5 Inexpensive & Thoughtful Gifts for Single Moms

Make the single mom in your life feel special

When choosing holiday or birthday gifts for the single mom in your life, consider putting more emphasis on picking a thoughtful gift rather than a costly one. We're all familiar with the old saying, "It's the thought that counts." When it comes to choosing the best gifts for single moms, that phrase needs to be tweaked just a bit. It's the thoughtfulness that counts. Think of gift-giving as your opportunity to show kindness, care, and deep respect, whether she's your mom,...MORE a neighbor, or the love of your life. The following gifts for single moms are sure to make the extraordinary woman you care about most feel treasured, loved and appreciated!

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    Give Mom a Break

    Girl making sushi with her grandfather.
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    When you think of all she does in a typical day; it's easy to see that the single mom you care about could use a break! Schedule a babysitter so she can have a night to herself. Take a moment to put yourself in her shoes; then ask yourself what kind of break you would most enjoy.

    More ways to give mom a break:

    • Take her to see a movie at her favorite theatre
    • Make dinner with one of these 11 easy dinners kids can make
    • Order her favorite take-out (and eat on paper plates, so there's no...MORE clean-up!)
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    Pamper Her

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    Pamper her with a massage, a manicure, or a pedicure. Remember, that these gifts don't have to cost a lot of money. Instead of spending 50 dollars on a local spa or gift certificate, you can pick up all of the supplies you'll need at a local dollar store. Taking the time and effort to pamper her yourself is quite an act of love!

    More ways to pamper mom:

    • Serve her breakfast in bed
    • Let her sleep in late
    • Give her a foot massage
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    Serve Her

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    Think of a personal service that would mean a lot to her. You can share the load she's carrying by tackling household chores together. Perhaps you could clean out her car, or make several frozen meals to have on hand for busy evenings. Think of what she needs most and what you can 'take off her plate'. Chances are, she'll appreciate the relief!

    More ways to serve mom:

    • Print out some colorful "I-O-U" coupons
    • Clean the bathroom
    • Bring her a cup of hot chocolate or coffee
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    Tell Her How You Feel

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    Whether you're planning for her birthday or her favorite holiday, this is the perfect time to put into words all of the warm and loving feelings you have for the single mom in your life. For sure, these are the kinds of gifts she'll treasure forever!

    More ways to express yourself:

    • Write a simple poem or Haiku
    • Make a "What I Love About You" poster
    • List 10 ways she encourages you
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    Spoil Her

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    What are some of the things that she really enjoys, but typically does not buy for herself? A gift that spoils her could be as simple as a box of her favorite chocolates or the body lotion she loves but rarely buys. Be creative and see what different ideas you come up with.

    More ways to spoil mom:

    • Buy a one-year subscription to her favorite magazine or streaming media
    • Purchase concert tickets to see her favorite band or artist
    • Sign her up for a cooking or painting class