20 Mother's Day Gifts for Your Crafty Mom
Whether she's new to needlepoint or has fallen in love with felting, we've found the cutest and craftiest gifts for every maker mom.
Mothers are makers by nature. They cook, garden, and think creatively to keep the home running in tip-top shape. And if your mom is anything like Martha, then she knows her way around arts and crafts.
Mom could be a crafter of any kind. Maybe she enjoys compiling scrapbooks to preserve happy memories, milestone moments, and important family documents. Maybe she works long hours at the sewing machine, churning out everything from large quilts to small accessories. Maybe her free hours are spent knitting scarves, mittens, and cozy warm-as-a-hug sweaters. Or perhaps, she's interested in learning a new technique such as needlework, paper, or jewelry-making. Oftentimes, her crafts are made as a gift with someone else in mind, so why not give her a gift she'll happily use? Whatever her craft of choice, she's interested in the tools, materials, and inspiration to get started on her next project.
In this gift guide, we've curated some of the highest quality products and kits on the market to date. Many of them are by-chance finds while others are modern essentials that every maker should have on hand in her craft room. Whether it's a DIY kit for knitting her own socks from one of America's most sustainable mills (an editors' favorite), an heirloom-quality pair of embroidery scissors from one historic textile workshop in France, or a state-of-the-art tool from Martha herself, these are the gifts that will make Mom say, "Wow, I can't wait to use it."
Now it's time to select the right gift for her—we think you'll have a hard time choosing just one.
Cashmere Ombré Wrap Kit
Drape yourself in this colorfully cozy wrap. The kit includes eight skeins of your favorite gradient color, with six different shade options to choose from.
Shop Now: Purl Soho Cashmere Ombré Wrap Kit, $338, purlsoho.com.
The Martha Manual: How to Do Almost Anything
If you learned from Mom, she learned it from Martha. This practical handbook—loaded with hundreds of ideas, instructions, and inspiration—is bound to satisfy her do-it-yourself mentality.
Shop Now: The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything, $23.55, amazon.com.
A replica of a 19th century model, this pair of hare-inspired scissors is perfect for needlework of all kinds.
Shop Now: Studio Carta Hare Scissors, $32, studiocartashop.com.
Wreath Making Kit
Welcome every season with a new wreath on the door. This kit for crafters and gardeners alike includes one pair of floral clippers, a copper wreath form, copper floral wire, and waterproof tape, plus a professional's manual.
Shop Now: The Floral Society Wreath Workshop, $51.60, nordstrom.com.
If Mom is always mending this or that, teach her a new technique: sashiko, a traditional craft from Edo-era Japan developed to mend and strengthen garments. This introductory kit will teach her how to put together a beautifully stitched pillow sham.
Shop Now: The Crafter's Box Sashiko Kit with Digital Video Workshop, $80, nordstrom.com.
Working in the studio, she's bound to encounter the occasional spill or splatter. Keep Mom outfitted in denim workwear that's stain-resistant and customizable with adjustable sides for the most comfortable fit.
Shop Now: Rendall Co. Larkspur Bib Apron, $95, rendallco.com.
On any given day, she can be found toting her projects around—a bundle of knitting one day, a bouquet of flowers the next. That's why crafter Julie Weisenberger constructed this linen bag to fold up, origami-style, into a simple, square-bottomed, tote structure.
Shop Now: Cocoknits Four Corner Bag, $18, cocoknits.com.
Has she reclaimed the lost art of letter-writing? This set includes practice paper, nibs and bottled ink, and a natural wood pen holder—all for corresponding with her pen pal.
Shop Now: Antiquaria Calligraphy Starter Kit, $58, shopterrain.com.
If she can think it, she can make it with the Cricut Maker Machine. This all-in-one machine creates custom designs from over 300 materials plus five essential tools, a cutting mat, and exclusive projects to be made with the click of a button.
Shop Now: Cricut Maker Machine, $329.99, cricut.com.
This hand-thrown bowl from Maine-based Georgetown Pottery is crafted from fine porcelain clay, complete with perfect slots for easy yarn dispensing. Snag one in this milky-green glaze or one of 12 other finishes.
Shop Now: Georgetown Pottery Knitting Bowl in Ivory and Green Oribe, $45, georgetownpottery.com.
When the creativity starts flowing, she can jot down ideas and inspirations in a journal that's all her own. This one comes with Anna Bond's signature wild flowers bloom across a blush pink hardcover in gold foil accents.
Shop Now: Rifle Paper Co. Wildwood Fabric Journal, $24, riflepaperco.com.
This needlework kit, courtesy of Brynn & Co, comes with everything you need to create an embroidered silhouette on blush-colored linen. Once done, it leaves Mom with a beautiful piece of art for her walls.
Shop Now: Brynn & Co. Flora Embroidery Kit, $40, anthropologie.com.
She'll love stitching her own cardigan one of their modern colors: "Avocado," "Firebird," or "Hot Pink" among others. Best of all, this yarn is washable and it may even help prevent any shedding that may naturally occur.
Shop Now: Loopy Mango Big Cotton Crochet Cardigan DIY Kit, $176, loopymango.com.
The only jewelry better than the gifted kind is the one she picked herself. Perk up her collection with this do-it-yourself necklace and bracelet beading kit. Plus, you can feel good about this gifted purchase: 100 percent of profits are reinvested to empower women and families in poverty.
Shop Now: Akola Luxe DIY Bead Kit, $98, neimanmarcus.com.
There's no need to perfect your skills for this project. The DIY kit comes with hand dyed wools and needles to create your very own whale, lamb, hen, strawberry, or succulent (in its very own terra-cotta pot).
Shop Now: Petit Felts Needle Felting Succulent Kit, $32, food52.com.
Has she tried sun printing? This kit includes detailed instructions and sheets of specially treated paper that can be transformed into rich indigo-colored photographic prints of plant specimens from her garden—just add sun and water.
Shop Now: Textures Factory Cyanotype Kit, $47.50, etsy.com.
Let Mom channel her inner Picasso with a set of artist-quality pencils in a rainbow of 24 colors. They're colored pigment all the way through and easy to sharpen, with a matte finish and precise feel in hand.
Shop Now: K'arst Woodless Artist Pencils, $70, bespokepost.com.
A relaxing hobby for any aspiring creative, this paint-by-numbers kit comes with everything you need to complete a display-worthy work of art.
Shop Now: Paint at Home Store Adult Paint-By-Numbers Kit, $42, anthropologie.com.
Why should Mom simply be treated to flowers that wilt when she can craft her own?
Shop Now: The Green Vase Deluxe Kit, $40, shop.thegreenvase.com.
If Mom is one for fiber art, she'll enjoy the soft-to-the-touch feel of working with wool roving and yarn. When finished with this project, she can mount it for display or keep the tapestry on the loom and use the hole at the top of the loom to attach a small cord to hang it.
Shop Now: Wool Couture Company Weaving Loom Kit, from $21.88, etsy.com.