Sometimes we can’t stand ‘em but most of the time we love ‘em! Mum and the mum-like women in our life deserve to know how special they are, and this Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect time to show some love that won’t break the budget.
Do you need some ideas as how to make this day extra special? Here are our best Mother’s Day celebrations that won’t break your budget!
1.Bouquets too expensive? Here’s a great alternative.
Bouquets are a Mother’s Day go to. And the market definitely knows it. Have you noticed that flower prices have raised this week? It’s no coincidence. Don’t fall into the rouses of the marketplace, think slightly outside of the paper-lined box! Instead of buying a wilted bouquet with a marked down price, class it up by buying mum a single flower in a delicate vase. How freaking glamourous is that? Extra points if you can single out her favourite flower. If picking one single stemmed flower is too stressful, head to Bunnings and grab some seedlings for the two of you to plant together! If your mum doesn’t have a place to plant flowers, grab a small pot and some soil and it can live anywhere. Is your winter a bit chilly? No worries! Pick up pansies or violas for some winter colour, or just ask the salesperson for opinions. They’re sure to steer you in a winter-friendly direction.
2. Do something your mum loves or something you love
Is your mum nuts about rock climbing? Or maybe she loves to stay cosy while doing puzzles. Even if it isn’t your idea of a good time, join her hobby for the day! It is her day afterall. Showing interest in her hobbies is an easy way to connect with each other. Alternatively, maybe you have some hobbies that you could invite your mum to join in on. We grow up thinking it’s way cooler to do things without parents around that we don’t realise that how similar we are to them and how much we enjoy being around them. Sure, having your mum tag along to your favourite happy hour might sound lame but we promise you it will be a memory you both will treasure for years to come.
3. Go Salvo shopping!
Ok, so you really want to get your mum a gift for Mother’s Day all wrapped up in a pretty box with a bow? That’s totally fine. But chances are, you’re probably using her money to do it, so you might as well be thrifty (and eco-friendly)! Check out the local op-shop to find some hidden treasures. Do you want to make it an extra special outing? Take mum with you! Salvo shopping might sound like the least glamorous adventure, that is, until you make a game out of it. Try to find the most outrageous outfit, the most obnoxious book, or see who can put together the most relatable ‘starter pack’.
4. Cook for her
Mum is like a damn Masterchef contestant, but it doesn’t mean that she wouldn’t like to put her feet up for awhile. Offer to (or just surprise) cook a meal on Mother’s Day, or any day in the next week that she would like to relax. Mum can choose the menu, or you can get creative. Our favourite option is to surprise her with brunch (check out this make-ahead breaky casserole May recipe)!
5. Ask your mum to teach you something new
When we were little, everything we learned was from mum and dad. But of course as we’ve grown older, it feels like they have nothing left to teach us, and that’s gotta feel like sand rushed through the timer for them. This Mother’s Day, ask mum to teach you something. Ask her to teach you her special recipes, how to operate the sewing machine, or hell, how to do your taxes. It might sound cliche and lame, but letting your mum know that she is still needed is one of the sweetest gestures you can do.
6. Teach your mum something!
While learning something from your mum is a great way to spend the day, consider teaching your mum something, too. It could be sharing ideas from your anthropology lecture or teaching her the recipe of your go-to bevy. Maybe it’s just us, but we find that our eyes are rolling in their sockets everytime mum asks for computer help. Computers and social media come so easy to us, we were basically born in to it! It’s easy to forget that our mum’s were already existing before technology took over the world. Ask your mum if she wants a tech tune up and go over different programs with her. Just remember to be patient and kind!
7. Clean up!
Whether your mum is a clean freak always right behind you picking up any out of place item or if she’s a bit too busy to worry about a clean house, adding some shine to the living areas is a gesture that really shows your appreciation. So pick a room, or tackle the whole house, and kick the dust bunnies to the curb!
8. Open up and tell stories
Sometime we can kind of lock our parents out and reconnect several years down the road. Put some effort into bringing mum back in to your life. Share some goss, complain about your classes, or tell her what your aspirations are.
9. Tell her you love her!
You probably didn’t need to read this on a list to remember to do it on Mother’s Day, but telling mum you love her, that she’s a good mum, and you appreciate everything she does is sometimes all that is needed.
10. Celebrate your heritage!
Do you know where your family comes from? If not, ask your mum! Consider cooking some food that her grandma used to make or making food that represents your family heritage. Grab the laptop and your mum and settle in looking up old traditions and see if any are still present in your family. Get out the family photo albums and celebrate everything that has made you and your mum who you are.
If you’re celebrating with your mum this Sunday, we hope you recognise how lucky both of you are. Many of us may know a mother who has lost a child, or someone who has lost a mother. This day is going to remind them of their heavy heart and, while they may not be up for visitors, we encourage your to let them know that they are loved and their strength admired with a text message or a card in the mail.
Hug mum or a mama figure tight this Mother’s Day and make some lasting memories!