How to Spend Mother's Day on a Budget

I "celebrated" Mother's Day when I was in Grade 3, I recently re-commenced this celebration in the past 3 years. My mum has never been the one for material gifts (except on her birthday, where she expects to be spoiled rotten), I progressed from buying her $2 jars at school fairs to random $40 orchids.

It's been extremely difficult in the last 2 years as I started my full time job, Mother's Day would some how slip my mind.. or I'd simply run out of time to buy her that specific gift. It's o.k if you forget, and it's definitely o.k if you haven't got a present. As the biggest and most lovely present is for you to spend some time with her and provide her with undivided attention.

Pizza and Board Games

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It's time to bring back the nostalgia. Sadly, board games are not much of a "thing" in many households. I remember when my mum would spend days playing my favourite board games with me, that's hardly the way these days. She's either watching TV or playing on her tablet while I'm either on the computer or on the phone to my boyfriend. I know my mother-daughter time is way over-due, why not have a night in, whip out your mum's favourite board games, find some awesome pizza deal and pig out.

Girl's Pamper Night

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The last time I went pampering at a massage parlour to get a Thai back massage, I was in so much pain I couldn't get up the next day. Good massage parlours are difficult to find and good massage parlours are pricey. Maybe it's time for an at-home pampering session, get out those towels, candles, clay masks, nail polishes and cuticle creams. Make sure to put on her favourite tunes.

Scrapbook or Photobook Together

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I made a scrapbook for my grandma to document her trip overseas, the power of scrap booking is overwhelming, the joy and sheer emotion my grandmother had on her face while flipping through the book was priceless. Why not arrange some photos in chronological order and create a timeless piece with your mum. Alternatively, if your mum is a modern minimalist and you don't exactly have the motor skills to cut out odd shapes (which is me most of the time) then Photo Booking would be the perfect choice and Vistaprint will have you covered. Digitally create your photobook online, select your size, choose your own photos, book cover and paper finish without touching a piece of paper or have glue fingers.

Organic Baking

This is for all my health conscious mums and daughters out there. I recently started organic baking and my mum absolutely loved it. Instead of being concerned about the amount of butter and chocolate in the brownies, we can actually enjoy a descent serve (and a few slices more) if you bake with super foods and "good" fats.


  1. True - the biggest gift for mom would be your undivided attention and time.
    Thanks for the lovely budget ideas.

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  2. Those are some lovely and thoughtful things to do together!

  3. Aww these are some really lovely ideas. I love board games as for me they're a really nostalgic typical family thing!

  4. Those are lovely things to do with mom! I am quite a boring person, I will be bringing my mom on a shopping trip and we'll have a lovely family dinner ;D

    celly | asian beauty and makeup blog

  5. These are some great ideas! I love the scrapbooking idea! xx

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  6. Awesome, thanks for sharing :)

  7. What a lovely list! I usually just give mum money so she can buy whatever she wants and she prefers this too haha

  8. wow i didnt know orchids are very expensive. i guess its a good thing i passed on creating an orchid garden for a hobbie ^^ happy mothers day to your mom! i can tellt hat your such a sweet daughter to her :)

  9. Very lovely, thanks for sharing!


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