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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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.
I know some people aren’t huge fans of Valentine’s Day, but I quite like it. A day dedicated to love filled with chocolate and hearts? Yes please! In the past we have had years I just couldn’t stretch the budget to include presents so I’ve had to be a little creative. I thought today I would share some of my favourite budget friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas.
I think most people enjoy a good home cooked meal, but when you know someone has cooked something just for you I feel like that makes it that little bit more special. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just whatever you know they will enjoy. There’s a good chance we’ll be having lasagna this Valentine’s Day.
A list of things you love about them
My son loves treasure hunts and hide and seek, so a few years ago I wrote little notes of things I love about him on brightly coloured post-it notes and hid them around our living room. He had an awesome time finding them all and loved reading all the wonderful things about himself. Afterwards I stapled them together to make a little book of love for him to keep.
Bake them something
Who doesn’t love freshly baked cookies or muffins? That says love to me like nothing else. Similarly to cooking their favourite meal, bonus points if you make their baked good of choice!
A book of coupons
The key to this one is only making vouchers for things you can deliver on. There is no point in promising someone a 10 minute foot rub if you hate feet. You will only regret it later. Some better ideas might be an uninterrupted bath, a date night, an afternoon nap, or the last piece of cake. Whatever your significant other would appreciate that you are happy to bestow. If you haven’t had time to organise anything, even just an I.O.U or two for the other options on this list would be a great idea.
Yourself, wrapped in a bow
Simple, yet effective!
So there you have some of my favourite budget friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas. How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? I’d love to hear in the comments.