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Homemade Mother's Day gift ideas you can make for cheap in 2020

CNET logo CNET 5/1/2020 Katie Conner
a purple flower on a plant: A bouquet is typical, but an entire flower garden is a nice twist on the classic Mother's Day gift. Daniel Van Boom/CNET © Provided by CNET A bouquet is typical, but an entire flower garden is a nice twist on the classic Mother's Day gift. Daniel Van Boom/CNET

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and if you were planning on treating your mom to a spa day or classic Mother's Day brunch, that's probably not an option this year if the nonessential businesses around you are closed. We have plenty of traditional Mother's Day gift options  to recommend, but we also know more people than ever are struggling with budget restrictions right now. With that in mind, there are plenty of thoughtful gifts you can give to the woman who helped raised you -- and you might even have some of these items around your home. 

a purple flower on a plant © Daniel Van Boom/CNET

You can create a photo book or photo calendar online to send to your mom, for example. Or you can grab a few items from the store and make her a survival kit, from coffee to her favorite wine (more below).

Remember that even if you can't spend the day with your mom this Mother's Day, she'll appreciate any gesture from you -- even if it's just a Zoom, Skype or FaceTime call. Here are some gift ideas you can make at home for your mom.

Give your mom a photo book for Mother's Day. Shutterfly/ Screenshot by Shelby Brown/ CNET © Provided by CNET Give your mom a photo book for Mother's Day. Shutterfly/ Screenshot by Shelby Brown/ CNET

Make a photo book or calendar

You've already got several photo albums stored away, as well as hundreds of photos on your phone and laptop. Gather those pictures and use them to create a photo book or calendar to send to your mom for Mother's Day. You can use services like Mixbook, Google Photos and Walmart Photo to keep costs low.

Once you're finished creating the photo book, you can have it shipped to your mom. Some sites offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount, otherwise shipping prices will vary, depending on the service you use.

Read more: How to make and print your own photo books online

Plant a small flower garden

If you live nearby, you can surprise your mom on Mother's Day by planting a small flower garden at her house. It'll help her feel close to you, even when you're not there and she'll be able to think of you each time she sees it.

If you don't have a green thumb, try making wine cork planters. First, you'll need to hollow out several wine corks and place a small succulent in each of them. Then fill it in with soil to help sustain the plant. You can glue a magnet to the back of the cork so she can place it on her refrigerator. Succulents require little water and sunlight, so the maintenance is lower than other plants.

Want to go for something that's more practical? Consider offering mom a backyard vegetable garden. (Just be ready for considerably more work.)

a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a grass covered field: Plant your mom a flower or vegetable garden. Sarah Tew/CNET © Provided by CNET Plant your mom a flower or vegetable garden. Sarah Tew/CNET

Make her a care package

Being stuck inside isn't fun -- and even if mom is a savvy online shopper, she might be focusing more on necessities. Thankfully, you can spoil her: Put a small kit together of things your mom enjoys, such as coffee, books or wine. Here are some options to get started.

Wine lovers: Give your mom the wind-down day she deserves with a wine kit. It can include a bottle of wine, bath salts and a good book to read.

Coffee lovers: If your mom can't start any task without that first cup of coffee, make her a coffee kit. It can include a mug with her favorite coffee and a journal or planner she can keep her tasks written in.

You can even gather small necessities that she needs, like lotion, chapstick and hand soap. Or if she's a foodie, make her a food basket with dry foods she's never tried.

a close up of a glass of red wine: She'll appreciate wine on Mother's Day. Brian Bennett/CNET © Provided by CNET She'll appreciate wine on Mother's Day. Brian Bennett/CNET

Make a door hanger

Get creative and make a door hanger or wreath to hang up on her front door. It doesn't have to be anything fancy -- you can make it from tissue paper and a paper plate. You can find quick and easy designs on Pinterest

Or if you want to put your design skills to use, find a metal wire (like a coat hanger) to create a frame, then gather some greenery from around your house. For example, you can use evergreen leaves or pine. Use something like dental floss, fishing line or thin metal wire to attach the greenery to the metal frame. When your wreath is finished, tie a ribbon around the top so you can hang it on the door.

Need more ideas for what to gift your mom? Here are nine Mother's Day gifts guaranteed to impress the palate, our 15 favorite gifts for Mother's Day and best Mother's Day 2020 gifts for foodie moms.

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