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13 DIY Mother's Day Gifts That Look Hella Expensive

With Mother's Day only a few weeks away (it's May 8, by the way) you'd be doing yourself a favor to start brainstorming gift ideas early. I've fallen into the wait-till-the-night-before category myself a time or two, and I can say that planning ahead certainly has its benefits. There's nothing more special than a handmade gift and, as luck would have it, moms swoon over all things DIY. You can easily make a few DIY Mother's Day gifts that look more expensive than they actually are and get lots of brownie points while you're at it.

Not to get overly sappy, but now that I'm a mom myself I can testify to the way getting a handmade gift can make you hold back tears and beam with pride over the talent of your children. Granted, my kid is only two and the only thing she's ever given me is scribbled pieces of paper— but nonetheless, my heart wells up inside me every time.

These DIY gifts are a little bit (or a lot) more sophisticated than a 2-year-old's scribbles, but I can guarantee that they will have the same effect on your mom as my baby's gifts do on me.

1. Leather And Wood Covered Notebooks

Courtesy of Paper and Stitch

These leather and wood covered notebooks from Paper and Stitch make the perfect gifts because they're handmade, super pretty, and super inexpensive. Perfect for those list making mothers out there.

2. DIY Stone Necklace

Courtesy of Minted Strawberry

If you think making jewelry is super complex, think again. This tutorial for an easy stone necklace from Minted Strawberry would be the perfect Mother's Day gift she'll actually use.

3. Leather Luggage Tags

Courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect

If your mom loves to travel, why not make her some customized leather luggage tags via this tutorial from Almost Makes Perfect? They're way cuter than the boring airport tags, and with the right equipment are super easy to make.

4. Dip Dyed Woven Baskets

Courtesy of Paper and Stitch

These DIY dipped dyed woven baskets from Paper and Stitch are perfect for just about anything.

5. Striped Tea Towels

Courtesy of Studio DIY

Every mom could use a few more tea towels right? These easy to make striped tea towels from Studio DIY would make the perfect gift that you can easily throw together in an afternoon.

6. Herb Garden Starter Kit

Courtesy of The Merry Thought

If your mom has a green thumb, she's sure to love this gorgeous yet super simple DIY herb garden starter kit from The Merry Thought.

7. Wood Burned Photo Frames

Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

Moms are suckers for pictures. It's just a fact of life. Using this easy tutorial for wood burned photo frames from A Beautiful Mess and a few photos of her cute kids, you'll be sure to make her day.

8. All Natural Soy Candles

Courtesy of Paper and Stitch

Candles are a classic mothers day gift— these DIY soy candles from Paper and Stitch will be much more meaningful than a store bought one.

9. Wood And Marble Serving Tray

Courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect

This diy wood and marble serving tray from Almost Makes Perfect is the perfect gift for the mama who loves to entertain.

10. Grapefruit Mint And Poppyseed Soap Bars

Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

Trust me, moms love soap. And cute soap that you made yourself? Even better. This tutorial for grapefruit mint and poppy seed soap from A Beautiful Mess gives you everything you need to succeed.

11. DIY Citrus Body Scrubs

Courtesy of Delia Creates

These beautiful citrus body scrubs from Delia Creates are just as practical as they are easy to make. You probably already have the ingredients in your pantry.

12. Photo Wrapped Vases

Courtesy of Mod Podge Rocks

These DIY flower vases from Mod Podge Rocks are super easy to make using PVC pipe and a photo and would be the perfect thing to customize.

13. Paint Dipped Mugs

Courtesy of The Merry Thought

Every mama can use a few more coffee mugs and these paint dipped mugs from the Merry Thought are a quick DIY that will get plenty of use.