If you want to give your mum a more personal gift this year, then why not try your hand at…. well, handmade.
She’s bound to cherish the personal touch much more than a swift retail pick-up. So here’s our compilation of five super easy and heartful ideas that you can whip up in an afternoon.
Let’s face it, the universal want of all mothers is to be heard… and amongst their main fears is not being heard. Which is why this gift is perfect – it shows her that she is definitely being heard… and her words of wisdom are also being celebrated.
Does your mum have her own saying or a favourite quote? Perhaps an affirmation or poem she’s mentioned a few times? It’s easy to gift it back to her as a unique piece of art.
All you need is frame minus the glass (I picked this one up for $5 from a second hand store), some material as backing, letter stamps and a staple gun. You can get a variety of stamps including text and prints from stationery stores like Kikki.K and Typo for $20 or under. Simply stamp your quote directly onto the material, let it try and then stretch the material over the back of the frame and staple it down.
You could make a much smaller version in small frame like this and leave the glass and backing on. No staple gun needed with this version.
Pick some heavenly scented soaps, some zen stones (here’s how personalise them), a candle holder (this white Marrakech one from Papaya is my all time favourite), super soft wash cloths, bath salts, lotions, potions and a scented pillar candle (plus some floating ones)… and a good book, magazine or CD that you know she’ll appreciate. Basically, just personalise it with the things you know will transport her to her happy place.
So even if you don’t get to your Mum’s place at the crack of dawn to slave over a breakfast, you can still use the same concept as the Spa at Home tray above and put together a breakfast spread for her to indulge in at her leisure.
For an extra special touch, try your hand at making your own vintage mirror effect tray. It will add a touch of opulence… and no doubt, she’ll use it on many more occasions to come. Here’s how to make one.
Place her favourite breakfast treats onto the tray with some mismatched vintage cutlery, crockery and napery to complete the look. Then wrap the whole thing up in some clear wrapping. So all she has to do is make herself a cup of tea and indulge. Or you could go the extra mile and have the caffeine fix all covered for her by making your own brew of iced coffee.
For a gift that keeps giving for many meals to come, try your hand at a miniature herb garden. You don’t need to labour long and hard, we have some miniature ideas that will take you no time at all to put together.
My favourite one to gift, and perhaps the easiest to put together is the bamboo steamer version.
You can buy a steamer like this from Asian grocers for around $10. Buy a good quality potting mix and add one herb per smaller steamer or alternatively plant three or four of Mum’s favourite herbs in one large steamer. She can keep it on her kitchen window sill and pluck bits off them as she creates her delicious meals… and they will fill her kitchen with an amazingly fresh armoa too.
Here are a few more happy herb ideas for you to try out.
I recently tried my hand at this and it was much easier than I thought it would be to create delicious flavours. If your mum has a few favourite sweet treats (and every human does), why not combine them to make her very own flavour and “brand” of ice cream. I’m talking her favourite chocolate bars, desserts, fruits and flavours.
Use this recipe to make your own base mix and then get creative. When the mix is made, freeze it in a plastic container and make your own label to past on top or as a gift tag. You could create your own label, or use a DIY template online. There are many sites like this that have free printable labels you can customise with your own ice cream details.
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I hope I’ve convinced you that handmade and personal is the way to go. And Wishing all the Mums out there a magical Mother’s Day. Hope you get pampered and spoilt.
– Surangi xx