21 Mothers Day Gifts That Won’t Cost a Dime

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 28, 2021
21 Mothers Day Gifts That Won’t Cost a Dime

The annual celebration of Mothers Day is coming up and bloggers seem to be coming out of the woodwork with articles dedicated to gift ideas for the prepper Mom.  Not to disparage their effort, of course, because I considered doing the same myself.

That was until I began thinking about the true spirit of the day. The greatest gift one can give to the special Mom or “Mom at Heart” is of oneself.  And just to be clear: some Mom’s have children by birth, and others have children through association or marriage.  Sometimes, just sometimes, they are everyone’s favorite aunt with no other relation or association at all.

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Today I am going to buck the Mother’s Day gift buying trend and suggest you look at the people that matter to you most, and consider one the the following 21 Mothers Day gifts for free that won’t cost a dime.  Each involves giving of yourself and and your time.

And what can be better than that?

21 Mothers Day Gifts for That Special Mom In Your Life

1. Clean her house 2 times (bathrooms, dust, vacuum)
2. Deep clean her house (clean moldings, dust light fans, clean window shades/shutters)
3. Wash her house windows and screens
4. Bring dinner 5 times (ready to sit down and enjoy) with her
5. Get her car washed and vacuumed
6. Help plant her garden
7. Pull her weeds, mow and edge one weekend
8. Bring a movie and pop popcorn to watch a movie together at her home
9. Change the batteries in her smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms
10. Help her organize her kitchen cupboards
11. Clean out and organize her refrigerator
12. Go through her food storage and organize it the way she would like it
13. Change her sheets, wash and dry them
14. Organize her closet and bathroom
15. Watch her kids or pets for 4 hours so she can go out with dad or friends
16. Clean out her garage
17. Clean her china hutch, buffet or pantry
18. Organize all her closets
19. Polish her shoes
20. Prune her trees and bushes
21. Hangout and look at childhood pictures together

The Final Word

Now lest you think I was super clever in coming up with this list, think again.  This list of free gift ideas for Mother’s Day is the brainchild of my blogging friend and colleague, Linda Loosli, at Food Storage Moms.  Linda is a super Mom and grand Mom herself, and I thank her for allowing me to share her very special list.

And if you must purchase something tangible for Mom?  My number one pick this year is the Resqme Keychain Car Escape Tool.  This life-saving tool belongs to every Mom’s keychain.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  Resqme Keychain Car Escape Tool

Resqme Keychain Car Escape Tool

This combination seat belt cutter and window breaker was inspired by the original emergency hammer used by fire fighters and law enforcement.  I carry mine on my key ring and although I hope I will never have to use it,  I am glad that it will always be available if I do.

Bargain Bin:  Below you will find a few more ideas for gifts for that special Mom at Heart.  Might I suggest the healing gift of essential oils?

Spark Naturals Women’s Kit:  In 2105, Spark Naturals launched their Women’s Kit just in time for Mother’s Day! The Women’s Kit packed with some of the best essential oils for naturally supporting women’s hormonal, skin, and metabolic health.

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Featuring balancing Geranium, calming Clary Sage, clarifying Lemongrass, and our popular Dream Blend, the Women’s Kit is a must-have.  Note that you get an additional 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING with discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.

DIY Healing SalveAs far as I am concerned, a gift of a jar or two of handcrafted healing salve should be the top gift on this list.  You can make it yourself using these instructions than pass along the directions so that the recipient can continue the tradition.

ZAQ Dew Diffuser: Of my four diffusers, this is my favorite and is therefore the one I recommend for gift giving.  It puts out a strong, fragrant mist that is both soothing and healing.

ZAQ Dew Diffuser

Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition: This is the ultimate gift for the essential oil lover in your life.  I thought long and hard before purchasing this book myself, but once I did, I was so grateful I took the leap.  The information is cross referenced in many ways making it easy to find what you are looking for.  When searching for a particular remedy, you may see multiple oils listed and any will work but they are presented in order of typical efficacy.  The nice thing is that if you do not have #1 on hand, you can move down the list.  I have found the recommendations to be spot on.

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6 Responses to “21 Mothers Day Gifts That Won’t Cost a Dime”

  1. I just found her blog recently and I’m smitten. Very sensible, helpful gal! Those were some good ideas.

  2. The list is good, IF, your mother’s ‘love language’ is “acts of service”. It will fall flat if her primary language is one of the other four. 1. Words of affirmation; 2. Receiving gifts; 3. Quality time; 4. Physical touch. These apply to your spouse, children and other relationships in your life also. Learn more here: //www.5lovelanguages.com/. I have no connection with Gary Chapman. I heard about him from Focus on the Family program. P.S. Only one of these costs money.

  3. My family lives in the lower 48, so I will treat myself, by calling my girls and spending a day and night at an Inn in town.
    I live in a place damaged by ma nature, so repairs are still not finished…..in this case, plumbing. I do fine but it will be nice to take advantage of a shower and just enjoying some away moments

  4. I discovered Resqme just last year. I found a twin pack on sale and gave one each to my mother and sister last Christmas tied to the top of their gifts (thinking it was cute since they were green on red packages). My sister asked how I knew she’d wanted one! Apparently there is a Mythbusters TV show episode where they ran tests on a sinking car and found that the chances of escaping a sinking car(basically escaping a car when on a timer) without a window breaker are drastically reduced compared to having one. Obviously the chances of ones car sinking and needing to escape are tiny, but I pointed out to the skeptics in my family that there is nothing saying it ends up being your car or yourself you rescue with it, you may be coming to someone else’s aid.

    Now all of my family members have one in their car. Because some of my family have “keyless” cars (where you leave the fob in your purse or pocket to start the hybrid) and my father really dislikes large key chains in his pocket, we’ve started zip tying the keyring (which has a breakaway for the striker/cutter, just yank on it) on the right side of the steering column. After doing some reading they suggest the right side so the passenger can reach it as well, but it should be securely fastened so it doesn’t go under a seat when you really need it. Great suggestion!

  5. I’ve seen that you can get credit for things I purchased at Amazon in your blog. How can I do that? I really enjoy reading backdoor survival.

    • That is very kind of you. All you need to do is click on any of the product links in the Bargain Bin at the end of each article. Once you are on the Amazon site, I get credit for any purchase, not just what you clicked to. (You do not have to purchase the item you clicked.)

      Thanks again. Amazon commissions help pay the bills around here.

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