Frugal, Cheap, & Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Corey —  May 5, 2010

       A meaningful Mother’s Day gift does not have to be expensive. Here are some great, inexpensive gift ideas your mom will cherish for years. (Dads, these are some good ideas for you if you need to help your kids!)

Give Her Your Time

       Make your mom happy by giving her the gift of your time. Make coupons promising to do something special for her. These can be as simple as “Will wash the dishes” or “Will cook dinner one night” to something a little more difficult like “Will not complain for a day” or “Will babysit the younger kids”. Think of something your mom would really appreciate (but you don’t do often enough) and make a coupon for her. Have fun and decorate it a bit, too!

Breakfast in Bed

       Wake up early on Mother’s Day and fix your mom breakfast in bed. If you’re not old enough to be cooking, make sure you get the help of your dad or someone older. Don’t worry if you’re not a professional chef. Put together something your mom likes even if it’s just eggs and bacon with orange juice. Top it off with a flower on her tray. (Oh, and don’t forget to clean up after you’re done cooking!!!)

Homemade Cards & Gifts

       Young kids can draw a picture and write a simple message. It doesn’t need to be fancy. Mom will love it! Older kids can try to make something crafty. Check out for tons of great (and frugal) ideas.

Scrapbook & Memories

       Scrapbooking can become expensive, but if you use what you have you can create something great for very little money. How about writing your mom a letter telling her your favorite memories together from the past year? A memory jar can be fun as well. Take a Mason jar, fill it with slips of paper that describe your favorite memories of mom, and then tie some ribbon around it to make a bow. Put enough memories in so mom can take on each day for a month (or if you’re ambitious, a year!).

Homemade Bath Scrubs

       Skip the expensive mall stores and make your own bath scrubs. Using salt or sugar and some other ingredients you probably have around the house, you can make a nice bath scrub for your mom. Here’s one way to make bath scrubs. Another interesting idea is bath bombs. They make the bath water fizzy and fragrant.

Your Ideas?

       You don’t need to spend a ton of money to make your mom happy this Mother’s Day. Do you have some ideas for frugal, cheap, and inexpensive Mother’s Day gifts? Share them in the comments!



Corey is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in religion. While he enjoys learning and writing about Christianity, another one of his new passions is writing about personal finances in order to help others make wise decisions with their money.