Mother's Day 2013: Last Minute Gifts
If you've forgotten to purchase a gift for Mother's day, have no fear, you have plenty of time until you see her on Sunday.
Mother's day is the one special day you should let your mom know how much she means to you. She carried you for nine months, birthed you, changed your stinking diaper, raised you, and still helps you out. The least you can do for is give her a little something that lets her know you've been thinking about her.
Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts
Many restaurants offer freebies and specials on Mother’s Day: TCBY and Yogurt Mountain are dishing out free frozen yogurts to moms on Sunday, Redbox is allowing customers to send one free night’s rental to moms (and anyone who has a mom) via Facebook, and IKEA stores give moms a free breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, and coffee before 11 a.m. Technically, though, with these offers, it’s the retailer giving the present, not any of the mom’s kids.
You can donate a "safe birth kit" in your mother's name, too. Through the International Rescue Commission, you can buy a series of donations in honor of your mother, including a safe delivery, a year of education, maternal health care, and even a women's small business training. Rescue.org will mail a card or send an e-card through email to let your mom know you donated to a woman in need in honor of her.
Pay off a bill or two for mom this mother's day, so she has a little extra cash. Don't just give her money, help her pay for something necessary. Let her know she can come to you if she needs help, and offer to help in whatever way.
Homemade gift certificates: Grab a pen, some colored paper and start creating gift certificates she can redeem for a lunch, a visit, a shopping trip, a certain number of phone calls, whatever your mother enjoys. Maybe she wants you to weed the garden, throw that in as well.
Cook her favorite meal: This may not cost you a thing, but it may not only save you money, but your mom some time. If your mom cooks homemade dinners almost every meal, give her a break by cooking her favorite meal on Mother's Day. If it's tuna casserole and you hate it, make it. If she wants you to recreate Thanksgiving, go to whatever store it takes to find cranberry sauce.
Give her a subscription to her favorite magazine. If your mom loves magazines on decorating the home, Home and Gardens and Country Living are great magazine ideas. Even if she read Cosmopolitan, save her some money for a few months and buy her a year or 2 year subscription.
If your mom loves beauty products, give her a DIY face scrub. Just mix two and a half cups of sugar with a cup of extra-virgin olive oil. Then, add four tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix well and pour into a mason jar. Get a nice spoon to add to the mason jar, or even a paint stick. Break the paint stick in two, and sand around the edges to make it smooth. Stain or paint it with whatever you like.
Fill your mom's gas tank. In this economy, buying gas can break the bank. Give her a full tank and tell her to take a day anywhere she likes to herself.
Make a video.. Using Animoto, a free online video-making service, take videos and pictures from family events, milestones and favorite moments and bring out the cinematographer in yourself. It's free to do, and you can download and create a disc so she'll have it to cherish forever.