While some might say that we have made it through the latest economic crisis, others agree that finances are far from what they used to be. With salaries being what they are and the cost of living always on the rise, it can be difficult to budget for the occasional gift. When occasions like Mother’s Day approach, the last thing anyone wants is to do their gift shopping on a shoestring budget. As you add up the cost of Mother’s Day flowers, a card, perhaps a bottle of bubbly, and something sentimental like jewellery, you might realise that your budget is just not going to cut it.
Now, before you start crossing items off your list of gift ideas, you might want to consider teaming up with a sibling or two. When you get together, the first thing you will need to agree on is a budget. Once you know how much each party can bring to the table, then you can start thinking of gift ideas. Remember, if you are buying a gift together, you should look for a gift that won’t have an obvious price tag. In other words, a coffee mug with the words “Worlds Greatest Mum” printed on it is a dead giveaway that you are strapped for cash. Instead, consider the things she might need or anything she collects.
If mum loves tea but her teapot is looking worse for wear, then this is a fantastic practical gift that you can all pitch in to buy. Depending on the price, you might also be able to make her a tea hamper to go with it and some fresh flowers too! If mum collects a certain type of ornament like vintage porcelain or polished crystal, then you could look for something to add to her collection. You could even buy mum a charm bracelet and a charm to represent each one of her loving children. The list goes on and on but your choice will come down to your budget at the end of the day.
Once you have your main gift ideas, you can decide on a budget for your flower order. No matter the gift you choose, fresh flowers should always be presented along with it! Their bright colours will give your mother that immediate sense of joy and it’s the perfect introduction to the gifts that will follow. The key to finding the perfect bouquet at the right price is shopping in advance. Run a search for flowers online and you will find various online florists with beautiful bouquets to offer. Take some time to look for something your mother will like rather than catering to your own preferences. You might love roses but perhaps mum prefers lilies. Think carefully when choosing the types of flowers as well as the colour scheme. Soft pastels are excellent since they are feminine and pink carnations are the most popular flower traditionally sent for Mother’s Day.
When shopping for flowers online, you won’t have to buy mum a card if you are particularly broke. The florist will include a card and you can all compose a meaningful message. Your florist will also offer optional extras like a bottle of bubbly, a cuddly bear, and luxury chocolates. Take your pick from these extras and have them delivered along with the fresh flower delivery. When pricing these optional extras, it’s important to remember that these are luxury products that you won’t find in your regular supermarket so it’s worth pampering mum with something she’s never tried before.
More than anything, the most important point of all is to plan ahead and always be prepared for Plan B, just in case your first option doesn’t quite work out. When you know how much you are able to spend, you can create an accurate financial plan and you might even find that you have money to spare once all is said and done. Don’t forget that the most important gift you can give is your time. Instead of dropping off mum’s gift and rushing back out the door, set aside at least half a day just for her. Even if you are unable to take her out for a meal, you could always cook for her and just keep her company. She gave you the best years of her life and now is the time to offer her something in return.