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Mother’s Day

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April showers bring May flowers…and Mother’s Day. Before you hit the mall in search of the perfect gift, check out some other ways to show that you care.

Not sure about the history of Mother’s Day? Well, historically different cultures worshiped mother goddesses. The Greeks honored Rhea, the mother of the Greek gods like Zeus and Poseidon, to name a few. Her Roman counterpart was the mother goddess Cybele. Both were celebrated for giving life and protection to their children.

In many other cultures, early celebrations faded into the more modern holiday where mothers are honored within families. Paying tribute to mothers in the form of gift giving began in the 20th century and is celebrated on various days in different countries depending on each culture.

Click below to get some ideas to make your mom (or aunt, sister, whoever raised you, baby!) feel special.

FlowersGiving flowers to a loved one on Mother's Day is a classic gift that never goes out of style. For the... Bargain Buyer: Need a great idea, but stuck on a budget? Buy some seeds of your mom's favorite plant or flowers at your local garden store. The seeds are inexpensive and you can plan a gardening session with your mom on Mother's Day. It's a great way to spend time with her and give her a nice gift.  Big Spender: Visit your local florist and select some flowers you think your mother would like. It's helpful to know her favorite color, or better yet, her favorite flower, to add to the mix.
Flowers
Giving flowers to a loved one on Mother's Day is a classic gift that never goes out of style. For the...
Bargain Buyer: Need a great idea, but stuck on a budget? Buy some seeds of your mom's favorite plant or flowers at your local garden store. The seeds are inexpensive and you can plan a gardening session with your mom on Mother's Day. It's a great way to spend time with her and give her a nice gift.

Big Spender: Visit your local florist and select some flowers you think your mother would like. It's helpful to know her favorite color, or better yet, her favorite flower, to add to the mix.
BreakfastWhat better way to start the day than with a yummy breakfast. Give mom a break by treating her to a nice meal. For the... Bargain Buyer: Though waking up early might not be your favorite thing to do, it's a good way to get a start on breakfast. We suggest cooking something you know she likes with ingredients that you normally have in your kitchen. It'll be a nice surprise, especially if you bring it to her in bed. Bon Appetit!  Big Spender: Not a great cook? Surprise your mom by taking her out to breakfast. You can pick a place with Mother's Day brunch specials, or just your favorite family restaurant. Make sure to go a little early in case there's a wait.
Breakfast
What better way to start the day than with a yummy breakfast. Give mom a break by treating her to a nice meal. For the...
Bargain Buyer: Though waking up early might not be your favorite thing to do, it's a good way to get a start on breakfast. We suggest cooking something you know she likes with ingredients that you normally have in your kitchen. It'll be a nice surprise, especially if you bring it to her in bed. Bon Appetit!

Big Spender: Not a great cook? Surprise your mom by taking her out to breakfast. You can pick a place with Mother's Day brunch specials, or just your favorite family restaurant. Make sure to go a little early in case there's a wait.
A CardThough sometimes it seems the greeting card companies are poised for world domination -- littering every holiday with crazy cards people just throw away -- giving a card can be meaningful when signed with a sincere sentiment. For the... Bargain Buyer: Channel your inner artist and craft your own homemade card. You can incorporate fun photos, drawings, or anything else you think your mom might like. Your efforts will show how much you care and you might even have fun too.  Big Spender: There are thousands of cards to choose from. Check out local pharmacies, grocery stores or the stationers for the best card for you. Be sure to find one that says the message you want to convey. Plus, buying one printed on recycled paper wouldn't hurt.
A Card
Though sometimes it seems the greeting card companies are poised for world domination -- littering every holiday with crazy cards people just throw away -- giving a card can be meaningful when signed with a sincere sentiment. For the...
Bargain Buyer: Channel your inner artist and craft your own homemade card. You can incorporate fun photos, drawings, or anything else you think your mom might like. Your efforts will show how much you care and you might even have fun too.

Big Spender: There are thousands of cards to choose from. Check out local pharmacies, grocery stores or the stationers for the best card for you. Be sure to find one that says the message you want to convey. Plus, buying one printed on recycled paper wouldn't hurt.
Clean the HouseHelping your parents with chores is one thing, but cleaning the entire house is truly a great gift. For the... Bargain Buyer: See if you can get someone to get your mom out of the house for a few hours while you snazz up the the joint. The best way to clean is from the top to bottom.  Whether it's a house or a room, clean things that are highest first since the dirt will fall to the ground if you miss it, which means, cleaning windows and dusting are first. And cleaning upstairs before downstairs will prevent you from tracking dirt into clean areas. Follow up by sweeping and vacuuming. The sparkle of your floors will surely match your mom's smile.  Big Spender: If you have siblings, pool your money to hire a cleaning service. Make sure you clear it with another adult and make sure you get a reputable company to do it. It may cost more, but it'll be a professional cleaning your mom will appreciate.
Clean the House
Helping your parents with chores is one thing, but cleaning the entire house is truly a great gift. For the...
Bargain Buyer: See if you can get someone to get your mom out of the house for a few hours while you snazz up the the joint. The best way to clean is from the top to bottom.

Whether it's a house or a room, clean things that are highest first since the dirt will fall to the ground if you miss it, which means, cleaning windows and dusting are first. And cleaning upstairs before downstairs will prevent you from tracking dirt into clean areas. Follow up by sweeping and vacuuming. The sparkle of your floors will surely match your mom's smile.

Big Spender: If you have siblings, pool your money to hire a cleaning service. Make sure you clear it with another adult and make sure you get a reputable company to do it. It may cost more, but it'll be a professional cleaning your mom will appreciate.
Do Something TogetherSpending time with you is the best gift you can give. Whether it's with your entire family or just the two of you, taking some time to hang out will make her day special. For the... Bargain Buyer: Rent a movie you and your mom will like and have a movie night. You can make popcorn, root beer floats or whatever you both like. Or, you can do something else like a game night. It's up to you -- get creative and have fun!  Big Spender: What does your mom like to do? Does she like to go out to movies? Museums? An art gallery? Think about taking her out to do something she really enjoys. It will be a great way to honor her interests and spend some time together. Do we have to remind you that you'll be picking up the tab for the day?
Do Something Together
Spending time with you is the best gift you can give. Whether it's with your entire family or just the two of you, taking some time to hang out will make her day special. For the...
Bargain Buyer: Rent a movie you and your mom will like and have a movie night. You can make popcorn, root beer floats or whatever you both like. Or, you can do something else like a game night. It's up to you -- get creative and have fun!

Big Spender: What does your mom like to do? Does she like to go out to movies? Museums? An art gallery? Think about taking her out to do something she really enjoys. It will be a great way to honor her interests and spend some time together. Do we have to remind you that you'll be picking up the tab for the day?
Spa DayMany women love to get pedicures, manicures and facials. Pampering your mom on Mother's Day is a fabulous way to show her your appreciation. For the... Bargain Buyer: Give your mom a spa day at home, reminding her to take it easy and relax on Mother's Day. Gather some facial products she uses, nail polishes, and other supplies from your medicine cabinet. Or pick them up from your local pharmacy. Don't forget a couple of bowls of warm water for soaking!  Big Spender: Ladies (and gents!) can take their mothers to the salon for a fun spa day. Invite her to get a manicure or pedicure, it'll be a nice way to chill and get your nails done too. Guys, a little mani-pedi is great for relaxing those tense feet -- just skip the polish.
Spa Day
Many women love to get pedicures, manicures and facials. Pampering your mom on Mother's Day is a fabulous way to show her your appreciation. For the...
Bargain Buyer: Give your mom a spa day at home, reminding her to take it easy and relax on Mother's Day. Gather some facial products she uses, nail polishes, and other supplies from your medicine cabinet. Or pick them up from your local pharmacy. Don't forget a couple of bowls of warm water for soaking!

Big Spender: Ladies (and gents!) can take their mothers to the salon for a fun spa day. Invite her to get a manicure or pedicure, it'll be a nice way to chill and get your nails done too. Guys, a little mani-pedi is great for relaxing those tense feet -- just skip the polish.
Make it a Family AffairWhat does mom love the most? Her family. Plan an event with your family that will not only honor her, it will give everyone a chance to spend time with her. For the... Bargain Buyer: Make a delicious lunch at home and pack a picnic for your family. Don't forget to bring utensils, a blanket and fun stuff to do at the park. It'll be a refreshing way to get outside and spend time together.  Big Spender: If your family has a favorite restaurant, why not go on Mother's Day? You can surprise your mom by splitting the meal among the rest of the family or surprising her with a tasty dessert.
Make it a Family Affair
What does mom love the most? Her family. Plan an event with your family that will not only honor her, it will give everyone a chance to spend time with her. For the...
Bargain Buyer: Make a delicious lunch at home and pack a picnic for your family. Don't forget to bring utensils, a blanket and fun stuff to do at the park. It'll be a refreshing way to get outside and spend time together.

Big Spender: If your family has a favorite restaurant, why not go on Mother's Day? You can surprise your mom by splitting the meal among the rest of the family or surprising her with a tasty dessert.

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