Mother’s Day on a budget

Written by Jools Smith

5 March 2018

We would all love to treat our mum on Mother’s Day and show our appreciation for all the things she does for us, but doing this on a budget can be tough. Here are some gift ideas for you which will put a smile on her face without breaking your bank balance.


Not the most original of ideas, but a nice bouquet of flowers is a winner with most mums. If you shop at the right places it’s possible to get a good bouquet for a reasonable price. Aldi, Lidl and Asda are selling flowers from as little as £2, with Lidl offering a luxury bouquet from just £4! Make sure you get down early though as these are likely to sell out fast.

Breakfast in bed

Surprise your mum with a home cooked breakfast in bed. Get all the ingredients for a full English in if that’s what she likes, whatever it is she’ll appreciate the gesture! Combine this with a bouquet of flowers and you’re onto a winner!

Day out

Many of us won’t have the time to take our mums out for the day, and it’s probably a long time since you spent more than a couple of hours just the two of you. Take her out to a nice café for afternoon tea or a bit of lunch and spend some quality time with her again. It might not seem like much to you but your mum will love it and appreciate your time more than a gift.


It’s worth keeping your eye on websites like Groupon and Wowcher for some great deals. Beauty treatments and massages are regularly on offer and would be a lovely way to give your mum a couple of hours of stress-free pampering. She no doubt deserves a bit of alone time and a chance to properly relax for once.

Spring clean

While your mums out, or enjoying a Mother’s Day lie in, surprise her by doing some house chores she hasn’t had time to do. Give the house a good hoover or get the duster out so she can put her feet up and enjoy her day. If she has a car you could give that a service, top up her oil and windscreen wiper fluid and give it a good clean for a nice surprise the next time she gets in!


Yankee candles are all the rage at the moment, but if these are out of your price range there are plenty of alternatives out there. Aldi have their own luxury fragranced candles at a very reasonable price, B&M is also a good place to look. Sainsbury’s are offering a giant multi-wick scented candle for £9.75, perfect for around the house.


Books are often forgotten about as gifts these days with all the modern day technology but they can still make a great, thoughtful gift. Whether your mum loves a good novel or is into her cooking, there’s a book for everyone. Take a look in charity shops like British Heart Foundation for second hand books which won’t break the bank balance.


Whether your mum’s a white, rose, red or a prosecco drinker, whatever she likes, a nice bottle of her favourite or a slightly more expensive one she hasn’t tried yet will go down a treat. Great for when she’s relaxing and putting her feet up for the day.


For all chocolate lovers a good selection box is a mouth watering prospect. Hotel chocolat is offering a ‘Pick – Me – Up’ Chocolate gift pack for £15. Including a Rocky Road, Brownie and Salted Caramel Chocolate Puddles, delicious!

Personalise your gift

Photo collage canvas – It’s very easy to do these days and it makes a great personal gift. Websites like Photobox allow you to create your perfect canvas, choosing the shape, size and frame thickness. Upload your favourite picture of you and your mum and they’ll do the hard work! You can get a 20x20cm collage canvas for £20.

Mugs – If, like most, your mum loves a good brew, why not get her her own personalised mug. Emma Bridgewater is a great online site offering personalised kitchenware from mugs to teapots to plates. You can get your mum mug for £15!

Cinema Light Box – Available from B&M for as little as £7.99 this would be a great modern addition to your mums living room or bedroom. You can personalise the text on display too to read your mums name or her favourite saying.

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