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10 of the best Mothers’ Day ideas on a budget

Mothers’ Day

By Leila Moss, Communications & Campaigns Manager

Mothers’ Day is fast approaching. It’s even earlier this year – Sunday 11th March – so it’s time to start thinking about how to treat that special lady in your life!

As we’re in the midst of our financial campaign, we’ve put together our top 10 Mother’s Day ideas to put a smile on your mum’s face, without breaking the bank.

What to do

1. Movie night
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 a nice hearty dinner. If you can afford to splash the cash a little, you could even treat her to her favourite takeaway.

2. Afternoon tea
Treat your dear mum to afternoon tea! Pop on a brew, put together some sandwiches with her favourite fillings and make (or buy!) some tasty cakes and scones. BBC Good Food has put together a useful guide on how to throw a very special afternoon tea party. Jamie Oliver also has some great recipe ideas, so get cooking! If you’re feeling particularly creative, you could even bake a Mother’s Day cake or cupcakes. If you feel like splashing out you could buy a bottle of bubbly – prosecco, cava and Buck’s Fizz are more affordable options than champagne

3. Cocktail party
Why not shake up your Mother’s Day plans this year by making her some delicious cocktails!  The Guardian has some great recipes for alcoholic cocktails, or if you’d rather stick to mocktails then BBC Good Food has you covered with some healthy, non-alcoholic drinks. 

4. A walk in a new location
For some inspiration, check out the National Trust website – if you’re already a member then it’s win, win with free entry to over 500 locations! There are some fantastic places to visit, including stately homes, historical sites and beautiful rolling countryside.

5. Visit her favourite place
Whether it’s the beach, the countryside or a local landmark, you could take a packed lunch, flask of tea and some sweet treats to make a nice day of it! Think about which places really mean something to your mum to make it extra special.

Whatever you do, spending time together is the most important thing – so make time for your mum and she will love you for it!

What to give
If you would like to give your mum a present, you can do so without spending a fortune. It really is the thought that counts, so don’t worry if you don’t have loads of cash to spare! Here are some of our ideas for a thoughtful gift that doesn’t cost the earth.

1. 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 including pictures and hand-written notes about your favourite memories – it’s sure to 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.

2. Blooming great deal!
Have you ever heard of cashback sites? They are a great way of getting money back on things you need to buy anyway! One of our favourite cashback sites is Quidco which is running a great Mother’s Day deal for new users, offering £15 cashback on flowers from Moonpig. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now to order your Mum some flowers and brighten up her day!

3. Experience voucher
Experience vouchers are a popular gift option nowadays – you can get some really reasonable pamper experiences such as a three course meal for two at Prezzo for £30 or afternoon tea for two at just under £35.

If the budget doesn’t stretch that far then why not make your own voucher? You could offer to do something such as her gardening, housework or cooking, or even teach her a skill she’s always wanted to learn! What about offering 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 an English Heritage site.

4. Hamper
Why not create a hamper of your mum’s favourite things – these don’t have to cost the earth. For example, what is her favourite tea or coffee? What chocolate, biscuits and jam does she like? Buy a few of these low cost items and then pick up a wicker basket from Amazon for under £3 – it makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

5. Personalised book
You can order personalised books from a number of places online. They can be anything from a collection of photos from the year she was born, a Haynes Manual or a personalised notebook. Prices start at around £7 and there are a range of options available.

 We like the ‘From you to me’ gift book idea from Getting personal, which 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.


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