30 Homemade Mother's Day Gifts They'll Actually Use

Easy, cost effective, and oh-so memorable.

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LEFT: Cheetah is the New Black; RIGHT: Sugar & Charm

Mother's Day is one of those holidays that creeps up on you, and gifts for mom are especially hard to shop for. 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

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Lark & Linen

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

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Cheetah is the New Black

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

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Sugar & Charm

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

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Cheetah is the New Black

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

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The Merrythough

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

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Cheetah is the New Black

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

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Lark & Linen

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

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Earnest Home Co.

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

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DIY Candy

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

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Lark & Linen

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

Upcycled Vases

PHOTO: Reid Rolls; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

Give her flowers in an upcycled vase. The pop art vibe of these old soup cans-turned vases makes for a fun and sustainable decorative object while the flowers fill them with new life.

Vintage Cans, $1; Etsy

Mini Marble Cake Stands

Sugar & Charm

Bake your mom her favorite cookies, brownies, or cupcakes for Mother's Day. But instead of presenting them to her on a regular plate, dress them up with these adorable mini cake stands. Then she can keep them for herself once all the treats have been devoured.

Williams Sonoma Marble Coasters, $16; Williams Sonoma

Full-sized Daybed

A House in the Hills

Feel like making mom something extra special and useful this year? If she's in the market for furniture to spruce up an entryway or needs extra seating in the living room (and more important, you're up for the challenge and manual labor), follow this tutorial to make a stylish and minimalist daybed.

See more at A House in the Hills »

BC Sanded Pine Plywood, $30; Home Depot

Lemon Preserves

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Fancy condiments make for the perfect gift since they're great when you have them, but they're not necessarily something you'd splurge on yourself. If your mom appreciates fresh, gourmet, and homemade goodies, make her some fancy lemon preserves and give it to her in a jar with a ribbon tied around it.

Vintage French Green Canning Jars, $44; Food52

Rug Hook Pillow

Sugar & Cloth

A stylish throw pillow doesn't need to break the bank. And it can have even more meaning if you lovingly make it for her. This tutorial makes it super easy to do yourself, even though it looks like a professional made it.

Oxord Needle Punch, $32; Etsy

Stenciled Frame

Tell, Love, & Party

Parents always love receiving photos of you. You know what will make her even prouder to display it? Keep it in a frame you custom designed with a stencil for her.

Martha Stewart Stencils, $6; Consumer Crafts

Dried Floral Wreath

Cheetah Is the New Black

Make her a beautiful wreath. But opt for dried florals instead. It's like giving her a beautiful bouquet of flowers only they're actually last beyond the holiday—not only because she can hang them on the door, but also because they won't with away.

Darice Gold Metal Ring, $16; Amazon

Fluffy Pom Pom Bin

Sugar & Cloth

Help mom stay organized in style with this DIY pom pom basket. It's a great catch-all for blankets and random knick-knacks she wants to store away out of sight.

Paradise Fibers Raw Wool Roving, $28; Amazon

Marbled Clay Ring Dish

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A Beautiful Mess

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

Teacup Candle

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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

Breakfast in Bed

Melanie Acevedo

A sweet bouquet of pink flowers is made even sweeter when accompanied by breakfast in bed. So much better than having to get all dressed up for a big social brunch, too.

Anthropologie Briony Breakfast Tray, $118; Anthropologie

Stenciled Tea Towels

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Lovely Indeed

A contact 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

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The grapefruit scent and grit from the salt in this bar of soap will provide a refreshing and rejuvenating experience for Mom.

Grapefruit Essential Oil, $10; Amazon

Polka Dot Mug

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The Crafted Life

If your mom is a coffee drinker, she'll appreciate the thought and time you put into making her a cheerful morning mug.

Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life »

Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Marker, $6; Amazon

Watercolor Treat Boxes

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A box of homemade cookies is always welcome, but add an extra touch by packing them up in these pretty watercolor boxes.

Get the tutorial at Paint the Gown Red »

Amajoy Paper Favor Boxes, $10; Amazon

Geode Wine Stoppers

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Keep that red wine fresh with these cute, handmade geode stoppers. This super simple DIY will take you less than 15 minutes.

Zentron Crystal Collection Amethyst Geode Cluster, $9; Amazon

Patterned Toiletry Bag

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My Poppet

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.

Get the tutorial at My Poppet »

IKEA Ditte Fabric, $3; IKEA

Lemon Bath Bomb

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A special day should end with a relaxing soak in the tub. A glass of wine and candles are nice, but this lovely lemon bath bomb makes it complete.

Wilton Decorating Icing Daisy, $6; Amazon

Glass Candles

Lana Red Studio

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.

Ericx Light Natural Candle Wicks, $5; Amazon

Leather Keychains

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Polka Dot Chair

Upgrade her keyring with these leather (or pleather) pulls. Use a rotary punch and metal letter stamps to monogram them for a personalized touch.

Leather Alphabet Stamping Kit, $11; Etsy

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