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Treat mum to something special this Mother’s Day with cheap and cheerful homemade gifts


LEFT it too late to get a Mother’s Day gift for tomorrow?

Don’t worry, you can DIY it.

Why not treat mum to some tasty homemade scones?

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Why not treat mum to some tasty homemade scones?Credit: Getty – Contributor

Whether she’s into gardening, beauty or tasty treats, I’ve got you covered, with these cheap and cheerful homemade gifts that Mum will love . . . 

THE SCENT-SATIONAL GIFT: A Jo Malone reed diffuser is £64 but you can make your own. Fill an empty perfume bottle or reed diffuser bottle with a capful of fabric softener and water.

Or swap the fabric softener for her favourite Zoflora scent. A pack of 20 reed sticks is £1.50 at Sainsbury’s.

THE TASTY GIFT: You can’t take Mum out for cream tea this year, so why not bring it to her instead?

I’ve seen takeaway cream teas for two for upwards of £15 but you can make your own scones at a fraction of the cost.

They’re simple to make, with minimal ingredients. You’ll need three cups of self-raising flour, half a cup of icing sugar, one cup of sultanas, one cup of heavy cream and a cup of lemonade.

You can follow the recipe I like to use at thelinkssite.com.

THE GARDEN GIFT: If Mum’s a gardener she’ll love this one. You can use one of her plant pots from the garden or buy a new one, then simply paint it.

Kids will love doing this too. You can buy 300ml bottles of ready-mixed paint for £1.25 at Wilko, or £1 at Hobbycraft.

THE THOUGHTFUL GIFT: All you need is a plain canvas or piece of paper, paint — and the kids.

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It can be a bit messy, so you may want to lay newspaper across the floor. Simply let the kids paint their hands or feet, then press down on to the canvas.

I did this when I was younger for my mum and she still has it on the kitchen wall.

THE PAMPER-NIGHT GIFT: Mum definitely deserves a pamper night to herself and you can help with that by making a home-made face scrub.

Simply get a jar with a lid and fill it with a mixture of brown sugar and coconut oil for a lovely brown sugar scrub that she can treat herself to once a week.

Deal of the day

Save £5 on new Jaffa Cake vodka from masterofmalt.com

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Save £5 on new Jaffa Cake vodka from masterofmalt.com

CHEERS! Get £5 off new Jaffa Cake vodka, which is normally £27.95. It is now £22.95 at masterofmalt.com.

SAVE: £5

Cheap treat

Fage Total Greek yoghurt split pots with honey are just 55p at Sainsbury’s

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Fage Total Greek yoghurt split pots with honey are just 55p at Sainsbury’s

ENJOY a Fage Total Greek yoghurt split pot with honey for just 55p at Sainsbury’s. Usually £1.10.

SAVE: 55p

Giselle’s shop-along

SEARCHING for more Mum gift inspiration?

Check out my video at facebook.com/TheSunSavers, where I talk through my best deals.

While you are there, check out the breaking bargains we post every single day.

You’re most welcome!

Top swap

There's no need to spend £12 on this leopard-print door mat from La Redoute...

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There’s no need to spend £12 on this leopard-print door mat from La Redoute…
...when you can get a similar version from studio.co.uk for just £8.99

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…when you can get a similar version from studio.co.uk for just £8.99

I HAVE spotted something I really love. The leopard-print door mat from La Redoute is £12.

But go to studio.co.uk, where a similar one is £8.99.

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SAVE: £3.01

Giselle’s little helper

I AM a big fan of salted caramel, so it is great to see new Mullerlight skyr salted caramel yoghurt, with 14g of protein and a mere 95 calories.

On sale at Asda for £1.25 – but for a limited time you can get a FREE pot from mullerlightskyr.com.

Shop and save

Save a massive £7.50 on Code Name Bananas by David Walliams at whsmith.co.uk

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Save a massive £7.50 on Code Name Bananas by David Walliams at whsmith.co.uk

HERE’S a great kids’ book bargain. Code Name Bananas by David Walliams is down from £14.99 to £7.49 online at whsmith.co.uk.

SAVE: £7.50

Hot right now

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Easter wine offers with Sun Savers

THIS Easter sit back and relax with two exclusive Wine offers delivered straight to you free of charge from the UK’s No1 home-delivery wine merchant, Laithwaite’s Wine.

Choose a Wine Trio reduced to just £25 (usually £36.46 delivered) which includes the perfect combination this Easter of a lemony Pinot Grigio, a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and a juicy Merlot.

Or, for those of you who prefer bubbles, enjoy a bottle of champagne for only £28 (usually £43.98 delivered) – with four gold awards this superb bottle is sure to delight this Easter.

Sun Savers with enough cash saved up in their Sun Savers wallets can purchase both of these exclusive offers from Laithwaite’s Wine.

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