I’ve always been a big supporter of handmade gifts for special occasions. The most obvious reason being that making a gift can cost a lot less than buying one! I also like the sentiment that’s built in to a homemade gift. If someone has put in the time and effort to make me a gift, I know I’m going to cherish that gift for a long time to come. (What can I say? I’m a big softie that way.)
And speaking of gift-giving occasions… Mother’s Day is just around the corner! There’s no finer occasion to give a handmade gift than Mother’s Day, in my opinion. Any of the special moms in your life are sure to appreciate the thought and effort of your gift! So in case you could use some last-minute handmade gift inspiration, today I’m sharing a selection of some of my favorite giftable DIYs that I’ve posted over the years. All of these projects can be done in an afternoon, so there’s still plenty of time to make something special!
13 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Warmer weather is here, which means it’s time to put away all those winter layers and say “so long” to dry, winter skin! This super simple salt scrub (how’s that for a tongue twister?) is just what the doctor ordered. Epsom salts gently exfoliate dead skin cells, while coconut oil locks in moisture for soft, smooth skin. Ooh-la-la!
This milk and honey soap is definitely one of my top favorite recent DIYs! The soap base we used is made from goat’s milk, which contains alpha-hydroxy acids that promote the turnover of dead skin cells. Goat’s milk can also soothe irritated skin, making it a great choice for those with skin conditions! The texture of the finished soap is so smooth and luxurious, it’s hard to believe it didn’t come from an expensive boutique soap!
3. Body Butter
Lotions are great for everyday use, but sometimes you need something a bit more heavy duty. Look no further than this natural body butter! Using just 3 ingredients, you can whip up a body butter that is thick, creamy, and ultra-moisturizing. Parched, dehydrated skin doesn’t stand a chance against this stuff!
4. Lotion Bars
Lotion bars are solid at room temperature, but once you hold them in your hands for a few seconds, your body heat will soften them. Then you rub the softened bar on those much needed areas such as hands, elbows, the heels of your feet, and cuticles! Lotion bars are the perfect way to take lotion on-the-go, as they fit easily into pockets, purses, shaving kits, and more.
5. Bath Bombs
Who doesn’t love a good bath bomb? They’re an easy way to add beneficial ingredients to your bath water, plus they’re just plain fun to watch! They’re also surprisingly easy to make, and you can create your own custom colors, scents, and ingredient combinations!
If you can sew a straight line, then you can turn an ordinary dish towel into a an adorable apron! Wrap one up with some cute kitchen tools and a mixing bowl for a perfectly practical and heartfelt gift.
7. Bath Oil
Everyone deserves a long, hot bath every once in a while, especially moms! This eucalyptus mint bath oil smells incredible and leaves your skin soft and moisturized, and helps relieve muscle fatigue, too!
With these sugar scrub cubes, you can get the exfoliating and moisturizing power of your favorite scrub, plus the added convenience of a pre-measured cube. Soft and radiant skin doesn’t get much easier than that!
10. Loofah Soap
Speaking of convenience, here’s another two-in-one idea! Rather than having both your favorite soap and your loofah taking up space in the shower, why not combine them? These sneaky soaps actually have a loofah inside them, so you can lather and scrub in one easy step!
11. Gardenerʼs Salve
Gardening can be rewarding work, but it can also be really hard on your hands! Gardeners’ hands are often in need of a bit of extra TLC, and this homemade salve can do just that! It is infused with herbs that help to quickly heal cuts and scrapes, and leaves hands feeling silky smooth. This is the perfect gift for moms with a green thumb. :-)
12. Lip Balm
Can anyone actually make it through a tube of lip balm without losing it? I’m not sure it’s possible, which is why I think that homemade lip balm makes such a great gift! This particular lip balm takes just a few minutes to make, and your giftee is sure to love it!
We already covered solid lotion, but what about solid perfume? I didn’t even know such a thing existed before I wrote this blog post! This solid perfume is easy to apply, and it’s totally customizable. Whip one up using your mom’s favorite scents or essential oils.