When thinking about a gift for your mom, put thought into it -- an old cliché but true. Pay attention to conversations you have with your Mom and sound her out for ideas -- you'll be amazed at the ideas you'll come up with. At the end of the day you don't have to blow your budget, you just have to make her feel special...Good luck!

Something made-at-home and meaningful for Mama... Never mind the fancy gifts; there's nothing that your mother would appreciate more for Mother's Day -- or find more meaningful -- than something homemade by you. 

Here's a simple idea: Take a small teacup (you can use one of her favorites, but make sure it's not irreplaceable if you break it!). Glue it onto a saucer (use cement glue or something similar that is easy to undo after she's enjoyed the event to the full); put a candle in the cup. 

Light the candle and present your mom with your gift (add cookies or chocolates or a note for that added personal touch). 

Lunch or Dinner Out

Normally eating out wouldn't qualify as a cheap gift idea, but on Mother's Day it does. Locate a restaurant that offers a free meal for Mom on Mother's Day, and you can treat her to a tasty meal without running up a big tab.

• Floral -- If your Mom really does love plant life why not try a small tree? If she lives in an apartment, try a Bonsai tree, but if you feel you can only say it with a standard bouquet, find out what flower is significant to her (for example her birth month flower) to make it really special.

This recycled flower pot craft is a fun Earth Day project that keeps plastic milk jugs out of the landfill and provides a pretty and useful pot to plant flowers in. Makes a wonderful Mother's Day gift, too! 

What you'll need:

  • Plastic milk or juice jugs
  • Fabric or scrapbook paper scraps
  • Felt in coordinating colors
  • Scissors or a craft knife
  • Soil
  • White craft glue
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Paintbrush
  • Potted flower

Family Portrait

Dig through your recent family photos until you've found a real stand-out. Then, take the negative to a photo processing center, and order an enlargement. For a few dollars you'll have a frame-ready family portrait.
For the Busy Mom
Many Moms are so busy thinking of everyone else that they forget about pampering themselves:
Breakfast in bed -- An oldie but a goldie. It's easy, inexpensive and sure to put a smile on any woman's face.
Spa treatment -- Check with local spas for Mother's Day specials you can both indulge in.
• Surprise Mom with a night out: the theatre, movies, something you would enjoy together.


This is the perfect Mother’s Day gift. It will be used everyday for the next year. A gift that will remind your mother of just how much you care for her, and how much she is appreciated! Bring a smile to her face everyday with this special token of your love! The jar is 7 inches tall and 4.5 inches in diameter. This decorative jar contains 365 tokens of your affection, such as…
A mother holds your hand for a while, but holds your heart forever.
A mother is someone with whom you may not see eye to eye, but is someone who will always walk with you arm in arm.
For all the ways you’ve helped me grow, I want to say, “I love You So!”
If I could choose from all the mothers in the world, Mom, I’d choose you.
If love were a color, you would be the rainbow to me, Mom!
Mom - I will never outgrow my love for you.

A Special Outing

Give Mom a break from her day-to-day life by taking her on a special outing. Research free events in your area – concerts, plays, museum tours, etc. – and then pick the one that's most in line with Mom's interests. For a truly special gift, tell her she's signed up for the Adventure of the Month Club. Then, make good on your gift by taking her on a free adventure every month for a year.

    Roses are the ever favorite flowers and can be offered in any occasion. Their colors have their specific meaning, here are a few of them:
    • Orange: enthusiasm, fascination
    • Peach: modesty (pale peach) ; sincerity (peach)
    • Red/yellow: happiness
    • Red/white: unity
    • Yellow: joy, faithfulness
    • Pink: gentleness and admiration
    • White: purity, innocence, simplicity
    • Red: respect, passion
    • Blue: peace and serenity

Just like the sentiments you feel for your mother, everlasting flowers never die. So, why not giving a bunch of Everlasting Flowers (aka Strawflowers)?

You might ask yourself how is that possible to give everlasting natural flowers! Indeed, once cut, flowers are bound to die. However, the symbol might remain when it comes to species like Everlasting Flowers. Basically, those flowers keep their original color and form when they die.
flowers, mothers day, giftsOn condition that you want to tell your mother you'll always love her, do it with Everlasting Flowers. They are the perfect present to give your mother whenever you live far away from her.

Lillies Make Marvelous Mother's Day Flower Gifts 

The feelings that tie a mother to children are most of the time based on harmony, understanding, confidence. See those children whose mother leaves the room for a moment... they're lost!

There is a type of flowers that symbolize harmony, purity and innocence: White Lilies. They are the kind of flowers to offer when you want to tell your mother how much you care about anything she thinks or says.

Lilies are also related to dignity and pride and would be for sure a great way to tell your mother how proud you are of being her child.

Easy to please Mom
These Moms always get neglected so it's important to go that extra mile to make them feel extra-special:
• The gift of time -- What this Mom adores most is being with you, so take the time to plan a special day for you both: shopping, a picnic in the park, a rambling walk. Think of your Mom's favourite things and share them together -- she'll be delighted with your consideration.

Mother's Day Apple Almond Pancakes

    1/2 c  Whole-wheat flour
    1/2 c  Unbleached flour
      1 tb Brown sugar
  1 1/2 ts Baking powder
    1/4 ts Salt
      2    Eggs, separated
      4 tb Oil
    1/2 c  Buttermilk
    1/2 c  Apple Juice
    1/4 c  Chopped almonds

Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
Beat egg yolks with oil, buttermilk, and apple juice.
Stir into flour mixture with nuts until all ingredients are moistened (do not over stir).
Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into batter.
Spoon onto a hot,greased griddle and turn once when bubbles appear.
Makes 8 to 10 pancakes.

French Toast with Brandied Lemon Butter
      4    Eggs
      2 tb + 1 ts sugar
    1/2 ts Salt
      1 c  Whole milk
    1/4 ts Vanilla extract
     12    Thick slices of bread
           Powdered sugar, optional
Brandied Lemon Butter:
    1/2 c  Butter
      1 c  Sugar
           Juice of 2 lemons
      4 ts Grated lemon rind
      3 oz Brandy

In a shallow dish, beat eggs, sugar, salt, milk and vanilla.
Soak bread in the above mixture.
Heat butter over medium high heat and cook each slice of bread until slightly brown on each side.
Serve with brandied lemon butter and lemon slices. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
For Brandied Lemon Butter:
Melt butter over low heat. Spoon off any foam that forms.
Pour into a dish, leaving behind any sediment in the pan.
Wash pan, pour butter back in the pan and add the sugar.  Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice, rind, and brandy; stir until smooth.
Pour over hot french toast.

Easy Mother's Day Blueberry Muffins
    1/2 c  Butter
      1 c  Sugar
      2    Eggs
      2 c  Flour
      2 ts Baking powder
    1/2 ts Salt
    1/2 c  Milk
      1 ts Vanilla
      2 c  Blueberries, divided
            Sugar mixed with cinnamon, for topping

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time; mix until blended.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; add alternately with milk and vanilla.
Mash 1/2 cup blueberries; stir into batter.  Add remaining whole berries.
Grease muffin tins.  Pile batter high. Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon topping.
Bake at 375 degrees F. for 30 to 35 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.
Serve for Mother's Day breakfast or brunch, include fresh blueberries, if possible.

Mother's Day Western Omelet      6 lg Eggs
    1/4 ts Black pepper
           -Salt to taste
    1/3 c  Water
      1 sm Onion, diced
      1 md Sized green bell pepper, diced
      1 pk (4 oz) sliced ham, diced
      1 pk (8 oz) mushrooms, halved
      2 lg Tomatoes, cut into wedges
           -Salad oil
           -Parsley sprigs for

In a bowl, using a wire whisk or fork, beat eggs, black pepper, salt, and water until blended.
In a 12" non-stick skillet over medium high heat, cook onion, and pepper. Add ham and heat through; Place mixture in a small bowl and set aside; keep warm.
In same skillet, cook mushrooms until golden. Remove to another bowl; keep warm.
In the same skillet over medium heat, pour egg mixture into skillet and cook until set around edges.
With metal spatula, gently lift edge as it sets, tilting to allow uncooked portion to run under the omelet. Shake skillet occasionally to keep omelet moving freely in the pan.
When omelet is set but still moist, spoon ham mixture over half the omelet.
Tilt skillet and, with spatula, fold omelet in half; slide onto heated platter.
Top with mushrooms.
Garnish platter with parsley sprigs and tomato wedges.
Makes 4 servings.