Chic (But Cheap) Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

By Briana Luca, Student at Iona College

It’s May, which means that school is coming to an end, graduation is around the corner and that special day to celebrate your mother is this weekend.

Even though you should honor your mother every day, Mother's Day is on May 12, so if you haven’t bought a gift yet, you are in major crunch time.

In times of need like this one, there are trusty DIY presents that your mom will surely love. The best thing about a DIY gift is that even though it isn’t bought in a store, it shows that you put extra thought into it and that it came from the heart.

Here are five DIY gifts for you on this Mother’s Day!


This might be the easiest in the bunch. Simply go to your local craft store, buy some scrapbooking supplies and print out pictures. Create the scrapbook as an honor to your mother and everything she does or do it as a timeline of her life to show how much she means to you. This will be a gift that will get the emotions running.

100 Reasons You Love Your Mom

You’ve probably seen these on Pinterest as “100 Date Ideas” or “100 Reasons to Love your Boyfriend,” but with a little tweaking, it can be a great, heartfelt gift for your mom. Grab a Mason jar and 100 popsicle sticks and deem them with reasons you love and appreciate your mother, 365 days a year. Decorate the Mason jar, and you have a set gift.

Chalkboard Vase

A small gift like a vase is good, but you could make it better by painting the simple vase with some chalkboard paint. This way, your mom can express herself differently every day. Just buy some chalkboard paint, a vase and paint the vase with the paint; don’t forget chalk and beautiful flowers to go with it! Click here to see a tutorial.

Manicure In a Jar

This gift is fun and creative. It’s a way to pamper your mom with more thought and heart — and it's so much better than a gift certificate. All you need to do it is to buy all the essentials for a perfect manicure — polish, clear coat, lotion and manicure tools — and then buy a jar to put all the supplies in. You can decorate it nicely with your mom’s favorite colors. She’ll appreciate the thought you put into it and love every second of her at-home manicure.

Framed Jewelry Organizer

This is probably the most DIY and craftiest gift out of the five. A jewelry organizer is a great idea and the frame will make it even classier and more put together. You’re going to need to get a frame, either old or new, and give it a fresh coat of paint. You could even add some pearls or glitter, whatever your mom likes. Here’s the tricky part: You’re going to need to drill the hooks and bars to hold the jewelry to the back of the frame. There are plenty of tutorials on Pinterest that can help you along the way!

Image from This Lil Piglet

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