30 Mother's Day Gift Ideas That Won't Break the Bank!

30 Mother's Day Gift Ideas That Won't Break the Bank!

Can you believe Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching? This is the one day of the year that we get to honor our moms. Just like any other holiday, the media gets a hold of it and turns it into this expensive holiday. It’s important to honor your mother on Mother’s Day, but you don’t need to spend a fortune doing it. Check out this list of 30 frugal Mother’s Day gift ideas.

1. Make a homemade card for mom.
2. Pick a bouquet of homegrown flowers
3. Upcycle an old t-shirt into a scarf
4. Make a coupon book for things she loves and adores (cleaning?)
5. Create a craft using your hand print
6. Put a play on for mom
7. Tell mom how much you love her with a letter.
8. Upcycle an old picture frame by adding your own decorative touches.
9. Head to the dollar store to put together a spa gift basket
10. Give mom the gift of breakfast in bed.
11. Head to the farmer’s market to find a house plant or homegrown flowers.
12. Make a home video for mom this Mother’s day.
13. Create a memory jar for her with all of you favorite memories.
14. Create a calendar for mom highlighting beloved pictures and events.
15. Create a slideshow on the computer of events and memories that highlight mom.
16. Make homemade jewelry.
17. Allow mom an evening free of chores or duties.
18. Give your mother your time, this is one of the best free gifts of all.
19. Help her accomplish one of her lifetime goals (joining a gym or eating Chinese?)
20. Decorate a coffee mug.
21. Let her choose what she wants to do on Mother’s Day!
22. Why not bake mom some homemade goodies?
23. Chocolate is always a nice gesture!
24. Have a family photo shoot and then print the pictures to create a one of a kind scrapbook.
25. Spend the day crafting with Mom, thanks to supplies you already have at home.
26. Spend the day thrift shopping with mom. Sometimes it’s fun just to spend time together.
27. Write mom a poem telling her of how she’s inspired you over the years.
28. Collect quotes and advice from the family and create a special book for mom.
29. Make a homemade Mother’s day cake for mom honoring everything she’s taught you.
30. Create a door wreath.

This list is great because you can spend the whole month of May spoiling your mom, if you choose to do so. Mother’s Day is all about honoring the woman who brought you into this world and raised you. These frugal gift ideas are sure to make her feel loved.

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  1. Dee Mauser

    What a nice, detailed list. The best gift I can receive on Mother’s Day is a day of rest and peace and quiet. I spend every other day of the year working my tail off so I definitely deserve a day of doing absolutely nothing. Pampering would be good too. haha!

  2. Pam

    I would love a day of doing nothing! It never seems to happen, though.

  3. rsrote

    The play and Door hanging would be my top picks–such a great list!!! I think I might do a basket of homemade goodies for my Mom

  4. Jessica Beal Harlow

    This is a great list! Now when my daughters ask what I want for Mom’s Day, I have a great list of suggestions for them! My favorites are #6, 11, and 18!

  5. yumeating

    I should print this out and give it to my husband for kiddo.

  6. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    These are all wonderful ideas. I think I’ll get a nice picture of the family and give it to my mom in an upcycled frame. Thanks for the ideas!

  7. Mama to 5 BLessings

    That is a great idea. We do this too or buy an unfinished frame at the craft store and have my kids decorate it and put a photo of them in it.

  8. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I would have probably just picked one of these and done it for my mom. But, then you mentioned spoiling your mom for the whole month and I thought that’s a great idea!

  9. crystal

    Isn’t it? My mom has been such a huge help the past year, I need to do something extra special.

  10. Stacey- Travel Blogger

    I love these ideas! They are so creative! It took a lot of time to actually sit and think about all of them! Great job!

  11. Melissa Pezza

    Thanks so much for sharing all of these! I think a video for Mother’s Day would be wonderful.

  12. Felissa @ Two Little Cavaliers

    You have given me some great ideas for Mother’s Day! I would have never thought of all these on my own!

  13. Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

    These are all good ideas and very affordable and sweet.

  14. Shauna s.

    These are wonderful ideas. I always enjoy handmade items, especially if its from my kiddos.

  15. Catherine S

    These are all great ideas. I think I will make my mom a card. She always tells me not to send her anything.

  16. Mama to 5 BLessings

    Great list. My kids and I are going to make homemade soaps for the moms in our family.

  17. Sophie O'Reilly

    We have Mother’s Day in March here in the UK. It’s a great day to show my mum how much I love her, although I always tell her everyday how great she is!

  18. Mama to 5 BLessings

    I wish I was good at writing poems, I would write one for my mom. Poetry is so pretty.

  19. asbestrecipes

    Beautiful thoughts and ideas I will settle with a flower bouquet =)

  20. Jesica H

    We always head to the garden shop and the kids each pick out a few flowers to plant with grandma. It is a lot of fun and cheaper in nature! I love your ideas as well, very personal!

  21. jessica m

    Thanks – Im going to send this to my husband as he never remembers to do mothers day from my girls to me. Great list

  22. Katherine

    I love to send flowers – it’s always thoughtful

  23. Anita Breeze

    These are some great ideas! I won’t be expecting any of these from my teenagers who are going through that ‘I am the center of the Universe’ stage! Since my Mom can’t get out too much any more I will be visiting her with some flowers on Mother’s Day.

  24. Nicole M Williams

    This is such a great list of ideas for mom.

  25. Pam

    I agree that chocolate is always a nice gesture! My kids always used to bring me bouquets of wildflowers that they picked.

  26. rane25

    You are so right about the Media turning everything into a commercial holiday. My Mom prefers homemade gifts so I always make her a Card

  27. Michele

    Essentially I do Let her choose what she wants to do on Mother’s Day! And she always wants to go to the Outback–we both love our steak! And she loves that I manage to save up points during the year so it does not cost me anything!!

  28. Roz K. Walker

    These are some great ideas. My mom would love #26. She’ll take any opportunity to go thrift shopping and would be thrilled if I went with her.

  29. Michele

    Actually my Mom would love if I would go to some estate sales with her–she would probably go into shock if I suggested it.

  30. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman)

    These are very fun and sweet ideas. Hope you have a fun Mother’s Day in advance.

  31. toughcookiemommy

    I love that idea too. I always feel like personalized gifts come straight from the heart.

  32. Debi- Travel Blogger

    These are great ideas. I love anything handmade. I would love it if the kids made me a new wreath.

  33. alissa

    We usually take our mom out, and shopping sometimes. We usually just shop, but if she sees something she wants we divide the cost up between the 3 of us.For me we just go out for breakfast. I’m totally ok with that.

  34. Bismah Abdelgawad

    These are all wonderful ideas! I think we need to get back to the simplicity in doing things for one another instead of spending so much money on commercial things. I would prefer something handmade over a store bought item anytime!

  35. Aimee

    I love these ideas. Moms don’t need new stuff to make them feel special!

  36. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    Oh, these are great ideas! I’m not sure what I’ll do for my mom yet – she’s moving 9 hours away from me right before Mother’s Day!

  37. Jeanine

    So many great ideas! I would love every single one! I wish my mom was here for Mothers Day. So many ideas here she would love!

  38. WendysHat

    I love your great and creative ideas. I love Mother’s Day myself and thinking of something new to do for my Mother. Thanks.

  39. Marcie W.

    Just reading these suggestions touched my heart, so receiving any of them would be wonderful. I prefer that my family never overspend on gifts.

  40. Debbie L.

    I love Mother’s Day – I am so lucky to still have my Mom. She is 83 and we are planning on visiting her in Michigan on Mother’s Day.

  41. Bonnie @ wemake7

    This is really a great list! I’m going to do a few of these this year. Maybe I’ll get some of these myself too from the hubby and kiddos.

  42. SexyMoxieMama

    Great list. I like #13 and #19 the best.

  43. loisaltermark

    These are awesome ideas. So much more meaningful than going out and just buying some generic gift.

  44. Heather

    If I have time I am going to make a gift for her. Moms love that!

  45. Amby Felix

    Oooo! These are great ideas! I’m making my mom a care package! She sends us so many so I’ve been enjoying sending her some!

  46. Michele D

    This is a great list. My mom doesn’t live near me so many of these I wouldn’t be able to do but this would be a nice list for my kids

  47. glutenfreeforjen

    Great list of ideas! I normally just send my mom and mother in law a card.

  48. Allie D.

    These are great ideas. I especially love number 17. That would be a real treat for Mother’s day for me.

  49. toughcookiemommy

    I love the idea of crafting with Mom. My mother has been enjoying doing arts and crafts recently and I think it would be a great way to spend some time with her.

  50. Theresa

    We always get my mom some flowers for her flower bed. She doesn’t like material gifts, but flowers is the one thing she always openly accepts!

  51. martinkadelux

    These are such great ideas! I love making mother’s day special without the need to go overboard! My best gift are the two crazy girlies I have running around!

  52. lisa

    This is a great list. I love anything handmade from my kids, but I think for my mom I need to do something a little more. The older I get the more sentimental I get.

  53. Elizabeth O

    You’ve a great list, you’re s creative thank you for sharing great ideas.

  54. maggiesblog2

    I love these ideas! I think homemade and heartfelt gifts are the best!

  55. crystal

    I’m from a pretty big family and my mom receives a lot of gifts (she deserves them all, by the way). But it’d be nice to give her something a little more personal like your ideas here.

  56. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

    What a great list. I know I’d be happy to give or receive.

  57. Carol Bryant

    You just made my Mother’s Day shopping easier

  58. Sarah Marturano

    These are all really great ideas. My mother would really enjoy the memory jar.

  59. Stillblondeafterall (@stillblondeaaty)

    I would like to do #24. Pictures mean the most to me.

  60. Alena Belleque

    Mother’s Day is really hard for me. I can’t really celebrate my mother; she was abusive (still is, though she’s improving in some areas), and I currently have no contact with her because it was the safest option after over a decade trying to find a way to let her be part of my life, as an adult. So I grieve the relationship I don’t have, and the loving mother I remember vaguely from my very, very early memories.But I have a beautiful little girl of my own, now, and while at only three Mother’s Day isn’t something she understands on her own at all yet, her daddy helps her make it special for me. No clue what that will look like this year, but I’m excited to find out. I’m hoping Mother’s Day can become something I look forward to more than I feel sad about.

  61. Lori Felix

    These are such lovely and thoughtful ideas.I’m an empty-nester now and I treasure the homemade heartfelt gifts I have received from my kids.

  62. Heather

    I like number 17! I need an evening, how about a whole day free from chores!

  63. upliftingfam

    I love all of these ideas and would be thrilled to get something like this from my kid’s.

  64. Baby Making Mama (Jennifer Borget)

    Great ideas! I’m always running behind on deciding for Mother’s Day gifts. Thank you!

  65. myrabev

    These are some awesome ideas, i always forget that mothrr’s day happens earlier in the year in the UK thank rest of the world.

  66. Jennifer Williams

    I can not believe I completely forgot about Mother’s Day – what kind of daughter am I. I think I will make my mother a card this year and have the boys make her a present. I wish she were closer so I could really do something for her like we normally do.

  67. Lois Jones

    You have some really fun and inexpensive ideas here!

  68. moesly15

    My most treasured gifts from my child is all the home made things she made for me over the years. I have the first home made card she ever made in a frame hanging in my bedroom.

  69. SavvyMomNYC - Ker (@SavvyMomNYC)

    On Mother’s Day, my two girls have soccer games. I would like to fit a brunch in with my mother before the games. Great list of ideas to celebrate!

  70. way2goodlife

    I am down for the chocolate. Best.Gift Ever!

  71. Mistee Dawn

    This is a really great list, I might have to get my mom a couple of these.

  72. Debbie Denny

    Oh awesome list. Lots of really sweet ideas.

  73. Dawn

    My daughter has done a lot of these for me! She even put on plays a few times!

  74. Stacey- Travel Blogger

    Mother’s Day can be expensive! These ideas are wonderful.

  75. The Mad Mommy

    These are great ideas. I wouldn’t mind any of these. Of course, I like the simple things,so if I could take a nap, I’d be a happy mama!

  76. Jenny Temcio

    I love crafts! Spending the day crafting sounds like a lot of fun!

  77. yumeating

    My mother is a minimalist. She’s always been really hard to buy for. She doesn’t wear jewelry. She’s tiny so she wears kids clothes and shoes. I can’t seem to find things that she likes cause shes so stinking picky. LOL So, over the years I have learned to make her s a simple beauty or food basket full of her normal soaps , make up, tea or coffee that she uses. Sure, she could buy those things herself, but at least I give her a bit of a break and I know my stuff isn’t ending up under the bed.

  78. Ricci

    Is it bad that I just not though to ask when Mother’s Day is? LOL!! These are great ideas and I usually stick to a gift certificate for a pedi, my step-mom deserves it!

  79. Gabriel

    Despite three decades of experience, I manage to make a hash of mother’s day most years, I think I might stick to something simpler like off this list this year and see if I can not screw it up.

  80. M from The Stay-at-Home Life

    I’ve love a craft the kids made and a hanging flower basket myself.

  81. Amber C.

    What a great list of ideas! It’s always such a hard time picking out something for my mom since I’ve been doing it for almost 30 years lol thanks for the ideas!

  82. Chubskulit Rose

    My Mama is thousands of miles away from me so I just always send her money and let her buy the things that she want . A call is a must because we seldom talk so I always allot some budget for a long overseas call talk.

  83. Marvelous Mommy

    I like #26. I would love a day shopping with just my mom!

  84. Janeane Davis

    These ideas are all good and from the heart ideas. That means any of them or a combination of them woudl be a good idea.

  85. Michelle F.

    Those are some great ideas. I love making my mom homemade gifts.

  86. Olivia Schwab

    Aw these are such great ideas! I love how personal they are and I’m sure any mother will love them!

  87. Vanessa

    What fun mother’s day gift ideas. I think I’m going to have to use some of them for my mom this year.

  88. Rebecca Swenor

    These are all great ideas for Mother’s Day gifts for sure. I love the idea of making jewerly for my mom and sisters. I could have the kids help too. Thanks so much for sharing.

  89. Lisa Rios

    Such a great list indeed! I like all these ideas and these are so creative as well. My mom always loves homemade gifts. Will have to choose the best idea for mothers day gift for my mom. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

  90. thedomesticbuzz

    These are all great gift ideas for Mother’s Day! I really like it when my kids give me a homemade gift.

  91. Mystarlight

    A lot of great ideas! I love the idea of spoiling my mom all month long. Breakfast in bed was always fun to do for my mom.

  92. erinn S

    The hand print art is always fun and makes great gifts http://www.parentinghealthy.com

  93. Gena

    These are great! I can never get enough hand print crafts. Really! They’re oh so sweet.

  94. alissa

    I like these ideas. Anything to save money. Mom’s don’t NEED anything. Homemade things, and time spent are right up my ally!

  95. kristimaloney

    These are great ideas for Mother’s day that aren’t too costly. I love the idea of either a photo album or putting together family recipes along with quotes/family advice in some type of book/album. Nice list!!

  96. indah nuria Savitri

    as always, brilliant ideas, Robyn..for sure, I will call her and have a pleasant long-distance conversation though video phone with mama, together with my kids :). Cheers…

  97. Krystal

    Homemade cards are fun and simple to do. Gotta love these tips. I need to get started!

  98. melisasource

    These are great ideas! I’m always looking for gifts that are cost effective!

  99. livingoffloveandcoffee

    These are such great ideas! I love when my kids give me something from their heart rather than the store.

  100. Lenze

    These are really great ideas. You are right about the media making any holiday a time to make money. My mom would be happy with just a phone call for the grandkids lol

  101. Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great ideas for mothers day gifts. I would love to make a spa day basket.

  102. Ai Sakura

    Love all these thoughtful and inexpensive ideas. Thank you!Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  103. Frugal Mom Eh

    I love this list! My favourite gifts are ones that my kids make. They mean everything to me.

  104. censie

    These are fantastic ideas!! Any mother would love these.

  105. Christie

    These are all amazing ideas! I think the best Mother’s Day gifts are handmade and unique!

  106. roselynn787

    Fantastic ideas, especially for the younger ones to give their grandmother. There is nothing like homemade gifts for the occasion. And, of course, flowers are always the nice finishing touch to any gift.

  107. Stephanie Pass

    These are all such great ideas. I love homemade gifts from my kids.

  108. Caitlin

    These are all really great ideas! I made christmas wreath’s with my mother in law one year and I love that memory for sure – so fun!

  109. Erin @ Sugar Crumbs

    Awesome list! I usually take my mama out to dinner and make her something!

  110. HilLesha

    Thoughtful gifts likes these always touch my heart. Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

  111. Debra

    All such good ideas! Great post!

  112. HopscotchNJellybeans

    I am sending my boys over to your blog. I love the handmade gifts rather than store bought for my boys. Those are the ones that mean the most.

  113. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    These are such lovely ideas. I really like that they can be made at home too.

  114. Amanda Love

    Those are all really great ideas and some I can actually do with my toddler since she can’t shop in the stores. Thank you.

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