Celebrated on the second Sunday in May, Mother's Day is the time to thank the moms in your life for all that they do. To pay them back for the thousands of homemade dinners, handmade costumes, and makeshift play forts they've constructed over the years, it's only right to shower Mom, Grandma, or an aunt with gifts and cards that are made by hand. Whether you see your mom every day or live far away, Mother's Day gifts embellished with family photos will keep you close. For the lady who taught you how to accessorize, there's no better way to say “lesson learned” than with a pair of DIY earrings or an elegant dip-dyed scarf. Moms with young kids (or perpetually hectic schedules) will appreciate Mother's Day gifts that encourage them to carve out a little time for themselves. Give her simple indulgences like bath fizzies and scented candles so she has an excuse to turn the bathroom into her own personal spa. Get inspired by our handmade Mother's Day gift ideas and let Mom know how much you love her.
7 Mother's Day Activities That Are Better Than Breakfast in Bed
Some things on Mother's Day are a given: breakfast in bed, a bouquet of fresh blooms, and a day that showers her with thoughtful gifts. But if Mom is getting a little bored with the same routine year after year, we wouldn't blame her. Want to really wow her this year? Try any one of these ideas!AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Flower SugarThis sugar will give baked goods such as shortbread and pound cake new flavor; it is also perfect in a steaming cup of tea.
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Need help expressing your sentiments this Mother's Day? You can stop chewing your pen -- we've found a perfect quote for every mom.
Mother's Day Crafts and Decorations
Show mom how much you care by decorating the scene of the celebration with these creative ideas.
Extra-Special Cakes to Make for MomA homemade cake on Mother's Day is a carefully considered testament of love. Bake something simple or something elaborate, whatever you make it will be special.
Free Printable Watercolor Mother's Day Cards
4 Tips to Keep in Mind When Giving Flowers for Mother's DayWhether she loves roses, daisies, tulips, or carnations, Mom deserves the best mix of blooms.
20 of Our Best DIY Mother's Day GiftsFlowers are nice and breakfast in bed is practically a given, but any Mom loves a gift that comes from the heart. We've rounded up our best Mother's Day gift ideas over the years including DIY token jewelry, pampering spa sets, and photo-printed gifts.
12 Personalized Mother's Day Gifts That She'll LoveFrom photo-printed pillows to aprons printed with a family recipe, each of these Mother's Day gifts are one-of-a-kind –- just like Mom.
10 Extra-Special First Mother's Day GiftsMotherhood is a series of "first moments" including her first Mother's Day as a new mom. Make it extra memorable with a gift that commemorates this new phase in life, from keepsake kits to personalized jewelry.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberries for Mother's DayThis Mother's Day, show your mom what she means to you with a message of love. All you need are some big bright red strawberries and a little melted chocolate.
Mother's Day Tea Sachets and Gift BoxPut a pretty, personalized spin on a gift of assorted teas. Make sachets to fill with a mix of favorite loose teas (or create custom blends from dried herbs and edible flowers, such as mint and hibiscus). Add tags, and place in a gift box.
Give Mom an Expandable Hand-Shaped Mother's Day CardHere’s a sweet variation on the “I love you thiiiiis much” theme: an expandable hand-shaped card for Mother’s Day.
Easy Mother's Day Pancake RecipeHint at your kids to make Sarah Carey's make-ahead pancake recipe.
Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas: 12 Chores You Can Do to Give Mom a BreakWhat 53 percent of moms most want is ... help with cooking or cleaning. So, this Mother's Day, instead of giving her something she really doesn't need, help around the house! Here are some ideas on how you can be of service.
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Thyme-Roasted Figs over Brioche Pain PerduThyme sprigs and flowers crown this pain perdu -- better known as French toast -- with creme fraiche and roasted figs.Recipe
Hollandaise SauceThe rich, yet airy, sauces of the hollandaise family are made with lemon juice or another liquid that is thickened with egg yolks and butter or oil. By altering the ingredients, you can produce a variety of sauces, from bearnaise to mousseline.Recipe
Triple Decker PB & J Tea SandwichesTriple-decker peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches are an old favorite made into something special for your next party.Recipe
Chocolate Faux GrasAny good milk chocolate will do, but we use a thick candy bar so it looks just like foie gras.Recipe
Grape Juice SquaresDelicious grape squares are easy to make from grape juice and gelatin.Recipe
Orange Pastry CreamUse this recipe to make our Orange-Raspberry Trifles.Recipe
Salmon CakesThese crispy salmon cakes are delicious atop a green salad.Recipe
Monogram CupcakesPipe guests' initials onto the tops of these cupcakes, or create a message that is spelled out when the cupcakes are lined up.Recipe
Mini Sticky BunsThe appeal of diminutive buns, baked in mini-muffin tins, is not just that you can eat more than one with impunity. Unlike their bigger cousins, they are irresistibly crunchy all around the sides.Recipe
Cheese QuesadillasQuesadillas can be assembled in advance and fried quickly before serving.Recipe
Raspberry Pavlova BombeThis impressive ice-cream dessert makes the most of summer fruit. This recipe calls for lining the entire mold with raspberries, which is best done when berries are in season, but this step can be skipped and berries used only on the inside.Recipe
Mrs. Kostyra's Pear-Stuffed French ToastMartha says of this simple dish of fluffy French toast stuffed with fruit, "filling it with fruit may be an idea Mom borrowed from me, which is kind of nice -- the learning going in the other direction."Recipe
Lemon Poppy-Seed Tea CakeThis sweet Mother's Day treat comes to us from reader Angie M. Biggin of Lyons, Illinois.Post
This Pretty-in-Pink Mother's Day Bouquet Will Wow Mom
Spring is wonderful for so many reasons. Perhaps one of the best reasons is we get a day to celebrate the women who brought us into this fine world. Show mom how much you care with perfect Mother's Day flowers.Post
Host a Delightful Mother's Day Tea Party
Pinkies up! At this spring tea party, the rules of formality are bent for fun. Expect the typical treats: buttery scones and finger sandwiches, plus a few surprises. Here, three generations of ladies enjoy a cuppa (and each other's company) on Mother's Day.AdvertisementAdvertisementPost
How to Make a Gift-Worthy Candle in a Vintage Tea Tin
At antique markets, these collectable tins come in all kinds of charming prints and lettering. In your home? They get a second life when upcycled into one-of-a-kind candles.Post
Martha's Lunch Menu for Mother's Day
Celebrate Mother's Day the Martha Stewart way, with an elegant lunch planned for you by Martha herself.
Wine Pairings For Mother's Day Brunch: The Best Wines and the Recipes That Go With Them
To help you make Mother's Day extra special for mom, here are wine pairings for 4 different brunch menus. Whether your mom loves sparkling wine, white, rose, or red, I've selected recipes that compliment her favorite wine style -- and given you some fabulous bottle recommendations.Gallery
Candy Flower Cupcakes -- No Piping RequiredIf you think you need to be a pastry chef to create these beautiful flower cupcakes, think again. Simply top frosted cupcakes with a small garden’s worth of cut-up candies in an artful arrangement. Serve your blooms at parties, bake sales, brunches -- even on Mother’s Day. Everyone will love eating them petal by petal before biting into the cake underneath.See More