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5 Unexpected Mother's Day Gifts

5 Unexpected Mother's Day Gifts
Christine McKee

Mother’s Day is May 8th this year, which means time is running out to pick out the perfect present. Show Mom you care with a special gift, such as a photo book from Shutterfly, which is sure to make her day. And if you’re shopping on a budget, find tips on affordable options that are thoughtful, yet economical.

1. Photo BookMother's Day Photo Book Gift Idea

Does Mom enjoy pouring over picture albums every time you come over to visit? If so, odds are she'll adore a photo book that takes digital or film prints and turns them into a book that can last for years to come. There are several companies that offer this service, including Shutterfly, Ritzpix, and Apple.

Budget Friendly Option:

The cost of a photo book varies depending on the size and amount of pages. If you’re shopping on a budget, you can simply choose a smaller book with fewer pages or make your own by hand. With a little creativity, it’s easy to create a scrapbook filled with childhood photos for under $10. Make your book stand out even more with handwritten messages next to each picture for a personalized touch that Mom will adore.

2. DinnerMother's Day Dinner

Another excellent gift idea involves taking Mom out to dinner. Gather the entire family for an evening of fine dining. Share special memories and laughter over a lovely meal that Mom is sure to enjoy. If you live far away and can’t make it to dinner, why not send her a gift certificate to enjoy a meal on the house? Online sites, such as, make it easy to send a dining gift certificate from the comfort of your home with over 6,000 restaurants to choose from.

Budget Friendly Option:

Dining out can be expensive. Prepare a meal for the family at home, and save on gratuities, expensive drinks, and the cost of driving to a restaurant. Plus, leftovers make for an excellent lunch the next day. To stretch your dollars even further add inexpensive side dishes to your menu, such as brown rice, instead of serving large amounts of protein. This healthy alternative not only fills guest up, but it saves on the grocery bill as well.

3. FlowersMother's Day Flower Arrangement

A gorgeous bouquet of spring blooms brightens any room and is destined to make Mom smile on Mother's Day. Pick out an arrangement featuring her favorite flowers or select an assortment of seasonal stems. Many florists and online retailers offer the option to add a balloon and personalized message for the ultimate Mother's Day gift.

Budget Friendly Option:

Did you know that grocery stores often sell flowers? Many times, bundles of fresh blooms are significantly cheaper than the arrangements found at a professional florist. Have your own vase? Even better! To make a used vase look new again, add a sparkly ribbon to the rim to give the arrangement a festive look. If you have a flower garden at home, pick out a few spring flowers to add to the mix.

4. TreatsMother's Day Gift Basket

If Mom has a sweet tooth, sending her a box full of chocolates or a decadent cheesecake is a wonderful option. It’s super easy to schedule a delivery of tasty treats to arrive in time for Mother’s Day. A few popular options include a cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory or mouthwatering cookies from Mrs. Fields. Not every treat has to be high in calories, either. A fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements or a Harry and David basket full of healthy treats is sure please.

Budget Friendly Option:

Put on your apron and prepare a delicious basket of goodies that taste oh-so-good. Nothing beats homemade chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven, and any mom will appreciate the time and care that went into making this special gift. If baking isn’t up your alley, you can pick up some yummy treats from the local grocery store and arrange them in a special tin for an affordable alternative.

5. Card

Mother’s Day just isn’t complete without a card expressing your gratitude. And since many mothers treasure these cards for years to come, it's important to pick out just the right message to accurately say, "Happy Mother's Day." For a fun spin on an old tradition, choose a card that is capable of recording a voice message for a unique greeting.

Budget Friendly Option:

Remember the days of making holiday cards in elementary school? Carry on the tradition by designing a handmade card this Mother's Day. Card stock or colored paper is fairly inexpensive, and imagination is, of course, free! If you’re not into testing out your artistic resourcefulness, Shutterfly is also offering a free Mother's Day card. You pay only shipping and tax (if required), bringing the total to under $2. Best of all, the card can be ordered, personalized, and mailed with the click of a mouse.

E-mailing Mom a card is also another easy option. There are a variety of websites that offer free email, printable, and Facebook Mother's Day cards. A few include:

What are some of your favorite gift ideas for Mother's Day? Are you sticking to a budget this year when shopping for a gift?

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  1. Stacy

    I think a photo book is a wonderful idea. It's one that defiantly doesn't cross many peoples minds.

  2. Barb

    If Mom is a sports fan (like my mom) a t-shirt with her favorite team's logo on it is a fun gift she can enjoy all season long.

  3. Amanda

    I like the idea of doing a photobook. I'll throw in a card and some treats and call it success. I hope!

  4. Laura

    These are wonderful ideas. I completely agree with the suggestion of buying flowers from grocery stores; this saves tons of money, and I like to add my own personal touches to make the gift even more special.

  5. Michael W

    I've been racking my brain trying to find a special and unique gift for my mother. It hadn't crossed my mind to take it back to the days of kindergarten and make my mother a card. We all know mothers appreciate something from the heart over expensive and lavish gifts any day. Creating a card from scratch would melt any mother's heart. thank you!

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