The older you get, the more you value the primary female role model in your life. Whether that is your mom, grandma, stepmom, or someone else, the time to honor that woman is quickly approaching. Sometimes it’s tricky to choose something for mom that works in your college student budget, so here are some ideas to make that search easier. All of the options are $50 or less.
1. Send her flowers
Surprise her with flowers from a company like proflowers.com. They have tons of bouquets to choose from in every budget, plus you get to select a vase to go with it. This adds a personal touch if your mom really loves purple or wants blue to match the colors in her kitchen. My favorite selection is this bouquet of two dozen brightly colored roses for $32.96.
2. Take her to lunch
Give mom a lunch “coupon” and take her to a spot where you can take you time and talk. Even somewhere like Panera bread is special, and you can easily pay for the date with $25 or less. After finishing another school year, she is sure to want to catch up on how finals went, your summer plans, and your fun memories of 2012-2013.
3. Send her to the spa
Sure, this is cliche, but it’s a classic. Every woman loves to get pampered, whether her preference is a pedicure or a massage. She works hard and could definitely use some “me” time. Bonus if you go together!
4. Give her something pretty to brighten her kitchen
This is for moms who love to cook or play hostess. If your mom is practically Bakerella, give her these whimsical and bright floral measuring cups. She will remember you every time she makes homemade chocolate chip cookies (and hopefully that means she’ll send some your way!) These are found via gifts.com for $29.95.
5. Give the gift of reading
Sign her up for pleasure reading on your dime! There are so many magazines out there that you are sure to find a subscription that is right for your mom. Some great choices include: Cooking Light, Women’s Health, Allure, and Real Simple. You can often buy a whole year’s worth for well under $20.
6. Make her music sound great
Whether your mom likes to listen to tunes while she works out, gardens, or relaxes, everyone can use some high-quality hardware for their ears. These Ironman Yurbuds are durable and great for exercise. The price tag for this gift comes in at $39.49 on Amazon. You can also purchase an iTunes gift card at any price point via the Apple iTunes store.
Hopefully one of these gifts is the right fit for the wonderful woman in your life. Mother’s Day is May 12, only a few weeks away, so start planning!