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Charming Door Gifts for May Day and Mother’s Day

Cute gift ideas for Mother's Day door basket ideas May Day baskets May Day Cones

Suprise your neighbor with a traditional May Day door basket!

 Are you familiar with the old tradition of making a pretty basket or cone filled with flowers to hang on a neighbor’s door on May 1st? The tradition holds that you must sneak up and hang the basket, knock on the door, and run away. If you are caught, the neighbor must give you a kiss! Now, I really like my neighbors, but I think I will skip on the kissing part! Nevertheless, I think the tradition of giving your neighbor a pretty May Day basket is charming.


illustration, clara burd


The “baskets” are actually little door gifts which can be made out of anything from traditional baskets to paper cones, wall pockets, jars, upcycled cans, peat pots or any other kind of creative container you can think of. Simply fill the object of choice with faux flowers, fresh flowers, seed packets, candy, and maybe a little note or gift card. As I was working on my May Day cone I realized that these types door gifts would also be perfect for Mother’s Day!


Just for fun I decided to experiment with making my own May Day Victorian style “tussie mussie” using a vintage sheet music paper cone that I made during Christmas and some extra faux spring flowers, herbs and succulents  that I already had in my stash. I whipped it up in less than five minutes and hung it on our back door for the day.


I think it turned out so sweet! After today, I think I will hang it in the music room for the rest of spring.



May Day Basket

My creative blogging friend Lora Bloomquist recently shared a fun DIY May Day Basket tutorial. She made the “basket” wall pocket out of card stock and used fresh hydranges So cute!



Easy and pretty DIY May Day baskets!

Sweet Kelly of The Tattered Pew shared how to make some pretty paper May Day cones out of scrapbooking paper.


May Day and Mother’s Day Door Gift  Ideas

Here are some other beautiful and creative May Day and/or Mother’s Day door gift basket, jars, cones, and peat pots.


DIY May Day basket/May basket inspiration




Southern Lady Magazine

My Mom would love finding a vintage mason jar filled with fresh flowers hanging on her door!


Happy May Day

Yesterday On Tuesday



May Day Cone by born 2 b creative, via Flickr


 I love preserving old traditions such as giving door gifts to neighbors and friends on May Day. Beautiful tussie mussies were some of the most popular May Day “baskets” of yesteryear.



Free printable May Day flower cones from /kristenwhitby/

Ella Claire Inspired

A nosegay, posy, or tussiemussie is a small flower bouquet, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the head or bodice. Doilies are traditionally used to bind the stems in these arrangements.  Source



Free printable gift tag to pair with flowers for a May Day surprise

Skip To My Lou




I am just loving all of these pretty door gift ideas!


may day flower baskets made from paper party hats, crafts, flowers, gardening, Hung on a door or cabinet knob this is a pretty way to welcome May

Homeward Found Decor




May Day basket filled with white tulips & greenery

The Charm of Home






Opening my door to find a little burlap bag filled with flowers,or seeds would just make my May Day!


Paper Bag May Day Baskets — decorate paper bags for your May Day baskets. I especially like the addition of the flower seed packet. #diy #mayday #basketsBright Settings


The Cottage Journal


Burlap and Lace May Day Basket — this May Day pocket was made with burlap and vintage lace. The crafty ladies from Beehive Art Salon made sure the burlap pocket was big enough to accommodate a Mason jar. Who wouldn’t love finding this on their doorknob? #diy #mayday #baskets

Bright Settings


Working on has definitely inspired me to make a pretty door gift basket to surprise my mom on Mother’s Day (unless she reads this post first, then it won’t be such a surprise!) We love making up gift baskets for each other! Last year I made her a lavender themed gift basket and it was so much fun to put together.



Lovely Lavender Themed Gift Basket


If you have a lavender lover in your life and you are looking for a special gift idea, be sure to check out my post.





Cute gift ideas for Mother's Day door basket ideas May Day baskets May Day Cones


I hope you have enjoyed this pretty baskets and that this post has given you some ideas for Mother’s Day or May Day. Of course these little door gifts would also be perfect for birthday gifts too.

Have you ever made a May Day basket or May Day gift for a friend or neighbor? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visiting today!



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  • Reply Kelly

    Amber such beautiful May Day Inspiration! Thanks for sharing mine along with the others! Happy May Day!!!

    May 1, 2019 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    Oh goodness, each one is cuter than the last one, I love them ALL! What a treat, thank you Amber!

    May 2, 2019 at 8:25 am
  • Reply Julie Briones

    I LOVED this post. Loved the history shared, and all the lovely styles of door hangings! Thanks for sharing, Amber!

    May 2, 2019 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    So many pretty ideas!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    May 2, 2019 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    These are lovely ideas for May Day and Mother’s Day gifts, Amber! Happy to pin several photos for you all. Beautiful mini-bouquets, all!!

    Barb 🙂

    May 6, 2019 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    I love all the sweet little bouquets! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    May 6, 2019 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Liberty

    Thank you for sharing at Best of the Weekend! I’m delighted to feature this post tomorrow for anybody still needing a Mother’s Day idea.
    Thanks again,
    Liberty at

    May 9, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    Living in the southern hemisphere, May Day flowers are new to me (middle of Autumn for us), but I adore this idea.
    Thanks for sharing this round up of pretties at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week Amber. I’m delighted to be featuring them at tonight’s party and pinning too!

    May 10, 2019 at 1:33 am
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    I love the way you used sheet music on yours – so pretty! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. Your post was one of my features this week! Enjoy your weekend!

    May 10, 2019 at 8:39 am
  • Reply Allyson

    They’re all so very special and unique! Pinned.

    April 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    These are all gorgeous Amber, and I especially love the one you created! Thank you so much for sharing this at Farmhouse Friday – I’m sharing it at tomorrow’s party!

    April 16, 2020 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Marie

    The world needs these lovely May Day gifts more than ever right now! What a wonderful porch delivery for those we care about and miss during these times of social distancing. Thank you for the inspiration, there will be a few doors getting a little surprise from me this week. xo

    April 18, 2020 at 1:28 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      So glad to inspire you Marie! Enjoy spreading some cheer to your neighbors. Thanks for visiting!

      April 21, 2020 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    I always enjoy your round-up posts Amber and was popping in to say that I’m featuring you this week at the Create, Bake, Grow & Gather party… and would you believe, I can see now that I featured you with this post last year too – lol.
    Thanks for always joining us at the party every week.

    April 22, 2020 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply Pamela @ DIY Vibes

    Great ideas here, I like you pansies and peat pot one the most. So simple and elegant.

    April 24, 2020 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Pam

    These are all so beautiful, Amber. I love to make paper cones, and I love the May Day variation of them. I”ll be featuring this tomorrow at TFT. 🙂

    April 27, 2022 at 11:56 am
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