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Mother’s Day Gifts Your DIYer Mom Doesn’t Want

Mother's Day gifts for the DIY mom don't have to focus on her home improvement projects. In fact, there are a few things she just doesn't want for this gift-giving occasion. Read on and be sure you give mom something she wants on her day.

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Ugly Apron

You’ve heard of ugly Christmas sweaters, right? And, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. So, although most DIYer moms probably wouldn’t want this apron, maybe your mom is someone who would.

Here are fun projects you can do with your mom.

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DIY Videos

When your head is under the sink, it’s not real handy to run back and forth to watch a how-to DVD on the TV. That’s why streaming video is so popular. Pulling up the video on your phone to refer to it as you work is the way to go. Trust me, your DIY mom does NOT want a library of how-to DVDs for Mother’s Day. She would rather have a subscription to Family Handyman DIY University or Family Handyman magazine.

Already have a collection of DVD’s taking up space? Here are a few ideas for what to do with them.

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Picture Hanging Kit

Unless mom moved recently, she has no need for an assortment of picture-hanging hardware. Seriously, 220 pieces is a bit much even for an avid DIY mom. Mother’s Day gifts that mean the most are the gifts time. Maybe offer to come over and hang pictures with her!

And, if you need help hanging that picture (because mom is the DIYer, not you) here are 13 hanging hacks for picture perfect walls.

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Beer Cooler

Even if your DIY mom does enjoy the occasional malted brew while watching football or taking a break on a hot day, don’t get her a beer cooler unless she specifically asks for one. If your mom does enjoy wine, she’d probably like this clever PortoVino beach wine tote!

Or, build her this beautiful herringbone wine rack for the kitchen counter.

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Pack of Red Flags

Unless your DIY mom hauls a lot of lumber and other oversized loads, she probably does NOT need a pack of red safety flags. Let her keep using her red bandanna and get her something else this Mother’s Day.

According to a 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “road debris was a factor in a total of more than 200,000 police-reported crashes” resulting in “approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths” between 2011-2014. If you’re hauling lumber in your pick-up truck, do so safely.

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A Shop Broom

Just because mom can fix the plumbing, build a deck, or paint a room, that doesn’t mean she’ll enjoy cleaning up the mess. So, please, don’t get your mom the latest, greatest shop broom for Mother’s Day!

If you want to spend Mother’s Day cleaning out mom’s garage for her, though, here are some tips to get you started.

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Canvas Drop Cloth

Some DIY moms have used painter’s drop cloths as easy window treatments. But if your mom isn’t so inclined, drop cloths are something she’s NOT going to want for Mother’s Day. Yes, they’ll help keep the mess at bay for her next painting project, but they’re not ideal for telling mom how much you care.

Save time and cut the mess from your next painting job with these pro tips.

And, if mom is redecorating, here are 10 awesome ideas for window treatments..

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Artificial Plants or Fake Flowers

Most DIY moms are also great gardeners, and if there’s one thing a gardener does NOT want for Mother’s Day, it’s fake flowers.

So instead of fakes, give her live plants or a gift card to her favorite nursery so she can select exactly what she wants.

Here are 10 inexpensive plants that will make any garden pop!

If you haven’t thought about aromatherapy in the garden, check out these excellent suggestions.

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    Carol J. Alexander
    Carol J. Alexander is a Virginia writer specializing in sustainable/green living, home remodeling, and lifestyle topics. Since 2007, her work has appeared in Grit, AcreageLife, Hobby Farms, and over 70 other national, regional, and local print publications, as well as online. Carol helps clients position themselves as an authority in the marketplace by providing easy-to-understand, educational content that attracts readers, answers their questions, and meets their needs.