How to make Mother’s Day special with DIY-inspired presents

Are you thinking ahead to Mother’s Day and looking for a gift with a personal touch? On a tight budget, but still want to give something spectacular? There are plenty of ways you can combine smart shopping with a touch of DIY to create a special present that your mum, grandma, or a mother figure in your life will love. It’s easy to buy pre-made hampers, but here are some ideas for DIY gift boxes for any budget and every type of mum. With these thoughtful gifts, we guarantee you’ll be her favourite child (even if she’ll never admit it!).

For the mum who needs pampering

If your mum deserves to be spoiled, but your budget doesn’t stretch to a gift card for a spa…never fear! It’s easy to DIY your own hamper for a spa experience at home. Start with a large box or basket and fill it with goodies for the ultimate pamper gift. Consider adding face masks, essential oils, a candle or oil diffuser and a luxurious moisturiser. You can even make your own soaps or bath soaks if you have a little time up your sleeve. Depending on your budget, a silk pillowcase for frizz-free beauty sleep is a unique addition that she will truly appreciate.

For the mum who loves to get active

Is your mum a fitness fanatic? A gift box full of the right accessories is a great way to acknowledge her passion. There are plenty of items you can include to show you care, without breaking the bank. Depending on what you are giving, be creative with the packaging. 

Great gifts to include in a fitness hamper for an active mum include:

  • A new pair of grip socks, an exercise ball and a yoga mat and block for the yoga or pilates enthusiast packaged inside a special tote to keep all her bits and pieces in.
  • For the gym junkie, a fresh microfiber towel, gym bag and travel-size toiletries set for a relaxing shower after a workout.
  • A foam roller and hand-held body massager for a deep-tissue recovery massage.
  • A smart drink bottle that cleans itself using UV light.

For the literary mum

Does your mum love reading and writing? Think beyond a new book or bookmark. Great gifts to include in a book box for the bibliophile mum are a cosy blanket for curling up with her latest read, a clip-on book night light, a beautiful journal and special pen for collecting her thoughts, or a kindle cover if she prefers an e-reader. Etsy has a great collection of book-inspired accessories, such as earrings, T-shirts, mugs and scented candles that make for the perfect finishing touch. For the ultimate indulgence, include a bathtub caddy so she can read in the bath without getting her precious books wet. 

For the outdoorsy mum

Does your mum seek out adventure? Whether she loves the beach, lakes or mountains, there are plenty of items you can package into a special gift to acknowledge her passion for mother nature and the great outdoors. Travel guides, travel mugs, quick-dry beach towels and a cosy beanie are ideas you can pop in a special hamper that she will enjoy no matter the season. For something truly special, make a photo book of her favourite places, or print a photo onto canvas so she can bring the outdoors into her home.

For the eco-friendly mum

If your mum is passionate about the environment, make her a basket of gifts that are ethically made and kind to the earth. Start with a pot plant Devil’s Ivy and Peace Lilies are great options that help purify the air and if you’re creative, decorate the pot yourself to add a personal touch. A plant-based cookbook, reusable beeswax food wraps and jewellery made from recycled materials are all wonderful gifts for mums who value sustainability. Fair-trade chocolate is a decadent way to complete her gift.

For the foodie mum

This one is easy! If your mum loves food, a delicious parcel of homemade delights is an easy gift that costs very little. If she loves savoury food, delivering a homemade charcuterie board full of her favourite antipasto treats is a unique gift she’ll cherish or get inventive and build a dessert platter. Complete the gift with wine or her favourite beverage. 

For the new mum or the mum-to-be

Do you have a new mum or mum-to-be in your life? Perhaps your best friend is expecting a baby… It’s fair to say that mums often get forgotten in the rush of presents for the baby. Surprise them this Mother’s Day and show you care by gifting a hamper of goodies they can use to pamper themselves, or some special jewellery like friendship rings for them to keep forever.  Other items like a new robe, body butter, noise-cancelling headphones, and IOU ‘vouchers’ for homemade meals are gifts that will be greatly appreciated and of course, they’ll love fair-trade chocolate, too.


There are so many different themes to choose from when creating the perfect DIY gift! No matter your mum’s interests, she’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness and effort put into a homemade gift basket, hamper or box. 

Photo by Elaine Howlin on Unsplash. This is a collaborative post.

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