Most people I know would give anything to spoil their mum on Mother’s Day, if not every day of the year. Even if you have a rocky relationship with your parents, Mother’s Day is that one time you can put old quarrels aside with your mum and show her just how much she means to you. Mushy but true. We don’t all have hundreds of pounds to throw on the day though, which is why I’ve found 27 Mother’s Day ideas for everyone on a budget.
It’s important to understand that, whatever your budget may be, you need to make sure that you spend your money wisely. There’s no point getting your mum a piece of jewellery she’ll never wear, or a box of chocolates she’ll never eat, and that would be the biggest waste of money.
Here are 22 Mother’s Day ideas for whatever interest your mum has, to get your brain working. Once you’ve figured out what kind of thing your mum would like, read on to find some lovely items you can get even if you’re on a budget; like beautiful notebooks, the most popular bathbombs right now, some delicious looking chocolate boxes and gorgeous bouquets of flowers.
The Best Mother’s Day Ideas On A Budget
If your mum is the type who’s constantly writing down lists for… well, everything from shopping to to-do lists, then the Portobello Rose Shopping List Pad from Paperchase would suit her perfectly and it’s only £6.50. If she prefers doodling while on the phone, writing out notes to the family, or just keeping her own journal then the Indigo Dreams luxury hand-stitched journal is beautifully hand-stitched for £12.50.
Lush bath products seem to be all the rage right now, and it’s easy to see why. We all need a bit of pampering time, and relaxing in a bath with something that changes the water and makes it smell (as well as making you feel) incredible is what most of us long for through the busy weeks.
If your mum loves her bath time, Lush’s Mother’s Day range is a great place to search for her gift. I’ve seen other Mother’s Day ideas guides mentioning the Mother’s Day bundles Lush is featuring, but if you look at what’s in each of them and add up the costs, they’re more expensive than buying the products separately.
Pick out a couple of the products you think your mum would like. I picked the top 5 above because they’ve all had positive reviews, but you don’t have to stick to the Mother’s Day collection, have a nose through all of their bath products. Once you’ve settled on 2 or 3 (or more, depending on your budget), pop them into a gift box or bag and you’ll be good to go.
If your mum prefers to relax with a few candles lit and a book in her hand, these are the perfect Mother’s Day ideas for candles on a budget. And no, I’m not suggesting you go to Ikea and bulk-buy their tealights…
The Shabby Chic Flower Garden Giftset is my favourite pick from this list, even though it’s leaning towards the pricey side. It comes with a beautiful diffuser and two candles, so you’ll be getting more for your money than any of the other gifts.
Any of these candles would be lovely, or you could mix and match two or three to give her a more substantial gift. If you’re just looking for something to accompany a card or some flowers, one of the smaller £6.00 candles would be the perfect substitute for chocolate!
And speaking (or reading, in this case) of chocolate…
One of my best tips for getting Mother’s Day gifts on a budget for 2015 is to keep an eye on our top vouchers of the week posts, which I’m updating weekly with vouchers and discounts for a bunch of things including Mother’s Day ideas. I post up the best UK deals I can find over on our weekly deals blogpost too.
Just to give you a taste of some of the incredible savings I find, let’s take that Thorntons Gift Collection above as an example. So it already has 1/3 off, making it just £20. But that’s not enough right? Use the code MDAY20 to get an extra 20% off, making it just £16. I know, I have some weird money saving gift, it’s freaky.
If you think your Mum would love getting something a bit more unique for Mother’s Day, like that salted caramel drinking chocolate, you should definitely check out the 19 unusual Mother’s Day ideas here.
The flowers you get don’t have to be expensive either. Take the cheapest option above; Bunches will deliver it for free with a box of chocolates the day before Mother’s Day. In fact, it’ll do that for any of the flowers you choose on it’s site.
If your mum loves to read, or she’s a big fan of some movies that have been made recently that were originally books, then have a look at my 4 Mother’s Day ideas above. Amazon has a 3 for £10 promotion on paperback books, so you could get her 3 or really spoil her with 6.
The Top 3 Mother’s Day Ideas On A Budget
And finally, I wanted to quickly outline the 3 best Mother’s Day ideas you can do on absolutely any budget. The first is just to be there with her for the day. If you live away from home, make the effort to return even empty-handed and she’ll be over the moon to see you.
The second is to write her a card (whether you’ve bought one or handmade it), but for once sit down and think it through fully. Write down all you’re thankful to her for, recount some of the incredible times you’ve had together, and praise her for anything she’s been strong through over the years. Try to write everything on paper that you’d love to say in person, but maybe find it too awkward to say or bring up.
And finally, instead of getting her any one gift, why not take her out for the day? You don’t have to do anything expensive, you could both just go for a walk and a coffee if you wanted to, she’ll just enjoy spending time with you. If you want to go a step up, try the cinema, a meal, taking her somewhere you know she loves (even if he seems childish to you, I know many mums who’d absolutely love to be taken to the zoo still!) or if that all sounds too expensive, just offer to stay and watch a movie with a takeaway with her.
But whatever you do, don’t buy her cheap jewellery she’ll never wear. No mum wants a green stained wrist from a cheap bracelet with ‘Mum’ inscribed in a giant heart…