Mother’s Day shouldn’t be a holiday that threatens to impose a financial burden on anyone with a mother in their life. While tangible gifts and services can make her feel amazing, there are other ways to show her you care. Whether you save the pampering for a special occasion like Mother’s Day or pledge to do these things on a regular basis, the gesture won’t go unappreciated.
Here are four ways to pamper Mom for Mother’s Day without breaking (or even opening) the bank:
Make her breakfast
Sure, you could argue that groceries cost money, but it doesn’t cost any extra to do something nice with the resources you already have. Making her breakfast, especially when she isn’t expecting it, will put a smile on her face all day. Go the extra mile to make it special. Maybe that means creating a flower out of orange slices, using chocolate chips to turn her pancakes into happy faces, or cutting toast into heart shapes. Display it all on a nice tray and bring it to that special lady in bed.
Give her a massage
You may not be a massage therapist, but you can still give Mom a neck and shoulder massage. If you already have a roller or massage tools at home, that’s a bonus. Wet a hand towel with hot water, squeeze out any excess water, and drape it on her neck to help her muscles relax. Then carefully massage her neck with your fingers, using your thumbs to apply more pressure when you get to the shoulders. Make sure you listen if she tells you to lighten up, though–you don’t want to hurt her, and it’s more risky when you aren’t a professional!
It might sound childish at first, but dressing up can go a long way, especially if weekends typically mean sweatpants and unbrushed hair. Since Mother’s Day falls on a Sunday, hopefully the whole family can be together. Take the time to dress up for Mom, and offer to help her if she wants to join in. You could even offer to do her hair and makeup if she’d normally do it herself. And while everyone’s dressed up, why not step outside and take some nice family photos?
Clean around the house
If Mom’s usually the one keeping the house clean (and even if she isn’t), give her one less thing to think about by tidying up at home. Run the dishwasher, vacuum or mop the floors, water the plants, feed the pets, do the laundry, and put things in their rightful place. You can even go one step beyond daily chores and start decluttering. Move out-of-season items into storage (or pull summer items out of storage) and get rid of things you never use (but only things that don’t belong to Mom for now). Your wardrobe is a good place to start.
Whatever you do, Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to make Mom feel like a queen. Whether you make her breakfast or clean up around the house, it’s time to sweep her off her feet…she deserves the best every day of the year!