Mother’s Day is coming up in Australia so I have put together a list of budget friendly gift ideas for Mum. These are just little things that I would love to receive that don’t cost an absolute fortune.
A Coffee Mug
I love a cute coffee mug, or tea cup, depending on what time of the day it is but my “Mum” mug from my son is my absolute favourite. Kmart have some super cute ones this year. You could also include some of her favourite treats with it to make it extra special.
Lindt chocolates are my Mum’s favourite so my son likes to give her a box every year, and this year will be no different (sorry Mum if you’re reading this, but we both know you were expecting it anyway). It’s just a little something for him to show how much he loves her.
A Gift Voucher
I know some people think gift vouchers are impersonal, but to me a gift voucher to a shop I love but feel guilty spending money on myself at is a lovely gift idea. Two of my favourite places would have to be Book Depository and Lush.
Winter is coming, so this is the perfect time to get Mum something to keep her tootsies snuggly and warm. My bunny slippers (a Mother’s Day gift from years gone by) are looking a little worse for wear so this is what I am hoping for this year (*hint hint* hubby if you’re reading this). I love these cute ones from ASOS.
Let’s be honest, as Mum’s this is what most of us are actually hoping for. A day (or even just a couple of hours) of peace to relax.
There you have 5 budget friendly gift ideas for Mum this Mother’s Day. What are you giving your Mum for Mother’s Day this year?
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Do you try and limit the amount of chocolate your kids get for Easter? Because we come from such a big family, Porkchop usually gets pretty spoiled. In an attempt to limit the amount of chocolate he ends up with, my husband and I usually give him a small gift instead of chocolate. I’ve put together a list of things we’ve given him over the years that I think make great Easter gifts that aren’t chocolate.
Plastic eggs filled with tiny treasures
Everyone loves a good Easter Hunt. Plastic eggs containing little trinkets such as stickers, balloons, even tiny figures, make excellent treasure instead of chocolate eggs. Another great thing about them is you can keep the eggs and reuse them again next year.
Winter pyjamas, slippers or a dressing gown
Easter marks the beginning of cooler weather here in Australia, so warm jammies, slippers or a dressing gown make an excellent Easter present. This has been our go to gift the last few years.
As the weather cools down, drinks such as hot chocolate, are a perfect way to warm up. The year Porkchop got his own mug, he felt very grown up indeed.
A stuffed toy
This is my favourite idea for babies, when they are too little for chocolate, a soft toy they can snuggle. For his very very first Easter, we gave Porkchop a cute little stuffed bunny. I still like to bring it out every Easter and will continue to do so in years to come, no matter how much it embarrasses him (sorry buddy).
There are some great Easter books available that make perfect Easter gifts. One year, Porkchop was gifted the book “That’s Not My Bunny”, and we must have read it everyday for over a year.
How do you celebrate Easter? This year, we’ll be getting Porkchop some new winter pyjamas, and one Easter egg. What do you do for Easter, gifts or chocolate? I’d love to know in the comments.
School holiday fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are 5 budget friendly ideas to enjoy during the school holidays this Autumn.
To take a look at previous posts with budget friendly school holiday ideas click here.
Check out your local shopping centre for free or cheap activities
Most local shopping centres these days offer great holiday activities for kids. Sand art, Lego competitions, petting zoos, and scavenger hunts are just a few things we’ve had in our small town. I find the best way to know what’s coming up is to keep an eye on Facebook. See what you can find on offer near you.
Play board games
I’ve written before about how awesome board games can be. I think Trouble is a good one to start with. It’s relatively quick and simple, it even offers the opportunity for a little bit of basic addition revision.
Build a blanket fort
This is an awesome idea for those rainy days when you’re stuck at home, inside. Throw a blanket over the dining table or rearrange the couches a little to make a hidey-hole. Bonus points if you can set it up just right so that you can see the TV from inside and they can double as snuggle nests for a movie night.
Geocaching involves finding hidden caches (treasures) using an app and GPS. We actually call this Treasure Hunting in our house. Check out the app to see what treasures are available in your local area.
When all else fails, get the Lego out. I don’t think I’ve ever met a child that doesn’t like Lego (Let’s be honest, even I love Lego!), and they can then play with their creations once they’re built. Two activities for the price of one!
What do you have planned for the school holidays? I’d love to hear some more ideas to keep Porkchop busy in the comments.