So, it’s no secret that Mother’s Day is going to be a bit different this year. With us on the tipping point of a recession, the first our country’s ever had in thirty years, this Covid-19 pandemic has left a lot of us unemployed. Sure, it would be nice to get our Mum an expensive pack of L’Occitane hand cream or tickets to a gig at the Opera House, but, uhh, I barely have enough money for chicken nuggets rn.

Fortunately, there are still a lot of great gift ideas you can do at home that barely cost a cent. 

From cooking them a nice meal to DIY skincare and getting creative, here are 13 super cheap and easy homemade gift ideas for your Mum this Mother’s Day. 

Cook Her Breakfast In Bed 

If you’re a morning person or an avid fan of cottagecore, there’s really nothing better and more iconic than making your Mum breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day. It really is the quintessential. The classic. Nothing can ever truly beat it.

I mean, imagine waking up on your birthday and being greeted with food and coffee AND you don’t even have to get up to enjoy it? Srsly, how I aspire to be everyday. 

Here are some suggestions you could make from Syrup fave & Bon Appétit’s Carla Lalli Music.

Bake Her A Cake 

If you’re more of a night owl than a morning person, why not stay up the night beforehand and bake her a cake when no one’s awake. 

Again, Syrup faves Bon Appétit have a number of wonderful fluffy concoctions you could make. 

Make Her A Fancy Dinner

Or, if you don’t want to stay up late the night before or wake up early on Sunday but still want to cook your Mum something nice on Mother’s Day, why not cook her a fancy dinner?

The trick here, imo, is to go for either something she loves or something that’s part of your culture. If she’s like my very Italian mother, she’ll really appreciate you finally accepting your culture and embracing it (even if for one day, lol). 

DIY A Paper Crafted Card 

If you want something DIY and tangible, why not make her a card? Cards are a wonderful way to demonstrate your imagination and creativity while also simply demonstrating your love for your Mum this Mother’s Day.

This video has a number of incredible artsy and crafty DIY card recipes for those that, unlike me, can cut more shapes than a circle. 

Write Her A Poem

For another super cheap and meaningful gift this Mother’s Day, why not write your Mum a poem.

Note: they don’t have to rhyme or be a haiku or use big elaborate words per say, but make sure it comes from the heart.

Here’s some classic Rupi Kaur to inspire you.

Or Write Her A Heartfelt Letter

In the same way, you could always write a heartfelt letter. 

Reflect on what your mother has taught you, how grateful you are to be in her life and to be related to her, of all of the things she’s sacrificed, or even, the small things that remind you of her. 

FYI, this is an excellent gift if you aren’t living at home rn, especially if you’re on exchange or not in the same city. 

Surprise Her With Her Own Herb Garden

If your Mum loves to cook, why not gift her with her own herb garden?

Go to your local supermarket or garden nursery and buy some seeds and small garden pot sets. Think about what kind of things she likes to cook and what herbs go well with that. For me, my Mum likes to cook a lot of pasta, soups and baked fish, so coriander, basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme are go-tos, but for others, you might want to mix that with some chives, chillies, lemongrass, sage, Thai basil or parsley. 

This one might be a bit hard to surprise her with unless you hide them with a sheet or something, so maybe try first growing them in pots in your room and bring them out to her on the day.

Plant Her A New Houseplant

In the same vein as creating her own little herb garden, why not surprise her with some more greenery around the house?

Plant her a new houseplant, either something self-sustainable like aloe vera or devil’s ivy or this gorgeous purple shaded beauty called a Nanook Tradescantia.

If you can’t make it in time to get a new plant, why not redecorate one of her current pots or make a new one? All you need is a bucket, some paint and your imagination (or, recycled plastics works too!)

Make Her A Sick Mixtape

Contrary to the laws of like, everything, our parents were once young. They too once went to their own FOMO festival, saw their own versions of Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande, and, I can’t believe I’m admitting it, got lit. 

Think back to all those times she talked about her favourite songs from high school, bands she saw as a “kid,” and people that inspired her. If she’s anything like my Mum, she probably doesn’t really know how to use Spotify. 

So, why not take this day as an opportunity to create her the most fire of mixtapes, either dedicated to her favourite songs or songs that you both enjoy. Play it around the house on Sunday and surprise her.

Crochet Her Something Warm For Winter

We don’t know how long we’ll be in this self-isolation mess, so why not take your time alone and crochet or knit your Mum a cute pair of gloves, beanie or a scarf for the upcoming winter season.

Not only is it something practical but it’s a cute lil daily reminder of how much you care about her whenever she wears it. 

If you’re really up for a challenge, you could try this lil brunch crochet fit.

FYI, according to crochet king ChiliPhilly, if you’ve never crochet before, you “should do the basics, learn granny squares, make soft toys and anything that already has the information out there.”

Make Her A Cute Tote Bag

On the same note, why not try and make her a handcrafted cheeky tote? Imo, this is more creative than crocheting something because you can have a lot of fun playing around with different types of fabrics and patterns.

If you end up taking this route, Syrup’s pal Olivia (@Ariviaj) has a fun video on our Instagram saved stories on how to make the most adorable and practical addition to your shopping fit.


In a way, Mother’s Day is a form of self-care for your Mum so why not go the extra mile and make their day a true moment of wellbeing and relaxation with some DIY skincare.

Okay, so this one requires literally nothing but what’s in your pantry already. You can do some research and experiment a bit with what you have but if you at least own some type of yoghurt, milk, oatmeal or honey, then you’re already on your way.

Quick reccs from us: if you’re aiming to bring out blackheads and acne scars, mix aloe vera, honey, turmeric and milk. And, if you think she might like something that brightens her skin, go for a lemon, yoghurt and honey.

Either way, make her a cup of tea, slice some cucumbers and place them on her eye sockets, put on some Chris Hemsworth meditation and it’ll be a Mother’s Day she’ll remember.

FYI, be careful not to try mixing too many things and do your research beforehand.

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And, if you really are struggling with ideas and time, JUST SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME TOGETHER

During this Covid-19 pandemic, it can be hard to make time for ourselves, let alone our friends and family, and really check in on them. And, even though social distancing measures are beginning to lift, it’s still hard to really arrange social gatherings and go outside. Dare I say, we’ve been inside for so long, this whole period has taken a blow on our mental health.

So, if you’re really pressed for time and money, a really nice gift for your Mum this mother’s day is, simply, to spend some quality time together. Whether that’s making pasta from scratch together (like yours truly), going for a long walk or, if living out of home, a long chat on the phone or simply doing something you both enjoy, your Mum will appreciate you putting in the effort and showing that you care regardless.

Essentially, you can go the extra mile without physically doing so. And, without sounding all sappy, at the end of the day, your Mum will appreciate anything you do for them on Sunday, it’s what makes them so great. Make sure that whatever it is, it’s personal and you put your whole heart into it. I mean, for all those years they’ve sacrificed for us, they fucking deserve it. 

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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