At a certain point, many people find themselves more about doing things than having things. And that’s what’s on our minds as we think about this Mother’s Day. Whether it’s about honoring our Moms or letting our families know how we want to celebrate, the gift of time is at the top of our list. Time with the people we love. Time to do what we love. Time to relax and be present and enjoy the moment. Here are 20-plus ideas for Mother’s Day time together.
Mother’s Day time together…maybe the perfect gift?
The gift of time is oh-so-right for so many reasons:
- You can share it or prepare for it or just enable it.
- It can happen on Mother’s Day or any other day.
- It can be all about the experience. Tangible results are a great bonus.
- You could choose “Mommy and Me” activities for you and your mom, or you and your kids, or multiple generations—add siblings for even more fun.
- It’s the most personal gift of all.
Mama likes her quiet time
Want the peaceful easy feeling of a lazy afternoon? Try one of these:
Make something together
Try a new craft or stick with a favorite hobby. Bundle up the supplies you’ll need ahead of time and spend a few hours sitting together across a table or curled up on the sofa. We suggest diving into macramé (simple keychains or go for something more ambitious) or some embroidery (YES, it’s back!)—and exchanging your art at the end.
Browse some books
Write letters to each other
Take some time to put your feelings to paper. Tell stories. Give compliments. Make it beautiful. We’ve got letter writing tips—and if you’re feeling really ambitious, you could make envelopes out of your own marbled paper.
All hail the Earth Mothers
Does Mom love sun on her face and a little dirt under her nails? Why don’t you…
Head out to the garden
Celebrate her green thumb
Capture a bit of the outdoors
Choose a spot, and paint, sketch, or photograph the world around you. You could make your own mini paint palette to take along. Or draw in the wild as the start of a sketchbook swap. Or take pictures of plants and bring them home to paint.
Mom’s heart is in the kitchen
For some of us, cooking and baking are want-tos, not have-tos. Gather the ingredients—and swear you’ll clean up after—and make food and memories together.
Bake something beautiful
Express yourselves and explore your creativity with your own riffs on naked cakes decorated with meringues and candy or chocolate drips and flowers or sparkly sugar and fondant—or try painting a cake. If there are kiddos around, maybe paint or decorate cookies, instead.
Gather everyone around
Sometimes, all a mother wants is time to relax with their friends or family. In that case, pick something easy, like this shrimp boil or grilled pizza—or order delivery!—gather ’round the table, put the phones down, and stay until Mom says you’re excused.
Don’t forget the dog
If Mom has a soft spot for shelter dogs, why not bake a batch of treats and take it to a nearby animal rescue?
Cheers to all the Mamas out there!