On Mother’s Day, we have a chance to give back to the women who give so much to their families by celebrating their love, hard work, and strength. But coming up with the perfect Mother’s Day gift isn’t easy. After all, a mother’s love is unquantifiable — and so is our love for our moms.
In 2021, the National Retail Foundation asked American adults how they celebrate Mother’s Day. Flowers, thoughtful cards, gifts, and special outings together rank highly as ways we let our moms know how much we love and appreciate them, but there are countless ways to commemorate the day. Your Mother’s Day celebration can be just as unique as your relationship with your mom.
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If you’re looking for thoughtful, memorable Mother’s Day gifts and activities, you’ve come to the right place — we’ve brainstormed 10 off-the-wall ideas to help you find the perfect way to show her how special she is.
And don’t worry if she’s far away. Even if you can’t celebrate together in person, you can still send a gift that will touch her heart, or plan an experience together that will make her feel your love from across the world.
6 Mother's Day Ideas to Celebrate Together
Experiences and activities are a wonderful way to bond with your mom on Mother’s Day, and the memories you make will be as precious as any gift. The best thing to get the woman who has everything is quality time together. Give her the gift of your undivided attention and companionship.
Learn a Skill Together
Moms teach us more than any class ever could, which is why giving her the opportunity to learn a new skill or pursue her interests makes a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. Plus, learning together is a great way to share in each other’s growth and support each other. And it can be a lot of fun!
You know your mom best, so get creative and use your best judgment when picking out a class that she’ll love. Here are a few ideas for fun, beginner-friendly classes to share with your mom.
Kitchenware stores often offer special cooking classes focused on a particular dish or cuisine. Spend a few hours using state-of-the-art cookware and appliances; end the class with a yummy meal to share and the know-how to make it again at home.
Pottery and painting studios are also great places to find classes. If your mom is a fan of wine, look for a paint-and-sip course! The best thing about these classes is that you’ll each take home a beautiful piece of handmade art, so you always remember the time you spent together.
Is your mom the outdoorsy type? You could look for rock climbing classes at local climbing gyms, take a gardening class together, or try horse-back riding — the options are limitless. No matter what her passions are, you’re sure to be able to find something that will broaden both your horizons.
Spend a Night in With Great Entertainment
You don’t have to go out to spend quality time together — you can make an evening at home every bit as special as an outing. Bring together a unique, fun night by doing activities you both enjoy, especially if they have special meaning in your relationship. Cook a fun meal together (or let your mom put her feet up while you do the cooking). Try making her favorite cocktail or drink at home.
If your mom is a movie aficionado, why not make Mother’s Day a cozy movie night? Wear cozy pajamas, pile the couch with pillows and blankets, and break out the snacks — popcorn, chips, or whatever she likes to munch on. Pick a familiar comfort movie or try something new!
Do you and your mom enjoy games? Have a cache of board games at the ready. You can get competitive or collaborative depending on the game. Or if your mom wants a quieter activity, share the experience of reading a book together, taking turns with chapters of a fun beach read or love story.
Head to the Spa
Take relaxation to another level with this Mother’s Day idea. Book a spa treatment for you and your mom — think deep-tissue massages or mani-pedis (or both!). She’ll love being pampered while she hangs out with you. As an added bonus, you get in on the spa time too!
For a budget-friendly option, set up an at-home spa. Break out the face masks — you can even make them yourself if you’re feeling crafty! — or enjoy soothing foot baths together. Or, if she prefers some alone time, show your love by drawing her a warm bath fizzing with bath bombs, or create an afternoon sanctuary for her. Smudge the room, scent the space with an essential oil diffuser, play a soothing soundscape, and place healing stones from our Mineral Intention Boxes around the room. Give her the gift of a few hours of blissful calm and quiet. This is an especially thoughtful gift for busy moms who don’t get enough time to relax by themselves.
Go Out in Nature
Conveniently, Mother’s Day falls on a Sunday in May when many people have the day off and — depending on your location — the weather might cooperate with sunny skies. Pack a picnic and drive to a local state or national park. Hike the trails, taking time to stop and enjoy nature together. Switch off your phone and immerse yourself in nature so you two can fully connect without the distractions of modern life.
Why relegate these Mother’s Day ideas to just Sunday? You can even extend your time through the weekend by planning a trip together. Take care of all the arrangements, and just let Mom pack her overnight essentials.
Stroll Through a Local Farmer’s Market
Another great outdoor activity to do with Mom for those in urban environments or small towns: visit local farmer’s markets, which are often open on Sundays in May.
Stroll through and shop local-made crafts and treats. Buy her a bouquet of her choice of fresh-cut flowers. Nibble on baked sweets or pastries, pick up a local wine, or sample honey and jam. Make it extra special by buying fresh produce to bring home and use in a Mother’s Day meal.
Get Her a Tarot or Astrology Reading
Many of our readers like to explore metaphysical practices, like tarot or natal birth chart readings. Have you ever considered getting a reading for your mom?
If you’re well-versed in tarot or natal birth charts, you can perform the reading yourself and lead your mom through a powerful, consciousness-expanding experience. Otherwise, you can get an appointment with an experienced practitioner and accompany her — and maybe get a reading for yourself, too! You’ll learn fascinating things about each other in the process.
4 Mother's Day Ideas to Celebrate if You’re Far Away
Some of us live too far from our moms to celebrate in person, or simply can’t make it home for the weekend, so we’ve thought of meaningful, inspired gifts to send her. Even if you live nearby and plan to spend the day together, consult this list if you want to get her a present that endures — that way she’ll always have something to remind her of this special day.
Send Flowers or Plants, Especially Ones That Last
Just because flowers are a common Mother’s Day gift doesn’t mean they can’t be unique and special! There are ways to spruce up a bouquet to make it a standout gift. One way is to forego the popular cut flower varieties and opt for hearty potted plants, like succulents, that she can continue to nurture long after the holiday. A living plant represents the enduring growth and care in your relationship.
If your mom doesn’t have a green thumb or is too busy to tend plants, consider giving her an eternal Tree of Life by Karma and Luck. It will bestow an essence of peace and protection on her home. The best part is that it doesn’t require watering, just a periodic smudge or cleanse to brighten its vibrations.
Give Her a Manifestation Journal
For as much as moms give, sometimes they need to hear that it’s okay to put energy into their own desires and dreams too. A manifestation journal is a gift that shows how much you care about her inner life and happiness. These journals facilitate growth by helping us consider how we want to live, what our future goals and plans are, and how to take steps toward an empowered, fulfilling life. When you give a manifestation journal for Mother’s Day, your mom will know you see her individuality and want her to shine.
Schedule a Zoom Brunch
Even if you can’t eat together in person, you can still share the pleasure of a good meal and warm conversation with family from a distance. Schedule a Zoom call with your mom and other family members. Add to the fun by asking everyone to join with their own brunch, or send out a menu and recipes a few days ahead if people want to cook for themselves.
Want to take this idea to the next level? Make it effortless for your mom by ordering brunch from one of her favorite restaurants and having it delivered, and make sure she has her favorite brunch beverage ingredients on hand.
Give Symbols That Represent Family
Spotlight the moment she became a mother with jewelry that features her children’s birthstones or Zodiac signs. If you have siblings, you can each gift your mom a strand of birthstone crystals corresponding to your birthdays. You could also give her jewelry to commemorate her own birthday or another significant month, like an anniversary. Karma and Luck carries a line of handcrafted Zodiac constellation jewelry, so whether she prefers necklaces or bracelets, you can help her connect to the season of her motherhood.
The most important way you can celebrate Mother’s Day is by taking time to connect to and acknowledge the powerful women who shape us. Celebrate her uniqueness by choosing gifts and activities that represent what a special person she is and how much you recognize her love every single day of the year. These memorable and thoughtful Mother’s Day ideas will help you brighten her day and create memories for years to come.