Mother’s Day Gifts from the Heart, Not the Wallet

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I have to admit that I am not at all prepared. That’s why I had to do some research to help me figure out what to get for my mom, and my mother-in-law while still sticking to my commitment to be frugal.

I’m not a mom yet, but I do know my mom pretty well. I know that she would much rather get a gift that is meaningful and from the heart, than to get a piece of jewelry or a “World’s Best Mom” mug. There are so many great ideas on how you can make something or buy something meaningful and sentimental without it costing an arm and a leg.

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Taking Mom’s Advice (For Once)

Let’s be honest, growing up your Mom always told you to “Save Your Money for a Rainy Day” so let’s celebrate Mother’s Day by listening to her for once and actually doing it. If you are a crafty individual her are five DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas:

  • DIY Bookmark
    • All you need is some colorful construction paper, some pretty ribbon, and some pictures of you and your mom!

  • Hanging Photo Frame
    • Picture Frame, String, Washboard Clips, Family photos 

  • Personalized Pencil Holder
    • Tin can or mason jar, pictures, ribbons, construction paper

  • Reasons I Love You
    • Mason jar, paper, colorful markers

  • Homemade Floral Spray
    • Spray bottle, flowers, water and essential oil

I bought all the items I needed for all five of the gifts above for less than $12 at Dollar Tree!



For those that are not so crafty, here are some other frugal friendly Mother’s Day gifts, all under $12:


This hilarious coloring book made just for Moms. Guaranteed to make your mom laugh and de-stress in even the most stressful moments.

These scented bath soap roses. Why get your mom roses that are just going to due when you can get her these scented rose soap so she can feel like a queen the next time she soaks in the tub. 

This Burt’s Bees Tips & Toes Gift Set! Who doesn’t like burts bees? Seriously!?! All their hand creams and products are like heaven and are all natural. How can you go wrong with that?

This beautiful antique compact mirror. Tell you mom she’s beautiful by giving her something she can check her self out in that’s as beautiful as she is. 

This awesome insulated stainless steel wine glass tumbler. This thing will keep your wine cool all day long! It even has a lid so mom can’t spill a drop of the good stuff while she sits back, relaxes, and enjoys her special day.

So this Mother’s Day, let’s show mom we care by giving her a heartfelt gift made by hand – or a thoughtful frugal gift that will brighten her day. No matter what you decide to give her, you know she’ll love it anyways because it came from you.

Looking for some great Father’s Day gift ideas as well? Check out our post about Frugal Father’s Day Gift Ideas at 

Mrs. Frugal

Just your average millennial trying to navigate life and get rid of debt by being frugal.

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