“When all is said and done, all you really have left is your story. Make sure its a good one”
I don’t have enough words to explain how much our mum has done for us. She is our champion, hero, and our protector. She is also a confidant, and a keeper of secrets, big and small. In short, she is a mom. She sees her future in us and has always made sure that we know that we are her world; that we are her storytellers when she can’t tell her story anymore. I love my mother.
My siblings and I were champions at coming up with the tackiest Mothers’ day gift ideas, and spending an entire day making them. My mum, bless her heart, has kept every single one. She has all the macaroni cards and the popsicle stick bird houses, and she still treats them like they are her most precious gifts. The last few years, however, we have decided to celebrate Mothers’ day a bit differently. We still do the breakfast, and cooking and cleaning and such, but we also try to find and get her things that would actually like. She is a practical woman with great taste, and raising 4 kids doesn’t really allow one to indulge in the luxuries of life.
Before I go any further, I do want to note, that yes, I am aware that this is personal finance blog, and yes, I try to be frugal and save money where I can, but I want to spoil my mum for 2 days a year: Mothers Day and her birthday. The rule in our family is that she can’t object to presents.
I know there are tons of posts out there for frugal Mothers’ day gift ideas. My siblings and I have a running list of things that we think our mum would like. Keep in mind that we normally pool our resources and get a bigger present.
- A work outfit. She is a skirt and blazer type of lady, but both my sister and here LOVED the grey dress that Stop Staring was kind enough to send over last week. The fabric is so soft and the dress fits any body type. They have both cocktail dresses and retro dresses, and the dresses are uber classy. I am in love with this store. The mix of vixen and professional attire is hard to find, but they do it so well. I am debating between a gift certificate, or just getting her my dress in black. That way I can borrow it, too. Ps. Yeah, my mom has style 😉
- A cruise. We got this for her 4 years ago, and she, along with a girlfriend went away for 5 days of sun and water. Total cost was around $600
- A Kindle. I got my reading habit from her. She usually has at least 1 book with her at all time. Total cost= $100 plus cost of books (cheaper than paperback)
- Jewelry. She doesn’t normally wear a lot, but she values quality over quantity. I know she has her eye on a few pieces from Belargo Jewelry, and we will most likely get her something from her for her birthday as well. The pieces are divine, and the best part is that I can borrow them, too! Total cost = $205
- A scarf from LivefashionAble. I mentioned them the other day, and I know she really liked the scarf that I got. This will be an add-on to her present. Total cost = $40
- A pair of diamond earrings from BlueNile.com. Nothing too extravagant and a simple design that provides her with an accessory to match her dresses.
- A DSLR. She loves taking pictures, and the camera that she has is about 4 years old and about to fall apart on her. You should see the pictures she can takes with that little thing.