Welcome to Southern Savers, where finding deals and steals is simple and rewarding!

See I told you, this would help!

Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

Going Nuts? I can help you understand coupon terms and abbreviations

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure here.

Mother’s Day is two weeks away, which means it’s crunch time to start thinking about what to get.  Some presents don’t quite convey the same message, so lets avoid the pots & pans or dishes and let’s go for something more unique and fun this year.

I know many of you are the moms that are being shopped for, so just share this with your husband!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas:


Monogrammed Stationery. Seeing a stack of beautiful paper just makes me happy. Monogrammed stationery is a pretty and personal way for mom to write thank you notes, drop lines in the mail, and give gifts.

Decorative Pillow. I know a lot of people who enjoy rearranging furniture and sprucing up their houses in their down time. It can get expensive to redecorate a whole room, but you can make it fresh by adding some new throw pillows! Add them to the couch or bed for a simple way to help Mom to feel renewed.

Fitbit. You can go high end or basic, either way Mom will love it.  They track steps, burned calories, sleep patterns, and more. All the info it tracks syncs wirelessly to your computer or smartphone. Everyone I know who has one of these loves them.


Adult Color Time. We would all love to go back to being 7 again, so this gives mom a chance to just sit down and be creative. No need to know how to draw, just color away to your hearts content and relax a bit at the same time.


Journaling Bible. This was in my list for Valentine’s gifts too, but… it really is a great gift and very “in” right now. My husband gave me one for Christmas and I love it!  I love having small notes off to the side and extra room to write them rather than squishing them around the text.


Chalkboard Wall Clings. Grab a few gorgeous chalkboard wall clings and let her be creative on the walls with favorite verses, quotes or just a fancy shopping list. These are easy to remove later or even to move to other places.


Family Photo. Normally mom is the one organizing family pictures, so take a moment and do the work for her.  Round up the kids, the dog and anyone else that is family and get some great pictures.  Then pick one and surprise her with a photo canvas.


A Day Off. Being a mom doesn’t come with sick or vacation leave. So, plan out a day that she can have all to herself. Add in a few extra bonuses too like a $5 Starbucks gift card, $10 to the bookstore and maybe even a gift card for the craft store. Turn her loose and let her enjoy her day with no one in tow.


New Plants. Pick out her favorite plants and have them delivered straight to her. Make it even more special and get out and help her plant them, too! I want some morning glories in case anyone wants to share with my husband…

If you’ve got a Trader Joe’s in your area, they always offer really great bouquets of flowers starting at $3.99. Grab a vase and you’ve got a frugal and thoughtful gift. You can also get flowers shipped from Amazon (they’re around $30 and most include a vase).

Car Detail. If anyone is going to have a messy car, it’s mom. Clean her car on the inside and the outside until it shines.  (I ask for this ever year, and it’s a gift that even the kids can help with).

What other Mother’s Day gift ideas do you have?

It's almost Mother's Day! Here's a list of my top 10 Mother's Day gift ideas.

 See more frugal living ideas!

    • mommalana

      Grown children of mine: Please come home and do yard work! I don’t need things! I also need the windows cleaned.

      • penny

        I usually take my Mom on a 3-4 day getaway out of town to somewhere like Gatlinburg or Atlanta (year before last we even brought my Aunt) and I spoil her. She travels for work and is gone a lot but she still enjoys getting time with just me & her. This year I can’t travel a lot but she always needs things done too and rarely ever cooks so I’m driving down to her home in FL and I’m cooking up meals and freezing them up and filling her chest freezer with them. I did it a few years ago and she literally ate for over a year from those home made frozen dinners! She rarely shops for food and all too often when we talk she’s eating a bag of Cheetos for dinner because she hasn’t been food shopping so it is the most helpful thing I can think of for her.

    • Britta

      One of my moms favorite gifts was a memory bowl. An ivy bowl full of little pieces of paper with a bow on the end of them. Write simple little memories on them. Decorate the bowl with lace or ribbon. “Won pie contest at fair.” “Sissy’s school play” “Junior in his Buzz Light year costume.” Ir was very cheap to make, but it was full of love.

    • SmoochTheCook

      mommalana…amen to that, but for me, it would be directed at my 13 year old. Goodness….getting him to help with my stockpile is the top on my list! He’s in charge of writing the expiration dates on products and whines around when he has to do it…lol!

    • SueH

      I love the day off idea. Many years ago, when asked what I wanted that day, I said ‘Don’t make me be a mom that day! I love you all, but mom needs some me time.’ My husband took the kids out to a movie for the afternoon and when the 3 of them got home, they cooked dinner. It was a great day. Now that my husband has passed and the kids are grown, I agree with mommalana! I need the grass cut, the pool cleaned out, my car washed…

      • Becky

        I love the day off idea too but I want to spend mother’s day with my children and grandkids and would like the gift cards to go out on another day by myself to do what I want on my own time with only me to worry about, not having to rush around to be home in time to fix supper or take care of anyone. ME TIME!!!!!!!!

    • acnbds

      My greatest gift is just being a mom. I know a lot of people who do not get to experience this, so I count my blessings to be one.