Creative Ways to Treat Your Mom This Mother’s Day

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The first special woman in almost everyone’s life is their mother. So this Mother’s Day, show how much you appreciate all she's done for you by particularly acknowledging this important day.

One of the most important things to do on Mother's Day is treat your mom with the kindness and courtesy she deserves. Here are several things to do for Mother's Day to help you make this one the best she's ever had.

Give a bouquet

Bringing a lush Mother's Day bouquet beautifully arranged in a vase adds to the sweetness of the day.

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Add to her garden

Give her a new flower, plant, or tree to add to her garden. If your mother is an outdoorsy gardening type, she’ll cherish a new rose bush, shrub, or tree that will grow and remind her of her children.

Create an herb garden

If your mom enjoys cooking, she'll love an outdoor or indoor herb garden. Label each herb and include instructions on how to care for them.

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Plan a getaway

Help your mom get away for a few days. Even if you can't join in on the fun, she'll appreciate your thoughtfulness. Cover all expenses and gratuities so there are no unexpected costs.

Book a spa day

She took care of everyone else, now it's time for her to be pampered at a local day spa. Let her choose from several services, including hair styling, massage, and manicure and pedicure. Remember to include a tip when you book the gift.

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Design a collage

Put together a collage of photos from your family's past so she can enjoy reminiscing about her life.

Write a heartfelt thank you

Put together a list of things you learned from her over the years. Or, write a thank you note, letting her know how you feel about all she’s done for you and your family throughout the years. 

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Make a slide show or video

Create a positive show of visual memories that will make her laugh and cry (with joy!).

Monogram an item

Give her an item, such as a scarf, with her name monogrammed. Customize the item even more by adding your birthday and that of any other siblings.

Emboss a journal

If your mom likes to keep track of special events and occasions, give her a planner or a journal with an added personal embossed message. Include a matching pen to complete the gift.

Slip a photo into a locket

Moms cherish lockets with photos of her family tucked away inside.

Personalize a memento box

For the mom who collects and saves mementos, give her a special engraved box.

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Indulge her reading habit

Subscribe to your mom's favorite weekly or monthly magazine. Or, go the extra mile to give her an autographed book from her favorite living author.

Breakfast in bed

Let Mom put in her request for a pampering breakfast when she’s had a rough week and needs a little extra rest.

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Shopping spree and lunch

If your mother enjoys nothing more than a day at the mall and lunch at her favorite eatery, this will delight her and give her something to look forward to.

TV show marathon

Offer to indulge an all-day TV-watching marathon of her favorite show. Include popcorn and a favorite drink in her coupon.

Clean her house

You can take on the task, or give her a gift card to a cleaning service so she can schedule it on her own time.

Cook a special meal

Make your mom's favorite and most decadent meal for her, including a dessert. She'll appreciate the thoughtful and most delicious gesture.

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Driving/chauffeur service

Offer to drive your mother anywhere she wants to go for a day. Or, splurge and pay for a driver-for-a-day.

Car wash and detailing

Having a clean car is a joy, but it may not be one of those luxury services that your mom buys for herself. Your mom might appreciate this type of splurge.

Try a new recipe together

Cook a meal together. Keep the mood fun and take pictures to make new memories.

Play games together

Have an afternoon board game marathon or a game night with the whole family. Or, host a special game night for your mom, but let her pick her favorite games for everyone to play.

Plan a weekend adventure

Whether she likes hiking and bicycling, or she’s more of a bed-and-breakfast type, spend an entire weekend doing what she loves.