Savings Tip: Mother’s Day DIY Ideas

Mother and SonMother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. Hopefully, you’ve already found the perfect gift for Mom. As you’ve probably learned the hard way, the longer you wait, the more you could end up spending.

Pressed for ideas that are easy on the wallet, but still show how much you care?

We’ve searched the Internet and came up with ideas, from do it yourself crafts for which there may still be time to create, to suggestions for making the day special in other ways — while still staying within your budget.

Ask Martha

For do-it-yourself gifts ranging from homemade body scrubs to a sewing kit in a jar, Martha Stewart offers a variety of ideas and instructions.

We haven’t found a Mom yet who doesn’t love a homemade gift from her kids. Parents magazine suggests 13 Mother’s Day crafts for youngsters to make.


Another great source for a variety of Mother’s Day ideas from across the Internet is Pinterest, where a quick search will bring you to scores of boards on the subject “pinned” by users. You’ll even find Mother’s Day recipes and gift ideas on Rachel Ray’s Pinterest board.

You can ask any Mom — the most special Mother’s Day gift is the gift of family and time spent together (although having “the day off” or being served breakfast in bed might come in a close second!). Check out 18 free ways to celebrate Mother’s Day from MSN Money.

Dad is next!

And, remember: Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16! Start your shopping early so you can find the perfect gift and still stay on budget. You’ll even have time to look for bargains from your favorite online shopping sites.

Whether the father in your life is an Outdoors Dad, Football Dad or Geek Dad — or answers to another name — consider some of the gift ideas here, presented in terms of his hobbies or interests.

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