Posted by Melissa Legates on May 01, 2014 at

Spoil your mom this Mother’s Day with unique handmade gifts that you can either make yourself or buy straight from the artist. Whether she likes flowers, cookies, jewelry or helpful household items, all kinds of moms love a thoughtful, handmade gift from the heart. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!


Sometimes the simple things in life are the most beautiful. This luminary is made with a clear candle holder and paper for under $5. Mom will love your thoughtfulness and the ambiance it brings to any room.

choc cookies

Turn out a batch of these beautiful chocolate heart cookies for less than $10. Mom will love you for thinking about her tummy as well as her heart.


Nothing says love like a home-cooked meal! For under $15, you can make your madre this delicious lemon ravioli in butter and mint sauce for this Mother’s Day.


Corinne Crasbercu

For under $25, make this great patchwork three-pocket wall organizer with scraps left over from your sewing projects or the remnant bin at the craft store.

face mask

Pamper your mom with a homemade spa set for under $30. Start with this clay face mask, then make these cooling soaps from Brie Barnes, and try your hand at crocheting a bath mit, pouf and soap bag using patterns by Jessie Rayot. And voila, Mom will never need to leave the comfort of her own home to relax.


For under $30, you can create a monogrammed step stool so your mom can kick up her feet after a long day. Majré Shepherd shares a quick and easy tutorial.


For the environmentally-conscious mom, this tote bag has truly gone from trash to treasure for $55. Made from recycled plastic bags by a group called Conserve India, whose programs help to reduce waste in some of Delhi’s poorest areas.

soccer mom jewelry

Alison Kelley can customize a necklace for the sports enthusiast in your life. This hand-stamped sterling silver soccer ball charm is a great gift at $56 to remind Mom that you love her and thank her for supporting you at your games.

flower wreath

Carole Farber

This gorgeous paper flower wreath by Carole Farber is sure to please any mom. Priced at just $65, Carole will make it in whatever color palette you like.

indian jewelry

Joy Franklin

Let Mom know she still has your heart with this beautiful recycled sterling necklace called Dreaming in Hindi by Joy Franklin. It’s hand-poured and hand-cut with a 16 inch chain for $148.


Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at  You can commission Melissa’s work (either writing or art) by contacting her at