A Cool DIY-Mom Mother's Day Gift Guide
Show your mom you appreciate her adventurous, outdoorsy, crafty, creative side with a gift that celebrates her DIY passions.
Are mothers these days just cooler? They garden but they also appreciate a great cocktail; they camp but want the latest gear to make it efficiently high-tech.
Once upon a time it was dads down in the toolshed whittling or building but now you are just as likely to find mom in her she shed or her own woodshop creating some DIY awesomeness. In a nutshell, your mom (or grandmom) is super cool, so get her something as rad as she is this Mother’s Day, whether that something is a bottle of champagne expertly poured by you or a rain coat to help keep her high and dry on her next national park jaunt.
In honor of the fascinating mothers and grandmothers out there who know their way around a band saw but still appreciate a great hand cream, who want to garden their weekend away but look cool and stay comfortable while doing it, this gift guide is for you!
For the mother who appreciates her garden as much as her mixology, Atlanta-based brand Sugarboo features a Gin and Rosewater hand cream to keep her digits soft and silky after a busy day of gardening and DIYing. $21
Surprise mom with a Champagne cocktail or just a great bottle of bubbly and a special meal. Find out more about how to impress your mother with your Continental flair by reading 7 Things You Have to Know About Serving Champagne here.
Why is it so hard to find clothes that don’t ride up and reveal when you're hard at work in the garden or knocking out your spring cleaning? A natural choice, overall! We love We love Duluth Trading Company's Heirloom Overalls, especially in a rich, stylish blackberry color. They are just a little bit stretchy, with trendier wide pants legs and enough pockets that mom could forgo her garden or tool bag and keep all her supplies close at hand. $89.50
Duluth also to the rescue with two simple items that solve the very basic problem of shirts that are just never long enough. The No-Yank Tank ($14.50) is affordable, comes in yummy colors and is the perfect longer length with 5% Spandex for stretch.
Ditto for the very comfy Long Sleeve Crew Shirt ($54.50) which comes with built-in bug repellant, UPF 40 sun protection and a lovely, silky texture thanks to a blend of Spandex, cotton and polyester and a cinch cord to ensure bugs stay out.
Mom loves the outdoors, so of course she’s into camping. But she also wants to be safe and efficient, which is where BioLite comes in. She can do dual purpose with these cool techie products: cook on her new and improved CampStove2 which burns wood to create a smokeless fire, but also charge her cell phone with the power generated. $129.95
A smart portable light source, the BaseLantern is its own smart grid with Bluetooth technology, a rechargeable battery and the ability to recharge your gear. $129.95
Waterproof but breathable, and made to keep the water out without that sticky, clammy raincoat feel, the Drop Stop Rain Coat will be a go-to item for mom’s next camping trip or long hike. $139.50
Talk about a twofer. You can surprise mom with a box of handcrafted artisan-made items while also supporting DIYers in distant lands. The GlobeIn Artisan box Admire includes some of the company’s best-selling products and is really five gifts in one with its handwoven vase from Rwanda, handblown glasses from Mexico, South African brass elephant bottle stopper and a floating necklace and infinity scarf from Thailand. $90
A way to support indie craftsmen while also allowing mom to strut her stuff, the Statehood Quarter Coin Ring turns state quarters into good-looking but not too prissy rings. $45
Help mom realize her dream of a room of her own with this book packed with inspiring designs for outbuildings across the country tailored to individual hobbies and interests or just the very necessary need to get away from it all She Shed: A Room of Your Own. $17
Allow us to seriously geek out over the double-whammy thrill of a tool belt and an organizer. Two, count ’em, two gifts in one, the Investigator’s Tool Belt Bag can be worn oh-so-fashionably cross body, hooked to a belt, heck I’ve even draped mine over my passenger car seat for a handy backseat storage caddy. Your favorite lady will delight at the many possibilities of this multi-purpose tool bag. $49.95
Combine mom's pursuit of the old-fashioned art of correspondence with her garden love with a box of 25 gorgeous envelopes from Rifle. $16
But most importantly, don't let this day go by without honoring your mother with a gift, whether store bought or homemade.