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There are few people more important than the mothers in our lives. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re all scrambling to find the best way to make the day special and show our mothers we care. Whether it’s planning a nice day together or sending the perfect gift from afar, there are so many options to show mom just how much you appreciate her!

But it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and overspend on holidays. Especially when it comes to buying gifts for mom…after all, our mothers do so much for us, it’s understandable to want to give them the world in return! But my mother also taught me the importance of maintaining a budget and shopping smart. Keeping a smart holiday budget and sticking to it is a must. I’m sure your mother would agree!

We’ve put together some ideas, tips, and tricks to make the most of your Mother’s Day gift shopping this year, no matter what budget you’ve set aside for the holiday.


Mother’s Day gift ideas for a tight budget:

You don’t need to break the bank to make Mother’s Day special. There are several options for unique and memorable gifts on a tight budget. Here are just a few gift ideas with a personal touch that will stand out in your mother’s mind for years to come.


Build her a home spa and relaxation kit

Spa packages are popular Mother’s Day gifts for good reason, what mom doesn’t love getting a day of relaxation and being pampered? But most spas tend to be in the pricey range, so if a day at the spa is out of your budget for this year, how about bringing the spa home to your mom? Create a home spa basket with everything your mom needs for a relaxing night at home. Some nice bath bombs or bath salts, a soothing face mask, an exfoliating body scrub, aroma therapy candles, and some relaxing stress relieving tea to wind down with.

Places to shop: Cost Plus World Market, Avon, and Bath & Body Works all do special sales or promotions for Mother’s Day. You can also snag a cute basket to tie it all together at Michael’s Arts & Crafts. If you’re ordering online, don’t forget to check for coupons on! More about that below!


Create a home indulgence kit

Is your mom not the spa type? How about a home indulgence kit instead? Fill a box or basket with all of mom’s favorite things. Some ideas include chocolate, a nice bottle of wine, movies, books, a nice perfume, and a nice but not too lavish bouquet of flowers. Or if mom’s a foodie fill it with all her favorite gourmet snacks.

Places to shop: Barnes & Noble, Cost Plus World Market, and Kohl’s all offer Mother’s Day promotions or sales. We also like Ebay for discounted designer fragrances and we recommend checking your local supermarket rather than the florist for flowers, florists tend to mark up prices for Mother’s Day and other holidays quite a bit.


Set up a mother and daughter or son cooking date

Sometimes there are few things more special to a mother than spending quality time with her children. Planning a fun activity to do together is a great way to make the day special without spending a fortune. Just pick a meal you both love (and maybe a pastry or desert, if your mom has a sweet tooth), and try to master it together. Pick up the ingredients and maybe some cute matching aprons and have a cooking date together. You can find recipes and YouTube videos for just about anything online.


Take her for a walk or hike and a picnic and a local park

If cooking at home doesn’t sound like your mother’s cup of tea, how about putting together a small picnic at a local park, or even a small hike with a picnic at the end instead? This can be a great option for any nature loving mom. Just pack a basket with your mother’s favorite small bites and head outdoors. 

Ebay and Etsy are great places to look for a cute but inexpensive picnic basket and Cost Plus World Market has lots of fun small bites.


Mother’s Day gift ideas for mid to high-range budgets:

I’ve you’ve set aside a bit more for the holidays and want to really spoil your mother this Mother’s Day, here are a few ideas for a slightly higher budget.


Give mom the gift of a weekend getaway or staycation

Give your mom the gift of a few days away from her work and chores with a short weekend getaway or staycation. Sometimes a short break from the stresses at home can be the perfect way to reset and rejuvenate. Whether you’re booking a cute hotel room for an in-town staycation or a flight to a vacation hot-spot, and Expedia can help you find the best deal. You can even find whole vacation packages that include activities and excursions to make the trip extra memorable.


Give the gift of creative expression with an art class

If your mother is the creative type, consider signing her up for a local or online art class to help her unleash her inner artist! To make it even more special, take advantage of Michael’s Arts & CraftsMother’s Day sale to buy her all the supplies she needs to get started on her next project.


Show mom you care with some beautiful new jewelry

Jewelry is the classic gift for good reason, what woman doesn’t love jewelry? No matter what your budget may be, both Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Kay Jewelers feature special Mother’s Day offers and sales. And don’t worry if you find the world of jewelry shopping a bit intimidating, the expert sales staff at both stores can help you find the perfect piece in your price range.


Help your mom update her wardrobe with gift cards or items from her favorite store

If fashion and clothing are your mother’s thing, a gift card or item of clothing from her favorite store might be just the thing to make her happy this Mother’s Day. Some stores you might want to check for clothing that are known for having Mother’s Day sales or specials are Chico’s, Kohl’s, and Anthropologie. You can also check stores like TJ Maxx for high end brands at a lower price.


Pick up something stylish for the home

Home is where the heart is, and beautiful home goods from Pier 1 Imports, Williams Sonoma, and Cost Plus World Market are sure to put a smile on any mother’s face! Lucky for you, all three of them offer specials around Mother’s Day to help you save a buck or two. 


More ways to save this mother’s day:

Last but not least, here are a couple extra tips to save this Mother’s Day.


Keep a lookout for local sales and events

Though we’ve tried to give you a good list of stores that offer mother’s day savings above, it’s impossible to list them all. Many stores feature sales or specials for Mother’s Day. Ask around at your favorite local store to see what kind of discounts they may be offering.


Check for coupons on

If you don’t want to spend the time looking for local sales, head on over to and browse the coupons. In addition to extra savings at many of the stores listed above, Savvy has coupons for lots of other spots that may have the perfect gift for mom. White House Black Market, Sierra Trading Post,, and Land’s End are just a few of the other shops that come to mind, but more are being added every day! You can check out the full list here.