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Inexpensive Mother's Day Ideas

Updated on May 3, 2008

Mother's Day is right around the corner. If your family is anything like my family, Mother's Day gifts or celebrations of any kind really fall on the father. My kids are still little with my oldest just nine. Because we homeschool, they won't be making me anything at school and are actually completely unaware that the holiday is coming. So how about some easy, inexpensive ideas for a dad to get his wife on Mother's Day.

As much as I love my kids, one of the things that I DON'T get very much is time alone. Yes, I might go to the grocery store by myself sometimes, but I don't know if that counts as true alone time. So how about letting your wife have a few hours in the afternoon to do something by herself that she really enjoys? For me that would mean scrap booking the afternoon away. For others it might be curling up on the couch with a good book, a long walk, going out for coffee, or watching a sappy movie.

What is even better than going out somewhere alone? Staying home alone. I could count on one hand the number of times I have been alone in my house since we had kids. They are just always here, someone anyway. Actually having the house to myself for a few hours would be heaven.

What is your wife's least favorite chore to do around the house? You could do it this week instead. What is her favorite meal? You go shopping for the ingredients and cook for her. Do you know her favorite movie? Borrow it from the library and watch it after you put the kids to bed. What is her favorite chocolate? Buy her some and don't let the kids have any. Pay attention to the things that are important to her and you can't go wrong.

One of our favorite traditions is buying flowers - the family does this together not just my husband buying a bouquet for the counter. As a mother, I have always lived in climates where you will get frosts at night up through the middle of May. Mother's Day was always a perfect time to go shopping for flowers for the yard and vegetables for the garden. We have done it for the past 10 years and I love it every year. The kids all help pick out flowers and I get to enjoy the blooms for the whole summer. We usually spend a couple of hours in the afternoon getting everything planted, which is great family time.

When our first child was born my husband and I picked out a rose bush together, this is another tradition that would be easy to do and long lasting. Rose bushes usually run around $20 or $30 and will last years. I think that is much better than cut roses that might last a week. Another long lasting idea would be to get some family pictures taken. Getting a family portrait taken is one of those things that is always on the "to do" list, but doesn't often get done.

Whatever you decide to do, either for your wife as the mother of your children, or for your mom, if you know the things that she enjoys, I am sure you can find something that will work out great. Don't go buy something you think every mother would want. Think about what your wife or mother would want. Anytime you can pay attention to the small things that are important to a person, or to the things that a person really dislikes, you can find a way to treat the person and make them feel special. Happy Mother's Day.


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    • donnaleemason profile image


      10 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Great suggestions.


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      Carolyn Augustine 

      10 years ago from Iowa

      I agree. During the young kids at home years, a little free time is much more valuable than a box of chocolates, fresh cut flowers, or perfume!

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      You have some good suggestions there thanks for that.


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