The most festive day of the year is fast approaching which means it's time to start thinking about presents! No one deserves a special gift more than your mom, so this year why not create a handmade present she’ll love for years to come?


Use our DIY Christmas gifts for mom round-up to pick and craft something truly unique. From home decor and self-care to personalised pressies and DIY garments, you’re bound to find a gift idea that shows how much she means to you.

Grab your hot cocoa and let’s find a DIY Christmas gift for your mom together!

23 DIY Christmas gifts for mom

1. Handmade soaps and a matching dish

DIY soap dish finished

Fresh soaps are always a welcomed Christmas gift and will leave your loved one smelling beautiful!

Learn how to make soap here on Gathered with our step-by-step tutorial. We’ll teach you every aspect of soap making including the tools you need, personalisation and three different processes.

Why not also make your mom a DIY soap dish? It’s the ultimate duo gift which is both practical and pretty.

2. A hand-knitted mug cosy

one ball knitting patterns free

DIY Christmas gifts for mom should be made with kindness and care. This mug cosy does just that, showing your love with every stitch.

Use our free fair isle knitting pattern to create this charming cosy and keep your mom’s coffee hot!

3. Personalised artwork

DIY gifts for mom Personalised artwork

There’s nothing quite like a mother-daughter relationship! If you’re looking for a last-minute DIY Christmas gift for your mom from her daughter, this sweet artwork is a great option.

Handmade with pebbles from the UK seaside, this little frame will remind your mom of the special bond you both have.

4. A quilted hot water bottle

Quilted hot water bottle cover

December is one of the coldest months of the year which makes hot water bottles the perfect present!

Learn how to make a quilted hot water bottle cover with our free tutorial. Personalise with your mom’s name or sew using Christmas fabrics to make the gift extra festive.

5. DIY gift vouchers and scratch cards!

DIY gifts for mom DIY gift vouchers and scratch cards

Gift vouchers are a brilliant way of getting creative and make great last-minute presents.

We love this mom scratchcard from Etsy which includes prizes such as shopping trips together, flowers and meals.

We know your mom will love receiving this scratchcard in their Christmas card but beware… The rules state they can call you up anytime and claim their prize!

6. Handcrafted earrings

how to make brass earrings

DIY Christmas gifts for mom have never been so classy. Follow Joanna Kang’s step-by-step tutorial and learn how to make brass earrings.

The abstract design and classic gold colouring mean they’ll go with any outfit. Perfect for stylish moms who like cool jewellery.

7. DIY trinket dish

clay trinket dish diy

Once you’ve made your mom a pair of earrings they’ll need somewhere to store them.

Use our clay trinket dish tutorial to mould this tropical leaf bowl, also ideal for storing rings, necklaces and other bits and bobs.

Pop it in a DIY gift box and finish with a big red bow and ta-dah! A DIY Christmas gift for mom that only took a few hours to make.

8. Wax melt gift box

DIY gifts for mom Wax melt gift box

DIY Christmas gifts for mom don’t technically have to have been DIY’d by you… If you’re short on time this year, give the next best thing, a handmade gift from a small business.

This lovely wax melt gift box includes a personalised wax burner, four scents of your choice (including Christmas options), tealights and sweets.

Everything your mom needs to unwind after the madness of Christmas day!

9. Crochet them their own accessories!

free crochet ear warmer pattern - front

From scarves and hats to clutch bags and baskets, we have a huge selection of free crochet patterns here on Gathered.

All our patterns make beautiful DIY gifts for mom, especially these funky crochet ear warmers. Your mom can wear them on her annual Boxing Day walk!

10. Personalised photo block

DIY gifts for Mom Personalised photo block

True Willow Gifts makes a range of sweet DIY gifts for Mom including this personalised photo box. Simply send the company a special photo of you and your mom and they will preserve it in this sleek acrylic block.

This DIY gift for mom can be gifted for birthdays, Mother’s Day or Christmas!

11. Handmade candles

How to make candles at home close up version

Candles make a wonderful Christmas gift and will encourage your mom to relax and take some time for herself.

Learn how to make candles at home with our step-by-step tutorial. We show you how to customise the scent of your candle too so you can make your mom’s home smell delicious.

Once you’ve made your candles, use our Furoshiki wrapping tutorial to make them look beautiful.

Looking for more DIY Christmas gift ideas for mom?

Check out our collection of 40 quick gifts to sew!

12. Plant hangers

macrame plant hanger

Give your mom a new plant baby for Christmas and make it a cool hanging planter to match.

This lovely macrame plant hanger is quick and affordable to make but retails for around $20! Use a macrame cord which matches your mom’s interior decor style and add wooden beads for extra detail.

If you’re new to macrame then head over to our macrame guide for beginner-friendly instructions.

13. Cute crochet keyrings

DIY gifts for mom cute crochet keyrings

If you’re looking for a little stocking stuffer gift then this handmade crochet bee keyring is just the thing.

Your mom can hang this adorable bee on her keys and be reminded of you every time she looks at it.

If you happen to be a keen crocheter yourself, head over to our free crochet bee pattern and use your skills to make a DIY gift for mom.

14. Embroider a festive banner

Tartan sausage dog banner from Love Embroidery issue 19

These smart-looking pups are the perfect DIY gift for moms who love dogs! Follow Kelly Fletcher’s dog embroidery pattern and stitch these festive friends this December.

Why not make a DIY gift for your mom’s dog too? We have a quick and easy DIY dog bandana tutorial here on Gathered.

15. Sew up some kitchen accessories

quilted pot holder kitchen scene

Follow Kristyne Czepuryk’s potholder quilt pattern and sew your own DIY Christmas gift for mom this year.

This patchwork potholder can protect your mom’s kitchen sides and hands from those Christmas dinner hot trays! You could also embroider a matching tea towel to go with their new pot holder.

16. Luxury embroidered scarf

DIY gifts for mom Luxury embroidered scarf

We just know your mom will love this stylish personalised scarf! Creative Blossom Ltd have eight scarf colours to choose from and over 20 thread colours so you can choose your mom’s favourite colour combination.

When your scarf arrives follow our Suminagashi gift wrap tutorial for the final flourish!

17. Whip up a new duvet set

How to make a duvet cover

Give your loved one’s bedroom a refresh this DIY gift for mom! Anna Alicia shows you how to make a duvet cover, complete with matching pillowcases, here on Gathered.

Pick out some colourful fabrics, or perhaps some Christmas fabrics, and create a gift she’ll use over and over again. Bonus points if you make her a chunky knit blanket too!

18. Cosy DIY gifts for mom

Dressing gown pattern

Keep your mom warm and comfy this Christmas with our free dressing gown sewing pattern! Sew your dressing gown from soft cotton terry, waffle or a fleece material to make your mom feel extra cuddly!

Alternatively, why not sew your mom some PJs? Make sure you know your mom’s usual size and use our pyjama sewing pattern.

19. Personalised hot chocolate spoons

DIY gifts for mom Personalised hot chocolate spoons

We’ve all heard of the classic mug gift but most moms have enough mugs in their cupboard! Instead, gift them this beautiful personalised hot chocolate spoon.

Pair with some tasty gingerbread biscuits and fancy hot chocolate powder for the ultimate sweet treat.

20. DIY beauty gifts for mom

Cuticle Oil - Finished V3

Create a gift box full of DIY beauty bits for your mom this Christmas. Learn how to make natural lip balm and DIY lavender oil right here on Gathered.

Pop these inside your box, alongside some handmade bath bombs and cuticle oil for a full DIY package!

On the hunt for eco-friendly DIY gifts for mom?

Head over to our collection of the best eco-friendly gifts to buy and make!

21. Make a festive mini quilt

Gingerbread house Christmas mini quilt

This cute mini quilt is a very special DIY gift for your mom. Designed by Gracey Larson, this wall hanging can take pride of place in your mom’s home every year.

Want a more challenging project? Head over to our collection of free quilting patterns. Any of our large quilts would make a gorgeous gift for your mom.

22. Memory book

DIY gifts for mom Personalised book

We absolutely love scrapbooking here at Gathered and think memory books are a brilliant, sentimental gift for your mom.

This book, sold by Hip Hip Hooray, is full of prompt pages for you (or you and your mom) to fill out. There’s pages for important milestones, best advice given, places you’ve visited together and much more.

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23. Screen-printed clothing

DIY t-shirt printing

Printmaking is a unique way of adding your own personal stamp onto items. Shikira Alleyne-Samuel shows you how to do DIY t-shirt printing right here on Gathered.

You can use this technique to create fun and silly DIY gifts for your mom. For example, you could screen print funny sayings, nicknames and motifs onto the shirt and get your mom to wear it on Christmas day!

Show your mom how special she is this Christmas

No one deserves a thoughtful present more than your mom! The fact you’ve taken time out of your busy day to craft her a special gift will mean the world to her.

Pick out an idea that suits her personality and style and start making a DIY gift for mom. Add some mince pies and Christmas music into the mix and you’ve got yourself an enjoyable yet productive evening activity!


Find Christmas gifts for all the family

Head over to our collection of DIY Christmas gifts which includes present ideas for dads, girlfriends, boyfriends and more!

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Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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