Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make

Mother’s Day in the U.S. is May 8, 2016, so there’s not a lot of time left to get Mom a gift. If you’re looking for something personal and custom or if you need to find something inexpensive but still meaningful, please allow me to offer a few suggestions!

You can make your mother a beautiful, affordable, personal gift for Mother's Day! | A Chat Over Coffee

You can make your mother a beautiful, affordable, personal gift for Mother’s Day! | A Chat Over Coffee

Cards and Paper Crafts

You’ll obviously want to include a card, but what if the card (or a whole set of them) was also the gift? Maybe you’ll make a gift bag or bag/box to wrap your gift, too?

This smaller floral set includes a gift bag and tag plus four cards. | A Chat Over Coffee

This floral set includes a gift bag and tag plus four cards. | A Chat Over Coffee

 

Handmade Cards – part 1

Handmade Cards – part 2 – How to Make Pop-Up Elements

Handmade Cards – part 3 – Ribbons, Stickers, and Flowers

Hand Made Cards, Gift Bags, and Tags

No-Cut, Just Measure & Fold, Card Stock Bag/Box Tutorial

A fun pen, pencil, or writing set makes a cute addition to a set of cards or as a stand-alone gift.

Writing with Style: Embellished Pens & Pencils

 

Bouquets (But Not Flowers)

You could make a bouquet of floral pens & pencils and package them up like a bouquet. Or you could just stick with the candy!

The technique used to make a large candy bouquet could also be used for embellished pens & pencils, packets of seeds for the garden, cosmetics, or whatever Mom might like! | A Chat Over Coffee

The technique used to make a large candy bouquet could also be used for embellished pens & pencils, packets of seeds for the garden, cosmetics, or whatever Mom might like! | A Chat Over Coffee

DIY Candy Bouquet (mug size)

DIY Large Candy Bouquet (vase size)

 

Foodie Gifts

If Mom is a foodie, why not make up a basket of homemade gourmet treats for her or give her a quick meal kit? Maybe you could include recipes she might like to try?

A beautiful basket of homemade and store-bought treats is a customized gourmet gift. | A Chat Over Coffee

A beautiful basket of homemade and store-bought treats is a customized gourmet gift. | A Chat Over Coffee

One-pot Italian Style Supper

Bean Zing

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Colored (Vanilla) Sugar

 

Cooking for Mom

You could make a lovely meal or pack a picnic to enjoy with Mom or you could make her a special dessert.

chocolate chip cheesecake pie

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Pie…Yum!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Easy Black Bean Dip

Quick & Creamy Fruit Salad

Bacon-Cheddar-Ranch Pasta Salad

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Pie

Real Food Cheesecake Parfaits

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

 

Traditional Things

Maybe Mom would like a corsage to wear for Mother’s Day? You may also want to wear a flower in honor of your mother. Perhaps choose to wear Mom’s favorite color. White roses customarily indicate that one’s mother has passed away and are worn in her memory.

It's simple to make a basic corsage! | A Chat Over Coffee

It’s simple to make a basic corsage! | A Chat Over Coffee

DIY Basic Corsage

Give Mom a gift of service by creating customized gift certificates.

Click on the image, then right-click on the enlarged image to download for printing. | A Chat Over Coffee

Click on the image, then right-click on the enlarged image to download for printing. | A Chat Over Coffee

Free Printable Gift Certificates

 

The Most Important Gift

Whatever gift you may give, the most important thing you can do for your mother on Mother’s Day is give her some of your time. Call her. Visit her if you live nearby. Let her know you’re thinking of her and that you appreciate all she’s done for you.

Let’s also take a moment to acknowledge and thank those women who have stepped in where mothers were absent and have blessed our lives with their love and care.

 

For Those Who May Be Mourning

If you are missing your mother or mourning empty arms on Mother’s Day, please let me offer you a huge cyber-hug and pray that God will give you peace and comfort.

baby

Between infertility, miscarriage, and the sad prevalence of abortion, there will likely be many women in your acquaintance who will be silently mourning an unknown child while others celebrate their families. If you know someone who is mourning the loss of a mother or child on Mother’s Day, a card or word of comfort would go a long way. Perhaps make a corsage or boutonniere with a white rose and give it as a gift of remembrance. Even if the recipient doesn’t wear the flower the gesture will probably be appreciated.

A friend who lost a child told me that she loves to have her son mentioned to her. She explained that many people will not talk about him because they are afraid of making her sad. Even if the memories make her cry, she said that she is so grateful to those who will mention her child and acknowledge that he existed.

What are you doing to celebrate your mother on Mother’s Day?

Update: This post was shared at Home Matters Linky Party #85 and The Homemaking Party (5/3/16).

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6 responses to “Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make

  1. I love these ideas, especially the non-flower bouquet and the gift basket–perfect for healthy foodie moms like mine!

    And while I’m blessed to still have my mother, I’m also glad you mentioned that Mother’s Day is a rough day for some. I’ll be keeping all those who’ve lost a mother or a child in my heart come Sunday.

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  2. We will be getting together that weekend on Sunday, but first on Saturday my younger son gets his Master’s Degree. We’ll all go to that, then on the way back from that town drop my mother off at my sister’s where she will spend a week or so with their family.

    If my mother was in town, we’d all gather at one or the other’s house, but since she will be gone this year we will all have our own smaller celebrations. It will be very similar to any other Sunday meal get together. We don’t really need a special day to remind us of the importance of mothers and/or to show her/them we care. That is in the everyday stuff.

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    • Congratulations on your son’s graduation! Spending time with family is a regular part of life for us, too, but holidays are still a big deal. Enjoy your day with your family!

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