Mother's Day is one of those times when it feels like you should be doing something really creative without Netflix involved. It's a lot of pressure! This list boasts easy ways to get the family together and make Mom feel special without driving yourself nutso. (Hint: The warm, early summer weather helps.)
Get the endorphins going on a scenic hike with Mom. Bring out your phone ONLY when it's time to snap a family selfie at the top.
Hey, it's never too late to tell Mom that you've never been more grateful to be her subject — er, kid!
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What you'll need: wire ($6, amazon.com)
Mom is always the person making the meals. Give her a night off with a simple but elegant dinner.
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If Mom's the puzzling type, then gather everyone around the table and get to work on a big one. To make it an especially sweet activity, order a custom puzzle with a photo of the whole family ahead of time.
What you'll need: family puzzle ($15, shutterfly.com)
The only thing Mom will love more than making these with you is getting to use them later as she enjoys a nice, hot, relaxing bath.
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What you'll need: plastic ornament mold ($7,amazon.com), icing daisies ($4, amazon.com), lemon essential oil ($6,amazon.com).
Make it a family day at the pool (or beach) and let Mom catch some rays. Dad can keep a close eye on the kids (and take over sunblock duty) while Mom soaks up the sun.
What you'll need: fun beach towels ($20, amazon.com)
Finish the night right by making her a gorgeous dessert she's sure to love.
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Mom won't complain about sipping on Chardonnay while spending quality time with her favorite people. You can also hack this trendy activity by hosting a wine and paint night at home!
What you'll need: canvases ($12 for 12, amazon.com), acrylic paint set ($15, amazon.com)
Don't DIY this one. Schedule her a professional massage at a local day spa now, before all the good spots are booked.
Make extra for Grandma and your mother-in-law — and be sure to have all the gals pose for a photo.
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What you'll need: ribbon ($6, amazon.com), brooch pin hardware ($10, amazon.com)
Choose a healthy mix of milk, chocolate, white and bonus flavors (like bacon!). Pair with a bottle of red wine and a good heart-to-heart.
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What you'll need: red wine glasses ($27, amazon.com), dark chocolate assortment ($17 for extra-large bag, amazon.com)
Why not take her Mother's Day bouquet for a spin around the neighborhood?
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What you'll need: bicycle handlebar basket ($30, amazon.com)
Forget scrambled eggs and bacon — a waffle bar, complete with her favorite fruits, jams and toppings, is the best wake up call.
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What you'll need: breakfast in bed tray ($20, amazon.com)
Make the movie projector a gift and show one of Mom's favorite films in the backyard. Don't forget the popcorn.
What you'll need: movie projector ($44, amazon.com), projector screen ($30, amazon.com)
Tea sandwiches, herbal brews, and mini desserts make for an elegant celebration.
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What you'll need: party balloons ($11, amazon.com), pink party decorations ($11, amazon.com)
If Mom likes gardening, then she'll love this sweet idea of planting a new seed every year to honor Mother's Day. You can even get the grandkids involved with this one — they'll love watching the garden grow.
What you'll need: seeds, garden tool set ($33, amazon.com)
The best part: She doesn't even need to leave the couch!
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What you'll need: coconut oil ($10, amazon.com), essential oils ($15, amazon.com)
...with plenty of cheeses, fruits and meats that she didn't have to prepare or pack!
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What you'll need: picnic basket set ($42, amazon.com)
Maybe you can't manage a full camping trip, but there's something undeniably fun about setting up camp in the backyard. Mom will love sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories without the hassle of packing up the car the next morning.
What you'll need: family tent ($60, amazon.com)
Sure, you could buy Mom yet another candle from that place in the mall ... or you could learn how to make these easy, heavenly candles together. It smells amazing, and she'll think of you every time she lights it.
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What you'll need: soy wax flakes ($10, amazon.com), candle wicks ($5, amazon.com), mason jars ($6, amazon.com)
Maybe Mom's the type who loves giving back, and is always trying to get the rest of the family involved. Head to a soup kitchen, community garden, or other charitable organization and spend a few hours serving the community. (But be considerate and make sure this is something Mom really cares about or wants to do — otherwise it might just feel like extra work).
Bring the karaoke session home and perform one of Mom's favorite tunes. You don't have to be Adele to make it count — we promise Mom will enjoy a spirited performance from the whole family.
What you'll need: wireless karaoke microphone ($20, amazon.com)
If there's one thing Mom can't get enough of, it's family pictures. Put everyone in their best outfits and have a photoshoot. Mom's usually the one behind the camera, but this time, she'll take center stage. Plus, you can frame a few of the best shots for a special Mother's Day keepsake.
What you'll need: photo frames ($20 for 6, amazon.com)
Could be a photo of you and her from long ago, or a recent shot of her favorite grandkids.
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What you'll need: mason jar ($6, amazon.com), metallic spray paint ($8, amazon.com)
Spend some time wandering through the market searching for the best fresh fruits, and then make Mom an extra-special pie with your findings when you get home.