DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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As an adult I think more and more about my mother and the things she sacrificed while raising four children. Through changing diapers, helping with homework, breaking up fights, keeping home-cooked meals on the table, and cleaning up after a house full of energetic (and filthy) kids, my mother managed to keep her sanity, her beauty, and her sense of humor.

God bless her.

With Mother’s Day less than two weeks away it’s time to show mothers what they mean to us. If you can’t celebrate with your own mother, think about another female in your life who deserves recognition for being the awesome mother she is.

Give the gift of company

Unfortunately, now that I live 700 miles away from my own mother, I won’t be able to give my favorite gift… a little quality time spent laughing and celebrating her. If you live near your mother, grandmother, or sisters, consider hosting a special Mother’s Day event or planning an outing together. You could gather everyone for…

  • A Mother’s Day brunch, featuring a breakfast casserole, a pancake bar, or quiche and fruit. Don’t forget to set the table with your girliest table settings and a centerpiece of fresh-cut flowers or potted flowers mom can take with her. (Send the men off to do something fun together if you want this to be a girls only event!)
  • Pedicures or manicures – Sponsor spa day at home for a more intimate, money-saving alternative. Set up a few foot baths and have an assortment of natural foot lotions and polishes available for guests. Don’t forget to have ingredients for mimosas on hand and a selection of teas in case anyone wants to sip while enjoying the “spa” experience!
  • A day on the town and a picnic – You could browse the local Farmer’s Market, do a little antiquing or shopping at Mom’s favorite stores, or meet for a scenic walk in a nearby park. Follow up with a special picnic, complete with finger foods and a pre-mixed fruity beverage served in fun glasses.

Great gift baskets

Who doesn’t love an assortment of goodies in a homemade gift basket? Mix together some handmade and store-bought treats for a gift tailored to your mother’s interests.

The gardening momma

Replace your mom’s old rusty garden tools with new floral-printed tools that will make her smile while digging in the dirt. (I gave my mom some of these a few years ago and she won’t use them… she hangs them near her back door instead because they’re too pretty!) A new pair of gardening gloves or a homemade sugar scrub will take care of her gardening hands! Nestle your gift in a tin watering can and tie on a gorgeous bow before presenting it to your mom.

Flower lover

Fill a ceramic flowerpot with a cheerful gift for mom. Include packets of organic seeds, a rich natural hand lotion, or a bouquet of her favorite flowers. Arrange an assortment of organic herbal teas and a container of homemade jam with the items to complete this gift.

For the cook

Fill a wooden salad bowl with a few specialty items your mom can use in the kitchen. She may appreciate a collection of organic spices, vanilla beans, a great bottle of olive oil, or some flavored vinegar. Include wooden spoons, a knitted washcloth, hand-sewn cloth napkins, or a new oven mitt. Tie a few cinnamon sticks on top with twine for a sweet-smelling gift mom will love.

Spa pampering

If your mom needs an easy escape from her busy life, put together a DIY spa package for her. She may enjoy homemade bath bomb fizzies, salt or sugar scrubs, a natural body butter, handmade solid perfume, and a good book or magazine to read while relaxing. Wrap everything in a soft towel or a silk scarf and tie with a thick ribbon.

Put it in writing

Homemade Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Whether you live next door or a thousand miles away from your mother, express your true sentiments through a hand-written card or letter. I think there is nothing sweeter and more genuine than meditating on what a person means to you and putting it in writing.

Give mom a card with your own thoughts filling the empty space, or pull out that forgotten stationary and compose a beautiful letter. Old school? Maybe. Truly meaningful? Absolutely.

Oh, and the sappier the better… she changed your dirty diapers for goodness sake!

Do you have anything special in store for your mom? We’d love to hear any DIY ideas you have for celebrating Mother’s Day!


About Betsy Jabs

Betsy holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling, and for nearly a decade worked as an elementary counselor. In 2011 she left her counseling career to pursue healthy living. She loves using DIY Natural as a way to educate people to depend on themselves to nourish their bodies and live happier healthier lives. Connect with Betsy on Facebookand Twitter.

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  1. Jamie Calston says

    Crafty handmade gifts are the best if you’ve got the creative ability and the time, but if all else fails, delivered flowers will win over most moms I know .. that and maybe a phone call

  2. Janice says

    I just got my gift! Thank you.
    That made me teary. I loved every minute of your childhood….and beyond. You bring me great JOY, Betsy.
    I pray that God blesses you in a mighty way today!

  3. Lindsey @ NW Backyard Veggies says

    Every year (and most weekends, actually) my mom and I take my tot out to the beach at Alki (just across the harbor from Seattle. We drink coffee, sit in the sun, and now, watch my kid run around on the beach.

    It is, and continues to be, the most relaxing and fun mother’s day – for us both!

  4. Carrie says

    This year, we are cutting back alot and trying to make as many gifts as possible instead of buying “stuff”. This can be very difficult because our mother’s live 1000 miles away. But I found a great set of tutorials on YouTube to make my own hardbound journal. I am almost finished and it has been so much fun. And all using things from around the house like printer paper, school glue, cardboard, fabric and embroidery floss. I did not have to buy one thing and our mom’s are going to LOVE it! Can’t wait to send it off 🙂 Here is the link to the video tutorials

  5. Marsha says

    Several years ago I bought my mom her “Mother’s Day Planter”. Every year I plant her favorite flowers in it!

  6. Katie says

    I love these ideas and I especially love how you told us to finish the gifts off with packaging and all. If you are looking for good, natural cosmetics to include, check out Sweets Cosmetics.

  7. Daisy Raybould says

    Hi Betsy

    Some great ideas in here. You’re right, spending time is the greatest gift of all, but I still love your gift basket ideas.

    I recently wrote about the Top 10 Homemade Beauty Gifts To Give This Mother’s Day – lots of the ideas fit nicely with your DIY spa package idea.

  8. Deb Sampson, RN, APRN says

    I would love to have the house picked up, laundry done, and all meals prepared and cleaned up after by others while I lounged in the sun and read a book……..just for one day.