No matter how old you are, telling your mom that you love and appreciate her is the best part of Mother's Day for any mom. An in-person celebration is essential if you live nearby, but a text, tweet, call or card allows you to reach out, which is the most important thing you can do. That said, whether your mother lives near or far, inexpensive or homemade gifts make the day even more special.
Eating a homemade meal together with your mom or providing something for her to make later provides practical and inexpensive gift options. For breakfast, bring either hard-boiled eggs or granola you've made by toasting inexpensive rolled oats with a few nuts and dried fruit. For dinner, stick with low-cost options such as a big pot of bean chili. If you live far from your mother, send homemade nut bread, made with ripe bananas on sale at your grocery to keep costs down.
There's nothing better for your mom than visiting with you over a cup of tea or coffee, but if you seek out free events at a local church, museum or college, the day will feel much more special. If you haven't been able to find an event, create your own by taking your mother on a walk or a drive in a local park. Or, plan some community service to do with your mom, such as picking up litter in a park or visiting animals in a shelter.
Keep you mother's interest in mind when making gifts. For example, make a fabric scroll, that needs only a fabric scrap to make, and personalize it for your mom by painting or drawing her favorite pet or flowers -- include a thin branch and some yarn for hanging. Or, make a necklace from found shells with ready-made holes, and hang it from a cotton cord.
A homemade Mother's Day card sends a distinctive and personal message. Make cards by gluing a cherished photo of you and your mom onto heavy paper or glue items around the edges of the paper such as fabric, leaves or pictures cut from magazines that reflect your mom's interests. Inside the card, copy a poem that expresses your feeling about your mom or write a note sharing a treasured childhood memory that Mom may not know you hold dear.