You don’t need to spend a ton of money to show your mom how much she means to you this Mother’s Day. Below, we’ve listed three DIY gift ideas that are not only affordable but can be made from the comfort of your own home.
Bath bombs can be very expensive, ranging from $5 to $15 apiece, but did you know that virtually all bath bombs are created from the same four core ingredients - baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, and Epsom salts? If you like to cook, then you likely already have baking soda and cornstarch in your kitchen, and citric acid and Epsom salts can be picked up cheaply online. Simply add some essential oils, a nourishing body-safe oil, a little water, and coloring, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for DIY Mother's Day bath bombs!
Rose Scented Bath Bomb Recipe
- 1 cup of baking soda
- ½ cup of Epsom salt
- ½ cup of citric acid
- ½ cup of cornstarch
- 2tsp of rose-scented essential oil
- 2tsp of almond oil
- A few drops of red food coloring
- 1tsp of water
- A mold (You can buy bath bomb molds on Amazon or use a regular muffin tin)
- Rose petals to decorate
- Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a large bowl, EXCEPT the citric acid.
- In a separate bowl or jug, mix all of your wet ingredients and whisk them together vigorously.
- Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and give them a good mix together with your hands.
- At this point, add in your citric acid - don’t panic if you hear it fizzing a little.
- Your mixture will be slightly crumbly and should have the consistency of damp sand. Even if it seems a little dry, don’t add water, as this will cause the bath bomb to lose its fizz.
- Grab your mold and add a few rose petals to the bottom before packing your bath bomb mixture into it tightly. Gently tap your bath bombs out onto a surface lined with greaseproof paper and allow them to dry for 48 hours.
- For a rustic appearance, wrap your bath bombs in greaseproof paper and tie them with a ribbon. Alternatively, place them in a gift box and sprinkle over some extra rose petals.
Infused Oils Or Salts
If your mom is a foodie, then she will love this DIY Mother's Day gift. Infused oils and salts can be used to add a sophisticated flavor to any dish, and what’s more, they look beautiful on the countertop too. You don’t need to be a chef to rustle up these DIY gifts - here’s a quick recipe for saffron oil and garlic-infused salt.
Saffron Infused Oil
- 2 tbsp saffron threads
- 4 cups of olive oil
A sterilized glass bottle large enough to hold your oil.
- Add your saffron threads to your glass bottle.
- In a saucepan, gently heat your olive oil until it reaches 180F (82 degrees C).
- Pour your heated oil over your saffron threads. Be careful; it’s hot - you may want to use a funnel.
- Seal your glass bottle and allow the flavors to infuse.
To make garlic-infused salt, all you need is garlic powder and sea salt. Simply mix one part garlic powder to three parts salt, and you’re good to go! If you want to use fresh garlic for your salt, then you’ll need to follow the recipe below.
- 1.5 heads of garlic
- 1 cup of sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 180 F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Peel your garlic cloves before adding them into a food processor with your salt.
- Pulse the salt and garlic together for a couple of seconds until it reaches a fine sand-like consistency.
- Spread your garlic salt onto your parchment-lined baking tray and bake for one hour.
- Add your dried garlic salt back to the food processor to break up any clumps.
- Store in an airtight container and use within three months.
Homemade Nut Butters
Last but not least, nut butter is one of those things that many people don’t realize they can make themselves at home. When stored in a pretty mason jar and tied with twine or ribbon, nut butter makes a thoughtful and healthy DIY gift for any special person in your life. Some of our favorite kinds of nut butter to make at home are almond and peanut butter, but for something a little different, you may want to try this pistachio nut butter recipe.
Pistachio Nut Butter
- Remove the shells from your pistachios (if necessary) and add them to a high-powered blender with your salt and honey.
- Blend on the lowest setting for approximately one minute until crumbly.
- Then turn up the speed and blend for three to four minutes until smooth and creamy.
- Scrape down the sides with a spatula as necessary.
- If you like things crunchy, then add in some pistachio slivers.
- Move to an airtight container and keep refrigerated.