By Erik Martinez

It’s not too late to do something special for Mother’s Day! Even if you don’t have a big budget, you can still impress mom with a spectacular gift on May 13. Here are a few ideas.

Fresh flowers
Instead of the normal bouquet of cut flowers, give your mom a potted plant so she can enjoy them longer.

Eco-friendly T-shirt
Help mom inspire others with new ideas for change with her “I’m making the world a better place by __________. What do YOU do?” T-shirt ($18). She gets to fill in the blank with a marker whenever she likes.

DIY Memories
Have tons of disorganized family photos? Make a scrapbook or organize them in an album. She’ll love the idea and your initiative. Check out some ideas online on how to start your own scrapbook.

DIY Dessert
Make her favorite dessert whether it’s cheesecake, chocolate cake or a blueberry pie. Look up recipes online or if you’re a great baker put your skills to the test with an original recipe. If you don’t know how to bake a cake from scratch, buy boxed cake mix with step-by-
step instructions and get creative with the frosting.

DIY Breakfast
Wake up very early and quietly make her a breakfast feast she won’t forget. She’ll be awfully surprised when she sees and smells what you’ve done for her. Set the table in a fancy way with a placemat under her plate and a napkin with utensils on the side. Fill up a glass or vase with water and a flower for a decorative touch.

DIY ‘I Love Mom’ mug
Get mom’s favorite coffee mug and paint an “I love mom” or “#1 mom” message around it with enamel or ceramic paint. Or, visit the nearest pottery-painting place to make something unique and colorful so she’ll remember how much you love her each time she drinks from her mug.

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