I’m going to be honest with you guys. I’ve been planning to write an Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide post for about a month now. I was going to share gifts that different types of moms would love to receive. I wrote down categories for each mom and I’ve been scouring the web for products to share with you all. Just before I turned my pc on, it hit me (my pc didn’t hit me – that would be ridiculous). It crossed my mind that over the past week I’ve seen at least 20 Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guides with special presents you can buy your mom. I want to do something a little different. This is going to be an Ultimate Guide of Free Mother’s Day Gifts you can give your mom this Mother’s Day. That’s right! There’s no money involved, unless you choose to make her something and you have to pay for the supplies.
The reason I’m choosing to do this is because growing up, even into adulthood, I’ve asked my mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day and she always said to make her something. She never asked for jewelry, perfume, or anything that we actually had to go out and buy. I will tell you though, that I have bought her things for Mother’s Day just because I was too lazy to come up with something and actually sit down and make it.
Now that I’m older and have my own babies, I realize that I get excited waiting to see the gifts they made for me at school. I know my babies put a lot of thought into little things like what color they should use or should this piece of pipe cleaner be glued here or here. Their eyes really brighten up when they pull their gifts out of their book bags to give to me. That’s what makes me happy and I think my mom feels the same way when we make her stuff.
I’m not saying to not buy your mom anything for Mother’s Day, especially if she wants something specific. What I’m saying is to give her something a little different this year. Even if you don’t think you’re good at making certain things, have your kids do it and say it’s from them even though you’re the one who actually did most of the work (like I do – cough, cough). So, without having you all wait anymore, here is my Ultimate Guide of Free Mother’s Day Gifts to give your mom this Mother’s Day!
**Ok, it’s not really going to be an ultimate guide, but it is going to be 11 free gifts to give your mom. These are awesome Mother’s Day gifts that don’t cost anything and at least they’re good ones, so you should read on.**
The Ultimate Guide of Free Mother’s Day Gifts
1. Let her sleep in. We know you like to call your mom early in the morning on a Sunday to wish her Happy Mother’s Day, but give her a break. Let her relax before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. Mommas need rest too!
2. Pick a fresh bouquet of flowers for her. Just make sure they’re not out of her garden. That would be like giving someone their own property as a gift and that’s just not right.
3. Take her on a picnic in her favorite park. I know that I said this guide would be for free gifts, but you can just take food out of your own fridge for a picnic. Do not, I repeat, do not take food out of her fridge. If you don’t understand why, please refer to the last sentence in number 2 above.
4. Go on a walk and talk to her. I mean really talk to her to see how she’s doing. Don’t talk about yourself or your kids or coworkers or ANYTHING that’s not about her. This is her day, not yours.
5. If there was a movie that she loved watching with you when you were a child, rent it, make some popcorn, and get ready for the memories to come flowing back. If it’s a musical, you better get ready to sing and dance along. Even if you’re a 45 year old woman (or man) and you think you’re too cool to do it, I say you better get off of your butt and bust some moves with your mom!
6. Cook her breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She cooked hundreds of meals for you while you lived under her roof, so there’s no reason you can’t cook three meals for her in one day. And (yep! I started a sentence with and) don’t try to cook the foods that you like. Cook meals that she loves, even if you don’t agree with eating lime Jello filled with mayo, hot dogs, and maraschino cherries topped with whipped cream and bacon bits. You’re going to eat those meals with her and you’re going to like it!
7. Detail her car. I don’t mean just taking it in the driveway and giving it a quick wash. I mean you better wash it, dry it, wax it, vacuum it out, change the windshield wiper blades, rotate the tires, give her an oil change, fix her transmission, and top off all of the fluids. While you’re at it, you may as well go and buy her a new car. Ok, I got carried away there. This is a free gift guide for Mother’s Day, so I guess you can’t do the last few things I suggested.
8. Actually make her something! Use whatever crafty skills you have to make your mom something. If you’re good at working with wood, make her a picture frame. If you’re good at painting, paint her a picture. If you’re like me and not really good at either one of those, you can try this craft and give it to her. The only trick is figuring out how to get her to paint her hand and put it on a piece of paper without her asking any questions, so you can give her the gift later. I’ll leave that for you to figure out.
9. Help her do something that she’s always wanted to do, but has been hesitant about. If she’s always wanted to go hiking on a killer trail, take her and don’t complain about how tough it is. Be her confidence. If she’s always wanted to ask her single neighbor out on a date, you better give her some pointers and cheer her on as she nervously rings his door bell while you’re peeking around the corner giving her the thumbs up. For this last one, take into consideration if your mom is married or not. You don’t want to be the wingman/woman who broke up a happy home. It’s just not a good look for you.
10. Ask what you can do around the house for her. If she says nothing, you better still find something to do. Wash her laundry and fold EVERYTHING (you know what I’m getting at)! Take the trash out. Wash the dishes from all three meals that you cooked for her throughout the day. Clean the toilets. Fix her leaky sink and squeaky doors she always complains about. Pull the weeds out of the yard. You better come up with something to do and stop being a lazy bottom!
11. Leave her alone! Moms are so busy sometimes that they forget to take care of themselves. Give your mom a little space on Mother’s Day. If she likes being around you on Mother’s Day then that’s fine and dandy. However, if she’s impartial on whether she needs to see your mug on the only day of the year dedicated to moms then leave her be. Don’t just not call her though. Ask her if she wants to be left alone that day. If she says yes, then wish her a Happy Mother’s Day the day before and give her a gift the day after. I guess with this one your mom is going to get two gifts – being left alone for the day and the gift you’re going to give her the next day. I know I said this was going to be for free gifts for your mom, but come on, she’s your mom! At least get her a card!
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Now it’s time for me to print this out and conspicuously hide this list in my husband’s pocket so he can know exactly what I want for Mother’s Day!
What other free Mother’s Day gifts have you given your mom?