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5 Mothers’ Day ideas on a budget

A son drinking tea with his mum on Mothers' Day

By Jenny Ross, Digital and Content Marketing Specialist

Mothers’ Day is fast approaching (26th March) so here are some ways to put a smile on her face without making a hole in your wallet.

Afternoon tea

Treat her to afternoon tea! Pop on a brew, put together some sandwiches with her favourite fillings and make (or buy!) some tasty cakes or scones.

BBC Good Food has put together a useful guide on how to throw a very special afternoon tea party. Jamie Oliver also gives his ideas on the best afternoon tea recipes, so get cooking! You could even bake a Mother’s Day cake.

If you feel like splashing out you could buy a bottle of bubbly – prosecco and cava are more affordable options than champagne.

Treasured memories

Photographs of special moments you have spent together can make thoughtful personal gifts. If you have time, you could put together a photo album or scrapbook with your favourite pictures and scribbled notes about memories that will make her smile. You could even ask other family members to contribute, especially if they have pictures she may not have seen.

A cheaper option is to pick one photo and find a nice frame to put it in. To make it more personal you could slip a note inside along with the picture, or write a message on the back.

The silver screen

Grab some popcorn and snacks, pick up a copy of your mum’s favourite film and have a movie night! You could make some movie night snacks or you could even treat her to a takeaway or home cooked meal to round off the evening.

Personalised book

You can order personalised books from a number of places online. They include a collection of photos from the year she was born, a Haynes Manual or a notebook with her name on the front. Prices tend to start at around £7 and there are a vast range of options available.

We like the ‘From you to me’ gift book idea from Getting personal. This costs £11.99,and asks your mum questions such as ‘what was your happiest moment in life’. You can fill it in together over a cuppa.

Pamper voucher

Experience vouchers are a popular gift option nowadays and you can get some really reasonable pamper experiences such as a beauty treatment for £15 or afternoon tea for two for £28.

If the budget doesn’t stretch then you could make your own voucher! You could offer to do something such as:

  • Take her for a walk in a new location
  • Visit her favourite beach
  • Cook a meal of her choice
  • Teach her a skill she’s always wanted to learn
  • Do her garden or the housework
  • Offer her a ‘mystery trip’ on a date of her choice, then pick a place to go depending on the time of year. This doesn’t have to be expensive – you could visit a museum, a National Trust site or English Heritage site.


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