20 Handmade, Affordable DIY Gifts For Mum (That Could Be Storebought!)

easy, affordable diy gifts for mum (that she'd want!)

Merry Christmas, bitches.

Okay, so I acknowledge that I may be a tad overeager with my yuletide spirit considering that it is, in fact, November*. However, this year I am attempting the mammoth challenge that I’ve set myself for the past few years and not managed to achieve: an at least 50% DIY Christmas.** So we need to get into the holiday spirit early.

*And not even late November; Mia, you bloody animal.

**Yes, because if you couldn’t achieve it when you were at home, with a house full of resources and Next Day Amazon supply deliveries, you’re definitely going to be able to achieve it when you’re the other side of the world with no supplies and no workspace. This is gonna go great, I can already tell.

Here’s the thing – I love a good DIY gift, but finding them online is like finding “the one” in a club at 3am. “The one” is far more dignified than that, he’s reading classic literature in his tastefully chic apartment in Paris; that weirdo trying to do the robot is Jeremy and his friends have all abandoned him out of shame. Likewise, the perfect DIY is not sitting on the generic first page of Pinterest search results. It’s better than that, have some class.

So we had three pieces of criteria that these ideal DIY gifts would meet:

1. Being affordable – there’s no point having to spend $80 on supplies to make a candle that would’ve cost you $10 to buy from the store.

2. Being easy to make – if you need to go to school to learn how to bloody weld to create the DIY, it’s not a DIY; it’s a trade tutorial.

3. Being something people would actually like to receive – DIY gifts are fun because it shows you put time and effort into them, but they’re not fun if they’re shit.

Fortunately for you, you don’t have to trawl through tacky Pinterest crafts your mum would not-so-secretly hate – because I’ve done it for you. So welcome to today’s post where I’m going to share 20 easy, affordable DIY gifts for your mother this Christmas season. And, even better, I’ve shared them nice and early on so you have time to gather the supplies and test them out!

1 – Vintage Teacup Candle

Okay, sure, this is massively stereotypical and you all knew it was coming – but it’s done a lot for good reason. I actually made this as part of my mother’s day gift to my mother back in 2018 and she absolutely loved it, so I can confirm it’ll be well received!

(Plus, this is one of my DIYs and I naturally have to plug it.)


2. Marble Dish Rings


3 – 20 Things Jar

This super cute gift idea is from the lovely Fiona, so make sure you check it out!


4 – Chocolate Bark


I am obsessed. How delicious and professional do these look?

5 – Tub Tea


Enjoying this list? Make sure you check out Lynn’s 20+ Handmade DIY gift ideas for mum too!

6 – Chunky Knit Blanket


7 – Hanging Memory Boxes

Okay, so now that I’m thinking back on it . . . I have made my mum a lot of DIY gifts over the years. This next gift is another tried and tested hit that I made for her birthday a few years ago and it’s a really cute hanging memory box decoration. This requires literally no skill, all you need is a frame and a printer – you can include photos, a message, whatever you want! It’s a massively thoughtful gift and it’s just really cute!

Here’s how I customised it for my mother:


8 – Clay Garden Markers


9 – Resin Quote Board


This is another one of my own crafts that I’m sharing here (I’m sorry, okay – I make a lot of crafts!) and yet another craft that was born as a gift idea for my mum. Honestly, I think it’s a super cute final product and I’d definitely recommend giving it a go!

10 – Happy Pills


11 – Soup Ornament


12 – Bath Salts


 *Wink wink, nudge nudge*.

If your mama is anything like mine, she’ll like her a bit of relaxation time! My mother is actually super millennial and really into meditation (seriously, the woman is more mindful than me – I feel like I’m letting my generation down in some way), so anything to help her have a time out is a big yes in her books.

13 – Pallet Photo Frame


14 – Book Planter


15 – Shabby Chic Memo Board


Another DIY from yours truly – admittedly, I created this bad boy as a vision board for myself, but you could clip in family photos as a gift.

16 – Cake Tier Planter


17 – Crystal Earrings


18 – Hot Chocolate Mug


19 – Jewellery Holder


20 – Clay Ring Holders


Well, my loves, the purpose of this post . . . has been met. You, me and all our collective Pinterest boards now have more than enough inspiration for thoughtful, handmade gifts for your mama this Christmas. If you guys dig DIYs, make sure you’re following my DIY Gift Pinterest board!

Which of these gift ideas was your favourite? Do you think you’d make any for your mama? And is anyone else in full Christmas mode or is that one just me? Let me know your thoughts down below!


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36 thoughts on “20 Handmade, Affordable DIY Gifts For Mum (That Could Be Storebought!)”

  1. kittyp0p – My name is Shannon. I'm Italian, 24-years old, and I've been dating my boyfriend for almost 5 years. I'm a CEO. I have a cat & a frog that I adore. I'm into fashion, self-care, makeup, photography, dance, organizing, and art in any form.

    Love the teacup candles! Very cute (: I made my mom a photo album this year

  2. K.M. Sutton – I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!

    Girl I am here for all things Christmas! Everyone else can stay seated in the corner and be grinches :p These are SUCH cute ideas! I am going to a Christmas party where we have to hand make the gifts (or buy locally thank god!) and this year I got the bright idea that YES, I will attempt to hand make something. WHAT am I thinking? This is such a great guide for inspiration, though execution on my part will probably be at a negative ten :p <3

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      That party sounds like so much fun (also I thought I replied to this literally a week ago?? are mental replies just me or??) <3

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      girl i’ve moved into my new place and i have a whole ass sun room im turning into a studio – CRAFTERNOON DATES?? x

  3. Coffeeandcream – Hi lovely reader! Welcome to my blog: CoffeeeandCream! Here I will be posting everything lifestyle from baking to books and everything in between. I’m a teen blogger from Northern Ireland who absolutely loves two things: writing and coffee, so I decided I wanted to start this blog to share my interests with a community of people, so enjoy x

    These are all so cute, I might have to make one for a Christmas present for my mum!

  4. SimpleSerenity – My name is Azra, welcome to my blog SimpleSerenity. I'm from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24 years old chemical engineering student that works as a beauty journalist. I hope you'll enjoy spending time on my blog and enjoy my content. It would mean a world to me if you would subscribe and leave me any feedback that you have! If you want to ask me something you can email me at simple_serenity@outlook.com.

    I love these ideas so much. Everything looks so nice and pretty, my favorite is definitely succulent planter, it looks so cool. My mom loves plants so I’m sure she would love it as a gift. xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you girly! I really want to recreate the planter ones . . . xx

  5. Throughmylens – Currently living in the City of the Dreaming Spires..! A complete bohemian at heart. Come, get to know me through my blog posts.. Hop on board and join me on my journey to find all things beautiful! xx

    Such great ideas x

  6. Geraldine – NJ – Hi I'm Geraldine! I'm a dental hygienist from New Jersey. I'm also a Lifestyle blogger who blogs a bit about dental hygiene, a bit about food, a bit about video games .... a bit about everything!

    These are all SOO cute omg, I would love to try making the marble ring dishes. The succulent holders, both in book form and the triple layered one looks so adorable as well!! These are all so smart haha it definitely looks fun to do. My friend tried the chunky knit blanket but it came out a disaster I think … I don’t know if she got THE RIGHT kind though so that’s another thing LOL! Thanks for sharing Mia!! x

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Oh yeah I think there’s a specific type of wool you have to use – I want to give it a go but it seems like a total commitment ya know LOL! Thanks for reading hun 🙂 x

  7. seaofwordsx – Christina, 27 years old, blog about my journey in life, loving yourself and mental health 🌸

    I loved all the gifts so much! They are so cute I especially love the quote board and hanging memory boxes. Anything with pictures and flowers is always a good thing

  8. Rossy Galaxy – Pacific Northwest – I'm a full-time SAHM to an energetic 5 year old boy and I'm married to my best friend. / / I love makeup, photography and cars.

    Whoa so many cute and unique ideas

  9. I love all of the different DIY gifts you can make! I like that the criteria were kept to the simplest terms. The vintage tea candle looks really interesting. I love the marble dish rings though!! that is totally my vibe! Oooh! I like the chunky knit blanket. This is something I would do! Thanks for sharing all of these ideas!

    Nancy exquisitely.me

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