Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’ve run out of ideas to treat your mom, grandma, or other special ladies in your life, we’d like to encourage you to get creative and think outside the box. Don’t forget to keep mom’s likes and dislikes in mind when you’re making arrangements. Most of all, tell them how much you appreciate what they have done for you.
This year, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8. Here are some great ideas to get you started. Some that may be little or no cost for your family to celebrate:
- Go out for brunch. Brunch is the family favorite because many people enjoy going out for a nice, late-morning meal. Be sure to make a reservation and research specials in your area.
- Order or go out for crabs. Living in the heart of crab feasting and festivals galore, mom might love to kick off the summer season picking crabs. Make a reservation at your favorite place, napkin up, and enjoy a great time. You can order in advance and enjoy the experience at home.
- Relax at home. Mom may be in need of some rest and relaxation; she may want to read a good book, or binge watch a Netflix series. Perhaps sweeten the deal with some hors d’oeuvres, cheese and crackers, fruit tray or whatever she likes. Most of all, she will likely enjoy the company of her kids. (Yes, we are all “kids” forever.)
- Get pampered. Whether it’s at the spa or the nail salon, it’s always a nice treat for mom, especially when she’s with her daughter(s) or a friend. This is a simple one that just requires a reservation.
- Go to the movies. What’s the big movie out right now? If your mom really wants to see it, then spend the afternoon at the movies. Be sure to treat her to popcorn or candy—whatever she likes, be it Gummi Bears, chocolates or sweet tarts.
- Let’s barbecue! If mom loves a good picnic and barbeque, why not volunteer the best grill master in the family to fire up a wonderful meal? Chicken, steaks, corn on the cob, and roasted veggies are some suggestions. This will be relaxing for mom, maybe not so much for the chef at the grill. There’s always someone in the family that loves to do that. Make it easier on that person by helping with prep work.
- Have a tea party. Mom may not be the fussy type, but what about a tea party, especially if you have some younger girls to include? It isn’t all about the tea: You can add a tray full of scones, croissants, fruit or anything else you think mom with like. Pick up some fancy tea cups at a thrift store or Goodwill. It will likely be a very different and nice time!
- Plan a pizza party. Rolling your own dough and adorning it with your favorite toppings can be really fun. Have everyone make their own personal pizza. Quick tip: Before you put the toppings on, pop those doughy pizzas in the oven at 450 degrees for about 6 minutes. Then, put your meats, veggies, cheese and sauce on. If you miss this step, it will still taste good, however you’ll likely have a doughier crust. This may be one of those things your family can practice over time and make a family tradition.
- Go hiking or biking in a state park. Walking trails are usually abundant, and there’s always some hiking paths to conquer. If mom isn’t up for the hike, find a nice walking path and enjoy nature.
- Watch home movies. This may involve firing up the VHS to see if it works, or planning in advance by sending those videos out to be digitized.
- Is it a nice day? Go outside and play badminton, volleyball, kickball or baseball. Even if mom isn’t capable of participating, she will love sitting on the sidelines to see her kids and grandkids having fun.
- Take an exercise class. There’s no shortage of Zumba, yoga and other exercise classes to enjoy with your mom. This could be easily arranged for a really fun time. Cool off with some homemade lemonade or iced tea once you get home.
- Play board games. They are a great family activity to do as long as you keep it friendly. Some funny stories have come out of these family game nights, so don’t underestimate their charm. Mom will enjoy participating and watching her kids play and have fun.
- Do you live near a beach or lake? Depending on where you live, it might be too early for swimming, but there’s a certain serenity when we are near water. Whether you’re sitting on the beach or by a lake, the quiet may be just what mom and you need. Got a boat? Take her out on the water for a ride.
- Get theater tickets. You’ll need to plan this in advance, especially if the show is a popular one. Can’t do a New York weekend? Even if it’s not Broadway, many cities typically have theaters that accommodate some pretty big Broadway touring shows, and they can be wonderful in the smaller venues, particularly when it comes to choice seating.
- Plan a weekend getaway. If dads can golf their Father’s Day away, so can mom. Plan a weekend trip to an Airbnb where you can golf, shop and stroll. There’s no shortage of rental properties, and you might snag yourself a pretty good deal in a place you’ve always wanted to see.
- Book a massage. Your mom will truly appreciate you setting her up with a massage appointment. Treat her to lunch afterwards. Join her if you can, and turn it into a fun day together.
There are so many ideas to list, so just be sure that whatever you choose to do, you make your mom feel extra special on Mother’s Day.
Resources: Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Classpop.com, Postable.com, TastesBetterFromScratch.com