Your mom gave you the world growing up — and while you may not be able to repay her gift in kind, you can make her day with something more tactile. This year, skip the drugstore card and craft a symbolic gesture to show her what her many gifts meant to you.

Mother’s Day Notebook

A subtle nod to your unwritten history together in the years to come.

A Good Night’s Sleep

Think of it as payback for all those nights she stayed up taking care of you. Homemade teas in lemon, lavender, peppermint, and chamomile will help her relax, while a dreamy sleep mask ensures that night ends when she says it does.

A Movie Night with Mom

Cuddle up with a classic film (we like anything starring Audrey Hepburn) or cheesy mother-daughter flick (“Mamma Mia!,” anyone?). Give a cozy night in theatrical cache with custom popcorn and a movie card to act as an adorable save-the-date.

Breakfast in Bed

A classic Mother’s Day move — but for good reason. Tissue-paper posies and hand-painted china will add festive flair to eggs Benedict and fresh-squeezed OJ.

Mother’s Day Clip-Art Cards

Inspired by vintage cards from the 1920s, these clip-art Mother’s Day cards bring a fresh appeal to that eras color palette by playing with proportions

A Spa Day

Sure, Mom would love a fancy weekend retreat, but we bet she’ll be just as touched by a basket of DIY home-spa goodies. Body scrub will leave her skin feeling soft and smelling sweet, while heart-shaped soaps help drive the “I love you” message home.

A Fun New Hobby

Growing up, it was all about you, but now it’s time for Mom’s other interests to take center stage. Crafty moms will love a sewing kit in a jar. If “Mother Earth” is a more apropos title, create a flower-arranging kit to help her show off the fruits of her labor.

A Mini Home Makeover

An extreme home makeover might be out of the question, so how about a face-lift instead? Pressed-pansy coasters will ensure that her table is fit for entertaining, while teacup lights lend a lovely, ethereal glow.

A Fresh Load of Laundry

She certainly did enough of yours over the years! Give her the next-best thing (plus a load or two, distance allowing) with sachets that will keep her drawers smelling as though they’re straight from the dryer.

Style to Go

We’re sure your mom’s got good taste to spare, but we all can use an upgrade now and then. This silhouette tote bag is perfect for everything from day trips to eco-friendly grocery shopping.

A Heartfelt Thanks

Mom loves it when you show her how much you care — but sometimes she likes to hear you say the words, too. Cat got your tongue? Put it in print on this beautiful dip-dyed stationery.

Memories as Good as Yours

Say it with pictures: Supplement your card with a Mother’s Day scrapbox or journal filled with meaningful photos and trinkets.

Customized Accessories

Surprise Mom with a stack of striped bangles in colors that complement her favorite outfits. All you need are bangles, leftover string from craft projects, and some imagination.

Tea Time

Give her the supplies she needs to craft a custom blend of herbal tea with a tea garden in a box. To make one, plant mint, rose geranium, pineapple sage, and lavender in a wooden wine crate or other container with ample drainage.

Box Full of Memories

Remind her of a fun family vacation by making a photo box out of two wooden picture frames. When you’re done, fill the box with ticket stubs and souvenirs from the trip.

Sweet Table Settings

Even if you’re a sewing novice, you can create these party-ready seersucker napkins in a snap. Expect to see them on Mom’s table all summer long.

Snappy Jewelry

Remember the sports button with your team picture that she used to wear? Upgrade with a homemade photo necklace or pendant featuring pictures that won’t embarrass you.

Book It

Sew up a few colorful vinyl or oilcloth book covers for Mom to protect her favorite reads from water or lotion. Also, depending on her book selection, hiding the cover will keep her from getting 50 shades of embarrassed.

Desk Set

Dress up Mom’s home office (and remind her you’re thinking of her) with a distinctive leather desk blotter, which you can embellish with stamps or silk-screening.

Trinket Keepers

Transform plain wooden craft boxes into darling keepsake containers while also using up pretty pieces of scrap fabric. Just cut fabric to fit around the box, ending just below the lid, and then decoupage with Mod Podge.

Love Notes

Give your list-loving Mom plenty of space to jot down (and gleefully cross out) errands and reminders. Even better, they’re made from scrap paper, so your gift is eco-friendly, too.

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See also:

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