“Mama? How come you don’t wear my macaroni necklace to your meeting?”
Because, baby. Because I am a monster.
Parents treasure handmade gifts, but there are only so many times you can hide the macaroni necklace in the glove compartment before you forget to put it back on when you get home. And then the inevitable reckoning. Where is the necklace? I… got hungry.
Mom and Grandma would love handmade gifts for Mother’s Day, but maybe not another pinto-bean brooch. As long as you’re helping your kid make something, here are some sentimental homemade and/or custom options that she doesn’t have to wear in front of the board.
Do a slight twist on this birthday surprise, by attaching an individual photo of each kid for every year of his or her life.
Ask your kids to number them and on the back of the photo. Or have them write a happy memory of their mom or grandma. Also works as a cool display option for handmade favor coupons.
Silhouettes are classic, inexpensive, and relatively easy to make. Here’s a DIY tutorial on how to make a silhouette. If you’re not feeling especially artistic, you and the kids can take a photo and send it to this service, which sends you a custom silhouette either mounted or ready for framing.
Sharpie mugs are ludicrously easy, aside from the “trusting your toddler with a Sharpie” element. Ask your kid to draw a picture of mommy or the family on the mug, or write a sweet message or quote if they’re older, and then bake it until the ink sets. A genius addition to the breakfast-in-bed tray.
Transfer handwritten family recipes to a dish towel or apron. Grandma’s gonna cry.
Listen, you are entrusted with your child’s cultural education. They may already know how to make a playlist on Spotify, but do they know how to craft a serviceable mix tape? Narrative arc. The crucial starter. The meaningful closer — sentimental, not overwrought. “‘You are my Sunshine’ or ‘Call Me, Maybe?’” Tough call, kid. Help them shape their skills on a woman who will love them no matter what.
The site has this listed as a thumbprint pendant, but I think it makes a nicer ornament. Sweet to hang on the wall above a light switch or doorbell.
This is technically an advent calendar, but I love the idea of writing mom a bunch of sweet notes to open over the month. You can order one if you happen to speak German, or just drill a series of holes in a block of wood with a large bit and have the kids write their notes up.
Here’s a tutorial for making your own little cross-stitch family. Awesome idea for grandma.
Add her name to a favorite kid’s drawing, and Bike Like the Fox will make it into a custom bookplate.
There. Every gift comes with my personal guarantee that you’ll never find it in the glove compartment.
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Why is Mother’s Day stuff so fugly? It’s all purple cursive eye smack, and floral bunny soul crush. Here are a few Mother’s Day card options that won’t embarrass you, or make your mother worry that she didn’t do enough to shape your taste level.
Mom, You Rock letterpress card by A Favorite Design
You’re Awesome card by Sugar Paper
I Love You card from Moontree Press
Mom Tattoo card from Hawk Gerber
Funny card Good moms let you lick the beaters, great moms turn them off first. by The Little Illustrator
To the Moon and Back by Quill and Fox
You’re Pretty by Lindsay Letters
Happy Mother’s Day by Smock
If you didn’t find the perfect thing, check out this funny Mother’s Day Cards roundup from Cool Mom Picks. Those ladies always do Mother’s Day up right.
Billy Monk makes me want to get a Tuesday night job at the local local and learn to use my flash.
You threw an awkward glance his way because his glasses were cute. He thinks your neck smells like you might be a compatible genetic match. You enjoy Mythbusters, he enjoys Mythbusters. And while Valentine’s Day is ultimately a commercial construct, you’re not above engaging ironically if it means getting laid later.