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15 Mother’s Day Activities

May 03, 2021|

Moms always appreciate it when their children show their love. But it’s so easy to get caught up in day to day life that sometimes we might forget to let our moms know how much we love them on a regular basis.

That’s where Mother’s Day comes in -- an entire day set aside to honor our moms. It’s a day that people take seriously, too; in fact, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year.

mom and daughter with mother's day card
Enjoy the gifts, big and small, from your children.

If you want to make sure your mom has a happy Mother’s Day, check out 15 of the best Mother’s Day activities you can do with your mom (along with some fun facts about the day).

The interesting history of Mother’s Day

Many people grow up celebrating Mother’s Day, but have you ever wondered how the holiday came about?

Mother’s Day has been an official national day since the early 1900s. A woman named Anna Jarvis began petitioning for a day to recognize mothers after her own mother died in 1905. Her efforts to make Mother’s Day a holiday honoring mothers began to garner support throughout the country. In 1914, her efforts finally paid off when President Woodrow Wilson officially declared Mother’s Day a holiday.

Since then, people all over the country have taken the opportunity to celebrate their mother’s with gifts, cards, phone calls, and expressions of their love.

daughter giving flowers to mom
Give your mom a bouquet of her favorite flowers.

When is Mother’s Day?

Unlike holidays such as Christmas or Independence Day, Mother’s Day doesn’t fall on the same day every year. Instead, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. The actual date changes slightly from year to year, but it will always be on a Sunday. With Mother’s Day on a weekend, it makes it easier to get together as a family to celebrate Mom.

Mother’s Day Activities

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, people are thinking of ways they can show Mom how much they love and appreciate her. If you’re looking for ways to make Mom’s day extra-special this year, here are ten Mother’s Day activities any mom is sure to enjoy:

1. Host a Mother’s Day brunch.

Brunch is the perfect time to get together and enjoy a meal. It allows Moms time to sleep in on Sunday, and still enjoy a variety of tasty foods. Decorate with flowers, nice place settings, and serve some of your mom’s favorite brunch foods and drinks. If the weather is nice, you can also host brunch outside on your deck or patio.

2. Tap into your creative side.

There’s something special about a handmade gift, and what better way to show your mom how much you appreciate her than with a gift you’ve made yourself? A painting or drawing, floral arrangement, paper crafts, or homemade card are a few simple but thoughtful ideas.

mom reading card daughter gave her
It's the little things that matter the most.

3. Record a greeting.

If your mother lives far away, record a special video greeting wishing her a happy Mother’s Day and send it to her in the morning. This is a perfect opportunity to involve the whole family, too, so be sure to include your kids, as well.

4. Decorate her porch.

Surprise your mom on Mother’s Day by decorating her porch or front door. Use cutout hearts with messages, streamers, a new wreath, flowers, or balloons as your decorations. It’s a fun and creative way to tell Mom Happy Mother’s Day and remind her of your love as she’s coming and going. (Bonus: if your mom has a doorbell camera, she can watch the recorded footage for a laugh or fun memory!)

5. Have a picnic.

In most states, May is generally a mild month. If the weather is nice on Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a special picnic. Depending on where you live, you can go to a park, beach or lakefront, or even your own backyard. Pack your favorite picnic foods and spend the afternoon talking and enjoying each other’s company.

6. Do something she enjoys together.

Since Mother’s Day is all about Mom, it’s the perfect time to treat her to one of her favorite activities. Think of something she likes to do, such as going for a hike or bike ride, shopping, baking, going to the spa or nail salon, or visiting a museum. The sky is the limit!

mom and daughter getting a mani pedi
Visit or have a salon day in your own home.

7. Get her plants for her garden.

If your mom likes to garden, surprise her on Mother’s Day with some of her favorite plants for her garden. Not sure what to get? You can never go wrong with flowers and herbs; just make sure to know which plant hardiness zone your mom lives in, or ask the garden shop for help. If your mom doesn’t have a garden outside, potted plants are a great gift, too!

8. Take a class together.

You’re never too old to learn new things, so why not surprise mom with a class to an activity she’s always wanted to try? You can also book a class together to spend some time with Mom on her special day. Yoga, a new fitness class or trend, pottery, cooking, painting, or photography are just a few ideas.

mom balancing daughter on yoga mat
Bring your child along to your next yoga class.

9. Donate to her favorite charity in her name.

Not sure what to get the mom who has everything? Make a donation to one of her favorite charities or organizations in her name. It’s a sweet gesture that also gives back.

10. Send recent family photos.

Another great Mother’s Day gift idea is recent photos of you and your family together. If your mom is like most moms, she’ll love getting a framed photo or two of you and your family that she can proudly display in her home.

baby pictures on clothes pin line
Piece together family photos to share with your Mom.

11. Enjoy nature.

Spending a day together in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to spend time with mom on her special day. Look for nearby walking trails, nature centers, or parks where you can enjoy each other’s company while reaping the benefits that come from being in nature.

12. Be tourists for a day.

If you live near a large city or tourist destination, you and Mom can be tourists together for a day. It’s a fun way to explore your own city by doing things you may not have taken advantage of before. Be sure to take fun photos of yourselves out and about to commemorate the day.

mom and daughter hugging with flowers and gift
Cherish your mom every day, not just on Mother's Day.

13. Volunteer together.

What’s a great way Mother’s Day activity that also lets you give back to your community? Volunteering together! There are plenty of things you can do in your community to make it a better place. Cleaning a park or public space, volunteering at an animal shelter, gathering donations for a women’s shelter, or tutoring kids or adults are all good ideas for volunteering.

14. Surprise her by doing chores around the house.

If you want to do something Mom will really appreciate, surprise her by doing chores around the house. Stop by mom’s and do a few loads of laundry, clean the house, do the dishes, or do yardwork for her. She’ll appreciate being able to really relax on her special day!

little boy turning the dial on the washer
Teach and show your kids how they can help out around the house.

15. Write a letter.

There’s no better time than Mother’s Day to tell your mom how much you love and appreciate her. Take the time to write a handwritten letter to your mom letting her know how much you mean to her. It’s a thoughtful activity she will cherish for years to come.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, make sure you let the moms in your life know how much they’re loved and appreciated.

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