With Mother's Day right around the corner, you're probably racking your brain on great gift ideas for Mom. While I'm sure you would love to splurge and buy her that fancy espresso machine she wants, buying expensive items aren't always in the budget. The good news is there are a handful of inexpensive gifts you can give Mom, and they're all homemade.
Nothing says, "I love you, Mom," like homemade gifts. Taking the time to craft a DIY gift shows you care more than popping into a shop and grabbing something last minute. If you don't have time to search Instagram or Pinterest for ideas, don't worry, we've got you covered with a unique gift you can make yourself.
All great mothers deserve a gift on Mother's Day, whether it is a Mother's Day card, home decor, personalized gifts to gift sets. More than that, they deserve something that took a little effort. If you want to give Mom the best Mother's Day yet, then craft up one of these ten DIY gifts that every mom will love -- especially if she's a DIY mom!
DIY Mother's Day Gift Ideas
1. DIY Sugar Scrub
If you don't have the bucks to send mom to the spa for a day of pampering, then bring the spa to her with this homemade sugar scrub. This scrub not only smells amazing, but it leaves the skin feeling younger.
2. Pallet Photo Frames
Transforming one of Mom's favorite photos into a work of art, this sentimental gift is a great idea. You can use a pallet for the more rustic feel, or purchase a piece of wood from the local crafts store.
Gather up your mod-podge, piece of wood, and family photo, then head on over to Southern Revivals to see how to make your own.
Important Tip: Make sure your photo is a laser printed reversed image. Inkjet photos won't cut it, and a non-mirror image will be backward.
3. Handprint Keepsakes
Need a project for the little ones? These Handprint Keepsakes are the perfect present, especially for a new mom that would go wonderfully with a nursery & decor that is similar. Not only will they last, but Mom will cherish them forever. Just ask my mom, ours are hanging in the entryway.
To get started, clear off a work surface -- because little hands equal big messes -- and get some air drying clay. Role and cut your clay into the desired shape, then let the young'ns put their signature paw prints in the clay.
If you want to get even fancier, then turn your handprint into a photo magnet. Stick it on the fridge as a surprise, and when mom wakes up to it, it will be like Christmas! Truly one of the best gifts yet.
4. Sharpie Art Coasters
Another excellent project for the kids is Sharpie Art Coasters. These are pretty easy to make, and it doesn't matter what the coloring job looks like - as long as it's on the coaster. Forget the fine jewelry and gift cards, this artistic project will last forever.
By adding drops of isopropyl - rubbing alcohol - and letting it dry for an hour, you wind up with a watercolor looking masterpiece!
5. Personalized Mugs
Want to give the gift that keeps on giving? Then make Mom a fun decorated mug. I know they are a bit cheesy, but you know this is the one gift that will bring a smile to her face every morning. Plus, the fact that you made it will instantly make it her favorite mug.
When you're making this mug, maybe make a backup. Things break, and a sentimental gift like this means Mom wants to keep it forever. So much more sentimental than kitchen gadgets, this is one she'll use every day.
Surprise Mom with her morning cup of coffee by following this tutorial.
6. Mason Jar Vases
Kids will love making these Mason Jar Vases for Mom. They're cheap to make, and you probably already have most of the supplies at home.
Turning your average jar into a work of art, this will be Mom's new favorite vase. Oh, and while bought flowers are nice, nothing is sweeter than ones that are handpicked. Plus, the kids will love that they made the whole gift.
7. Kitchen Tablet Holder
Does mom love to cook in the kitchen? Make her recipe research a little bit easier with this Kitchen Tablet Holder.
This is the ideal gift for the modern-day mom who wants something practical. Gluing together a triangular piece for a stand and a scrabble tile piece holder for the iPad, you can transform your supplies around the house into a nifty gift for Mom. Once you tell her how it's done, she'll think you're a genius.
8. Cupcake Flower Bouquet
Does Mom love sweets? Ditch the expensive roses and give her the edible flowers she craves. She'll not only be impressed, but it may be the biggest shock she's had in years - especially if you don't bake.
Once you are done following this flower bouquet tutorial, you'll also get a nice treat because there's no way Mom can eat the entire bouquet in one day.
9. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Does Mom love chocolates? Then dip some strawberries in chocolate! Whether or not the end result is a masterpiece, it's the thought that counts. Food will always be one of the best gives you can give.
Chocolate covered strawberries are easy to do, and something any mom will love!
10. Fizzy Scented Bath Bombs
Mom deserves to be pampered, that's why you should make her these Fizzy Scented Bath Bombs. Made in nothing other than a muffin tin, this is the DIY gift that Mom will bust out any time she needs a little "me time."
If you want to give Mom this relaxing gift, then head on over to this tutorial and get to it! (They are optional, but essential oils make them smell so good.)
It's the perfect gift for any time of the year.
DIY Mother's Day Gift Essentials
Think outside the box for this special day. Surprise your mom or mother-in-law with a homemade book. Print out pictures, and write about your favorite memories with your special lady.
I made one as a family member's graduation gift, and they were impressed with the handmade gift.
You don't have to get super crafty if you're running short on time. These customized monogrammed stickers are perfect for adding a personalized touch on just about anything.
Bring these gifts to your Mother's Day brunch, and also a pack of tissues. (These Mother's Day crafts are sentimental. Who doesn't get teary-eyed over DIY gifts?)
It's almost like in kindergarten when you brought your mom handmade Christmas ornaments. Your mother will be so blown away with her homemade Mother's Day gifts.
This post was originally published on May 8, 2019.