A Mother's Day Gift Guide for Creative Women

by Susan Green March 12, 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide handmade in the UK

When it comes to Mother's Day, there's no doubt that a handmade gift means more than one that's mass-produced.

Here's my selection of gifts that you won't find on the high street, curated especially for creative women. Click each image for further details and to purchase the books.

For mothers who are makers:

Crawford Waxed Linen Thread is not only used for bookbinding, creative women also use it for all manner of stitching projects, 3D assemblages, small-scale weaving, beading and jewellry making. £7.50 for a packet of 3 colours.

For mothers who meditate:

I've heard people use their Miniature Journal to write meditation prompts. Okay, and note all their internet passwords, but I don't think we're supposed to do that. Mini Leather Journals are £15 each and I've made them an array of delightful colour combinations. 

Mother's Day Mini Journal Gift

Vegan Mini Journals are also available, in Rose Gold and Natural, £15:

Vegan Mother's Day Gift Idea: cork mini journal in rose gold and natural

For mothers who are photographers:

Accordion books make a great panoramic sketchbook and are also an innovative way to display photographs (use glue dots or photo corners). A set of 3 in various colourways is £15. This is how photographer Robin Hutt uses them:

Accordion Books used by photographer Robin Hutt copyright Robin Hutt.

Image by kind permission and copyright © Robin Hutt, 2015

For mothers who write:

Leather & Linen Journals lie flat on a desk so you can write up to the edge of each page. They're so tactile that they're a real pleasure to use. Oh, and because they're hand-stitched, they'll never fall apart. In White or Duck Egg, £49 for A6 size, £35 for small square version.

Leather & Linen Journal mothers day gift for writers

For mothers who are artists:

Wabi Sabi Sketchbooks are bound with incredibly tactile cotton rag paper for watercolours and ink. Unadorned and uncovered, nevertheless securely bound, they feature natural variations in surface and texture. 3 sizes, from £30

Leather Sketchbooks provide a more robust place to work. This one in Duck Egg & Sherbet Lemon easily fits in a bag and has cartridge paper for dry-medium work. It's £60

Mothers Day Gift: Leather Sketchbook in Duck Egg and Sherbet Lemon

For mothers who love luxury:

When we touch something that feels good, we feel good. That's why I bound this Journal in exquisitely soft organic goatskin leather with a silk ribbon to tie it closed. A6 size, £99

Luxury Leather Notebook or Journal with silk ribbon

For mothers with a big box of mementoes:

Get out the photographs, the newspaper clippings, the postcards and the ticket stubs. It's time to compile a very special scrapbook. Memory Books are bound in fine leather with thick paper to support all your mementoes. Various colourways are available to order here, you can also ask me to make a personalised bespoke book in your own choice of colours. A5 Medium £129, A4 Large £199.

Mother's Day Gift for Creative Women: Memory Book hand bound in leather

Whether you celebrate Mother's Day or not, I hope you found this gift guide for creative women useful. You can shop each book by clicking on its picture. If you have any questions please email info@boundbyhand.co.uk or you can call me on +44 (0)7748 759 371

Susan x

Susan Green
Susan Green


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Size Guide

Use this Size Guide to check the dimensions of the books you're considering purchasing (dimensions are external and refer to the closed book unless otherwise indicated). If you'd like some guidance with selecting the correct size, feel free to contact Susan the bookbinder: email info@boundbyhand.co.uk or call +44 (0)7748 759371

Leather Memory Books, Wedding Guest Books, Journals and Sketchbooks
A4 Large Portrait 12 inches or 305 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A4 Large Landscape 8.5 inches or 215 mm 12 inches or 305 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Landscape 6 inches or 155 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Portrait 8.5 inches or 215 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1.5 inches or 35 mm
A6 Small Landscape 4.5 inches or 114 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
A6 Small Portrait 6 inches or 155 mm 4.5 inches or 114 mm 1 inch or 25 mm


Miniature Journals
 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches


Marbled Notebooks
 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205 mm or 8 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 8.25 inches approx. 145 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 56 pages
A6 Small  150 mm or 6 inches approx. 100 mm or 4 inches approx. 48 pages
A7 Pocket 106 mm or 4.25 inches approx. 72 mm or 2.75 inches approx. 40 pages