Unique Mother’s Day Gift Idea List for the Budget Conscious

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Idea List for the Budget Conscious

Yesterday I saw a post on Facebook reminding me it’s a week until Mother’s Day! I admit I have trouble keeping track of the date sometimes. This year it’s May 13, 2018.

So it’s just over a week until Mother’s Day and we have to come up with some last minute gift ideas, and since I want my mom to know it’s been really thought out, for months and months (wink wink), I’m looking for a truly unique Mother’s Day gift idea.

I also have a really tight budget, so it’s truly the thought that counts here.

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. Make a Card

This is probably the simplest and cheapest way to go, maybe even free if you’re crafty and have stuff on hand. Who says adults can’t make cards?

Most of our parents know by now they raised us into tough times. They want us spending our hard-earned money on our own futures and families. If you don’t have the money or should be saving it, don’t go splurging on mom, even though you owe her for all that pain and suffering you caused her (#momguilt). I promise, she’ll appreciate the gesture.

Here are some ways to make your card unique and heartfelt:

Grandchildren’s feet or handprints
(try washable finger paint on card stock – goes great with macaroni necklaces)

As I can’t have children, I would likely go with paw prints.


Pictures of family
(our generation of parents tend to enjoy REAL photos, not just the digital kind)


Thoughtful and personal messages or poetry
(free to design and print on Canva.com)

Mother's Day Card


Hand drawn pictures
(like the kind she used to put on the fridge)

mothers day gift
And if you’re really not down to make one, have someone make a customized one for you on Etsy.

Here are some of my favorites (hint: click the photos for details):

Something pretty and impressive.

unique mothers day gift

Something super creative.

Something funny.
(my mom’s personal favorite)


(Prices reflected are at the time of this writing and subject to be different as these are not my products.)


2. Buy Something Vintage

If you have a little bit of a budget and want to get something extra special, try vintage shopping.

Do you know what your mom was into growing up? Try asking mom’s family and friends the kinds of things she liked as a kid or teen and get her something fun or nostalgic.

  • If you are in your 20s or less, she likely grew up in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • If you are in your 30s and 40s, try 1960s and 1970s. They might also feel nostalgic about 1950s as it would remind them of their parents and early influences.
  • And if you are older than that, you should probably be giving me advice on what moms want for Mother’s Day.

Here are some great ideas from various generations:

Spark some memories from the 1930s.


This is what our moms raided their mom’s jewelery box for in the 1950s. 


Remember the 1960s when plastic jewelry was so classy? A lot of moms do. 


Remind her of her childhood kitchen.


If she can appreciate a good slumber party, she’ll remember this classic.


Yaaaaasssssss! …no? Maybe it’s just me.


3. Try Something Personalized

If you are super crafty, you can probably figure out how to make these items yourself. If not, or if you don’t have the time and supplies, check out these super fun items I found on Etsy:

Nothing says “I love you” to the mom who likes to cook like a box asking for her recipes.

Does your mom like to garden or cruise?

sun hat

Whether you want to admit it or not, your kids replaced you. (wink)

And here’s one that especially touched my heart, particularly nice if you are an Amazon shopper:

I want to make one of these with my mom.

Plaster Starter Kit

4. Put her in your blog.

If all else fails, just start your own blog, create a post of all your favorite gift ideas for her, and send her a link.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. (big cheeky grin)

4 Replies on “Unique Mother’s Day Gift Idea List for the Budget Conscious

  1. Super cute website. I love these mother’s day ideas! I’m a pretty crafty person myself, so I could probably make some of these. I always use Pinterest and Etsy for crafty ideas. There are so many things on both of those websites I never would have thought of. Thanks for sharing these with us! I can’t see the last picture for some reason though.

    1. Hi, Dana. Thanks so much for stopping by with your feedback, and giving me a heads up on that last photo. It’s an Amazon link for Luna Bean Keepsake Hands, but it may not show up if you have any sort of ad blocker in your browser. I’ll have to look into fixing that. Happy Mother’s Day! Best, Jaime

  2. I like the ideas. I clicked most of them but I did not buy a vintage present. I think my mother will appreciate something belongs to 80s. I think that I can get an album of her favorite singer. Do you know a trustworthy shopping site which can have it?

    1. Hi, Furkan. An album from the 80’s is a great idea. Do you know which album? I would say Amazon has everything, but you never know. If not on Amazon, definitely Ebay for something vintage. Good luck! 

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