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How to Treat Your Mom This Mother’s Day Without Breaking the Bank

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate the women that gave birth to us, raised us, and put up with us even when it was incredibly hard to do so (we were all teenagers once). Mother’s Day should be a day where your mom gets to relax. Being a mom is stressful - whether her kids are 2 or 42. It’s also a year-round job. Moms can’t take a break from being a mom. That’s why pampering her on Mother’s Day is so important. Here are some ways to make her day special without breaking the bank.

Don’t let her touch a dish

Sure, it’s a generalization, but there’s a pretty good chance that your mother has cooked for you your whole life. Not only that, but there’s also a good chance that she’s the one who does most of the cooking for every special event or holiday your family celebrates. This Mother’s Day, give her the gift of staying out of the kitchen.

Mother’s Day brunch is a great tradition that opens up many possibilities for great food. Who doesn’t love brunch? A great gift is to plan, prepare, cook, and serve brunch for your family without accepting any of your mom’s help (even if she demands it). Here’s a good list of recipes to put you on the right track.

Help her cross something off her to-do list

This great idea won’t cost you a penny and it will do wonders to help your mom relax. Ask to take a peek at her to-do list and offer to do one or two things for her. Do the gutters need cleaning? Tell your mom that you can handle it. Does she need to drop a bunch of clothes off at the dry-cleaners? Don’t worry about it mom, I can handle it. The gestures don’t have to be grand for your mom to appreciate it.

Make her a basket

If you want to actually give your mom a physical gift this Mother’s Day, make that gift all about health. It’s vital that your mom takes time to focus on her overall wellness, and in order to do that she needs to be able to find time for herself. A sporty jacket, chef subscription box, cookbook and dark chocolate are some creative and healthy gift ideas, courtesy of Plexus (find more here). You can give your mom the best gift of all - an opportunity and reason to focus on her own health.

Make her a coupon book

It’s important to reiterate that relaxation (with time to focus on herself) is one of the best gifts you can give your possibly stressed-out mom this Mother’s Day. But it’s not enough to simply give her one relaxing day. By making her a coupon book full of offers to help her relax, you can let her know that you’re willing to help her take a load off year-round. The vouchers can say things like “1 free lawn care activity” or “1 trip to the movies”. Write down things you know your mom loves to do or needs done, but would rarely ask for or do by herself.

The less you spend on a Mother’s Day gift, the more you have to be creative. This will lead to unique gifts that show your mom that you really care. By focusing your gifts on her relaxation, you can give your mom a treat that she truly needs, though would never ask you for directly. All moms deserve time to de-stress.

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