When you don’t have the makings for a crafty, homemade gift for mom, you can try one of these last-minute gift ideas, that won’t cost you a dime. Previously, I suggested 10 Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts and some readers did not have the makings for the homemade crafts. It made me think of all the things that as a mom I appreciate, and I created this list of free, last-minute gift ideas you can give your mom.
My only caveat: it took mom nine months to make you and she’ll put in at least two decades of care and nurturing on top of that. She deserves more than a last-minute gift, but something is better than nothing.
Quick Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts That Won’t Cost a Dime
Use your talent to make your mom an artsy, creative gift.
1. Write a Mother’s Day Poem
If you can put a sentence together write her a poem, which doesn’t have to rhyme but will be cute if it does. You need a writing utensil a piece of paper.
2. Dear Mom
Maybe you’re not a poet, but certainly you know how to write a letter. Write a heartfelt letter to your mom thanking her and praising her. Be specific. If you think your mom is the best mom in the world, tell her why you think that.
3. Write a Song
Maybe you’re musically inclined and like to write songs. Or, set a poem to music and sing it for your mom. You can do this live, or via webcam if she’s not local.
4. Record a Video Message
You could also send mom a video message about how much you appreciate everything she’s done for you. Was she right about something? Let her know, even if it’s years later.
5. Photo Memory
Chances are, you have a photo of your mom, or you and your mom at home somewhere. Use the original photo or make a copy of it. Attache the photo to a piece of paper and write about what you remember from the picture. Focus on good memories and sentiments. You can also write words that describe your mom. Is she courageous, beautiful, resilient, caring, nurturing or funny?
6. Clean the House
If you live at home with your mom, take the time to clean the house for her for Mother’s Day. Or do any other chore that she may like a break from, and will appreciate you taking the time to do. If you don’t live at home, she may appreciate you helping her with recycling that has piled up, weeding the garden, washing her car.
7. Make Mom Brunch, Lunch or Dinner
Cook or bake something delicious for your mom for Mother’s Day.
Whatever you choose to do for your mom should show her you love her. Moms don’t need lavish and expensive gifts, they just want to know you appreciate their efforts.
8. Plan an Afternoon with your Mom
Go to a local park with a garden for a walk, or find a local museum or historic house with free admission. Pack your own picnic lunch.