Are you in a gift-giving rut? Do your get your mom the same gift every year for Mother’s Day? Shake things up this year, and get her a gift that’s unique and creative. Make 2017 the year that you give your mom a gift she’ll really love. We’ve compiled a list of fun gifts that will help spark your mom’s creativity. Whether you have a small budget or an unlimited one, there are some creative Mother’s Day gift ideas on our list that will appeal to your mother. Read on to see our carefully curated gift guide. If you can’t find something that’s just right for your mom, you can get even more gift ideas from our guides to the best gifts for women and the best gifts for mom.
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1. SunPrint Paper Kit
This fun activity kit is perfect for the mom who loves art, nature, or science. Each kit comes with 15 sheets of sun paper. When exposed to the sun, the paper lightens, creating beautiful patterns that look like solar X-rays. Mom can place flowers, plants, pipe cleaners, jewelry, or pretty much any material on top of the paper to create unique works of solar art.
2. The Winder Machine by Simplicity
If your mom is older, she might start having trouble with certain craft projects. Aches in her hands can make even simple crafting tasks a lot harder than they used to be. This simple “winder machine” is a nice option for older moms who love crafting, and want to stay organized. The machine keeps tapes, ribbons, and trims in tidy rolls. Rolling keeps trim materials for sewing projects or quilting projects from getting wrinkled. It’s faster than rolling materials by hand.
Want more gift ideas in this vein, but for a younger audience? Check out our guide to the best kids sewing machines, which includes models appropriate for novice sewers of any age.
3. XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 AiO All-in-One 3D Printer
3D printers have unlimited possibilities. Mom can use them to print toys for the kids, produce home goods, or even print a replacement part to do a simple household repair. A creative mom who loves gadgets will definitely dig this 3D printer. This printer was a Tom’s Guide Best of Computex 2014 Award Winner, and we like this model a lot because of its user-friendly design. This printer is also a scanner, which makes it ideal for moms who want a 3D printer to replicate parts or toys.
The AiO All-in-One 3D printer supports printing in two materials: ABS and PLA. ABS is generally better for jobs that need to be professional quality, and last a long time. PLA is a safer material that some think is better for making toys or pieces that will be used around kids. PLA can also offer cleaner, more detailed lines.
Looking for a cheaper option? The old Da Vinci 1.0 is a solid option to consider, and it costs about $50 less than the 1.0 AiO. Want to splurge on your mom? You could consider the $999 Dremel Idea Builder.
4. Benchic Chocolate Makin’ Kit
Does your mom express her creativity in the kitchen? Then this chocolatier kit is a great gift idea for her. This basic kit provides her with the molds and materials to make 60 pieces of organic chocolate.
5. Speedball Diazo Photo Emulsion Kit
Does your mom like to make her own clothes? A screen printing kit can help her personalize her favorite tee, or add some flair to canvas tote bags. This basic kit is a great way to unleash her creativity this Mother’s Day. Printing screens, film positive or transparency film, and a light source are not included in the kit, however, so consider picking up those items as well if she’s a total screen printing novice.
Price: $17.78 (36 percent off MSRP)
6. Singer 1507WC Easy-to-Use Free-Arm Sewing Machine
Looking for a cheap and user-friendly sewing machine? This easy-to-use model from Singer is good for older moms, or those who don’t want a lot of confusing extra features on their sewing machine. There’s functionality for eight built-in stitches, along with four different presser feet.
If your mom is an advanced seamstress who wants a lot of bells and whistles, a more advanced sewing machine alternative to consider is the Janome MOD-30, a computerized machine with 30 stitches that’s great for button holes or other tricky jobs. It also comes with a nice assortment of accessories.
Price: $89 (36 percent off MSRP)
7. Art Advantage Sumi Ink & Brush Set
The Japanese art of sumi-e is a refined style of ink painting and calligraphy. This kit includes sumi ink, brushes, two ink sticks, a water bowl, spoon, and an ink mixing stone in a brocade gift box. This is a great gift for moms who love calligraphy or watercolor painting, and want to branch out into a new form. We recommend tossing in a copy of The Art and Technique of Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting, a tutorial book that will help your mom better understanding the history of this art form, as well as how to execute certain techniques. If you’re not convinced that this Asian art form will appeal to your mom, you can browse more art tutorial books here, or browse art supply kits on sale here.
Price: $11.43 (12 percent off MSRP)
8. Burning Wick Candles Natural Soy Scented Candle Making Kit
Is your mom always burning candles whenever you go to visit? This small kit from Burning Wick Candles has the materials she’ll need to make six soy candles. The kit has enough materials to blend her own candles, and fill a votive, a 7 ounce glass jar, and four itty-bitty tea lights. She’ll also get a thermometer, wicks, and tons of other materials.
Want to get her something like this, but more simple to assemble? This DIY beeswax candle kit is a nice alternative to consider.
Price: $30.33 (35 percent off MSRP)
9. ‘It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond’
Did your mom recently go through a divorce, a career change, or another major life event that shook her up? If she’s looking for a fresh start, this book can help her find a creative outlet for all of her feelings. This book is a self-guided, 12-week course designed to help readers explore their creative impulses. It’s perfect for retirees, or any woman who has wanted to unlock her creative potential. Another book she might be interested in is Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration.
Price: $11.66 (31 percent off MSRP)
Buy It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond here.
10. Lip Balm Making Kit
This cool DIY lip balm kit from Grow and Make is packed with natural ingredients and exotic flavors. There’s enough material to make 12 lip balm tins filled with your choice of four flavors: Asian pear, mango/peach, pineapple, and creme de menthe. The main ingredients used to make the lip balm are beeswax, almond oil, and shea butter. These are natural ingredients that your mom can feel good about.
Want to see more Grow and Make DIY kits? Browse more “make your own” kits from Grow and Make here. Two other kits we like are the goat cheese kit and the soap-making kit.
Still haven’t found a unique Mother’s Day gift? Check out our guide to the best gifts for women, or read our mega-list of the best gifts for mom. Both guides are jam-packed with unique ideas for your mom, or for any mother figure in your life. And with Father’s Day just around the corner, you might also be interested in our guides to the best gifts for men and the best gifts for dad. Both have over 100 gift ideas for the father figure in your life.
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