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70 Thrifty Gifts Any Mom Would Love

May 9 2015 - 6:00pm

Being a mom is the hardest job of all [1], and it's tough to find a Mother's Day [2] gift that will reflect your appreciation. What it comes down to is how much thought you put into the gift. So what are you gonna get your best cheerleader? Read on for some suggestions.

Homemade Potpourri

Create a natural air freshener for your mom by making a bowl of potpourri with a carefully picked blend that caters to her preferences. Here's a tutorial [3] on how to make potpourri.

DIY Phone Case

If your mom loves her iPhone, why not give her a phone case designed just for her? It's a cheap and fun project for you, and there are so many types of cases you can make [4].

DIY Cleaning Supplies

DIY eco-friendly cleaning supplies [5], like this all-in-one DIY laundry bomb [6], [7]as gifts are unique presents that will be very appreciated. They'll be welcomed by moms who are looking for natural ways to clean their houses.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

If your mom has a sweet tooth, this is the perfect gift for her. Melt some chocolate, and dip strawberries into the mixture. Place them on a baking tray, and cool it in the fridge. If you need more guidance, POPSUGAR Food details the process [8] with pictures.

Crossword Puzzles

If you have a crossword addict in your life, give her a book filled with Sunday crossword puzzles from the New York Times [9] ($11). She can work out her brain any day of the week.

Flowering Teapot

This flowering teapot [10] ($34) has multiple benefits. Not only will it brew tea that will calm you, but just watching the flower bloom before your eyes is also relaxing.

State Apron

This state apron [11] ($36) is perfect for the cook who is proud of her home state. The intricate embroidery features famous sights and spots of each state.

Salts of the World

This set of six test tubes filled with salt [12] ($40) is perfect for the adventurous foodie. The salt comes from all over the world, including a black, flakey salt from the island of Cyprus and pink salts from Pakistan.

Book of Cocktails

The hostess with the mostest will appreciate this cocktail book [13] ($23) that's equal parts interesting history and flavorful, boozy recipes.

Scrabble Coasters

Give this set of Scrabble coasters [14] ($15) that spell out the word "love" to the Scrabble-lover in your life.

Hand Cream

Hand cream should be in every woman's beauty arsenal. This trio [15] ($28) is a good start.

Wine Rack

So many bottles, so little room. These practical iron wine racks [16] ($12) are meant to hang on the wall and save plenty of space.

Tipping Teacup

This nifty teacup [17] ($20) comes with its own sieve on the side, so she'll never need a bulky teapot to strain her tea.

DIY Bath Salt

Bath salts [18] are such an easy yet practical (and beautiful) present to make. Not to mention, it's budget friendly, and you can get all the ingredients at the supermarket!

Mushroom Kit

Does your mom love mushrooms? This mushroom kit [19] ($20) will put a smile on her face.

Buy Her Groceries

Moms definitely love and appreciate practical gifts. If you know your mom well, buy her groceries before she makes her regular trip to the supermarket. Or, ask her for her grocery list, and tell her you'll be making the trip for her as a Mother's Day [20] present. If you like, you can slip in a surprise, such as a card.

Pretty Lockets

Buy some intricate lockets from Etsy [21], and insert a picture in there. You can pick photos of your children or ones with you and your mom in them. She'll be wearing a memory on her neck!

Source: Etsy user TheBloomingThread [22]

Homemade Garbage Disposal Refreshers

Not the most glamorous gift, but if your mom spends a lot of time in the kitchen, she'll appreciate these fragrant garbage disposal refreshers [23]! They only cost a few dollars to make, and putting them in a cute jar makes them a pretty addition to the sink.

A Book Lover's Diary

If she's an avid reader, help her keep track of all the books she's read and what she thinks of them with A Book Lover's Diary [24] ($15). It's conveniently organized into sections that include books to read, books to buy, favorite books, and memorable passages.

Nostalgic Candy

Get her a thoughtful and tasty present with this box of retro candy from the 1950s [25] ($30) to remind her of her favorite sweets growing up.

Jacqueline Kennedy Book

Give her a little piece of history with Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy [26] ($60), an illustrated book and CD set that features interviews from 1964 with the first lady about her life with the president.

Clean Up

Tell your mom to take the day off, and clean her residence until it looks like it's brand-spanking new! Mop, scrub, and polish until you can see your reflection on the surfaces.

Organize her items if necessary, and if you're ambitious, you can attempt to color-code her closet!

Tile Photo Coasters

Perfect for any special holiday, a set of these tile photo coasters will cost less than $5 to make. Here are the instructions [27].

Homemade Eye Mask

When traveling or simply at the end of a crazy workday, a soothing eye mask is just the thing to relax Mom's worries away. And making one for her [28] is also a great way to repurpose an old shirt.

Instagram Canvas Prints

You take tons of beautiful Instagram photos, but does your mom ever see them? Put them to good use by making your own canvas print [29] for her walls.

Newspaper Bouquet

Instead of buying flowers, make your own [30] from materials such as newspaper, book pages, and more.

Dotted Tumblers

This DIY gift [31] is so easy to make but looks like something you can buy in a store.

Sweater Pillows

Have some sweaters lying around that you've outgrown or don't want anymore? These cozy sweater pillows [32] are cute and supersimple to make, even if you're not a sewer.


Such a wonderful gift [33] that will help Mom green up her office. And it only costs $5 to make!

Copper-Dipped Shot Glasses

These copper-dipped shot glasses [34] will be an instant hit with any mom who loves entertaining.

Monogram Mug

If your mom loves monograms and coffee or tea, this supercute monogram mug [35] ($8) is for her.

T-Shirt and Towel Produce Bags

Perfect for the eco-friendly shopper, these t-shirt and towel produce bags [36] will hold all of her vegetables and fruits and give them breathable space.

Gold Spray-Painted Jars

Breathe new life into pasta and condiment jars with the help of gold spray paint. Anyone would love these chic jars [37]!

Fabric-Covered Books

Dress up an old notebook or even a regular book with fancy fabric [38]. Perhaps it's a good idea to do them for books moms want to read in secret, such as the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

Coffee-Filter Peonies

Make these eco-friendly coffee-filter peonies [39], which will never wilt and will last forever. If you're more fond of roses, here's how to make coffee-filter roses [40].

Dyed-Rice Candleholders

Not only are these candleholders pretty [41], but they serve a very practical function, too — the essential oils used actually repel bugs! This is the perfect gift for a mom who plans to spend a lot of time outside this Summer.

Printed Candles

Print meaningful words onto candles [42] for a special gift.

Source: Sparkle & Hay [43]

Coffee-Grounds Candle

The coffee addict will love this DIY coffee-grounds candle [44], which will have a subtle hint of that heavenly smelling drink.

Photo Votives Candle

Take Mom's favorite photos (perhaps pick them from her Facebook account), and create these sweet personalized photo votives [45].

DIY Recipe Book

This is such a heartfelt gift that any cook would appreciate. Create a recipe book [46], and include her favorite recipes. If you can get a hold of them, it's a good idea to add in her secret recipes as well.

DIY Lemon Zest Gardener's Hand Scrub

Is your mom a gardening enthusiast? Her skin will be oh-so smooth and have a pleasant citrus smell with this homemade lemon hand scrub [47] that removes dirt, grime, and plant oils.

Macaron Soaps

The cutest dessert ever combines with practicality to form these adorable macaron soaps [48]! Any mom would love these as a bathroom accessory.

Bath Bombs

Mom can upgrade her bath experience with these bath bombs [49].

Lotion Bars

These lotion bars [50] are so handy — they'll keep her hands moisturized throughout the day.

Sleep Salve

This sleep salve [51] will relax the user right into dreamland.

Hand Sanitizer

You probably already have all the ingredients for this homemade natural hand-sanitizer spray [52], which your mom can keep in her purse.

Flavored Salts

Flavored salts make a great gift for the foodie who loves to cook. It's easy to make roasted garlic, meyer lemon, and shiitake mushroom salts [53].

Spice Rub

This all-purpose spice rub [54] is great for so many dishes. From roasted vegetables to chicken or fish, this rub will add standout flavor to the meals your mom makes.

DIY Tea Bags

Make these cute tea bags [55] with a special blend of customized tea to show your love.

French Macarons

Macarons [56] are such pretty and delicious sweet treats to give to that special someone. 

Triple-Fudge Banana Bread

Triple-fudge banana bread [57]?! You might need to make a few of them in case you decide to keep one to yourself.

Source: How Sweet It Is [58]

Bug-Away Scented Floating Candles

These DIY scented floating candles [59]are pretty but are hiding a deadly secret. Well, deadly to bugs, at least. They are effective in chasing off those unwanted pests!

Air Freshener

This homemade air freshener [60] will leave a room smelling wonderful in no time.

Scent Diffuser

These DIY reed diffusers [61] are not only cheaper to make, they are also less toxic. You don't have to worry about spills on the floor.

Coffee-Filter Scented Sachets

Mom will adore these homemade coffee-filter scented sachets. [62] They can be placed in luggage or drawers to freshen them up.

Candy Cane Scrub

Mom will love this sweet DIY scrub [63] that will leave her skin feeling oh-so soft.

Upgraded Grocery Store Flowers

Take flowers from the supermarket or grocery store, and practice these easy arranging tips [64] that will turn them into a first-class bouquet.

Personalized Mug

Make this meaningful handmade Sharpie mug [65] that's personalized to Mom's taste.

Homemade Rosewater

This homemade rosewater [66] has a subtle scent that Mom will love.

Whipped Lotion

Mom will adore this luxurious whipped body lotion [67] that you can create with just two ingredients.

Muscle Rub

Mom can relax her sore muscles with this DIY muscle salve [68].

Uplifting Shower Bombs

Let her start the day off right by dropping in one of these bombs [69] while she's taking a shower.

Denim-Heart Bookmark

Upcycle your old denim into cute little heart bookmarks [70].

Milk Bath

Mom can melt all her troubles away with this soothing DIY milk bath [71].

DIY Scarf Camera Strap

If your mom is an avid photographer, make her this really cool camera strap [72] with an old scarf.

Photo Frame Jewelry Organizer

Give Mom this cool jewelry organizer [73] made from an old photo frame.

DIY Personalized Tote

Personalize a tote [74] with this ombré pattern or with her initials.

Chic Tumblers

Mom will surely love this set of elegant DIY tumblers [75].

DIY Frosted Vases

Upcycle old bottles into these frosted vases [76], which would make a cute addition to any abode.

Denim Coasters

Take an old pair of jeans and make these unique rolled coasters [77] out of them.

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