By Alyssa Goldman, Cheapism.com
It doesn't matter if you spend a lot, a little, or nothing at all on a Mother's Day gift. The important women in your life just want to know you care. So show them some love with one or more of these cheap Mother's Day gift ideas.
Have her try something new. This one requires some listening: Pay attention to your mother's (your wife's, your aunt's, etc.) interests. Has she always wanted to take a pottery class? Does she love yoga, but can't find an affordable studio? No matter what her hobbies (or potential hobbies) may be, there's surely a cheap Mother's Day gift deal on sites like Groupon, Living Social, Lifebooker, or Gilt City.Celebrate Mother's Day on the cheap.
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Buy her a membership. If mom (wife, significant other, etc.) constantly goes to the local art museum whenever a new exhibit opens, it's time to buy her a membership. Make her a member of her favorite museum, local park, or community center.
Sweet treats. Almost every mom has a sweet tooth, so indulge her with a sweet and cheap Mother's Day gift of cupcakes. Georgetown Cupcake bakes special vanilla and chocolate treats for the day. A single cupcake goes for $2.75, a half dozen costs $15, and a dozen is $29; delivery is extra.
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Charm her. Give her a token she can carry with her always and be reminded of your affection. Stella & Dot offers special charms for mom and grandma ($36 each).
Made, signed, and stamped with love. For this cheap Mother's Day gift, send a card that truly comes from the heart. Add photos and your very own customized message to the Hallmark Trifold Photo Card ($4.49). Gild the lily by turning your family portrait into a postage stamp at Stamps.com, where a sheet of 20 46-cent stamps costs $19.99, plus postage.
Create meaningful artwork. Homemade Mother's Day gifts are among the most meaningful, not to mention cheapest. For a family art project mom will enjoy, make a collage by having each family member leave a handprint on one of the four canvases included in the Pearhead Handprint Wall Art Set ($25, sets available in pink or blue).
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Go to the theater. Tickets to a play or musical theater are expensive when you purchase them in advance. Instead, go to the theater hours before the show to land discounted "rush" tickets; some show's have a lottery for cheap tickets. Remember, rush and lottery tickets are not guaranteed, so have a backup cheap Mother's Day gift plan in mind.
Donate to a charity. Give the special woman in your life the gift of giving back. TisBest and Just Give let you put money on a gift card enabling the recipient to choose which, among hundreds of charities, will receive her contribution.
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