Whether they’re part of your biological family or your chosen one, moms will always be special women in our lives. Though they deserve to be showered in love, affection and gifts year round, the most decadent celebrating usually occurs on Mother’s Day, traditionally celebrated in the U.S. on the second Sunday in May.
When it comes to deciding what to gift your mom, going handmade is always appreciated and loved. Store-bought items might look more polished, but there’s nothing like receiving something a loved one carefully constructed by hand.
To show your mom how much you care, gift her a DIY essential oil gift this year. Not only will it keep her smelling great, she’ll reap the many benefits essential oils have — from stress relief to increased productivity. Check out these 15 options organized by which mom (or mother figure) they’re perfect for, and don’t forget to check one more thing off your list by printing out our printable gift labels!
For the Natural Mom
This mama loves all things organic and natural, and is outside more often than she’s in. She values homemade things, quality time with her family and more often than not has some new DIY recipe she’s tinkering on. Show her you understand her and give her an essential oils DIY gift she’ll treasure for years to come.
1. Custom Reed Diffuser
Making a reed diffuser is not only easy, but it’s something that can become a smell-good staple in your mom’s household. These diffusers make a great weekend project, and by the time you finish the one for your mom you’ll want one for yourself!
All you’ll need to complete this project is:
- Glass container with a narrow opening
- Reed sticks
- ¼ cup light oil (sweet almond, safflower, sandalwood, etc.)
- 15 to 20 drops essential oil
- 2 tablespoons alcohol (vodka preferred) to help oil travel up reeds
To create, follow this recipe:
- Combine oil, alcohol and essential oil
- Mix well
- Carefully pour oil mixture into glass container
- Add five to seven reeds to container and oil mixture
- Flip reeds every few days to guarantee fresh scent
Some blends that are common household favorites are:
- Confidence Booster: sweet orange, rosemary
- Calm & Collected: lavender, Roman chamomile
- Celebrate Good Times: ylang-ylang, ginger, grapefruit
- Bye-Bye Blues: mandarin, neroli, jasmine
2. Handmade Body Butter
This homemade body butter is a great gift to make and give out in several batches: one to your mom, one to a friend and one for yourself!
To make this, you’ll need around two hours and the following:
- ⅓ cup (2 oz.) coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter
- ⅓ cup jojoba or sweet almond oil
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder (optional)
- 15 to 20 drops essential oil
- Recommended: peppermint; frankincense and lavender
3. DIY Coffee Scrub
Not only does this body scrub serve as the perfect wake-me-up in a morning shower, caffeine has been proven to have positive effects on skin: from anti-aging properties to brightening dull skin. Grab a glass jar and get to scrubbing!
- ½ cup ground coffee
- ½ cup organic sugar
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- ½ tablespoon jojoba oil
- 5 drops Vitamin E
- 14 drops vanilla essential oil
To create, follow these directions:
- Combine coffee grounds and sugar, mix well with wooden spoon
- Add in grapeseed, almond, jojoba, vitamin E and vanilla oils
- Mix until thoroughly combined; should not be wet, should feel slightly dry to the touch
- Store in airtight, glass container
4. Custom Roll-On Blend
This makes a perfect small gift for the natural mama to keep in her hiking bag to roll on whenever she needs a pick-me-up. Simply pick up a roller bottle at a dollar store and fill with a customized blend and carrier oil.
The recommended dilution is three to six drops of oil per ounce of carrier oil, which can be sweet almond, jojoba, coconut, olive oil or cocoa butter.
5. Aromatherapy Guide
This one will take a little research on your end, but will be worth it to help your mom know how to relax. Look up the various benefits of aromatherapy: alleviating stress or depression, improving quality of sleep, assisting in productivity, etc., and put together a guide so she knows which oils work best for which issue she wants to alleviate. This would make a great partner gift to a small batch of essential oils so she can get started with aromatherapy right away!
Pick your favorite gifts that she’ll appreciate, wrap them up and give them to her with these printable gift tags that are perfect for the nature-loving mom!
For the Busy Mom
This mom redefines the word “boss,” has a calendar with every minute of her day meticulously planned out and can seamlessly balance an important meeting with her kid’s activities. Part of being so busy means she likely doesn’t have much time to pamper herself, so one (or more!) of these DIY essential oil gifts will do the trick to remind her to slow down and take more than five minutes to relax and unwind every once in a while.
6. Homemade Bath Bombs
A collection of bath bombs are not only fun to make, but are a great way to promote relaxation to the receiver. Pair this with some bubble bath and a nice bottle of wine, and you’ve gifted them a recipe for the perfect night in!
To create, follow our bath bomb recipe. Some new blend ideas for Mother’s Day are:
- Springtime Surprise: chamomile, geranium, lavender
- Flower Power: jasmine, ylang-ylang, lavender
- Rest & Rejuvenate: lavender, eucalyptus
7. Invigorating Foot Soak
After being on her feet all day, any mom will sing your praises for gifting her with this foot soak. A perfect accompaniment to a full spa day gift set, this DIY recipe will soon become a household favorite for anyone whose achy feet need a little TLC.
First, gather your ingredients. To prepare a jar with around 4 soaks in it:
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- Add drops of desired essential oil until optimal scent is reached
- Recommended oils: lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen
- Six tablespoons carrier oil (optional, can be cocoa butter or olive, sweet almond or coconut oil)
8. Exfoliating Lip Scrub
One area of the body that doesn’t often get pampered is our lips. This likely rings true for the busy mom, who probably relies on lip balm or lipstick. Remind her to take care of her full body by gifting her a minty fresh exfoliating lip scrub she can use on her next spa night, or the next time she needs to feel taken care of.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 drop peppermint essential oil
- Carefully mix ingredients together with spatula. When done, it should have a coarse, paste-like consistency
- Store in airtight glass jar with lid
- Apply to lips and let sit for five minutes. Rinse off with warm wash cloth and apply lip balm after. Lips should feel fresh, plump and tingly
9. Aromatherapy Jar Candle
One way to instantly relax and unwind is as easy as lighting a candle. When created with essential oils, candles fill the entire room with a luxurious, therapeutic scent that is tailor-made to allow the busy mom to take a moment for herself at the end of a hectic day.
To create a soothing candle that will take the edge off of a stressful day, first gather your supplies:
- Glass or metal container (mason jar, tin can, etc. work well)
- Be sure container is clean or wash in clean, soapy water
- Wax flakes (soy wax is the easiest to work with)
- Candle dye or crayon shavings (if desired)
- Tabbed candle wick
- Essential oils of choice
To create your aromatherapy candle:
Heating the Wax:
- Pour wax flakes into container, then double the amount needed to fill the jar (wax shrinks as it’s heated)
- Melt wax and heat to 180 degrees F (double-check instructions on wax to see if it needs to be heated to a different temperature)
- Use candle- or candy-making thermometer to check temperature
- Heating in microwave: pour wax into glass measuring cup or bowl Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring between, until fully melted
- Heating on stove: fill a pot with two inches of water, then set a metal pitcher into it. Add wax to pitcher and bring water to a boil. Stir wax frequently until melted
- If desired, add candle dye to wax. Mix until fully blended
Adding the Wick:
- Take one drop of heated wax and drip onto center of container bottom. If wax is unavailable or not melted, hot glue works well
- Working quickly and carefully, press tabbed bottom of wick onto hot glue or wax
- If wick is long, wrap stick or pencil around wick until it rests on top of the container to hold the wick upright
- Wait approximately five minutes for wick to set to prevent it from moving as wax is poured
Scenting & Pouring Wax:
- Let wax cool to approx. 140 degrees F
- Stir in essential oils. Plan on adding around ½ oz. essential oils per pound of candle wax flakes, keeping in mind scent will weaken once candle hardens
- Slowly pour wax into container. Pouring too fast will result in bubbles and splatters
- Leave around one inch of container unfilled to prevent wax dripping down the sides when lit
- Save any excess wax to fill in dips or wells in finished product
- Let candle harden on either a steady surface or in the fridge. Wax will turn from clear to opaque once hardened
- Depending on size of container, it will take candle around one hour to completely harden in the fridge, and anywhere from six to eight hours on a countertop
- Once hardened, check for dips or wells and reheat leftover wax to fill. Let these parts harden before wrapping up
- Do not pour hot wax down the drain. Let any unused wax harden completely, then toss
- Unravel wick, then trim wick down to around ¼ inch from top of the candle. Trim wick down after each use to prevent wick from creating too much smoke
10. Luxurious Potpourri
Another way to create a relaxing, comforting atmosphere for the busy mom is through gifting potpourri recipes and supplies. Stovetop potpourri is an easy and effective way to fill an entire home with a lux, soothing smell that is perfect for entertaining or for a relaxing night in.
To give the gift of a relaxing and fragrant home, check out our guide to stovetop Christmas potpourri. Some new scents for springtime and Mother’s Day are:
- Spring Cleaning: two sliced lemons, one bunch rosemary, one tablespoon vanilla extract
- Allergy Fighter: three limes, one bunch fresh mint, one bunch fresh thyme, finely sliced ginger to taste
- Ama-ZING: two lemons, two cinnamon sticks, 1 bunch fresh thyme, 1 bunch fresh mint
To gift these, write (or print) out the recipes and wrap up the raw materials she’ll need to make the potpourri in a mason jar. Who doesn’t love a gift that doubles as a craft?
Once you’ve made your pick of the best gifts for the busy mom in your life, top off your wrapping with one of our printable gift tags!
For the New Mom
This mom just welcomed home her very first bundle of joy, so being a mom is a very new (and very exciting!) adventure for her. This mama likely needs some TLC, and nothing is better to promote some relaxation than thoughtful essential oil DIY gifts she can pamper herself with.
11. DIY Heating Pad
Heating pads are a lifesaver for every mom, and the new mom is no exception. Give her the gift of relaxation and help her with the aches and pains that naturally come with the territory of motherhood. These are extremely easy to make, and will likely become a new DIY gift staple.
To create, gather your materials:
- 2 squares of fabric, size depending on how big you want it to be
- Uncooked rice, oatmeal or barley
- Desired essential oil, lavender recommended
- Sew three of the four sides of inside out fabric together
- Flip right side out to show desired print
- Mix together rice, oatmeal or barley with essential oil
- Drops depending on strength of scent
- Let sit for ten minutes to absorb scent
- Fill bag ¾ of the way full of mixture
- Carefully stitch fourth side closed
These can be microwaved for one to two minutes to be a heating pad, or frozen to be used as a cooling pad — the options are endless!
12. Homemade Shower Melts
Shower melts are an ideal gift for anyone who doesn’t have a bathtub, has their hands full or just needs to be reminded to take some time for themselves amidst the goings-on of their busy lives. Gifting a jar of these is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for any mom who needs a minute or two for herself, even if it’s just in the shower before she starts her day.
First, gather your supplies: (note: this recipe creates around 24 melts — gift them all to the new mom in your life, or keep a handful for yourself!)
- Large square ice cube tray
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- Essential oil of choice
- Recommended: lavender, lemon, rosemary, bergamot or geranium
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- Food coloring (optional)
To use, place these melts on the floor of the shower to allow water and steam to create a therapeutic, calming and invigorating shower experience.
13. Scented Room Spray
There’s a lot of new smells that come with being a new mama — both good and bad! Help the new mom in your life give her home an easy refresh with an easy, fresh-smelling DIY scented room spray. This makes a great gift when paired with a bouquet of flowers and fresh hand towels she can use to give her home a springtime boost.
First, gather your ingredients:
- Essential oils of choice
- Recommended springtime scents: eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, bergamot, rosemary or spearmint
- Clean spray bottle
- Distilled water
- Unscented witch hazel
- Dried flowers or herbs (optional)
- Recommended: rosemary sprigs, mint leaves, basil leaves
- Depending on size of bottle and desired strength of scent, pour anywhere from 10 to 30 drops of essential oil into cleaned bottle
- Fill halfway with witch hazel
- Fill the rest with distilled water
- Shake bottle to combine
- If desired, insert dried flowers or herbs
14. Exfoliating Soap
Who doesn’t love fancy soap? Gifting the new mom a two-in-one soap and exfoliator bar will help her get some much-needed “me-time” in, even if it’s just for the duration of her shower. Check out our guide to DIY soap that smells like her favorite perfume, but add in one of these exfoliating agents during the soap-making process to make her shower that much better:
- Finely ground coffee grounds
- Fine Himalayan pink salt
- Poppy seeds
- Raw oatmeal
15. Handmade Shimmering Body Spray
Every mom wants to smell great, so why not give that gift? If the new mom in your life prefers to pick out her everyday perfumes herself, make her a shimmering, homemade body spray that will become her new go-to on more casual, laid-back days when she still wants to look (and smell) put together.
First, gather your ingredients:
- 5-6 oz. spray bottle (preferably glass)
- 3 teaspoons argan oil (can sub vegetable glycerin or jojoba oil)
- 2 teaspoons loose eyeshadow or cosmetic pigment, any color
- Avoid using glitter, as this will clog up the bottle
- Suggested colors: white, bronze, gold, purple
- 2 oz. distilled water
- 20- 25 drops essential oils of choice
- Recommended combinations:
- Lavender + lemon
- Grapefruit + geranium
- Orange + rosemary
- Rose + Roman chamomile
- Recommended combinations:
Once you have your gifts made and ready to give, add the finishing touch with one of our printable gift tags, perfect for the mom celebrating her first Mother’s Day!
For Other Types of Moms
The untraditional types of moms should be celebrated, too! Whether they’re a grandparent, step-parent, family friend or unmarried partner, including those who have stepped into the motherhood role is important no matter the day.
This Mother’s Day, take a moment to show them that their love for you doesn’t go unnoticed. All families are unique in their own way — show the chosen moms and mother figures in your life that they are just as important to you as a biological parent.
Pick from any of the above gifts to show them they’re included in this Mother’s Day. Top it off with one of these gift tags that shows them they’re a part of the family, blood-related or not!
No matter which gift you choose to give to your mom this Mother’s Day, remember to be grateful for the special women in your life year-round. Whether your mom is biological or chosen, these are special women and deserve to be reminded of that, every day!
If you want to make your own special gift tag for your mom but don’t know where to start, use our blank templates as a jumping off point!
Sources: One Essential Community (1, 2) | Hello Glow | Elite Daily | Aromaweb | The Coconut Mama | Eco Living Mama | Loving Essential Oils | Mother Nature Network | Gathering Dreams | Martha Stewart | Healthline | Ricola | WikiHow (1, 2)