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Mothers day DIY gift guide

February 28, 2018

As mothers day is just around the corner, I wanted to put together a little post in celebration, and to give some advice about the alternative gift ideas i’ve been thinking about recently.

As much as we’d all love to take our lovely mums on a ten day sunny holiday to the Maldives, our bank accounts just won’t allow it. Sorry mum!

This month, i’ve had my car insurance to pay, my MOT and service, all that boring stuff that I won’t carry on with, but its basically meant that this month, things are a little tight.

And i’m sure we all know how that feels.

As much as we’d love to shower everyone with glamorous gifts and getaways, sometimes it’s just not feasible, and that’s why i’ve been having a think about different ways to show our appreciation and celebrate the women who brought us into the world.

Bought gifts are lovely, yes, but isn’t there something special about a hand made or alternative gift that has had a lot of thought put into it? I think so.

Is anyone else thinking of that episode of friends where Monica and Chandler decide to do handmade valentines gifts and it ends up with the sock puppets and the mixed tape? Maybe we’ll stay away from sock puppets…

Here’s a few ideas i’ve thought of for when you want to do mothers day properly, on a budget.

Baked goods

I’m very easily pleased when it comes to gifts, give me some food and i’ll be happy. So the first thing I think about when I think of alternative gift ideas is baking. I absolutely love receiving baked goods, and I know so many mums will too.

Here are a few cakes i’ve baked for birthdays and celebrations which I think would work really well for mothers day. As we get closer to spring (it seems ridiculous to say that on a day I sat at my desk watching a baltic blizzard outside) I think these fruit topped cakes are perfect. Especially if you’re having a little celebration!

If you’d be interested in reading the full recipe for one of these cakes, or how I decorate, let me know and i’ll write it up!

Bath treats

Let’s be honest, all mums deserve a good relax, a pamper, and some absolute chill time. Recently I saw this gorgeous blog post about making lavender bath bombs.

This post tells you everything you need to know and exactly how to make your own bath bomb which honestly I think is a bloody lovely idea.

Just imagine sinking into a hot bath on a Sunday with a homemade bath bomb, the scent of lavender filling the room. Now that to me sounds like perfection, and I think is a lovely gift idea for a mum.

You could also package it up in a nice silk bag with some petals or sequins or something…i’m now imagining the scene in love actually where he buys the necklace and Mr Bean starts wrapping it in 23,485 layers topped with some yoghurt.

DIY Cookie Jars

I’ve wanted to try one of these for such a long time, but every time I need to buy a gift I leave it far too late.

This is such an adorable idea if you want to treat your mum with baked treats, but actually aren’t quite up to Mary Berry standard. Just provide her with all the ingredients in a cute little jar and book yourself in some mum/daughter baking time. Maybe even end the day with a rom com and some fresh, hot, cookies…and maybe a glass (*bottle) of wine? That sounds so perfect right now.


This photo is from a great little Jamie Oliver recipe which you can find here.

Have you got any ideas for mothers day yet? Let me know!

Esther xo


5 responses to “Mothers day DIY gift guide”

  1. Earthly Mama says:

    I will definitely be gifting this DIY Cookie Jar to myself haha! Thank you for writing an adorable yet budget friendly gift guide for Mother’s Day! I love it! <3

  2. Lupe says:

    I completely forgot about Mother’s Day 🤦🏽‍♀️ but thank you for these ideas, they’re really helpful

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