Thoughtful & Frugal Mother's Day Gifts

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Here’s the thing. Mom’s work REALLY hard.  Every day. Most of the time nobody even notices how much they really do until they go out of town for a few days.

When buying a gift for her, get something that she is actually interested in and enjoys in her spare time.  Don’t buy kitchen gadgets just because she spends most of her time in the kitchen cooking (everyone has to eat, but that doesn’t mean she enjoys cooking) Think about what she does in her spare time, and what her interests actually are before spending money on anything.

With moms, it really is the thought that counts, not the price tag.

Free Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

  • Make her breakfast in bed
  • Give a coupon for doing the dishes all week – or some similar chore
  • Make a homemade card
  • Write her a poem
  • Let her sleep in (particularly thoughtful for moms with babies and toddlers)

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $10

  • A card
  • Flowers
  • Picture Frame (with a photo of a happy memory in it)
  • Scented candle
  • Coffee mug and coffee
  • Nursing cover for new moms or moms-to-be
  • Cup and saucer and specialty tea
  • A low maintenance house plant
  • New fuzzy slippers
  • Nail Care Kit
  • Live herb plants for the windowsill or garden

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $20

  • Eco friendly bath gift set
  • Loose leaf tea and a mesh tea ball
  • “I’m A Mom, What’s Your Super Power?” coffee mug
  • A cook book
  • A collection of cookie cutters and a cookie cook book
  • Box of chocolates
  • Fancy serveware or a set of appetizer spoons
  • Fancy dishes for the family pet
  • A fun mom’s keepsake
  • Custom Calendar
  • Stainless steel water bottle
  • A potted orchid or hydrangea
  • Assortment of seeds to grow an indoor or outdoor herb garden
  • A nice bottle of olive oil and a Mediterranean diet cookbook
  • Bottle of  wine
  • A board game
  • A nice umbrella
  • Blow dryer (if she needs one)
  • Hand towel or wash cloth set (this would pair nicely with some fancy hand soap)
  • Night gown or pajamas and a sleep mask
  • Pet photo album

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $30

  • Gardening stool
  • Pair of warm gloves
  • iPad cover and stand
  • Fancy tote bag
  • Yoga Mat or a dumbells set
  • Ladies’ tool set
  • Craft supplies and accessories
  • Gift certificate for a manicure
  • Gift certificate for two movie tickets and popcorn
  • Pitcher with removable insert for fruit

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $50

  • Bathrobe
  • A fancy bouquet of flowers
  • Subscription to a magazine she’d enjoy (People Magazine is a safe choice if you don’t know)
  • An online sewing class, gardening class or cake decorating class
  • DVD season of a TV show she’d like
  • Her favourite skin care product
  • Fancy birdfeeder
  • Gift certificate to a spa
  • Pay for several months of a subscription to Netflix

Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

  • DIY coffee mug (draw on a mug with a sharpie and bake it)
  • Etched glass dish
  • Terrarium kit
  • Photo magnets
  • Jewellery
  • A batch of her favourite cookies

Mother’s Day Gifts with a Theme

  • Is your mom going on a trip?  Buy her a set of sunglasses, a scarf, a travel tote and a book of sites for where she’s going (or wants to go)
  • Does your mom have a sense of humour?  Buy her a big box of chocolates and a workout video (again, be careful with this one)
  • Is your mom planning a renovation project?  Get her a screw driver, some paint swatches and a bunch of decorating magazines
  • Does your mom do a lot of driving?  How about an MP3 book she can listen to, a travel mug and a Starbucks gift card?

Have a favourite gift that you either gave or received over the years?  Tell us about it! 🙂

Are you prepared to cope for 72 hours in the event of an emergency? Check the Basic lists!

2013epw-bttn-engThe “Get Prepared” campaign encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, enabling first responders to focus on those in urgent need.

 

Basic Emergency Kit Items:

Easy to carry;  Think of ways that you can pack your emergency kit so that you and those on your emergency plan can easily take the items with you, if necessary.

  • Water two litres of water per person per day (Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods don’t forget pet food (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Special needs items: Prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Cash  Include smaller bills, such as $10 bills  and change for payphones
  • Emergency plan Include a copy of it and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact information

The basic emergency kit will help you get through the first 72 hours of an emergency. In addition to this kit, we recommend you also have the following additional emergency supplies. Then you will be well equipped for even the worst emergency situations.

Additional emergency supplies:

  • Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning
  • Candles and matches or lighter, place in sturdy containers and do not burn unattended
  • Change of clothing and footwear for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
  • Toiletries Hand sanitizer Toilet paper Utensils Garbage bags
  • Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets
  • Basic tools hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, pocket knife
  • Small fuel-operated stove
  • Fuel
  • Whistle to attract attention
  • Duct tape

Emergency Car Kit:

If you have a car, prepare an emergency car kit and keep it in the vehicle. The basic emergency kit for cars should include the following items:

Emergency car kit

  • Food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water in plastic bottles so they won’t break if frozen (change every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • First aid kit
  • Seatbelt cutter
  • Window Shatter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle in case you need to attract attention
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan and personal documents

Also keep these inside your trunk

  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
  • Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares