Wow Mom by planning something unique to mix up the routine this year—she'll appreciate the change of pace and the quality time she gets to spend with her love ones.

By Alexandra Churchill
Updated April 16, 2021
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Mother's Day is always a time filled with love and appreciation, but instead of simply presenting Mom with the same handmade gifts, cards, or breakfast in bed, why not spend the day doing some special together? Even if your plans look a little different this year (you may need to put a few COVID precautions in place, for example), dreaming up a memorable day for just the two of you is a guaranteed way to make her smile.

If you're looking for unique Mother's Day activity ideas, we have you covered. Ahead, we're sharing our favorite ways to celebrate Mom on her special day.

Amp up brunch.

Sure, you've treated Mom to a delicious brunch before, but have you hosted one with a special theme? Tailor your plans around a motif she loves, like roses, polka dots, or her favorite color. Then, get the entire family involved, whether in-person or virtually. You prepare the food while the kids help decorate the table with crafts and décor they made themselves. And if you needed more convincing, our Oven-Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Oat Waffles make the perfect sweet-and-savory combo for a Southern-inspired brunch.

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Have a garden party.

If you want to safely gather some members of your extended family for a multi-generational Mother's Day, an outdoor event is the safest option, even if several members are vaccinated. We say plan a little garden party! Even if Mom is the only one in the family with a green thumb, everyone can enjoy the warm sunshine and balmy spring weather and a delicious spread of food. Beforehand, give Mom everything she needs to enjoy the summer ahead: a stylish straw hat, a sweet card that comes with a seed packet, and her own personalized garden tools. Then, everybody can help Mom plant new flowers and vegetable seedlings, or plant a new tree.

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Pack a picnic.

All you need is a comfortable blanket, a packed feast of favorite snacks, and a few to-go games, then you're ready to set up camp at the local park. For individual lunch packs, you can use a dish towel to easily wrap a sandwich and drink into a to-go carrier.

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Make it a "Mom" movie night.

Tonight, Mom is the star! Instead of the typical popcorn-and-movie combo, here's what to do for Mother's Day: Whip up a buffet of favorite her snacks and give Mom a VIP ticket to the front row. You can work with the family to secretly put together a reel of family videos. (Shh! Don't tell Mom, it's a surprise.) You'll laugh over your favorite memories as a family and be reminded of how much you mean to each other.

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Set up a scavenger hunt.

Start in the morning and leave a trail of clues for Mom to follow (alongside the family)—each clue can hint to a happy family memory and lead to all of the places that mean something special. Eventually, your matriarch will arrive at the real gift: a surprise party with immediate family!

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Treat her to an at-home spa day.

It's fun to feel pampered, so start Mom's day off right by giving her a homemade voucher to a full day of relaxation (complete with a set of luxurious beauty products), soft towels, and a bathrobe. Then enlist the help of the kids to ensure they know what to do for Mother's Day: give a stylish makeover. They'll giggle over making custom jewelry, hats, and DIY accessories.

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Make something beautiful together.

If Mom is your family's resident creative, she'd likely prefer to spend her day of honor creating. Take advantage of the warm weather—and maximize your safety measures—by setting up a craft or project that she and your group can tackle together outdoors. As for what to make? Consider dedicating your efforts to beautiful things she will use throughout the season, like these pest-repelling (and lovely!) citronella candles or this floral linen-covered terra-cotta pot.

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