Monday, May 5, 2014

Mother's Day custom and DIY gift ideas

Mother’s day is less than a week away! While I was brainstorming ideas for my own mom, I came up with a few others that might inspire you in your own gift-giving/making.

Mother's Day custom and DIY gift ideas on April Sprinkles

The Card

I usually just buy a card from the store last-minute, or take the time to make one by hand. This year I wanted to do something a little more personal and include pictures of my mom and I because we haven’t had any printed recently. I heard about a company called Treat Greetings ( and decided to give them a try. They had a huge selection to choose from just for Mother's day. It should arrive here just in time for the occasion too! Here’s what it’s going to look like:

Mother's Day custom and DIY gift ideas Treat Card on April Sprinkles
Front and inside of card
I added more pictures and a special note from me, but I’ll keep that a secret so I don’t give everything away! I think it really speaks to what the relationship between my mom and I is like. I can't wait for her to get it! I liked a lot of the other cards Treat had to offer, so I’ll probably be ordering from them again! My favorite part is that it's so customizable and you can change a lot of the greetings to suit your needs. You can also make personalized mugs, stationary, iphone cases, and other gifts. I thought that was pretty neat!

The Gift

Idea 1: Memory box for mom/step-mom/grandma

April Sprinkles: Mother's Day keepsake box gift idea

My original thought was to use an old shoebox, or get one of the brown cardboard ones from a craft store. Instead, as I was shopping the aisles I found this wooden box and thought it would be more appropriate for my mom.

April Sprinkles: Mother's Day keepsake box gift idea

But if you have little ones, the shoebox/ brown box idea is a great way to make a memory box for mom to store all her favorite handmade presents from the little ones! Just gather up some paint, markers, scrapbook paper, pens, stickers, and glue and you’re all set!

In my case, I decided to paint her memory box so that she will always have May flowers and a place to store her favorite cards/gifts from me!

April Sprinkles: Mother's Day keepsake box gift idea
Obviously, I'm not the most experienced painter ever, lol.

Idea 2: “You are my sunshine” painting

April Sprinkles: "You are my sunshine" hand painting gift idea Mother's Day
This was an idea I found on pinterest a while ago, and originally posted about here. My ex’s daughter and I made it for him, but it would also make a great gift for a mom, step-mom, or a grandma!

All you need is a blank canvas from the craft store, some paint, and a pair of little hands (or more if you’ve got em!). I’d suggest getting a bigger canvas than I did, that way it will have more space for the hand prints. (Don't forget your 40/50% off coupon!) Paint the canvas a base color like I painted mine blue. Allow time for that coat to dry and apply one or two more coats of paint as needed. Once dry, draw a circle near the bottom of the canvas using a plate, bowl, or other round template. Then paint the little one’s hands and press them onto the canvas around the circle. Hold for a second or two, remove, and then apply more paint. After the hands are done, paint in the circle and paint “you are my sunshine” and you’re done! It’s a great craft project that the kids will be proud of and the recipient will love!

Idea 3: Manicure/pedicure at home kit DIY

DIY Mani-pedi Mother's Day gift idea [April Sprinkles]

As I was in the process of thinking up gifts, I decided that the basic “card/chocolate/flowers” gift probably isn’t for all moms. I asked my friends who are young moms what kinds of gifts they would prefer, and a lot of them said they’d like some time off or to have some time to pamper themselves. So dads (and various other family and friends) take note! The splurge option will be to get them a gift certificate for a spa day or for a mani/pedi. Both will give that special lady some time off and some well-deserved pampering!

Or if you’re the crafty DIY friend like I am you could make them an at home mani/pedi kit!

Things to include:
  • Emery board or nail file. (If you can find the glass nail files they are the best!)
  • Cuticle cream/gel
  • Nail polish (If you're not sure what color to get, a nice top coat is always a good alternative)
  • Small tube of lotion
  • Toe seperators
  • Pumice Stone
  • Nail care sticks/cuticle pushers
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail buffer
After you’ve gathered your supplies, put it all in a pretty gift bag (I got mine from the Daiso, the Japanese dollar store) and add a ribbon or a pretty hair clip!

DIY Mani-pedi Mother's Day gift idea [April Sprinkles]

I know, shameless self-promotion! But the flowers that I sell in my Etsy really do make excellent gifts as well! By now you should already know how I feel about it: anything handmade is always awesome!

The Treat

I’ve chosen to fill up mom’s box with chocolate (specifically See’s candies), but you should get that lovely lady in your life whatever kind of sweet (or savory) treat that she likes!

Remember that the reason behind having Mother’s day is to let moms, step-moms, grandmas, great grandmas, etc. know that you appreciate them and that they’re special to you! So whatever you decide to get them this mother’s day, make sure it comes wrapped in love.


  1. All super great ideas! Thank you for some Mothers Day inspiration!

  2. Aww, I think the mommas in your life are going to be very pleased!

    I'm working on a little project I found on Pinterest for my Momma Bear's gifts. Here's hoping I get enough time to get them done! Luckily my mother-in-law's gift is super easy. We're giving her a beautiful old desk I found.

  3. Thank you, Kelly! My mom has seen all of this already so there won't be any surprise for her, but she loves it all so that makes me very happy!

    Good luck with your projects! I'm sure your Mom and Mother-in-law will love them! :)

  4. I love DIY gifts! These are awesome gifts for moms! My favorite is the keepsake box.

  5. They're all cool ideas, I love the box! Awesome! :)

  6. Me too! Thanks! :) I think my mom will get a lot of use out of it too!

  7. Thanks, Aida! :) The box is my favorite! I don't know why I never thought of making her one before.

  8. I like the box idea! Such a cute and personal gift!


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