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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts: Unique & Special on a Budget!

Mother’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning for me since becoming a mom to my two sweet boys. Moms work SO hard, and I never understood just how demanding and rewarding a responsibility it is! But, Mother’s Day isn’t just for our birth mothers. It’s a day to honor all women who have a special impact in our lives. So, I’m sharing 10 Unique & Special DIY Mother’s Day gifts that any woman will love and won’t break the bank. You can get kids involved with these easy ideas as well.

It’s a cliche phrase, but when it comes to gift giving, it really is the thought that counts. You don’t have to spend big bucks to demonstrate how much you care about someone. With that in mind, I’ve found that the best frugal gifts ideas involve one of the following:

  • Creating an Experience
  • Sharing Sentiment
  • The Element of Surprise

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Special Mother’s Day Gift Experiences

Create a DIY At Home Spa Experience

DIY Spa Kits make perfect DIY Mother's Day Gifts.

This idea is one of the DIY mother’s day gifts we did for my mom growing up. It doesn’t take a lot to create a relaxing, DIY spa experience at home. You can pick out one or a few indulgent items for your “at home spa kit” and use more inexpensive items to fill in the rest. Here are some ideas:

  • Essential Oils
  • Bath Bombs
  • Scented Candles
  • Homemade Face Masks
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Pumice Stone
  • Lotion
  • Loofah
  • Flower Petals

To involve kids, you can have them separate out flower petals for a spa bath or they can help create a homemade mask for mom (here’s a link to some great ideas I found on pinterest).

Make a Heartwarming Dinner

Let mom know dinner’s on you! Prepare her favorite meal and be sure to handle all the cleanup after, too. You can set a formal table or make it a more relaxed setting, whatever she’d like best. Here are some ideas for inexpensive table decorations:

  • Set out small picture frames with printed words of affirmation
  • Place faux flowers in simple vases
  • Litter the table with chocolates, candles & confetti
  • Use decorative, large card stock paper as place mats

The dollar store always has seasonally appropriate and inexpensive party supplies that you can dress up with any of these tips. As a result, your DIY mother’s day gifts will be even more budget friendly.

Set Up a Chocolate Tasting

DIY Mother's Day Gifts, Chocolate Tasting.

Count me in on this one! You don’t have to buy expensive, foreign chocolates for this. Just make it fun with chocolate you’d normally find at the grocery store and throw in a couple more expensive finds (if you want). The idea is really just an excuse to pig out on chocolate and have a good time together.

It doesn’t have to be just candy bars, either. You can get a wide range of chocolate items and make a huge spread. I don’t have to tell you that kids will love this, too!

Make a Movie Night Under the Stars

DIY Mother's Day Gifts, Movie Night Under the Stars.
Movie night calendar reminder

If you have a projector, you can get super snazzy and set something up outside, literally, under the stars. Or, you can break out the Christmas lights and set up a room in your home for a faux, under the stars movie night experience.

There’s something magical about Christmas lights in the dark that will make this experience extra special and memorable. Popcorn, candy, and comfy blankets are a must!

Recreate a Special Travel Destination

Think about how to recreate the essence of her favorite travel destination. Is it the pastries she likes from that little shop you always go to? Is it the smell of the ocean? Music?

For me, I’ve always loved Savannah, Georgia. It’s where we’d go every summer and most holidays to visit my Grandmother. I haven’t been in several years since her passing.

I’d love to decorate the backyard with some faux Spanish moss, recreate the bourbon street chicken and macoroni we’d always get from the Oglethorpe Mall food court, and listen to the sound of the ocean.

This is one of those DIY Mother’s Day gifts that is so specific and special, no one else could give it to her, but you.

Sentimental DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

A Good, Old Fashioned Handwritten Letter

DIY Mother's Day Gifts, Handwritten Letter.
Caucasian woman writing a letter

No one does this anymore! Accept, my Dad, that is, and maybe others from his generation. I have several handwritten letters from him that I’ve kept over the years. They mean a lot to me. They each mark a specific time in my life and through the words of advice, encouragement and love, I can see how I’ve grown and changed over the years.

A written letter is probably the most inexpensive gift idea, but it can mean the most if you put your heart and soul into it.

Letters from kids are super cute for moms (and, a lot of times, really funny, too!)

A Family “Yearbook” or Scrapbook

I saw this idea years ago on Pinterest and want to start this with my little family. Family yearbooks are a cool way to commemorate the year and showcase all of the fun and memorable happenings. These make a great gift as well.

Shutterfly is a good resource with reasonable pricing. Walmart also has convenient and reasonably priced services.

Let your littles help select fun photos to include.

A Devotion Book

This would be similar to the above, but would be images of special moments with mom or the special woman in your life and include words of love, affirmation, encouragement and appreciation. You could also include messages from family and friends for a collaborative gift.

Fun Surprises

A Friends & Family Crowd Sourced Shopping Spree or High End Salon Visit

DIY Mother's Day Gifts, Crowd Sourced Shopping Spree or High End Salon Visit.
Woman Shopping Spending Customer Consumerism Concept

What woman doesn’t enjoy a shopping spree or salon treatment? This is one of the most fun DIY Mother’s Day Gifts I could dream of having. However, not many of us would have the funds to put something together like this on our own. At least not for a really substantial “treat yourself” experience.

Enlist the help of friends and family to cut down on the cost. Venmo is a super easy way to transfer funds these days, and super easy to set up through Facebook. You can request payment from your friends and send comments. Be sure to mark your activity as private to make sure you keep the element of surprise.

Give her the House for Girl’s Night (or Just a Night to Herself!)

This is another super frugal gift because it costs you nothing (other than whatever you’re going to do to entertain yourself when you vacate the premises).

This is an introvert’s dream gift. I love to be around my family and spend time with my kids, but I do also really enjoy the few quiet moments I have completely to myself. I know many other moms out there would enjoy some alone time, too, to just paint your nails (and be able to let them dry before a kid comes pulling on your leg), watch a show without interruption, eat a snack without having to share, or take a much needed nap!

Final Thoughts

Be together with the ones you love on Mother's Day.

No matter what you do, the most important gift is the gift of love and that’s completely free. I hope you enjoyed these budget friendly DIY Mother’s Day gifts to make the women in your life feel special. With some thought, these ideas can be completely customized to your unique experiences with the women you love.

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  1. I did a devotion/photo album book for my mom one year. She still shows it off to her friends. Needless to say it was one of the best Mother’s Day gifts ever.

    1. Olivia Hall says:

      So sweet! Moms are so great at showing their love right back to us! Thanks for the comment. I love hearing that!

  2. House for the night sounds like the perfect gift! Love these! Really came up with a great list with practical gifts. Who needs diamond earrings and a foot massage? I’d be happy with a blanket on the couch all alone with a big box of chocolate watching a cheesy but effective tear-jerker.

  3. Ok that DIY spa idea is amazing!! My mom loves chocolate so I’m totally doing that tasting for her! Thanks for the ideas ?

    1. Olivia Hall says:

      Thanks, Cammeo! I’m so glad you liked these ideas!

  4. Not only is it sentimental, it’s also special!

  5. Some awesome ideas here! I love the at home spa for pampering and quality time together!

  6. Lovely post! Such an amazing ideas. I am a mother and would certainly love any of those gifts.
    Dani x

    1. Olivia Hall says:

      Thanks, Dani! Happy early Mother’s Day!

  7. Your website is beautiful! I love this post. Just last night I posted an open letter to my mom on my own blog because I was thinking about being a mother myself and how much she did for us. Every time mother’s day rolls around I am always aiming to get her the most beautiful and meaningful gift I can. I got some great ideas from you! Thanks a lot!

    1. Olivia Hall says:

      Thank you, Brianna! So glad you found some ideas for your mom!

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