No Or Low Cost Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s Mother’s Day on 14th March in the UK and if you haven’t bought a gift yet or are struggling to find the funds to get your mum or nan something nice, you’ll find plenty of low-cost ideas for Mother’s Day gifts in the links below.

Most of these are within a modest budget or even completely free.  Just click on the link.

Great Mother’s Day gifts

40 Best Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (on Every Budget)

This is an American site so the costs are in dollars but the ideas would work just as well here.

Ideas to try:

Create a Memory Journal

“Every family has made plenty of funny, sad, and crazy memories over the years… Ask everyone in the family to write down their favourites in a journal. It can be serious or silly, whatever you choose, and you can continue to add to the memory journal when the next Mother’s Day rolls around.

Give the Gift of Sleep

For mums of babies or young kids, uninterrupted sleep is the ultimate gift. Let her sleep in for once, and make sure she knows beforehand that she has the entire morning to lie in bed. Alternatively, consider setting aside a few hours during the day for a much-needed nap.

Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make At Home In No Time –

Idea to try:

List the reasons you love her

Among the DIY Mother’s Day gifts suggested is a decorated mason jar stuffed full of adorable and funny messages about why mum is the greatest. For example: “You give the best hugs,” or “You don’t snore as loud as dad.

The idea is that mum can open up the jar each day or whenever she needs a pick-me-up, and get a reminder about how amazing she is, and how much all of you appreciate her”.

Mother's Day gifts - bed with coffee, glasses and book

24 Ridiculously Easy DIY Mother’s Day Gifts–

Ideas to try:

Transform secondhand/vintage teacups into candles to dress up any tea party.

Stencil your mum’s most inspiring words on a tea towel to let her know you’ve been listening.

Make a DIY box for your mum’s favourite bon-bons

Cheap Mother’s Day Gift Ideas– The Balance

Ideas to try:

Cut flowers are nice, but they don’t last very long. For a gift with a longer-lasting appeal, choose a flowering perennial for her garden instead – she’ll enjoy your gift this Mother’s Day and every one thereafter. For an even cheaper take on this idea, just place a packet of seeds inside a card, and schedule a time to help her plant them.

Want more ideas?  These are slightly more expensive but still do-able on a budget.

  • a gorgeous bottle of bubble bath
  • a voucher for a spa treatment
  • a housework free day – everyone pitches in to do the cooking, laundry and dusting
  • a new pillow or cushion for her bed
  • a special Mother’s Day lunch – make it at home but by her favourite ice cream or dessert
  • a bottle of chilled Prosecco
  • a special vase for her flowers
  • a charm bracelet with a charm that will remind her of her children
  • her favourite novel as an audiobook
  • a candle or some wax melts in her favourite scent
  • hand cream – there are some beautifully decorated tubes out there
  • a box of beautifully decorated cupcakes
  • a special teacup or coffee mug

So there you have it – plenty of ideas for Mother’s Day gifts to make her day special.  In my book though, you can’t go wrong with letting Mum have a nice lie-in and bringing her a cup of tea in bed.  Bliss!


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  1. Elanor Rice
    28 February, 2021 / 9:59 pm

    I love all of these but have to say my fav is a handmade card…but my little one is only 4

  2. Debbie Skerten
    18 March, 2020 / 9:13 pm

    I love the memory journal idea. Thank you.

  3. 4 March, 2020 / 10:52 am

    Aww! What lovely ideas! Gifts really don’t have to cost much at all to mean a lot!

  4. 16 March, 2018 / 7:44 am

    These are some really lovely ideas, the memory journal is such a lovely idea. My daughter gave me a box of memories and it really touched my heart x

  5. Danielle
    14 March, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    This just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a lot of money. All I wanted was a lie in haha

  6. 12 March, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    Fab ideas for mother’s day and I love the buying long lasting plants for the garden!

  7. 12 March, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    These are all fab ideas for Mother’s Day. I loved the idea of a long lasting perennial for the garden!

  8. 11 March, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    Fantastic ideas here. I love the idea of listing the reasons why you love her.

  9. 8 March, 2018 / 9:04 am

    I love the idea of a memory journal, that is such a personal gift. I think a lot of people will be getting these over the next few months from me. I’m taking my Mum for Afternoon Tea for Mother’s Day

  10. shoshana Sue
    8 March, 2018 / 7:25 am

    The memory journal is simply the best especially when you come up those forgotten but beautiful memories. Now I would love the housework free day presented to me! That would be awesome.

  11. Jem
    7 March, 2018 / 10:34 am

    So many lovely ideas in your post. I really like the memory journal, so sentimental and special.

  12. 7 March, 2018 / 9:34 am

    I do think just giving mums time like the afternoon off when you can run her a bath and pamper her sounds like a nice low cost treat x

  13. 7 March, 2018 / 6:45 am

    I would be happy with a lie in – my kids seem to be getting up earlier and earlier

  14. 6 March, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    These are some lovely ideas, I think the charm idea is so nice and flowers are always really nice as well, who doesn’t love a cheerful bunch.

  15. 6 March, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    Ahh a memory journal is such a lovely idea! I haven’t thought about doing this before but my mum would love it!

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