Holidays

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day this year is, out of necessity, full of frugal activities. It just so happens, though, that the agenda sounds PERFECT to me. A morning of relaxing and fishing in nature followed by a picnic lunch is about as good as it gets in my book. The weather is supposed to be springtime perfect, and I can’t wait to be outside!

The afternoon, ideally, will include some relaxing and snacking with the family. Then, my parents will come over for a simple dinner off the grill. Maybe we’ll get to eat outside again!

My Mother’s Day gifting has taken a different approach this year in that the gifts are tangible items. Typically, I am an experience over item type of girl and plan an outing of some type with my mom. We have gone to shows and plays, taken tours, seen movies and many other activities over the years. This year my mom is experiencing some mobility issues, so we are laying low.

Another wrench in gifting for my mom is that she doesn’t need anything. My parents are in the process of moving in with us and are downsizing. More things will just result in more clutter. So, in the end I decided to stick with the K.I.S.S. method.

I ordered small magnets that will fit on their equally small refrigerator from a website that sells school artwork. They were on sale, can go in a number of places, and some of the proceeds go to the school’s art program. Win, win, win.

Next, I decided a simple bouquet of flowers would fit the bill. My mom LOVES flowers. But who in their right mind doesn’t, right? A premade bouquet quickly exceeded my budget, so I set out to assemble (I fall short of arranging) my own. I found the mason jar-ish vase at a thrift store for a couple bucks. The tulips and baby’s breath were found in the single pick buckets at the grocery store. There may be a better place to find these, but I don’t know about it.

All in all, I was able to put together a gift that I think Mom will enjoy for around $30. Given prices these days, I consider it a win.

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