DIY Thursdays: Inexpensive Gift Ideas for the Mother in Your Life

Make this year’s Mother’s Day a memorable one. Instead of going out to buy something that the mother in your life won’t use, show her how much she is appreciated with homemade gifts.

Tea Garden in a Box

This recipe came from Martha Stewart’s Gardening Editor, Stephen Orr.


• Mint, rose geranium, pineapple sage, and lavender
• Wooden wine crate


1. Plant the mint, rose geranium, pineapple age, and lavender in a wooden wine crate or other container with ample drainage.
2. Make sure you tell the gift recipient to place the planted box in the sun. Also let them know to pluck a few sprigs for morning tea.

Homemade Body Scrub


• Body oil
• Epsom salt, sea salt, or organic cane sugar
• 12-ounce jar with cap
• Lemon zest


1. Combine 1 cup of body oil with 2 cups of the Epsom salt (sea salt or organic cane sugar).
2. Add lemon zest for color and fragrance.

Homemade Beeswax Candle

• Beeswax
• Jars
• Candle wick
• Scissors
• Masking tape


1. Begin by heating up the wax on the stove in a pot to 140°F. Don’t let the temperature exceed 185°F.
2. Pour a small layer into the base of the jar and place a piece of candle wick into the center of the jar.
3. Hold this in place until the wax is dry enough to keep the wick in place.
4. Make an “X” with the tape over the top of the jar. Poke a hole through the top and put the wick through it.
5. Fill up the jar with the amount of wax that you desire.
6. After the wax is completely solid, cut the wick so that it is ½ inch tall.
7. You are ready to light it.

Jessica Williams is Consolidated Credit’s Marketing Communications New Media Coordinator. As a member of the education team, Jessica focuses on helping consumers make better financial decisions while living debt-free. She has previously worked with Take Stock In Children, where she was a mentor and communications specialist, and, where she managed community relations, event planning, marketing, and public relations. Jessica attended both the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida where she received her B.S. in Interpersonal/Organizational Communications and Marketing. Connect with Jessica on Google+.