Mother’s Day 2024: heartfelt celebrations without a hefty price tag

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching, many of us will be asking ourselves the same question.

‘How do I say thanks to the most important woman in my life?’

Whether you’re planning to celebrate with your mum, any of the other leading ladies in your life, or are honouring the memory of your favourite lady, this Sunday (March 10) is a moment to show your appreciation. 

But just how do you say thank you without breaking the bank? The good news is, you don’t need to splash out to show your love. In fact, some of the most meaningful gestures come from the heart, not the wallet!

With that in mind, we’re sharing our top five low-cost Mother’s Day activities to help mark the occasion.


1. Watch home movies or look at old photos

One of the simplest yet most heartfelt ways to celebrate Mother’s Day is by taking a trip down memory lane. 

Gather the family together and spend some time watching home movies or flipping through old photo albums. 

Reminiscing about cherished moments, reliving past adventures and laughing at dodgy hairdos from years gone by is a priceless gift that will warm her heart.


2. Spruce up the garden

Mother’s Day often brings with it slightly lighter nights and brighter days, making it the perfect opportunity to get out into the garden.

If your mum has green fingers, spending the day sprucing up the garden for spring is a great gift. Spend the day planting flowers, pruning bushes, or even starting a vegetable patch. 

Not only is it a great way to spend quality time together, but it’s also a gift that will keep on giving as the garden blooms.


3. Make a homemade afternoon tea

Who needs an expensive restaurant when you can create a homemade afternoon tea right in your own kitchen?

Bake some scones (or pick up a packet from the shop), whip up some sandwiches, and brew a pot of tea. 

Arrange everything on a pretty tray, complete with fresh flowers, and voila – you’ve got a delicious and indulgent treat fit for a queen.


4. Plan a day out

You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy a day out with your mum. 

Pack a picnic and head to a local park, botanical garden, or even the beach if you’re lucky enough to live nearby. 

Take a leisurely stroll, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy each other’s company without worrying about the cost.

After all, what’s better than a good chat with your mum?


5. Honouring the memory of lost loved ones

For those who have lost their mum or mother-figure, Mother’s Day can be difficult. 

No matter whether you’re marking your first Mother’s Day without your special lady or have found it tough for years, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone.

If you feel able to, you could use this Sunday as a way of honouring their memory in a meaningful way. 

Consider making her signature dish or indulging in a favourite activity that you used to enjoy together. It’s a beautiful way to keep her spirit alive and celebrate the love that lives on in your heart.


So, there you have it – five low-cost Mother’s Day activities that are sure to make your special lady feel loved and appreciated without breaking the bank. 

Remember, it’s the thought and effort that count the most, so don’t stress about spending a fortune. 

Maxine McCreadie

Maxine McCreadie

Author/Debt Expert

Maxine McCreadie, prominent personal finance writer featured in Vogue and Yahoo News, delivers practical guidance, simplifying money management and championing financial literacy.

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March 4 2024

Written by
Maxine McCreadie

Edited by
Ben McCormack

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