11 Different Things to Do With Your Mom on Mother’s Day

It’s hard to believe we have less than a week before Mother’s Day 2018 rolls around the corner. Mother’s Day is such a tough holiday for a lot of us — how can we truly show our appreciation to the woman who gave us life? Here’s a few ideas to get you started.


Note: Since I’m from a family of girls and I’m writing from experience, a lot of these ideas are mother-daughter oriented, but most (if not all) of them can be done with sons or other male-identifying family members. 

Go on a picnic.

I feel like Mother’s Day is one of the real kick-offs to warm weather and outside activities. Picnics can be incredibly affordable and fun for an afternoon outing. Pack up a basket with your mom’s favorite foods, pastries, and booze and hit the park, trail, or backyard for a fun time.

Go to brunch.

Brunch can be seen as so cliché, but I honestly think it’s underrated. Either go to your favorite brunch spot (be sure to make a reservation!) or make an at-home brunch to be enjoyed by the family (maybe make it a breakfast in bed for your Ma?). Make sure to include all the brunch staples: bottomless Mimosas, omelettes, croissants/danishes, or anything else that suits your fancy.

Get makeovers.

Whether you’re doing it yourself at home or go to a beauty counter at the mall (which is another affordable option), get done up before going out to dinner or drinks. Just enjoy being together and feeling glamorous.

Host an at-home spa.

Spas can be pricey, so why not make your own at home? Grab a foot bath (and maybe gift it to your mom afterwards), give each other mani’s/pedi’s, make homemade face masks, and drink hot tea or champagne as you relax among lit candles and soothing music.

Have a dress-up tea party.

One of my fondest memories when I was little was getting all dressed up and putting on a fake persona before having tea with my grandmother, so why can’t we do that as adults? Buy a bunch of fake pearls and tiaras from the dollar store, pull out the China, and have a tea party at home like you used to when you were little. Giving your mom that moment will mean more to her than any present.

Just watch classic rom-coms all day.

Browse Netflix for everything Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Brat Pack (because they’re becoming “classic” now, too) and just have a movie marathon all day. Bonus points if you’re able to snag the movies you used to watch with your mom when you were little. For me, one of those movies would be Gone with the Wind — though it’s not a comedy, it’s a classic romance that brings back a lot of fond memories for my mom and myself.

Go on a vineyard tour.

For those of us who are 21+, vineyard tours can be a fun and classy way to treat our Moms for Mother’s Day. Research the vineyards closest to you and purchase tickets for a tour! Don’t stress with scheduling the tour for Mother’s Day — rather, plan to go at a later time and just have the tickets ready to show your mom (present the tickets with a bottle of wine from the winery, possibly?).

Go for manis + pedis.

There’s nothing like the bond you experience when getting your nails professionally done with someone else. It’s a relaxing, invigorating experience that allows you to leave feeling refreshed, and kind of like a different person. Treating your mom to a mani/pedi (and then joining her for the trip!) is a rewarding experience for both you and her.

Schedule a photoshoot.

Capture the moment by hiring a professional photographer to take family portraits or just pictures of you, your mom, and your siblings. Photoshoots are a fun experience within themselves, but they’ll also provide you with a tangible product that you can keep forever and reflect upon in the future.

Just have a baking day.

One of my fondest memories with my mother was working in the kitchen with her when I was little. Just take a day with to have no responsibilities and spend it getting your hands dirty in the kitchen. Don’t forget to clean the kitchen after while your mom begins to snack on some of the delicious treats that you made.

Make it a multi-generational affair.

Make any of these events even more special by including all of the “mothers” or women in your life — your grandmother, your mother-in-law, your sister, your daughter. Spend a day celebrating womanhood and our awesome ability to re-populate the Earth.

Other Mother’s Day ideas? Drop a note below in the comments, or tweet them to me on Twitter.

Until next time,


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