Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’ve waited until the VERY last-minute to get mom something special, we’ve got you covered. Here are 4 last-minute mother’s day gift ideas that won’t break the bank.
1. Cook Mom a Meal– Going out and spending $40 per person on a buffet is totally over-rated. Instead, cook mom a nice meal at home, heck even just break out a box of Captain Crunch and some pop tarts. No matter what you cook, or don’t cook, your mom is sure to love it, and your wallet will as well.
2. Kick it Old School– Remember when you were 5 years-old and you made your mom all those cute hand-made cards and gifts? Do it again! No matter how old, or young you are, your mom is going to love a hand-made gift. You can find a ton of ideas on Etsy and Pinterest. If that is too overwhelming for you, get a nice picture frame and put a picture of you in it. That’s simple, affordable and says, “I love you mom.”
3. All the Pretty Flowers– Flowers are expensive, especially around Mother’s Day. Here’s the time to really be resourceful. If your mom loves flowers and insists on them, then think about ways you can get a nice bouquet for less. Do you have a nice garden that you can pick some flowers from? What about using your credit card points for flowers with FTD? Another tip is to go to the local grocery store and ask if you can buy some flowers that aren’t being used in arrangements for less. Just make sure you don’t wait until Mother’s Day though to buy the flowers, or to make a reservation for flowers. They will be marked up for sure.
4. Going Out? Go Smart– If you have to go out for Mother’s Day, use your Millennial Money skills. There are tons of ways to save money, or at least to get something for what you spend. Check out Opentable for reservations, deals and points that you can earn towards a $20 reward certificate which you can use at any Opentable restaurant. If you are looking for spa deals, check out Groupon and Living Social where you can save as much as 50-75% off retail price. Whatever you choose, make sure you are getting something for what you spend, and refuse to pay retail unless there is no other way.