Mother's Day is upon us, and every year it seems like my husband has the hardest time helping the kids pick out gifts. Every year I tell him it's not how much you spend but the thought that counts. He insists on getting me something because he says I work so hard and I put up with a lot of stress going on. So I thought it would be a great idea to write up a “Mother's Day Checklist” for dads everywhere who may be in the same predicament. My checklist will include ideas for the “Frugal Dad,” as well as the “Spend Savvy Dad,” so there are options for everyone! Above is a picture of my Mom & I.
The Frugal Dad: Mother's Day ideas at little or no cost.
- Frugal Flower Pots: Grab a small clay pot at your local store (I believe Wal-Mart has them for $1.00 or less). You should also let the kids pick out a packet of seeds, and then they can decorate the pots with paint, glitter stickers, jewels, etc. Help the kids plant the seeds. Take picture of the kids, and cut out their faces and glue them to the end of a popsicle stick. On the popsicle stick, write “Happy Mother's Day!” and the date. Push it gently into the pot.
- Breakfast in Bed: Sometimes it's the little things that make a difference. How about having the kids get up early and help make breakfast in the kitchen and serve it to mom in bed. You can include a card that the kids made and maybe a flower in a vase that you picked in the garden. To go one step further, you can even have the kids help pick up their toys and clean up the house so that mom doesn’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day! Put a sign on the bedroom door that says, “Mom is out for the day, she will return to work tomorrow, please leave a message.” Anything the kids need, they can write on a sticky note and leave it on the door!
- Whisking you a Happy Mother's Day: How about buying a bag of chocolate kisses and a cute kitchen whisk. Tie a bow around it with a card that says, “Whisking you a Happy Mother's Day!”
- Baking with the Kids: Grab a box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies® cereal and some marshmallows, and have some fun making Rice Krispies Treats for mom. Get out the cookie cutters, and let the kids make fun shapes. May I suggest flower cookie cutters? The kids can also decorate them with frosting, sprinkles and more. There are some great recipes that you can try on www.RiceKrispies.com. I want to try making the ice cream sandwiches and the Mother's Day mug.
The Savvy Spender Dad: Mothers Day ideas under $50.
- Scrapbook: This is a great time to pull out all those family photos to make a scrapbook for mom. This is a fun and creative way to show mom how much you love her. Items you will need: photo album, photo safe stickers & paper, photo tape, scissors and photo safe pen. Journaling is the most important part of this craft, and you can spend a little or a lot depending on what you want to buy. Check your local craft store; they usually have one section dedicated to scrapbooking, and the sales associate can help you.
- Spa: Treat mom to a manicure and pedicure at her favorite spa. Sometimes mom just needs a day to relax and treat herself!
- Flowers: How about a bouquet of flowers? Instead of the standard roses how about a vase full of beautiful tulips?
- Software: With all moms in mind, if your mom is very tech-savvy, what about that new software she has always wanted? Something she really wants but won't spend the money to get it. Something like family tree making or digital scrapbooking programs, etc.
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