What do you mean it’s every year! Like, every year? Right, if I ever want any of my washing done ever again I better get something sorted for Mother’s Day. Also, I love my mum and stuff.

I’m just glad the SPG is here to bail me out. And yes, I am broke, so as cheap as possible would be great…

Send an e-card

There are loads of companies out there doing this. Just have a wee Google.

The business model is pretty simple: you pay them money, and you get to send e-cards with people’s faces stuck on them. It’s that simple.

There are a few ones you can send for free, but they’re naff, so don’t bother. You’re better off upgrading and having access to a full library. If you have any siblings, you can also get an ecard for group to sign all at the same time!

You might cringe a little bit at some of the “humour”, but trust me, your mum will love them. Also, when you forget to post out a card these are perfect.

Handmade fudge

Buying something fancy costs money – lots of it. But with a bit of kitchen work, you can easily make a great gift for pennies!

  • 4x 100g bars of Chocolate (get the cheap stuff, it will be fine).
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 120g of icing sugar
  • A tiny bit of butter/marg

Melt everything together in a saucepan over a low heat except the icing sugar. Then, when it’s melted, stir in the icing sugar. It will be a bit thick but don’t worry.

Put it in a dish, wait until it’s cool and then cut it into chunks. Sorted.

Write a voucher

This one is a bit of a cop out. This just pushes the problem forward a little but it buys you some breathing room. Present her with a gift certificate (put something together in Word with a fancy border) for “A Special Day Out”. When pressed for details, give her only a date and say it’s a surprise. She will have great fun trying to guess and looking forward to it, and it does give you some more time.

The big flaw with this is that eventually you do have to come up with something. What about a nice picnic in the park, or maybe a concert? This is more of a stalling tactic than a present, but if you’re really stuck then it’s not a bad idea.

Write a poem

Ok, this is if you’re truly broke and desperate. Write this out in your neatest handwriting and present to her lovingly in a voice choked with emotion.

M is for Mum, which you are to me.

U is for You, which you are which is special you see.

M is for Mega, which is what type of sad if you weren’t there I would be.

…Make it up to her next Mother’s Day.

For more Mother’s Day gift ideas, read how to do Mother’s Day on a budget.