A Man’s Guide to a Budget Friendly Mother’s Day

May 21, 2021 | LIfestyle, Motherhood

Mother’s Day! It’s a day where mom’s everywhere secretly hope to be pampered and cared for but won’t admit it or ask for it.  They won’t tell you they secretly want some alone time or that they want to be lazy on that day. They feel guilty for saying it or asking for it, so they won’t.

I did a little dirty work and surveyed a variety of moms about what they really wanted for Mother’s Day . All of the information below are responses from moms of children ranging from babies to teenagers. You can find something in this budget friendly guide that would work for a mom in any stage.

How to create the perfect budget friendly Mother’s Day


  1. Choose a few things from the FREE list below that you know she would love based on her personality and likes. Hint: what does she love or always requesting? 
  • Pick 1 or 2 things for the kids to do to give her 
  • Choose 1 or 2 things you can do   
  1. Choose 1 or 2 things within your price range  from the BUDGET FRIENDLY list below 
  • If you plan to give her some sort of spa service make sure you book it ahead of time or give her the opportunity to do so. It’s much better for this to be on Mother’s Day so she gets the time away. Most larger spa’s will be open on Mother’s Day and have specials.   
  1. Most importantly: Show her you put some thought into it and give her some time to herself to recharge. 
  2. Still unsure? Give her this list and ask her to put a star next to her favorites. Trust me! She won’t mind that you ask.

If mom’s could choose ANYTHING to do for Mother’s Day what would it be?

  • Mix of family & alone time (most popular) 
  • Hotel stay 
  • Kid free morning with or without other moms 
  • Nap 
  • Adventure planned by someone else 
  • Someone else to cook for them 
  • Brunch 
  • Laziness-no errands or other to do list items 
  • Spa day & dinner out with family 
  • Picnic planned by someone else

FREE MOTHER’s DAY GIFTS/IDEAS

  • Nap (most popular) 
  • Breakfast in bed (most popular) 
  • Sleep in 
  • No cooking for the day 
  • Coffee in bed 
  • No cleaning for the day 
  • Coffee and morning alone 
  • Picnic planned by someone else 
  • Backrubs 
  • Artwork from kids 
  • Footrub 
  • Sweet note from kids 
  • Bubble bath in silent house 
  • Massage from husband 
  • All over body lotion from husband 
  • Adventure planned by someone else

UNDER $20 MOTHER’s DAY GIFTS/IDEAS


  • Pedicure (most popular) 
  • Childcare 
  • Coffee & pastries 
  • Money/time to do what I want 
  • Heartfelt Cards 
  • Kid free stroll through Target with a Starbucks 
  • Coffee with her mom 
  • Solo movie date 
  • New book or bookstore gift card 
  • Pizza, wine & movie 
  • Flowers 
  • Potted Planter &/or hanging flower basket 
  • Wine 
  • Cheesy Mother’s Day gift (e.g. Best Mom Mug). Find at Michael’s or Pottery Places

UNDER $60 MOTHER’s DAY GIFTS/IDEAS

  • Massage (most popular & must be scheduled ahead of time) 
  • Dinner cooked by someone else 
  • Lunch at a restaurant 
  • Target gift card & time to shop 
  • Brunch 
  • Manicure & pedicure 
  • New clothes or shopping spree 
  • Yoga package sessions

UNDER $100 MOTHER’s DAY GIFTS/IDEAS

  • Spa day (e.g. massage, facial, manicure, pedicure). *Schedule ahead of time 
  • Brunch with family 
  • A combination of things from above lists 
  • Yoga package sessions

OVER $100 MOTHER’s DAY GIFTS/IDEAS

  • Multi service spa day 
  • Money for shopping spree or to do what she wants 
  • Combination of things from above lists 
  • Gift card to favorite place(s) 
  • Yoga package sessions

BUDGET FRIENDLY RESOURCES FOR SPOKANE LOCAL MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS

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