Some of the best gifts you can give your mother are those funny little creative things that you can just make at home. After all, when you make a gift yourself, you really show Mom that it comes from the heart. And probably reminds her of the macaroni “paintings” you made for her when you were a kid. Which more or less gives you full license to give her something ugly. Isn’t that freeing?
If you ask a lot of mothers what they “want” for Mother’s Day, you may get the standard mom-approved reply: “Oh, honey… I really don’t need anything.” Typical Mom bull-hickey. Of course she wants something. Every woman wants things. So those of you who are smart will still want to do something special, something that will be a surprise– particularly young children. Though they generally need guidance from Dad. Dad, you reading? This is your guide for making it happen.
6 Ways to Really Make it MOM’s Day!
There are lots of easy to make DIY Mother’s Day gifts out there, and many of them don’t require any special materials or creative, crafty abilities. It doesn’t need to be beaded, painted or sung in a song… it just needs to be well thought out and sincere!
Some of my favorite homemade Mothers Day gift ideas are:
1. Lazy Day for Mom
The first in the line of great mothers day gifts you can make at home is simply letting Mom kick back and do nothing for the day. There is some truth to the saying, “A mother’s work is never done.” Today, make sure all that usual work gets done by someone other than Mom. You know she deserves it. She, like, REALLY really deserves it.
Special Ideas for this Gift: You can start off this day with a big, gorgeous homemade breakfast in bed or a special Mothers Day brunch. Then hand her a warmed towel (from the dryer) so she can take a leisurely shower while you clean up the kitchen. Mimosas never hurt, either.
If she tries to help with anything today, shoo her away –sending her off for a massage or a pedicure, maybe??– and make it clear that this is her day OFF. And don’t forget to give her a hug or seven and tell her she’s a goddess.
Dads… this is your day to make the mother of your children feel special… she needs it, so please be taking notes. Thank you!
2. Hidden Messages for Mom
This cute little Mothers Day gift idea is so simple, but so sweet! Somewhere around the house tuck a little home made card that says those things you don’t often say.
Special Ideas for this Gift: Some good places to hide your messages? Hidden under the covers on her side of the bed (send her off for a nap!) is a great spot, possibly with a new book to read as an fun little extra. Or put a note inside a new photo album that you’ve started to fill with memories for her.
3. Mom’s Memory Box Gift
If you’re super squishy sentimental like me, you’re going to love this gift idea. The memory box! Create a memory box by assembling a basket full of odds and ends from previous years that each have a memory.
Special Ideas for this Gift: In the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, go around your home and Mom’s (or help your children search, if you’re looking for an easy to make Mothers Day gift that the kids can put together for their mom) and collect photos, little notes, mementos, etc., that will mean something to Mom.
Send Mom off to brunch or a play or something special, or go for a walk together. When mom returns, everyone can pull out an item and share the story behind it (this can be really fun or very sappy. Depends on your family! Either way, most moms will love the results!).
4. Decorate For Mom
I also love the idea turning a big gesture or a big display of your feelings into a wonderful thoughtful gift. Send Mom out of the house for a wonderful morning at the spa or a game of golf or a massage. While mom’s out of the house, get decorating!
Special Ideas for this Gift: Make a BIG splash by decorating the yard with Mothers Day yard signs! A bit of cardboard, paint and string or tape and by the time she returns the entire neighborhood will be able to read BEST MOM EVER on the lawn or the garage door! Decorate the inside, too, with flowers, balloons, and signs telling Mom how much you love and appreciate her.
5. “I Remember” Box Gift for Mom
An “I remember” box or jar is another easy to make idea on the list of simple homemade mothers day gift ideas.
Special Ideas for this Gift: Have everyone in the family write (or type) some of their fondest memories of Mom. Maybe she gave you great advice, or cooked a perfect roast. Try to come up with a couple. Fold these or roll them with little ribbons and tuck them in the jar or box. Then when Mom is having a bad day she can pull out a memory to make her smile.
Trust in this one it’s a winner no matter your Mom’s age… or yours.
6. Personalized Perfume for Mom
Another homemade gift for Mom that’s a little crafty (but still an easy one!) is making your mom her own perfume.
How to Make it: This project begins with almond oil and flower petals. If you can get fresh, aromatic flowers that works best, but store-bought flowers will work too.
Gently rinse the flowers in cool water. Remove just the petals and put them in a non-reactive pan on the stove. Pour in enough oil to just barely cover the flowers. Simmer over a very low heat (some flowers are sensitive to heat so too hot and you’ll have “old plant” smelling perfume instead!).
Continue warming until your petals turn translucent. Strain and pour into a pretty bottle complete with a note as to why you chose the flowers you did.
Thinking Up Your own Mother’s Day Gifts
As you can see, coming up with sweet homemade gifts for Mom that are thoughtful but not overly complicated isn’t as hard as you might have thought. When all else fails, you can go to your mom and ask for input. There may be something she’d love that you’d never think of yourself.
For example, she might want you to go to a family gathering with her (without complaint!). Or, maybe she wants a family photo session. You won’t know until you actually ask! Even the act of asking is a kind of gift that most mothers appreciate tremendously. Remember, it’s still the thought that counts!