Christmas gifts for mum are more meaningful is they’re handmade because they are truly unique and, in the case of a DIY project, because they’re created and customized specifically with the recipient in mind.
So what better way to show your appreciation for your mum this Christmas than with a handcrafted gift that you made just for her? As it’s often the case, it’s not about the cost or even about looks.
The fact that you made the gift yourself will be priceless and all the imperfections will become symbols of love and beauty. All that being said, what could you gift a mum? Well, it depends on the mum but we have a few ideas that are hard to resist, no matter who your mum is.
26 Cheap and easy Christmas Gifts for Mum
Wooden cake stand
Unless you have a very specific idea in mind that would be suited for your mum in particular, racking your brains trying to come up with something can turn out to only be a waste of time. We suggest choosing your Christmas presents for her based on something a bit more general. For instance, most mums bake delicious cakes and if yours is one of them then she’ll love a custom cake stand. Show her that she’s as sweet as the cakes she makes with a unique, handmade gift for which you only need a few simple supplies.
Simple Snow Globe
Snow globes are universally cute and charming and that makes them one of the best options when it comes to Christmas presents for mom. We’re not talking about the snow globes you find in stores but about one which you can craft yourself from scratch. It could be nice to put in an item that holds a special meaning for your mom although the very idea of a handmade snow globe could be enough to send the right message.
What about scented candles? They’re nice Christmas presents for girls in general and if your mom likes them you could use this opportunity to offer her some one-of-a-kind ones made with her favorite scents and colors. As it turns out, making striped Christmas candles is pretty easy. You just need some small glass jars, soy wax flakes, candle wicks, essential oils, crayon bits and glue.
Wall baskets decor
For some reason, moms love plants and turn their homes into indoor gardens. If this sounds like something your mom would do, then check out these basket wall planters. They’re easy to make and you can make as many as you want, as little or as big as you want them to be. Go check out your mom’s collection of plants before you start to see which ones would be suited for these planters or which type of plants she likes so you know what to gift her.
Mason jar storage
Is your mom the practical type? Not everyone likes things that are purely decorative and, in that case, you need to adjust your strategy when picking Christmas presents. No worries though. There are plenty of useful things you can craft…like this wall organizer made out of mason jars, a wooden board and some leather straps. It looks chic and it can be used in lots of different ways and spaces. For instance, it can be added to the bathroom, the kitchen or the entryway.
String art basket
A basket is lovely gift idea, especially if your mum likes to knit or if she has a hobby for which she needs a storage container. Of course, buying a basket is easy so you’ll have to make something special if you want it to really show your mum how much you love her. No need to go overboard with this. A simple stitched heart on the basket would be enough so go ahead and get some yarn and a needle. Throw some spools of yarn into the basket as well. After all, offering someone an empty basket is not exactly impressive.
We’re not the type to just assume things about people but chances are that your mum spends a bit of time in the kitchen, cooking delicious meals. She’ll definitely appreciate receiving some stylish pot holders as a Christmas present. It’s something so simple and so basic that you can’t really go wrong with it. To make something like this you’ll need fabric so perhaps you can find some in a pattern that your mum likes or in her favorite color.
Walnut wall clock
Wall clocks…hardly anyone has them in their homes these days. It’s actually the fact that they’re not longer as useful as they used to be that makes them special nowadays which means they can also be cool gifts. Would your mum love a modern wall clock for her home? You could make her one out of wood and you could customize it in all sorts of nice ways.
Wooden custom kitchen utensils
Customized wooden utensils are lovely Christmas gifts and mums are the perfect subjects. There are various different ways in which you can make these. You can dip the handles in paint and you can also glue ornaments on them. It doesn’t have to be spoons or kitchen utensils. If your mum likes to paint, maybe you could gift her some brushes.
Tassel pillow cover
You can never have too many pillows, especially when they’re all special and meaningful in some way. What we’re trying to say is that you can pretty much be certain that your mum would appreciate getting a custom pillow as a gift, especially if it’s something you made or customized yourself. A simple tassel pillow would be a lovely idea. To make that, you’ll need a pillowcase, a pillow that fits inside, some colored yarn, a needle and thread.
Branch candle holder
Give your mom a stylish candle holder as a Christmas gift and she could use it as a table centerpiece for the winter holidays and then as a decoration for the shelf or mantel. You can make a candle holder out of a thick tree branch. You’ll need a drill and a suitable drill bit, tea lights, paint, sandpaper and some lacquer or polyurethane finish. It’s a very simple project and plenty of ways in which you can make it special just for your mum.
Plate holders for Table setting
Here’s something else you could make for the Christmas family dinner, a gift which can then be reused lots of times: walnut veneer chargers. It may not sound like something special but we think that it’s the simple things that make life more beautiful and enjoyable. Curious what you’d need for such a project? Not much…just some walnut wood veneer, sandpaper, adhesive, some paint and a bit of lacquer. Of course, you’ll also need a saw to cut the veneer with.
Copper pipes tablet holder
For the modern mum that keeps up with the latest technological improvements, we suggest a custom-made iPad stand. You could make one out of copper pipes. This is actually something you could craft for yourself as well. Check out our tutorial to find the full list of supplies that you’ll need for this craft and keep in mind that you can always personalize your crafts so consider using some paint or making this gift special in a different manner.
Tassel wall hanger
What about something decorative? Surely your mum would love to have something to look at which can remind her of you. A tassel wall hanging decoration could be just the project you’re looking for. It’s easy to make and it’s the type of ornament which makes homes feel cozy, especially in winter. Here’s what you’ll need for this project: a wooden dowel, some chunky yarn, standard yarn, white yarn and scissors.
Glittered wine glasses
There are plenty of ways to mix looks with function, much like these glittered wine glasses do. A set of personalized glasses is a wonderful idea for a Christmas gift and someone your mum could share with those she loves. Of course, not everyone is a fan of glitter but you can replace it with simple paint if you prefer something less sparkly. If you want you could also tape to make a striped design.
Pompom bathroom basket
Storage baskets are always practical and you can use this as inspiration for this year’s Christmas present for mom (or for someone else you hold special). Decorate the basket with colorful pom-poms made of yarn. You could make them in different colors and sizes and then cluster them all together at the front side of the basket using thin floral wire. Of course, you can choose to place them in a different manner. Think of this pom-pom basket as a source of inspiration.
You don’t need to know how to knit to make a planter cozy although this could be an opportunity to ask your mum to teach you the technique so you can make this from scratch. For now, let’s stick with the easier version: a sweater planter cover. To make it, you’ll need an old sweater, a pot (preferably a cylindrical one), a sewing machine (or a needle and thread) and pins. Don’t forget about the soil and the plant.
Offering someone a bunch of cork trivets may not seem like much but this is actually the type of gift that you get to appreciate every day simply because it’s so useful and practical. Still, you should make it special. After all, your mum is a very special person. Make the trivets yourself. Cut them out of cork sheets or a cork roll in whatever shape you want. You could, for instance, make some leaf-shaped cork trivets like these ones.
Terrariums are great gifts. They’re fun and easy to make and there’s an infinity of ways in which you can personalize them. How would you like to offer your mum one as a Christmas present. You have to put it all together yourself otherwise it wouldn’t hold any special meaning. You can put in a few pebbles, some soil and a small plant or you can decorate it with moss and tiny ornaments. You can also make a geometric wooden base for your terrarium.
Jewelry tree rack
Does your mum already have a jewelry stand? If she doesn’t, you could make one and give to her as a Christmas present. There’s a lovely copper pipe jewelry stand that we featured a while ago and it would be the perfect project for this occasion. It’s relatively easy to make and you can give it any shape you want or make it as big or as small as you want, depending on the size of your mom’s jewelry collection.
Branch jewelry holder
Not a fan of working with copper pipes? Then how about a tree branch jewelry holder? It’s an even easier project than the one before. The most important part is finding a suitable branch. It has to have the right size and shape. Clean it, pre-drill the holes for the screws and spray paint it. You can also decorate it with some colored yarn or with washi tape.
Wall jewelry holder
Since we started discussing jewelry holders, let’s check out one more. This time it’s something quite different than what we mentioned so far: a spice rack turned into a jewelry holder. The idea is ingenious and perhaps even perfect for the Christmas gift you had in mind. To make this, you’ll need a Bekvam spice rack from IKEA, some small hooks, spray paint and a drill.
We talked about some interesting ways in which you can customize a planter but what if you were to actually make the planters yourself? That could be a cool gift to impress your mom with. You could make some lovely geometric planters out of wood and they’d be great for air plants. start with some wooden blocks and a drill with a large drill bit. You’ll also need some sandpaper, a saw and some paint in various colors. Don’t forget the plants.
Coasters – another universally great gift which can be made special in tons of great ways. Check out these felt ball coasters. Aren’t they adorable and simply perfect as a Christmas present? To make one of these things you need 19 balls of wool felt, each 2 cm in diameter, some heavy-duty thread and a large needle. Mix and match various colors to create beautiful combos.
Framed Embroidered map
We can think of at least three ways in which you can make this gift special. We’re talking about an embroidered map. It’s a very personal gift which you can share with your mom or someone special this Christmas. You can personalize it with the locations that the person you’re offering this to visited over the years, with the route of a great vacation that they shared with you or with the route of a future vacation which you’re planning for her or the entire family some time in the future.
Pineapple wall art
Another great way to show your mom how much she means to you is with handcrafted wall art, like a painting or a collage you made yourself. Need some inspiration with that? How about this pineapple wall art piece? It’s colorful, funky and pretty special. If pineapples aren’t exactly relevant in your case, look for other ideas which you can use to make something similar.
How To wrap these beautiful DIY Christmas Gifts?
Right, you probably have a pretty good of what your next Christmas gift for your mum will be so you should get all the supplies ready and start crafting. Make sure you make it look presentable when you’re done? Do you know how to wrap a gift or even how to make a bow? Surprisingly, there are many more options than you probably imagine so go ahead and check some. It doesn’t have to look perfect. Just like the gift, it should be all you.