy or just doesn’t feel like cooking. This is especially nice for working Moms or older Moms who might not have the inclination to cook every night.
  • Make bath salts. Very inexpensive bath salts can be made from a few simple ingredients that you have around the house. Package in a recycled glass jar decorated with a pretty ribbon, and you’ll have a perfect gift for Mom.
  • Write a poem. Write a poem for Mom on pretty paper. She will treasure it. For really special touch, you can write or type it neatly on colored paper and have it framed for her. This is a great idea that even young children can do. Frames from the dollar store are all you need to make the poem a treasured gift.

The Best Things in Life Are Free!

The best things in life are free!
The best things in life are free! | Source

Sometimes the best things in life are free

These are just a few of the many things that you can give to Mom for Christmas, Mother's Day or any day that will cost you very little or nothing. The gift of time and thoughtfulness is the most valuable and appreciated gift that you can give to you mother or to anyone you love.


Copyright ©2012 Stephanie Henkel


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    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      Peachpurple - Homemade treats are a wonderful way to show Mom you care. I'll bet she love them!

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i had made coconut tarts for my mom on mother's day

    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      Victoria Lynn - How lovely to give your Mom an original poem. I'm sure it meant the world to her!

    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      Sunshine625 - Gifts from the heart from your children or grandchildren are priceless! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great ideas! I didn't have much money on my mom's last birthday and didn't know of anything she would want or need, but I did write her a poem. She loved it! Things like that, especially as we get older and find that we have too much stuff, mean so much.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent ideas!! I'll be sure and share this article and spread the word that gift giving doesn't have to cost a small fortune, it's gifts from the heart that matters most :)

    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      Tillsontitan - Thank you! I agree that some of the best things in life are free, and certainly most mothers greatly appreciate thoughtfulness, time and effort as much or more than any expensive material gift. Thanks so much for your nice comments!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      This hub needs to be brought back every year Stephanie so a new batch of people can read it and take heed. Thankfully the best things in life are free and this is one of the best hubs for Mother's Day.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Kidscrafts - I do believe that a gift of your time is a wonderful gift to mothers, especially mothers who are older.Thanks so much for your kind comments and for the tweet! I appreciate it!

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      8 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      It's so true that the best gift for mother's day is a gift from the heart, a gift of time. Often people forget that. For me those kind of gifts are the best because it shows that people care and really love you.

      Really good article! Thanks! Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting :-)

      PS : I will add your article to my twitter!

    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Prasetio30 - I'm so glad you enjoyed my suggestions for best free gifts for Mother's Day. I know that most mothers truly appreciate time, thought and effort as much, or more than, the things that can be bought. Thank you for commenting and voting on my hub!

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear, Stephanie. You came up with beautiful tips about best free gifts for mom. Mom is one of the best woman in my life. I always adore her and I am glad if I can give something for her. So, I got many options after reading this hub. Good job and rated up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting). Have a wonderful day!


    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Millionaire Tips - It doesn't have to cost a lot of money to make Mother's Day or any day special for someone-- showing appreciation is the most important gift!

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      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      These are great ideas about making Mother's Day special for your mother. And the bonus is that they don't have to cost a lot of money. She's done so much for us, it is time for us to show her some appreciation.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi Denise - What a thoughtful thing for you to do for your friend's mom! Making favorite foods for someone is one of the sweetest ways to show caring, and is usually very much appreciated. Your comment about simplifying gift giving is so true. Giving free gifts is not necessarily about the money- they are really a way of showing that we care enough to spend time and thought on someone we love.

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Stephanie-I'm so glad I read this, this morning. It brought a smile to my face. This is beautiful; great ideas that remind us to simplify the gift giving. I recall a food gift I gave to a favorite 'mom' of a guy I was dating. She loved sweet potatoes and the only time she had them was when she made them for the holidays. So, on Mother's Day I made her a dish of sweet potato casserole. If I hadn't won her over before that, this simple act of thoughtfulness cinched it. :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      tirelesstraveler - I'm glad you enjoyed my article about free gifts for Mom on Mother's Day. Thanks for the read!

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      Judy Specht 

      8 years ago from California

      Beautiful ideas for celebrating mothers day and any other day. :)

    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      K9keystrokes - Awww...thank you so much for your sweet comment! You said it exactly what I was aiming for, free and from the heart. HubHugs to you, too, K9!

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      What a great gift in and of itself! When it comes to Mother's Day, this hub may just turn out to be priceless! Free and from the heart wins every time in my book. Nice job Stephanie!


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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Happyboomernurse - Special memories do give so much pleasure, and I hope that these ideas for gifts of time and effort will inspire people to take another look at what might be appreciated the most. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Pamela - Seeing how proud the kids are when they do something special for Mom is precious! How lovely that you have that special memory of your boys.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      These are great ideas. I particularly love the family collage of photos and the cake decorated with edible flowers looks beautiful and yummy.

      In these hard economic times I'm sure many sons and daughters will be glad to read this hub and realize how putting time, thought and effort into a free gift can reap big dividends- mom will feel loved and the gift can turn out to be one she'll treasure forever in memory.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      When my boys were young they made me breakfast in bed with a little help from their dad. Those were special days. Thanks for all your good suggestions.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Randomcreative - Your Mother's Day cards are terrific, and a perfect complement to this hub. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome topic for a hub! Free gifts are some of the best ones out there. The gift of time in invaluable. Thanks for linking to my Mother's Day card hub!

    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      SouthernHoney - Moms are often sentimental and love the thought of their son or daughter thinking of them as they made something with their own hands. How sweet that your mother has kept all the handmade items through the years. P.S. I do too! Thanks for sharing your memories.

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      8 years ago from San Diego, CA

      These are very sweet ideas. My mother always told me that she would rather I gave her something handmade than store-bought. Looking back, it's those handmade items that she has kept all these years as memories.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Just Ask Susan - Mine, too! Spending a day with family just enjoying each others company is the best gift! Especially if we're not doing the cooking! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My favorite Mother's Days have been the ones where my boys cook dinner for me and we all just hang out on the patio all day :) Great hub!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much for your kind comment, Sharilee! I think that most women, especially older women, value time and thoughtfulness as much or more than material things. I'm so glad you like my suggestions, thanks for commenting and sharing!

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Oh Stephanie, this is wonderful! It is so true that it's not necessary to spend money to give someone a gift. I love your suggestions and I think this hub could help many people. I am SHARING this. Great job!


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