Mother's Day is one of those holidays that creeps up on you. You have every intention of hunting down the perfect gift, but then you get paralyzed by options — didn't you get her a Trail of Painted Ponies sculpture last year? What about a necklace? But she never wears necklaces!—Before you know it, it's the day before the holiday and you're seriously contemplating veering into the CVS parking lot and settling on a box of chocolates, flowers and a singing card you'll tell yourself isn't obnoxious. Until you hear it blast for the sixth time before you get to Mom's house.
This year, give her something with character. These DIY Mother's Day gift ideas are genuinely easy to make, meaning even the most novice crafter can tackle them. And if anything goes awry, well, that's character — and still way more useful than that "Pocketful of Sunshine" card.
Lemon Sage Epson Bath Soak
Though this beautiful homemade bath soak looks like something you'd find in a high-end spa, it only take ten minutes to make. And though it's easy and quick to make, there are so many ways to customize it.
Solimo Epsom Salt Soaking Aid, $8; Amazon
A Springtime Smudge Stick
Smudge sticks are traditionally used to cleanse the energy of a space, a sentiment that makes the perfect Mother's Day gift, especially when lovingly made by you. This one is made with a combination of cleansing white sage, calming lavender, loving rose, and healing rose-hips and yarrow.
White Sage, $4; Mountain Rose Herbs
Photo Lavender Sachets
Functional, pretty, and sentimental, these photo-imprinted lavender sachets hit the Mother's Day gift trifecta.
French Lavender Dried Lavender Buds, $12; Amazon
Custom Tea Blends
If you fancy yourself a barista and your mom is an avid tea drinker, this is the DIY Mother's Day gift for you. Learn how to make your own tea blend, from green tea, ginger, and lemon to black tea, rose hips, and lemon. You could even add a supplement, like Moon Juice's Spirit Dust, which promotes positive mood, calming state of mind, and resistance to stress, tension, and irritability.
Moon Juice Spirit Dust, $38; Amazon
Marble Cutting Board
This dual-toned marble cutting board is a classy gift for mothers who love entertaining as much as they love a good brie.
Marble and Mango Wood Cutting Board, $24; Amazon
Naturally Dyed Linens
Whether you want to elevate a store-bought gift by wrapping it a gorgeous cloth or your mom could use some new kitchen or bathroom hand towels, these naturally-dyed linens are the perfect thing to make yourself.
Linen White Fabric, $13; Amazon
Wooden Bead Coasters
These beaded coasters are perfect gifts for Mother's Day or a housewarming party. Plus, now you'll have something to use when you go over to her place when she warns you not to stain her table.
Get the tutorial at Lark & Linen »
Outus Round Wood Beads, $8; Amazon
Dipped Wooden Utensils
Why not give her something that will brighten up her kitchen, like these vibrant cooking utensils? Even better: This is a one-and-done DIY.
Wooden utensils set, $12; Amazon
Pounded Flower Tote
That's not paint! The floral print on this bag is created by pounding real flowers with a hammer into the canvas. Lovely, no?
Canvas tote bags, set of four; $16; Amazon
Citrus Lip Balm
Who couldn't use another lip balm? Whether your mom is someone who always loses her's at the bottom of the bag, or goes through an entire stick in a week, she'll definitely appreciate a gift made with love that she'll also actually get to use.
Vitruvi Grapefruit Essential Oil, $13; Amazon
Marbled Clay Ring Dish
Who doesn't struggle to keep track of her rings? Help her corral them with a cheerful dish, made from colorful oven-baked clay and gold paint.
Marbled ring dish, $10; Etsy
Combine a vintage cup and saucer with a candle to give your mom something she can look forward to lighting at the end of a long day.
Vintage teacup and saucer, $8.25; Etsy
Stenciled Tea Towels
A paper stencil is all this blogger used to measure and space out the triangles on these towels.
Plain tea towels, set of 12; $17; Amazon
Pink Himalayan Salt Grapefruit Soap
The grapefruit scent and grit from the salt in this bar of soap will provide a refreshing and rejuvenating experience for Mom.
Polka Dot Mug
If your mom is a coffee drinker, she'll appreciate the thought and time you put into making her a cheerful morning mug.
Watercolor Treat Boxes
A box of homemade cookies is always welcome, but add an extra touch by packing them up in these pretty watercolor boxes.
Geode Wine Stoppers
Keep that red wine fresh with these cute, handmade geode stoppers. This super simple DIY will take you less than 15 minutes.
Patterned Toiletry Bag
Help your mom wrangle her travel musts with this adorable zippered bag — just pick a fabric that matches her personality. Beginner sewers, take note: It's an easy project.
Lemon Bath Bomb
A special day should end with a rela soak in the tub. A glass of wine and candles are nice, but this lovely lemon bath bomb makes it complete.
Keep her home smelling sweet with these handmade candles, made by pouring wax into cocktail glasses. Choose her favorite scents or repurpose a half-used candle.
Upgrade her keyring with these leather (or pleather) pulls. Use a rotary punch and metal letter stamps to monogram them for a personalized touch.