Mum's handmade birthday presents

My mum's birthday was in January and I thought I would continue my handmade tradition and craft her a pretty dress with matching earrings.
I thought the pink floral cotton was delightfully Cath-Kidston-esque, and a far more reasonable price. The lace collar added a nice finish, my mum is a girly girl through and through, and loves to wear little a-line dresses like this with loose linen trousers. I used my trusty old fave pattern New Look 6868, other versions can be found here.

Have you ever made gifts by hand? Any ideas or suggestions would be lovely to hear! :)