This Mother’s Day, forget about spending a fortune on expensive gifts and give her what she wants- time with you. The older I get, the more I realize time is so precious.
No need to worry about spending a lot on this list of ideas you can do right at home, and then we’ve added a few more fun and frugal Mother’s day ideas outside the home.
Our Mother’s Day tradition has always been to go to the Lilac Festival. Seeing all the Lilacs in bloom and other flowers is the hope you need in Spring.
It’s the hope we all need daily.
Check out the list I’ve come up with of frugal but fun ideas you can do with your mom this Mother’s day.
Ideas for at Home
Breakfast in bed
This cinnamon loaf is amazing if you want to make it the night before.
Make a meal together- and order matching aprons.
Put your baking skills to the test — or learn some new ones — with a mother-daughter baking competition! See who can bake the best dessert and have fun in the kitchen together.
At Home Spa Day
Treat mom to a relaxing spa day at home. Run her a hot bath, light candles, and give her a mini manicure and pedicure. Don’t forget the cucumbers for her eyes!
We recently did this, and the girls had a blast. I find these face masks easiest with younger kids. All we did was paint nails and put a face mask on with cucumbers from the school lunches!
Learn Something New Together
There are several online websites offering free classes right now due to COVID-19. Maybe you want to learn another language together?
Have a picnic in the backyard
Make it extra special with a pretty new picnic basket.
Consider having a picture day.
These cameras that instantly print out the pictures are fantastic and can be put into a scrapbook immediately.
Host a game night
Gather up your friends and family for an evening of board games and laughter. Make some snacks and drinks, and have a blast playing your favorite games.
You can try making her a delicious white claw slushie! I personally haven’t tried this, but it’s all over social media and looks tasty.
Have a Facetime/Video party
with friends and family and play Never Have I…
Prepare a video slideshow
Surprise mom with a special video slideshow featuring photos and videos of you two. Share old memories and tell your mom how much she means to you.
Write your mom a letter
telling her why you love her, and some of your favorite memories with her
Bake these 5 ingredient delicious (we’ve made them) 5 ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies.
Keep mom on her toes with a fun scavenger hunt! Hide clues around the house or yard and have her follow them to special treats like chocolates, flowers, or even a homemade card.
My daughters love doing this for others. They use sticky notes and place those around the house that lead you to the next clue.
Gather up your friends and family for an evening of board games and laughter. Make some snacks and drinks and have a blast playing your favorite games.
Gather your friends and family for a karaoke night in honor of mom. Have fun singing your favorite songs, making memories, and maybe even winning prizes! This microphone is a must-have for Karokee night!
Some more options that include leaving the house
Take a drive through mom’s old neighborhood and play only songs she grew up with.
Go hiking to a spot you’ve never been before
Check your local area to see if they are having any drive thru zoo exhibits. Many have started doing this.
Visit a favorite nursery and pick out flowers to place around your home inside and outside
I hope this helps inspire you to think out of the box this year. I know many of us already are. If you are stuck in a rut with creative lists be sure to share this one, or pass it on to your husband.
If you are looking for gift ideas I have a list of cute Mother’s Day Gifts at Costco here and a list of Mother’s day gift ideas at BJs here.
And if you need last-minute Mother’s day gift ideas, check out these ones on Amazon.
These are just a few frugal things you can do with your mom to celebrate Mother’s Day this year. So don’t let budget constraints get in the way of celebrating your amazing mom — try out some of these creative and fun ideas, and she’s sure to have an unforgettable Mother’s Day. Happy celebrating!