If you are a college student, then you know the struggles of trying to buy gifts on a budget. Every year for Mother's Day (and other holidays), I shop for my mom, my grandmother, AND sometimes even my aunt. This year, it just was not in my budget! Instead of the usual piece of jewelry, bag, or bouquet of flowers, I decided to get creative. Here's my Mother's Day gift solution that cost me less than $20!
First, I purchased two nice cards from Wal-Mart which together came to about $8.
*This is the obvious part, but rather than just signing your name, add a sweet message to make it more meaningful.
Inside of the card, I placed three cute coupons (which I made on Pic Monkey) inside of the card. These coupons where for a free "photo shoot," different "spa" services, and a free meal. Cute idea that only requires paper, ink, and your services. I can literally do this all at home using supplies that I already have and set up a "photo shoot" somewhere in our town! See how easy, yet heartfelt that is? The cost for that was $0.
Along with that, I created a fake certificate for my mother and grandmother to have as a keepsake. This only required me to purchase 2 certificate frames from Dollar Tree, which altogether cost me $2. You can find certificate templates online, so this part was easy too!
*Ignore the incorrect date on the certificates; I made them the night before (haha)!
To top it off, I added their favorite candy bar to both of their gifts and gave it all to them at breakfast which I prepared myself. We basically had everything that I needed to make the breakfast, so I spent no more than $8 on food items.
My mother and grandmother both enjoyed their gifts and it took me little to nothing to pull this off. Sometimes it's the simple things that matter the most to people! So, the next time you are having trouble buying gifts on a budget, do what I did and be creative! Your loved ones will cherish the sweet gestures more than they would the most expensive gifts.