10 tips for Mother’s Day on a budget

Mother’s Day on a budget – can still be fabulous!

This is a letter to you other half or your good friend (who I suggest you rope in for a sleep over if you are single). Just to give them a few little ideas about Mother’s Day in case they are stuck. You may want to leave it up on your computer or print it off and leave it lying around somewhere, email it to them, etc…


 Dear daddy/partner/loving friend…

If the children are quite little you will probably be their partner in crime for Mothers Day and I wanted to give you a few ideas for treating mum without having to spend a fortune. We all know mummy is beautiful, fabulous, kind, clever and amazing and she definitely deserves a treat.Here are my top 10 budget busting Mothers day ideas to take you through the day.

1.    Give her a lie in – a really long one till she is ready to get up (make sure you do it properly  i.e. you wash the kids faces , change clothes and feed them breakfast– my fella has been known to just transfer his duvet down stairs in the name of getting up with the kids!)  Cost: £0

2.  Make her breakfast in bed. What a luxury. Cost £0

3.  Run her a lovely bath with her favourite bath stuff, glass of juice, and some lovely tunes. Cost £0

4.  Present her with the fabulous mothers day cards you and the children have MADE for her. We would always rather have handmadeand love infused. Cost £0

5.  Give her main present Here are 3 sure fire budget ideas;

Love tokens….cut paper into hearts and write in them treats for mum (the day off,  no cooking night,  her car being cleaned, no night duty, bath and a massage etc.) If ids are older this could involve them helping with the washing up, making mum a cup of tea etc. Have the children help make these tokens and colour them in if they can. Mum will love these and she can cash them in whenever she pleases. Make lots with no expiry date. Cost £0

Photos…if you get the children dressed up and tell mum to put her glad rags on you could ask you neighbour /friend/relative to come in and take lots of family photo’s. Mums are often left out of photos with their kids and family pictures where everyone looks lovely are completely wonderful.  Trust me this will be a fab gift. Cost £0 except a slight print cost later…I’m sure you have a frame knocking about Cost £1

Bar of luxury choc and a lovely flower are almost universally enjoyed Okay it’s not a free gift but we will LOVE it. Cost £3

 6.    Let mum choose the plan for the day once gift giving is over, if she wants to go off on her own and browse the book shops or clothes rails give her the opportunity.  If she wants to take a family walk but you think it’s a bit cold and want to watch Eastenders/rugby…UP YOU GET…it is her day. Cost £0

7.    Please cook lunch and tea and sort snacks and supper…and wash up all day. Cost £0

8.    Please change all nappies/supervise toilets/put on shoes/find coats, deal with tantrums etc. Cost £0

9.    Take mum to the DVD shop and encourage her to choose WHATEVER DVD she would like to watch  (Disney is fab ut sometimes we crave Brad…) then please remove children for an hour or 2 and let mum indulge. With a hot choc and blanket. Cost £2

10.  All day let mum know she is adored and you all worship her. Cost £0

See it’s cheap as chips and just requires a bit of effort!

Now I am going to print this off and leave somewhere for my OH to read………


This can also be seen at Something for the weekend



  1. Bubblegumbodw
    March 10, 2010 / 7:54 am

    What a fab idea. Thank you 🙂

  2. Becky
    March 10, 2010 / 7:56 am

    Most welcome…hope it works for you x

  3. March 10, 2010 / 9:20 am

    I’m forwarding the Other Half this now!! Thank You! 🙂

  4. Becky
    March 10, 2010 / 10:46 am

    Lets hope they deliver!

  5. Lizz
    March 11, 2010 / 7:55 pm

    Not only am I forwarding this to my hubby, but I’ve posted it on my facebook page too

  6. March 13, 2010 / 7:24 am

    What a great list. I gave my daughters the “voucher” idea for things like “no fighting for a whole day” an am really looking forward to using them!

  7. Becky
    March 13, 2010 / 7:32 am

    Now I hadn’t thought of no fighting for the day! I love that idea…how about no whining, good sharing, no botheirng mummy if she goes on the phone…….

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