Mother's Day Gift Guide: 10 Ideas to DIY or Buy

When Mother's Day rolls around, many of us say it with flowers—the most popular gift of the holiday. But if Mom has more than enough bouquets at home, get creative this year! Give her a gift she can enjoy in the garden, the craft room, or the kitchen, or in a comfy chair while she's unwinding after a hard day. You're sure to find something just right in this selection of our favorite gifts for the home-and-garden-savvy mom.

  1. Garden Bon Bons

    Seed Balls

    Made of clay, organic compost, and seeds, these "chocolate truffles" from Moulton are for planting—not eating! They're good for gardeners of any skill level. All your mom needs to do is set them in a sunny spot, water, and watch them grow. 

    Related: 10 Plants for Where the Sun Don't Shine

  2. Bathtub Shelf

    Bathtub Shelf Caddy

    If Mom's home spa is already well stocked, skip the bath salts this year and give her a bathtub shelf. You can buy one or DIY a shelf using reclaimed wood for a rustic bath accessory that can hold her drink and a book while she relaxes in the tub.

    Related: 10 Surprisingly Simple Woodworking Projects for Beginners via peppysis

  3. Roses to Grow

    Roses to Grow

    Flowers are traditional but a little predictable. So this Mother's Day, don't just hand your mom a bouquet of roses, give her a rosebush that she can plant and enjoy for years to come. You can find a wide assortment at your local home store or garden center, or shop online for an heirloom variety like this Benjamin Britten beauty.

  4. Cheese Board

    Cheese Board

    For the mom who loves entertaining, a cheese board might fit the bill quite nicely. If you're handy with a saw, you can DIY your own; if you'd rather shop, there are plenty of attractive, good-quality board and knife sets to choose from. .uk

  5. Herb Keeper

    Herb Keeper

    An herb keeper, like this Cuisipro Compact design from Williams-Sonoma, fits in the fridge and gives longer life to clippings from the backyard herb garden, which means Mom will have easier access to fresh herbs for cooking or garnishing.

  6. Gardening Gloves

    Gardening Gloves

    Combining a colorful spandex top with machine-washable microsuede palms, these versatile multitask gloves are sure to please gardening moms. Available in four colors—Teal Blue, Hot Pink, Periwinkle Purple, and Lime Green—and in small, medium, and large sizes, these Diggers gloves are available exclusively at Womanswork.

  7. Woodburned Utensils

    DIY Woodburning Spoons

    Woodburning crafts are lots of fun. Etch a set of wooden spoons for Mom—or better yet, get her a woodburning kit of her own.

  8. Juicer

    Breville Juicer

    Juicing is not only healthy, it's also a great way to use the backyard vegetable crop. Juicers come in a range of prices and a variety of models; shown here, the Breville JE98XL

  9. Coasters

    Floral Coasters

    Coasters can be just as stylish as they are practical. You can DIY your own or buy floral coasters like these from Rifle Paper Co.

    Related: Weekend Projects—5 Unique Coasters You Can Easily Create

  10. Learn a New Skill

    Woman Sanding a Wood Board

    A workshop or a course is a great gift for anyone who wants to expand her skills. Buy Mom a spot in a gardening class at the local nursery or a faux finishing workshop at a local craft store—or enroll in a course with her and make new memories together.

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