"Every year I struggle to find the perfect Mother's Day gifts for my mother and mother in-law. These two ladies are easy to please, but I never feel like the gifts are good enough for them. In 2012, I decided to go with do-it-yourself gifts and spent $130 total on our celebrations. I decided to try DIY again in 2013, but this year I only had a $100 budget.
Here are the gifts I'm planning to make for Mother's Day 2013, and how much they are going to cost me.
For as long as I've known my mother-in-law she has cuddled up on the sofa with a throw or blanket to watch TV in the evenings. In fact, at any given time you will find at least two different throws in her den. I took my gift cue from that knowledge, and decided to crochet her a special throw in her favorite colors.
For this project needed six skeins of yarn, which cost me $3 each, for a total cost of $18.
I began crocheting in December in 2012, and launched my craft Etsy shop in February 2013. Shortly after my mother saw my first crocheted blanket, she asked me if I could make tablecloths the same way. I told her I could and she asked me to make her one. I knew right then that when I made her one it would be for Mother's Day.
This is a rather large, and very involved project that will take me some time to finish. I'll be using four skeins of designer yarn that is a bit pricey at $8 a skein. I will also be adding some beading to the edges of the tablecloth, which will cost me another $10. In all, this project will cost me around $42.
On top of the actual gifts I'm making, I'm also planning to host a Mother's Day dinner for our parents. This year will be slightly different because my husband and I are on a diet, so we have to plan a healthy menu. We are cooking lean turkey burgers, baked sweet potato "fries," romaine heart salad with zesty Italian dressing. The complete meal will cost us around $30.
All told, Mother's Day 2013 will cost me around $90. Once everything is said and done, I will have come in $10 under budget, and I truly hope this year's gifts are as well-received as last year's.
"All told, Mother's Day 2013 will cost me around $90. Once everything is said and done, I will have come in $10 under budget, and I truly hope this year's gifts are as well-received as last year's"
It's less than a month away, so time to think of how to pamper mom on her special day. If you don't have much saved up in the piggy bank, contributor Threesia Goff offers a few options which will help make her day extra special:
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