Budget-Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Updated on April 29, 2021

Moms work hard every day, both in and out of the house. So, when Mother’s Day rolls around each year, you likely want to show the moms in your life how much you appreciate them.

This may seem difficult if you’re on a budget, but it doesn’t have to be. These wallet-friendly Mother’s Day gift ideas will make any mom feel special without breaking the bank. Best of all, they’ll work whether you want to celebrate your own mom or help your children celebrate theirs.

Take Family Photos

Whether it’s poor lighting at an event, busy schedules that keep everyone from being at the same place, or simply the lack of a photographer, it can be hard to get a high-quality family photo. Wrangle your family members together and get a good group photo to frame for your mom. Scour websites for special deals and discounts at local studios, check out local photographers who offer “mini” sessions, or ask a friend or relative with a professional-grade camera to snap a few photos for you at your own home or a local park. Here are some ideas for more photoshoot locations – all for free – in this post.

Cook Her Favorite Meal

Sometimes, the best gift is simply spending time together, especially without the work of organizing, cooking, or cleaning. Schedule some time with your mom, as a family or one-on-one, and take care of all the details from start to finish – planning the menu, grocery shopping, prep work, and cleanup.

Tackle Tasks She Doesn’t Have Time For

Think about the things your mom would like to do but doesn’t have time for while juggling other priorities. For instance, if you have a mom who’s always on the go, her car may need some tidying up. Wash the car and detail the interior, then place an air freshener with her favorite scent inside. Or, if you have a mom who’d love for her yard to be taken care of, check out our ideas for landscaping on a budget and help get her started.

Take a Day Trip

No matter where you live, there are great day trips that you can enjoy on a budget. Exploring an area you’ve never been to before doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you’re willing to put in a bit of work beforehand. Pack a cooler with lunch to eat on the go, find free or low-cost attractions at your destination, and get ready for a day of fun. If you’re able to take the trip on Mother’s Day, you may find that some attractions offer discounted tickets for visiting moms, which will help you save even more.

Put Your Skills to Work

Consider your own talents and hobbies. What can you create that could double as a thoughtful gift? Whether it’s a new wreath for her door, a hand-painted wood sign, or magnets showcasing her favorite photos, gifting something homemade will add a special touch to your mom’s day.

Create Your Own Bouquet

Flowers are always a nice gesture, but it can be pricy to purchase a pre-made bouquet. If you have access to a farm or farmer’s market, stop by and check out what flowers they have in season. Hand pick flowers your mom would like and present her with a personalized bouquet.

Earn Cash Rewards on Purchases

Whatever gift option you choose for the mom in your life, make your purchase with a credit card that allows you to earn rewards. With our Founder’s Rewards Card, PSECU members can earn 2%* or 1.5% cash rewards on every purchase.

Apply for our Founder’s Card today, or contact us for more information. Be sure to check out our WalletWorks page for more money-saving tips.

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