Almost all moms, no matter who they are, love food. Food is good. It’s wonderful. As a mom myself, I can tell you: food make me very happy, even when nothing else seems to. Is that a healthy perspective? Eh, maybe not. But it’s a true one! So that means making a few yummy treats for Mom can be a wonderful and inexpensive Mother’s Day gift… and often the best ones are things you can make at home with simple ingredients and deliver on her special day.
If you’re making Mom a food gift for Mothers Day, personal touches are something that will make her totally happy. And when you do it yourself, you can control any elements Mom likes or doesn’t like, such as spiciness, sweetness, salt content, etc. Not to mention, you can show how much you appreciate her by the effort you put into this gesture.
The recipes and ideas for food-themed Mothers Day gifts below are great! But you’ll find more ideas for Mothers Day at:
Mothers Day Treat Gift Baskets
If baking your own treats up for Mom is not practical or you’re not handy in the kitchen, then consider giving her a gift basket. Gift baskets are just about the best thing ever… and you can choose one she’ll love, or even better, put together your own gift basket for her!
Prepared or homemade Mothers Day gift baskets can have a variety of foods including:
- Seasonal Fruit Baskets
- Specialty breads or bread mixes
- Chocolate and gourmet candies
- Spiced nuts and dried fruits
- Cheese and/or Cheesecake Gift Baskets (mmm, cheesecake)
- Cured Meats
- Gourmet Coffees and Teas
- Cakes, Muffins (see a great recipe below!) and Cookies
- Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
- Chocolate-Covered Pretzels and other snacks
- Personalized Mothers Day M&M’s (I love this idea!)
- Spice Mixes
Sometimes a food basket will provide all the spices for a new style of cooking or even a special pan for a regional dish.
Non-Food Mothers Day Gift Baskets
While food Mothers Day gifts are great, you can also think about adding non-food items to her foodie gift basket, or making up/buying a theme gift basket of exclusively non-food items. Some ideas for non-food Mothers Day gift baskets are:
- Spa Gift Baskets (bath and beauty items)
- Gardening Gift Baskets
- Aromatherapy Gift Baskets
- Beach Gift Baskets
- Sewing or Crafting Gift Baskets
- Pet Gift Baskets
- Cooking Gift Baskets
- Wine Accessory Gift Baskets
You can also take elements from these theme gift basket ideas and add them to a food gift basket, such as cooking utensils, candles, books, wine openers, etc.
Mothers Day Treat Recipes
Looking to make your own food Mothers day gifts, or put together a basket of homemade goodies? The recipes below are perfect for Mom, and make fun and tasty treats for Mothers Day all on their own. Or they can be combined with other homemade/purchased items to make a fantastic homemade Mothers Day gift basket.
Dilly Dip Mix in a Jar Recipe
If you are creating your own foods and treats for a gift basket, this easy and totally yummy dip mix is a lot of fun. It comes together easily, looks pretty and festive in a mason jar, and is something Mom can whip up anytime she wants.
For the best effect, print out the instructions on pretty paper in a nice font, and attach them to the jar with a ribbon. Or buy printable stickers and make a nice label for the jar!
Recipe make a jar-full, which can make 15 batches of dip. Nice!
1/2 C. dill, dried
1/2 C. parsley, dried
1/2 C. onion flakes
1/4 C. green onions, freeze dried flakes
1 tbsp. garlic salt
1 tbsp. celery salt
1 tbsp. onion powder
Instructions: 1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a decorative air-tight container.
Label and Mixing Instructions: When gifting, include the following directions: “Thoroughly combine 1 cup low-fat mayonnaise, 1 cup low-fat yogurt and 2 tablespoons Dilly Dip Mix. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving with raw vegetables and chips or over baked potatoes.”
Homemade Orange and Mint Flavored Honey
This is one of those cute and simple DIY Mother’s Day gifts that looks a lot more impressive than then the amount of work that goes into it. This homemade flavored honey recipe looks so pretty shining in a jar, and tastes wonderful drizzled over buttered toast, added to tea, drizzled over cakes and sponge cakes, etc.
Really wonderful and special, this recipe is just for those moments when Mom takes time off. Make up a pretty label for it with suggestions on how to use it.
1 cup honey
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
1 Tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
Instructions: 1. Pour honey, water and orange juice into a small pan. Heat slowly and stir. Mixture will reduce some.
2. Remove pan from heat and toss in fresh mint. Store in an air tight container. Serve this sweet treat drizzled over just about anything or stirred into tea.
Coconut Cranberry Muffins Recipe for Mom
Older Moms don’t necessarily have the sweet tooth they did when they were younger (mine certainly doesn’t!) You might try baking Mom up a batch of something that’s are sweet, but not overpoweringly so.
These wonderful little muffins for Mothers Day are made slightly sweet and very rich and soft because of the coconut milk. Any dried fruit can be substituted for the cranberries.
These are, coincidentally, delicious with the Orange and Mint Honey (recipe above!) drizzled over the top.
2 cups flour, all-purpose
2/3 cup and 2 teaspoons white sugar, separated
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
2/3 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. lemon zest
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Spray release for baking
Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Coat 12 muffin cups with spray release (or grease and flour them) and set aside.
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and 2/3 cup of sugar. Add the cranberries (or other dried fruit) and stir.
3. In a separate bowl combine the coconut milk, butter, lemon rind, vanilla extract and egg using a whisk.
4. Add coconut milk mixture to flour mixture and stir until just barely moist.
5. Divide evenly among the muffin cups. Sprinkle muffins with remaining sugar and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
More Ideas for Tasty Mother’s Day Treats
Not everything yummy for Mom has to arrive in a basket, or be totally traditional. Some other creative food gifts for Mothers Day are:
Get it Delivered
Sometimes the best Mother’s Day gifts are things that save Mom extra work in the kitchen. You can order entire meals either online or by phone that are prepared and delivered to her any day of the year. Many gourmet businesses offer a monthly club that can deliver small samples of her favorite spices, cheeses, tea or meats throughout the year.
Make it Ahead
For a totally fun and personal touch, you can prepare and freeze one or two of Mom’s favorite meals for those days when she is rushed and hungry. Pop them in the freezer in reheatable containers or casserole dishes, and add a label with instructions on how to re-heat. A practical and thoughtful gift for Mom, and a nice way to return the favor of all those meals she’s prepared for you over the year. Which basically means you should feed her every day for the next 20 years!