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Published May 2nd 2013
True love needn't cost a fortune, she will be thrilled
It is that special time of the year the time when we honour our mothers for everything they have done for us throughout the year. However, sometimes money is a little hard to come by, and we cannot afford to spend all that we would like to on mum. But what says "I love you and thanks" for only around two dollars.
Although having nice belongings and expensive gifts are nice, you do not have to spend a fortune to show Mum you care.
Take a funny picture with mum and print it.
One of the most important things to remember is that thoughtful words go a long way, so whether you create a lovely card or perhaps you may sit mum down and tell them to her, your kind words and heartfelt wishes will be most appreciated.
Flowers are always lovely and sometimes at the markets you can pick up a small bunch for just a couple of dollars. Alternatively Aldi stores often have the most beautiful flowers for under five dollars per bunch.
Perhaps you may like your flowers to last a little longer than usual. Go to a local nursery and buy a flowering plant for $5-$10 - Mum will have flowers for much longer this way.
Aldi stores and some of the local supermarkets now stock a lovely range of home baked style biscuits. One of my favourite types are from Aldi and they cost $3.99 for a box of yo-yo biscuits filled with a lovely vanilla cream. For this style of biscuit, you can pay up to $4 each in the cafés! I think you get around 8 per box.
Take them out of the package and place them in a nice display box, or better still, a beautiful little handkerchief that is tied up at the top in a basket. It will make a lovely and thoughtful gift that will certainly look a lot more than the $4 you paid for it.
Perhaps make some beautiful home made jam for mum. Many of the supermarkets sell frozen berries for around $8 a kilo. Mix 1 kg of berries with 1 kg of sugar in a large saucepan and the juice of a lemon. Bring to the boil and continue to boil until it thickens when placed on a cool plate. *Take care as it will be very hot.*
Pour it into to some sterilised bottles or jars and you have the most delicious fresh fruit jam. This quantity will make around eight jars of jam, working out to approximately $1.30 per jar.
Take mum somewhere special on her day. Perhaps clean up the backyard and set it out with a small table or a picnic blanket on the grass. Bring out the lunch, some bubbly lemonade or a glass of wine and share a really special outdoor meal.
If you have a little bit of time available to you and there is a particular item that mum wants, take a look on eBay or some of the online stores to see if you can purchase it cheaper than going to a retail store.
Buy a punnet of strawberries and dip them in chocolate - place them beautifully on a plate and present them to mum as a special treat.
The big strawberry,your choc dipped ones may be a little smaller.
Probably more geared towards the girls amongst us, but maybe set up a day spa for mum at home. Pamper her with doing her nails, makeup and perhaps a foot massage all whilst surrounded by beautiful candles.
Create a family portrait: Go through some of your favourite family photographs and find one that has Mum looking really happy, perhaps with some of her family members, then enlarge and print out on special paper. Go to a two dollar shop and buy a cheap frame or have a look in an op shop, place the photograph in the frame and you have a lovely family portrait.
I did this one year by finding really old photographs that our family had forgotten about and gave one to each member - they were absolutely thrilled and said it was the best gift they had ever received.
A beautiful make over can make mum feel special.
Research a few free events in your area, perhaps have a look on weekendnotes.com under the freebies category and then choose one in line with your mum's interest.
Give your mum a gift from the heart.
Sit down and think about all of your favourite times she has been in your life, think about all of the things that she did with you that were special and all your favourite memories. Write them down - on one piece of paper or on many pieces of paper that perhaps are cut into heart shapes.
This will be a truly unique time for you to share together as Mum (or anyone else you care to make this for) may not know how much you have appreciated certain events or times that you have shared in your life. In years to come, they will be able to go back and look at these memories if they are having a bad day or if they feel a long way away from you, it is a gift that will last forever.
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