What are some creative ways to celebrate Mother's Day without falling into the commercial trap of spending lots of money?

Well, there are always the classics:

---- -- create a card (either on the computer or something more craftsy). Nothing beats the personal touch! Write the things you really want to tell your mom -- she'll keep it forever! -- something your mom would use with you or your family's picture worked in, such as a mouse pad, an apron, a clock or a blanket. -- picture montage -- picnic -- family get-together with activity: (If you have siblings), everyone opens a kid's book randomly, and makes a Mother's Day speech using the line in the book.