My top 5 last minute ‘gifts’ for mother’s day.

I’d like to buy mine the world, but money ain’t everything.

While I’m all for any excuse to get out of the house and pamper myself with special dinners and spa days and extravagant things, it’s not always realistic or practical to do such things. I’m sure there’s still a lot of you out there that wish you could buy your mom a private island and the entire solar system. (Or something.) But we’re obviously strapped for cash these days, I get it.

Since this is my second mother’s day, I thought I would share my quick list of things that I can think of that can help show your appreciation and won’t break the bank.

1. Favorite food.

Unless she’s got expensive taste, this is always a nice treat. Some favorites of mine are chocolate covered strawberries, some wine, and anything covered in cheese.

2. Get coffee.

I mean, you can literally do this together, but this is more along the lines of getting together and catching up with each other and having some quality chat time.

3. Give her a minute.

Or better yet, a whole day free of any responsibility! Do the dishes, laundry, mow the lawn, balance the checkbook – just make sure if there is anything that doesn’t sound fun to you, don’t let her do it. It may be hard to do but let her have the day off!

4. Support her hobbies.

Unless it’s something expensive like collecting diamonds or something ridiculous, get her something that she’d enjoy, whether that’s gardening supplies or sports equipment or whatever. If you can’t buy anything, then spend the day doing something she loves to do and just hang out!

5. (Hint, you are her greatest gift.)

It’s true. You came crashing into her world and turned it upside down for a while, but just know that at the end of the day, the retailers can try and make bank off of this occasion, but you can’t buy her happiness. So no worries if you haven’t been able to drop stacks of cash for the last few Mother’s Days, just know that you are enough and just go spend some time with her!

And I realize that there are other situations that can make that difficult (i.e. a rocky/damaged relationship or no relationship at all/being raised by someone else). If that is you, take that time and go spend it with your biggest supporter. Whether that’s your dad, a certain grandparent, or even a friend. Let them know that they’re awesome today.

And don’t let yourself feel inadequate because you can’t buy the world for them – just know you are enough.

Have a great one, guys!

By Jessie

Jessie works a full-time job and also happens to be the mother of a bubbly toddler named PJ. She lives with her husband Dan in Southeastern Michigan and hangs out in the Toledo, Ohio area a lot. Loves food, coffee, and likes to play video games in her spare time, if she's lucky to get any.

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