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Moms, Dads and Grads

It’s that time of year again: time to buy gifts for all the special folks in your life. But what to get them? And how do you keep from taking out a second mortgage just to show people you love them? Here are some ideas of real value.

~A little thought goes a long way. If you do something to make someone feel special you don’t have to spend a lot. My family had a postcard from my great grandmother that got destroyed. I found a vintage replacement online that was priceless. It cost me less than $10, but it made my mom feel like a million bucks.

~People love pictures. They don’t love to be subjected to thousands of your vacation pictures but they love pictures of their kids, grand kids, and other people who are special to them. Choose a picture of a fun memory, a great pose, or featuring a cherished heirloom. Add an inexpensive frame and you’ve got a gift they’ll love.

~Time is money. If you don’t have a lot of one, you may be able to spare the other. Create a gift certificate to help dad clean out the garage, mend that fence in mom’s yard, or help the graduate box things for her move. Not only will they appreciate the labor that you provide, they will probably love the one on one time they get to spend with you too.

~Give parents some time to themselves. Let mom take a bath in silence, or let dad go fishing on his own. Sometimes the best way to show you appreciate someone is to leave them alone. Just make sure you tell them you appreciate and adore them, and that they’re deserving of an afternoon of pampering.

~Finally, take advantage of all the daily deals out there. Onlineathens features one everyday. Purchase a restaurant deal to take someone out to eat or a store deal to buy a gift. You’ll stretch your dollars even further. Happy savings!

Published on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 @ 6:04 pm.

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