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21 Gifts for Mom That Don’t Cost Money

21 Gifts for Mom That Don’t Cost Money

Gifts can be pricey. Do you want to spoil Mom but don’t have the money to do it? Here are 21 ways to treat her that won’t cost a cent.

1. Take her to Movies @ Home

Sometimes gifts for Mom that involve effort are so much more effective than expensive ones. Go big… rearrange the lounge, dim the lights, get the popcorn popping. Line up Mom’s favorite DVD, or simply give her exclusive rights to the remote for the night. Give her something to prop her feet up on and keep a steady supply of tea, hot chocolate or coffee flowing. Make sure she knows that you will clean up afterwards otherwise she won’t be able to relax.

2. Massage her Hands

Treat those hands that have done so much for you with a relaxing hand massage.

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    3. No Fighting

    Agree to stop all bickering for the day. Yes, the whole day! Bite your tongue, sit on your hands – do whatever you must … but don’t fight! Mom will be delighted, or shocked. Either way, this gift will be appreciated.

    4. Do Mom’s Jobs

    Give Mom the day off. Do as many jobs as you can that she does around the house. NB! Just giving her the day off and NOT doing the stuff, does not count! All it means is that she’ll have twice as much to do the next day.

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    5. Treasure Trail

    Take your mom for a walk. As you go, pick up little treasures along the way – tiny wildflowers, pretty stones. As you present each gift to your mom, tell her something that you appreciate about her.

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      6. Memory Journal

      Fill a notebook with your favorite memories. Think back as far as you can, dig out all the gems of togetherness, all the little things you shared. You can glue in photos, bits of fabric from special occasions…

      7. Back Rub

      Let your fingers do the talking and give Mom a relaxing back massage.

      8. Cook a Meal

      So you’re not Nigella or Jamie, don’t stress. A mommy with a get-out-of-the-kitchen pass is easy to please. Go simple, make it with love and use a recipe if you need to. If all else fails, call for backup. And remember: CLEAN UP AFTERWARDS!

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        9. Powerpoint Presentation

        If you thought these were reserved for school projects and boring boardroom meetings, this one might surprise you. How about using it to make Mom feel special? Haul out your favorite family photos, throw in a song that will tug at her heartstrings and watch her face. You get bonus points if she needs a tissue while watching.

        10. Foot Massage

        Feet are a lot like moms, they work hard and seldom get the attention they deserve. Now is the time to change that. Learn how to give a great foot massage here.

        11. Everlasting Flowers

        If you have nail varnish, beading wire and nimble fingers, you can make your mom a mini bouquet that will last forever.

        12. Bake a Yummy Gift

        Get busy in the kitchen and throw together some sweet treats to serve with tea. If you are new to baking, or keen to get little people involved, here are six great recipes to get you started.

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          13. Bed ‘n Book Voucher

          Get creative with cardboard and pens and make Mom a voucher that entitles her to stay in bed and read her book for as long as she wants. To make this gift effective… go back to point 4!

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          14. Pebble Paperweight

          Find a smooth rock in the garden. Use whatever you have in the house to decorate it and make it special. Sequins, feathers, buttons, paint… whatever you make, she’ll think of you every time she uses it.

          15. Mini Manicure

          Your mom might not be too keen if you come at her armed with a nail file and clippers, but she won’t say no to some cream rubbed into her cuticles and a good buff to make her nails shine.

          16. Moms Memory Lane

          Set aside an hour or two and get Mom to tell you about her life. When she talks, listen. Treasure her words. She might need a little prompting, so ask questions like; What is your earliest memory? Your most embarrassing moment? What did you enjoy most about growing up? If you could change anything about your life, what would it be? Is there anything your parents did that you vowed never to do as a parent? What did you love most about your mom?

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            17. Shopping List

            Use some blank paper, cut it to size and punch holes in the top. Tie it together with some pretty ribbon or string for Mom to use as a shopping list. Before you give it to her though, write little love notes on random pages throughout.

            18. An Email a Day for a Month

            Send the first one on the special day, with the promise of more to come. Each email can be unique. Find quotes that you like, or pictures that make you happy. Write little things about your day, moments that made you think of her. They don’t have to be long, just short reminders of how special she is to you.

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            19. Treasure Hunt

            Write a dozen “Why I love you” notes on cardboard. Hide them throughout the house. If you are adventurous, write the clue to the next card on the back of the card before. If that sounds too tricky, let her find them by playing hot and cold, or leave some of them hidden for her to fall over later on.

            20. Mini Facial

            Give Mom a mini facial. Use the products that she normally uses on her skin.

            21. Tea in the Trees

            If the weather is fine, throw a blanket under some trees, take some snacks and juice and have a picnic outside. Lie on your backs and find shapes in the clouds.

            Don’t rush.

            Just enjoy the gift of being together.

            Featured photo credit: WolfWorx via wolfworx.co.za

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            Last Updated on January 17, 2019

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

            Listen carefully:

            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

            1. Pray Daily

            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

            3. Smile Often

            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

            4. Organize Your Working Desk

            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

            How do you do that? This is my formula:

            First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

            8. Go Exercise

            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

            The Bottom Line

            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

            More Resources About Mindfulness

            Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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