5 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Beth Forester


As a mother, I can honestly say that the best gifts I’ve gotten on Mother’s Day are the ones that were made by my daughter. Whether that was a construction paper card plastered with a thousand random stickers, or a knitted scarf, I really treasured those special gifts. So this Mother’s Day, instead of perusing the aisles of a big-box store, why not try your hand at one of these DIY, handmade gifts? I have a hunch your mom will really appreciate it.

#1: Edible bark

Instead of breakfast in bed, whip up a batch of delicious bark that she can savor over a few days during her “me” time. If you can melt chocolate, you can make bark — I promise. It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients or time to make something that not only looks beautiful, but is a pleasure to eat. Here are just a few recipes I think would work great: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark, Elvis Chocolate Bark or Dark Chocolate with Rose Petals.

Chocolate Bark

#2: Personalized recipe box

If your mom enjoys cooking, here’s a thoughtful gift that’s easy on the budget and gives you creative license. Buy a simple wooden box from a craft store, and decorate it any way you want. You could fill it with 3 x 5 index cards, or go one step further and order recipe cards with her name on it — like these personalized recipe cards.

#3: Herb or flower planter

Instead of a bouquet that won’t last beyond a few days, consider buying a beautiful planter and seeds of different varieties — flowers or herbs. Plant them and let her enjoy the flora as they bloom over the next few weeks or months. It’s a gift that’ll keep on giving and she’ll probably think of you every time she snips a beautiful flower or a fragrant basil leaf.

#4: Animoto video

A video card beats a paper card any day of the week. Why? It can be personalized in ways that a paper card simply can’t. Upload photos (and video clips, if you have them) of you and your mom, or the entire family, and it’ll be something she can watch again and again. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of styles that’ll work beautiful for Mother’s Day video cards, like Antique Bouquet, Chalk Blossoms, Bloom, and Memory Box.

Here’s a video that Sally Sargood from the Animoto team created for her mom last year for Mother’s Day:

#5: Herbal eye pillow

Let’s get real: most moms want nothing more than 30 minutes of silence and a peaceful nap. A homemade eye pillow takes a bit of sewing, but not a lot of steps. Fill it with a soothing herb like lavender, and she’ll be well on her way to Sleepy Town, with you to thank. Here’s a tutorial I found (and it doesn’t look too daunting!).

The day is really about celebrating your mom, so while any of these DIY Mother’s Day gifts will likely score you big brownie points, all she probably wants is a hug and heartfelt words of appreciation for everything she’s done. If you end up using one of these ideas though, I’d love to know how it turned out!

And Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!