In need of meaningful and unique Mothers Day activities that fill the entire day? You’ll find lots of creative ideas for mom here. Each has three, interrelated steps based on your brand of mom.

Keep in mind: research has shown that what mom wants most on her special day is to be with family! Don’t just arrange an activity and take off. Instead: 1. Arrange the activity ahead of time. 2. Enlist your siblings. 3. Plan to spend the day with mom. These ideas for Mother’s Day are not only creative, they’re specific to mom’s hobbies and style, and you all will end the day feeling satisfied, energized and well-loved.

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Mothers Day Activities for The Career Mom

  1. Take a work-related lesson with your hard working mom or teach mom a computer or internet skill you know but she doesn’t. For local versions, check your area’s Learning Annex, community college, adult school or university extension programs.
  2. Make reservations for lunch at a restaurant well known in your area for business networking. Do a little research on what deals were made there and which big shot local executives typically dine there. Tell these stories at lunch to entertain your working mom.
  3. Shop at Ann Taylor, Talbots or any career-oriented store for women. Even second hand stores have designer clothes that may suit her.


Mothers Day Activities for The Fit Mom

  1. Sign up for a personal trainer session or a marathon, race or fitness walk to engage in alongside mom. You can find Mother’s Day races and marathons in nearly every large city. Find lots of Mothers Day Half Marathons here.
  2. After your workout, treat mom to lunch at an organic, farm-to-table or vegan restaurant.
  3. Schedule a post-workout Jacuzzi or massage for you, mom and siblings.


Mothers Day Activities for The Single or Divorced Mom Who’s Looking for Love . . .

  1. Of all the Mother’s Day Activities writing an online dating profile may not have gotten to the top of your list. Hint: getting a draft written up first and having her edit it with you may get the job done more efficiently. Otherwise, she may stall and eventually get out of it.
  2. Go with mom to an over-50 or over-60 Mixer. Check out to find singles groups that focus on mom’s hobby in her city. There are 132 singles groups in Minneapolis, Minnesota alone! Volunteers, nerds, cocktail lovers, golfers and many more all have groups in Minneapolis to find other like-minded unmarried “friends.”
  3. Buy mom the beautiful Mother’s Day flowers she deserves.


Mothers Day Activities for The Single or Divorced Mom Who’s Loving the Single Life!

  1. Call this “The Mother’s Day of Total Self-Actualization.”  The single-and-loving-it mom is free to do whatever crazy thing she wants to do whenever she wants to do it: adventure trips like river-rafting, sky-diving or rock climbing fill the bill. Too ambitious?  How about backstage with the playwright, a lesson with a favorite local chef or an adventure on horseback? If you don’t want to participate, at least chauffer her to and from her X-games-like event. Even the free-wheeling single-mom will want you with her.
  2. Introduce her to a genealogy website or research family history yourself a present her with a graphic family tree. She’ll love to know where she fits into the larger family picture.
  3. Gifts for Mother’s Day for a single mom could be a digital photo frame with photos of many family members, extended and close: grandparents, cousins, uncles as well as children and grandchildren. This will help mom realize she’s surrounded by people. Also, the 2012 book Going Solo: the Extraordinary Rise and Suprising Appeal of Living Alone by NYU sociology professor Eric Klinenberg offers a well-researched and positive take on the single life.


Mothers Day Activities for the Fashionista Mom

  1. Arrange with a local department store for a “personal shopper,” a clerk who will spend time with mom picking out clothes and alternatives. Stores currently offering this service free include: Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. There are also independent shoppers who patronize lower priced stores, but they are not affiliated with the stores themselves. Find these Super Shoppers through the Association of Image Consultants International. It’s probably smart to ask each one you call about their preferred store to see whether you mom appreciates those vendors as well.
  2. Help mom go through her closet, tossing those outfits that are outdated and helping her coordinate new outfits.
  3. Buy mom a season of Tim Gunn’s Bravo show Guide to Style or former model Heidi Klum’s Project Runway. Watch a few episodes with her while chowing down on slimming, high-fiber popcorn!


Mothers Day Activities for The Reading Mom

  1. Find the biggest bookstore in your town or leave town to find the bookstore of her dreams down the freeway and browse the aisles with her. Spend two hours if you have to. Keep some of these titles in mind while you’re there; they’ll make a nice gift at the end of the day. Best Mothers Day books ever:  Left Neglected by Lisa Genova; Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts, Heartwood:  A Novel by Belva Plain, Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler. But don’t forget:  fascinating books about the worst mothers ever are fun too! Try The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus and make sure to tell mom that you recognize how wonderful she is in comparison to these maniacs.
  2. Read together on the porch or lobby of a beautiful hotel that you crash. Dress up a bit and you’ll fit right in. People watch and laugh when they look at you when confused.
  3. Find a book reading by a local author at a bookstore or library for that evening. If nothing is available on Mother’s Day, organize your own book reading by having siblings and dad choose selections from mom’s favorite books to read aloud to her before/after lunch, brunch or dinner.


Mothers Day Activities for The Foodie Mom

  1. Depend on science to confirm mom’s opinion that she has a sophisticated palette! In other words, measure the number of “papillae” or taste buds on mom’s tongue. To do this, you’ll need a white, donut-shaped, hole-punch protector, a magnifying glass and green food coloring. Have mom put a dot of safe green food coloring on her tongue. Have her place the hole punch protector on the green area. Using the magnifying glass, count how many taste buds lie within the center of the hole punch protector. Under 15 taste buds and mom doesn’t have a “discerning palette.” 15 -30 taste buds reflects that she’s an average taster. Over 30 taste buds and sure enough, mom has a “discerning palette,” qualifying as a Super Taster!
  2. After the educational (and possibly comical adventure above), go with mom and other siblings to either a Farmer’s market to pick up the most fresh and best tasting local produce (possibly organic or at least pesticide free) or to a Farm-to-Table event, where a local restaurant prepares special dishes with ingredients from local farms. To find one of these, simply perform a web search of “farmers markets” or “farm to table” and your city.
  3. Foodie presents for Mother’s Day:  herb garden kits for her kitchen; premium salts, peppers and other spices. Exotic cheeses and unique kitchen implements.

Making the Rose Cardamom Cocktail

Mothers Day Activities for The Activist Mom

  1. What’s her cause? Most likely, you already know. Go online and create a list of all of the organizations that support that cause. Type these up and present the list to her so she can get resources or join the conversation should the spirit so move her.
  2. Arrange a membership in the local chapter of Amnesty International, the Sierra Club, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or any other group. Determine where the interest group meets and offer to attend the first few meetings with her. This time commitment reflects not only that you respect her passions, but how much her happiness means to you.
  3. Go to Café Press to find stickers, t-shirts, tote bags, buttons mugs and more carrying the slogans of every activist group out there. If “Hug a Vegetarian” t-shirt isn’t her style, how about a “Free Tibet” phone case?


Mother’s Day Activities for The Cooking Mom

  1. As this mom likes, even LOVES to cook (and feed), taking her out to lunch or brunch doesn’t quite cut the mustard. Perhaps better is to take her to a cooking lesson where she gets to work alongside an accomplished local chef, learning his or her secrets as dishes get prepared. High end cooking supply stores, local libraries, hotels and restaurants often offer culinary classes. Interested in going all out this year?  Check out The Culinary Institute of America or the Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts for longer programs and even “chef” certification.
  2. Film mom making her favorite recipes. Edit videos and create a YouTube video channel just for her. Her recipes are recorded for all time, all family members and maybe even some fans!
  3. Take mom to a food store that’s exotic. There are still butcher shops and bakeries around. You can also try an Asian fish market, a farmers market or a gourmet food store. Search online for a Baldacci’s, Dean and DeLuca or an organic grocer. Ethnic markets are spreading to suburban areas, and it’s not unusual to find one that specializes in Italian, Thai, Indian, Japanese or South American ingredients. Mom could have a ball discussing spices with the clerks!


Mothers Day Activities for The Outdoorsy Mom

  1. Organize a picnic hike on a trail she’s never explored before. Recruit friends and family members to join you. Bring cameras, take photos and give mom a framed photo that says Mother’s Day 2012 on it. Write up an account of the adventure and seal it into the frame with the photo.
  2. Introduce her to a love of the outdoors she hasn’t explored yet: kayaking, birding, flower hunting, geocaching, paddle-boarding, photography, caving, mountain biking, rock climbing, sailing and surfing make up much of the list. Give her a list of local clubs and adventure services organized around these outdoor activities. Start with to find a relevant group close to mom’s area.
  3. Take mom to an outdoorsy store like L.L. Bean, REI or Capellas or Bass Pro Shops (which has more than bass!)


Mother’s Day Activities for The Music Loving Mom

  1. Burn a CD of pieces you think she’ll enjoy interspersed by your comments between the songs. The comments can be memories, jokes or reasons why she’s a wonderful mom. Make this Mothers Day activity whole family style by including siblings and even dad. Efforts like these reflect how much she means to you. Record your voice to your computer with
  2. If musical mom has passed her genes onto you and your siblings, orchestrate a family concert for her as a surprise. This effort should bring tears to her eyes as she recognizes how much influence she’s had on your life.
  3. Get siblings, dad, friends, aunts and grandmas to an outdoor concert in the beautiful spring air. Check with your local symphony, big hotels and restaurants, smaller orchestras, churches, libraries and public parks to see what’s playing.


Mothers Day Activities for The Artist Mom

  1. Find a museum exhibit or a new art supply store she’ll love and go to it with her.
  2. Give her time to paint, take photos or practice whatever art she loves by watching a younger child or doing some housework, grocery shopping or the laundry. Give her a computer generated coupon for “4 free hours of artistic time.”
  3. Introduce her to a form of art she may not have discovered yet: floral radiography, electron microscopy, fractal images are just a few.


Mothers Day Activities for The Mom Who Fears Technology

  1. Get these steps done ahead of time so she doesn’t freak out:
    • Pre-write her Facebook information page.
    • Gather some digital photos that flatter her and have them in a handy file.
    • Find some forums and blogs she may enjoy participating in. Make a list of them and entice her with the prospect of talking to other gardenia growers, Chopin freaks or Japanese cooks.
    • Introduce her to YouTube and show her the funny videos that reflect her hobbies.
    • Set a YouTube channel up for her and show her how to create a list some of her favorite videos. Help her learn to search YouTube for information and entertainment.
    • Sit with her and help her ask questions on forums and comment on blogs.
    • Buy a special notebook filled with your instructions for participating in Facebook, YouTube, forums and blogs, along with the blog addresses of all. List the blogs she may enjoy reading. Leave this helpful notebook beside the computer!  Leave blank pages at the back for her questions that you’ll promise to answer. Show her how she can get a lot of answers without you simply by Googling the question.


No matter their personality differences, all moms love and appreciate the effort adult kids put into the day reserved for them. But Mother’s Day brunch? “Been there; done that,” most likely. The keys lie in planning ahead, recruiting help from dad, siblings and friends and tailoring your activities to mom’s personality and hobbies. Use the ideas for mom above to orchestrate a beautiful day mom will never forget. Happy Mother’s Day!