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On each little slip of paper was written a Thank-You note for something I'd taught one of them during their early childhood, teenage and young adult years.
There was over 300 little Thank-You notes in the box.
From my oldest daughter and firstborn, I laughed when I read, "Thank you Mother for teaching me that there are other colors besides just red and green". Those were the only two colors she wanted to use in her first coloring book, and dogs, cats, chickens, houses and trees were all either red or green. I remembered sitting down with her one day, and talking about the sky being blue, and some flowers yellow, etc.
From my middle daughter, I laughed when I read, "Thank you Mother for making me wear that dress to Jimmy's birthday party. It got me my first kiss". Sure enough, she'd come home that day from her little friend's birthday party so full of herself. She had a "boyfriend". It lasted 4 days, then it was a new boyfriend. What was special was that first kiss though, and she gave me the credit for it because I wouldn't let her wear her raggedy old blue jeans. (She was my tomboy).
From my youngest daughter, I almost cried when I read, "Thank you Mother. Thank you so much for helping me to save the money for my horse". Her first horse was a 17 hands high jumper and she looked so tiny up there on him, but she wanted that horse so much and I matched her dollar for dollar in order for her to save up enough to buy him.
And from my youngest child, a son, I cracked up laughing when I read, "Thank you Mother for showing me 1573 times how to tie my shoes".
Everything they could think of that I'd taught or helped them with was written separately on a little "Thank-You" note. It took hours for me to read them all, and for all the laughing and crying and talking about each one... but I'll say this. It was the most wonderful gift I've ever gotten in my whole entire life.
That pretty little box is my most precious treasure, more than any diamonds or gold or rubies worth millions of dollars. If this house were to catch on fire, (God forbid), I'd grab my kitty cat and that little box and hit the door.
As far as I'm concerned, I've been given everything I'll need now for the rest of my life.
I just wish I'd thought to do that for my Mother. I have so many things to thank her for.
Source: My four children.
By Julia (Pookarina) from Boca Raton, FL
From free to more expensive, not in order however:
Remember a gift is always nice, but it really is the thought that counts, just being remembered by the children they choose to have is what means the most to any Mother.
By Latrtatr from Loup City, NE
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Holiday Gift: Joke Book for Mom (or for anyone, any holiday, everyday - even a spontaneous gift for a nursing home or home-sick college student to share).
For Mother's Day, after quizzing my mom about what she wanted/needed, one of the things my mom requested was a joke book. I considered checking a used bookstore for a unique and inexpensive joke book but am making one myself for cheap!
I am including clean "Yo Mama" jokes, knock-knock jokes, other known jokes, a selection of jokes I made up, and joke contributions from a few loved ones that they make up themselves, which will personalize the joke book and make it extra special.
Some good joke sites are:
I'm using Microsoft Word to print up the joke book: Landscape page orientation, 2 columns, with a cover and table of contents, in an easy-to-read font. I will probably scatter occasional, appropriate clip-art. For the cover, I may use scrapbook paper or print out the cover from Microsoft Word onto nicer paper or card stock.
By Erin813 from Seffner, FL
A wonderful gift for Mother's Day would be to go clean an area and plant some flowers at a walk-way, right outside a window where she can enjoy the view, or at the mailbox. Most mothers love flowers and don't always have the extra money to buy them. You can get a container flower or plant some in the ground.
Another great idea is to have a bird feeder where she can sit and watch the birds feed from a window or a porch where she may sit.
By Cindy from Fort Payne, AL
Last year, I wanted to give something to my adult children on Mother's day to show them how much their mother loves and appreciates them. I made them coupon certificates for 4 hours of baby sitting. They loved it.
With Mother's Day and Father's Day coming up, the best gift you could ever give is your presence. But if this is not possible, send them several prepaid calling cards so they can keep in touch with you and their grandchildren more often than maybe their budget will allow.
Rather than giving your mother something she could buy herself, make a personalized gift that she will treasure. If given for a birthday add one for each year. This is a guide about making a Mother's Day book with "Reasons I love you".
One of my favorites is "Grandma Knows Best But No One Ever Listens!". The author is Mary McBride. Lots of advice for Grandmas with a lot of humor. It would make a great gift for a new Grandma-to-be or Grandma's gift for Mother's Day.
Older parents who reside in assisted living facilities typically do not have a lot of space for large gifts. Choosing a lovely thought gift for these moms is important. This is a guide about Mother's Day gift ideas for assisted living residents.
Choosing an appropriate gift for a mom residing in a nursing home can be difficult. This is a guide about Mother's Day gift ideas for a mom in a nursing home.
Mother's Day is coming up and this cake is the perfect treat for the kids to make for mom! It is so easy they can make it with almost no help.
This is what I did last Mother's Day and have been asked by my mother to do again. I love scrapbooking and had done some pages for my mother, but last Mother's Day, I decided to let her ...
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What are some really good and thoughtful Mother's Day gift ideas?
You could give her homemade coupons for vacuuming, dusting, doing dishes, a spa night (you run the bath, put in bath beads, light candles, play music etc). Anything that your mother does that she doesn't have to do anytime she presents one of the coupons that you make her.
Nothing in the world would mean as much to any mother as to get a long, heartfelt letter telling her how much she means to you. Breakfasts, perfume, flowers, bath salts are all nice, but that heart to heart is what it's all about. I wrote a long letter and sent it with a beautiful card to my mother many, many years ago, and when she passed away, I found that card and letter in her purse. She carried it around w/ a picture of me as a toddler that was a favorite of hers. Now I carry one of her cards to me in my purse.
The gift for Mother's Day that I think is most thoughtful, is your presence, not your presents. Our children never did come to visit us on Easter and it hurt very badly. I would have never treated my parents that way, but what can you do? Showing your mother love and gratitude, is a wondering gift in and of itself. If you feel that you must give her something, make a homemade card w/ a letter inside. I did that for my mother one year, and she almost cried. Someone gave you the idea of coupons, which is an awesome idea.
My husband had a mild stroke on Easter Sunday this year. (The doctors also suspect Bell's palsy.) Not only are finances extra-tight, getting even the basic shopping done has suddenly become problematic. (I can't go on my own, since they usually don't let blind people drive.) My older daughter called last Sunday to say she'd had an idea: instead of flowers I couldn't see or chocolates or a card. She's picking me up for a lunch date this coming Saturday, then taking me to do the grocery shopping. I cried. My daughter knows my needs and thought of this loving and practical solution. Wow, I have a great daughter!
What are some thrifty ideas that children, 12 and under can do for Mother's Day for their parents?
By quivershivershake from Desoto, TX
Fix them breakfast in bed or bake there favorite cookies.
I always liked gift certificates for a special chore that was always mine but they gave me the gift of doing it for me for a certain length of time or number of times. My boys often wrote out little cards and decorated them. I really liked that!
They could make a photo album for mother, out of pictures that have duplicates, extra school pictures, etc. Put into a binder that they made from construction paper. Everyone always ends up with lots of extra copies of pics. While looking thru the family photo albums to see what to use, you may find many that you forgot you had!
What are some pointers on getting mom that special gift for Mother's Day?
Amanda from Shorter, Alabama
Tell her to give you a list of 5-10 things she would like, then pick one. Anything homemade also wins points.
My Mom isn't young anymore, but neither am I! She has just about everything I can think of. I got a cardboard box, wrapped it for Mother's Day and filled it with special cookies, snacks and things she wouldn't buy for herself, but I know she loves AND I made a special card to tell her how much I love her and am so glad she is my Mom.
Love and respect are what Mother's Day is about.
My mom loved a movie basket. I got a basket with a DVD movie I knew she had not seen,specialty popcorn,a one liter of her fav. soda, and a box of candy like the theatres have. with flower and a big bow.
Amanda, I don't ever think it matters how old the daughter is. My most meaningful gifts are ones costing nothing except your time! A hand written letter w/special memories or some thing you've never shared w/Mom before, lessons she's taught you thru life etc.another that costs very little, get a picture frame (only$1.00 at any $$ store) Round up some early pictures of her & you at her age and collage them. Cherish every moment w/her. Life is uncertain...God Bless....
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Grandson Chris sent me this azalea, and he happened to be here when it was delivered. He was surprised, and then upset that it was red, because he had ordered the lavender one.
So a few days later I received a second gift of the color he ordered. How lucky am I to have such a thoughtful and sweet grandson? And the company he ordered them from, sent the replacement and said to keep the red one, too.
By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA
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My mother had always told us not to put flowers on her grave when she was gone, for she wouldn't see them. So I came up with an idea. On Mother's Day every year, my hubby and I would buy her a rose bush for her yard. We made a big party out of it. Not only did we get her the rose, we came up with some kind of garden themes for her yard because my mom loved her yard. One year, we did a iron donkey planter with a rose planted inside. The next, we planted a rose inside of sombrero.
I am so glad I did this for her. She is gone now and I still have some of the rose bushes that we bought for her and I can remember that day we planted and had our own private party.
By Dar from Texas
Dar, what fond memories of you mother. I think planting rose bushes is a wonderful idea! My mom also passed a few years ago. She loved her hanging flower basket we bought her every Mother's day so I will continue that tradition from here on out. (05/08/2007)
Dar, what a wonderful thing to do! I got my mom a rose bush this year for Mother's Day. She is living with us and she was so excited. She said it made her feel like this is her home too, having a rose bush. (07/08/2007)
Does anyone have good gift ideas (under $100) to give a mother who lives in a different state. She doesn't drive anymore, so dinner certificates are out because most of her friends don't drive either. She's not a hat person, so no hats for Mother's Day. She mentioned fruit being too expensive to buy. I know there are those companies where you can buy fruit, but I don't want to buy an entire case. Any suggestions besides flowers or cash?
By EasyLikeSunday from Philadelphia, PA
You could subscribe to one of those gift a month things for fruit. Or maybe a magazine subscription. I usually send my mother a plant (this year lavender) because she can usually get one to last a year. (05/06/2009)
I agree with Glenn'sMom about the plant. If she likes gardening, you might send something that could be transplanted to her garden and have it for years to come. (05/06/2009)
Even though my suggestion may have a few flowers, have you thought about the fruit bouquets? They are within your price range and gives mom a unique gift with enough fruit she could eat before going bad :) (05/06/2009)
Do like I do. I order my mom and dad food/food stuff/juices/vegetables/ice cream/yogurt etc. from Schwann's Frozen Food. The big trucks deliver the food to them and the food is guaranteed. If she doesn't like any of it, they will take it back with no questions asked. Most of the foods are already cooked and all she has to do is to reheat them in the micro or toaster oven.
My folks have never complained at all about the foods they get. Try it and you will see many wonderful things you can send your mom or anyone for that matter. We do this for yearly gifts to several different people which makes it a lot easier on me and really easier on our budget! IF there isn't a Schwann's delivery truck in her area, THEY will mail what you order for her (in dry ice) to her (but) they are located in all 50 states and with several branches. They are a Godsend to us. Everyone eats and everyone loves this food! Keep me/us informed on what you do. (05/13/2009)
By Paula Jo
This isn't a fancy gift, but depending on your mother's economic status, have you considered calling a utility company and paying on one of her bills; electric, gas, water, trash, phone, cable TV, insurance, property tax, etc. It might be a pleasant surprise for her to find that she has a credit somewhere, easing her probably limited income. I'm only middle aged, and I'm already finding out that I certainly don't need more things. How about a blueberry plant in a large pot that will give her berries for years? A cleaning service to help her clean her home, do her laundry, etc? Call Meals on Wheels and give her a month of prepared meals if she's old enough. Some grocery stores make fruit baskets and deliver them too, you can call and charge it. Check around, I'm sure there will be many more holidays to buy for. (05/14/2009)
My girls got me an apron and monogrammed coffee mug in my favorite color. (pink). I loved it. With the coffee mug, she put in a bag of my fav coffee shop coffee. And also a bottle of coffee flavoring. (05/14/2009)
By Glinda Diane
If you want something free and sentimental, write her a letter with a list of fond memories you have of her for every year she's been your mom. So if you are 40, write 40 fond memories. They don't have to be a memory from each year of your life, just a total number of memories for every year she's mothered you! She'll love it, trust me! It represents thoughtfulness and giving of your time. Have Kleenex on hand too! :)
Harry and David has different sized fruit gifts, as well as different fruit of the month programs. I have received items from them, always fresh and always quality. You can check them out online. (05/14/2009)
For Mother's Day, I suggested that my grown kids not send me the usual flowers and such. I asked them to go pay one month of my cell phone coverage ($35.00) so that I can continue to talk daily. They liked this idea and I'm not getting a plant that I will have to figure out what to do with.
By Maria from Dallas, Texas