Since moving four hours from my mom, I’ve begun to realize just how much I miss her (something I’d never have admitted when I threw my car door shut and shouted dramatically “I AM NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVERRRRR COMING BACK HERE!” the day I moved away). I’ve come to pick up the 99 cent cards for meaningless holidays (hello, Columbus Day) and sending them out with little colored dots all over the envelope whenever I get the chance. They’ve really became less of the Lisa Frank style and more trendy than anything, haven’t they? I haven’t been disappointed in quite a while with my finds.
So, when it came to find something for the upcoming Mother’s Day, I began sauntering around my favorite online haunt: Etsy. For anyone who is new here: I’m definitely a person with a budget in mind. If I can find something of great quality for a decent price, I’m doing a little victory dance in front of my computer. While my mother is worth countless dollars to me, I still wanted to find her something that wouldn’t have me scrunching up my eyebrows in concern. So, keeping that in mind, here’s a few fun ideas I found!
Shelley’s Glass Studio | Playful and vibrant glass decorations
Price range: $7 – $30
This cute little Etsy shop boasts handmade glass art for your home, garden, and windows. I bought a bumblebee, ladybug, and snail garden stakes for my mother’s garden. You can choose your mom’s favorite color or ask for a custom color that may not be featured in her shop.
The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy | Beautifully illustrated prints of inspiration in many colors
Price range: $18 – $30
While I haven’t actually purchased a print from this shop, I’ve gazed from afar for years. If your mother enjoys bright, pastel colors and adorable illustrations, Katie has literally a zillion and one to choose from. Her artwork embodies spring itself and would look perfect in anyone’s home regardless of their taste. That’s why I enjoy checking out her shop so often — there’s something for everyone at all times, it seems.
Modern Radar | Screenprinted pouches and prints
Price range: $15 – $22
The pleated pouches featured in this shop immediately caught my eye — I love how playful they are, yet durable as they’re made out of a sturdy cotton canvas material. It appears as if she can take custom requests if you had a specific color or quantity in mind, as well.
Amber Alexander | A unique twist on nature and animal illustrations
Price range: $10 – $35
My mom loves anything that has to do with nature — so when I came across these paintings by Amber, I immediately clicked “favorite” and put them on my list of potential gift ideas. Her shop features everything from rodent to landscape to feather illustrations and also a small array of cute “critter” cards for any occasion.
There’s also several single items in various shops that caught my eye:
- “A Little Rustic Charm” by Silent Goddess ($20): how simple — but an added spot of color!
- “Salted Caramels” made by Piece & Love Pie Co. ($10): um, who doesn’t appreciate a little candy?
- “Pet Rock Necklace” by Field Guide Design ($48): because every mom needs a bit of strength and protection of her own, too. :)
- “Infinity/Forever Young Necklace” by Mica Jewels NYC ($40): because it’s just simply exquisite.
- “Dreamcatchers” by Raptor Ridge Originals ($5): your mom helped you with your bad dreams, so why don’t you do the same?
Want to make something yourself? Take inspiration from other Etsy sellers and branch out on your own.
- Dress up a picture frame with multicolor buttons and include a photograph of the two of you.
- Write your mother’s favorite saying on collected pebbles and glue a magnet to the back.
- Print a thousand images of your favorite quotes and glue to a poster-board and frame.
- Craft your own card on colored card-stock complete with a cute illustration.
- Create an air plant terrarium with found objects.
- Have some word fun and make some Scrabble coasters themed around one of your mom’s favorite hobbies/food/etc.
Finally, a simple card always does it best.
|Embroidered Card by Quill and Fox||
Scanatron Card by Besty
|You Complete Me by Paper Michelle|