Most of us have, at some stage, given our moms some gray hairs with our antics, especially during our teenage years. And yet our mothers found the strength to continue to love and support us.

Regardless of what’s going on in your life, mom is there with advice and support. And above all, she offers you her unconditional love. For these reasons alone, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show her how much she means to you.

How you celebrate Mother’s Day depends on your mom and what she likes. Here are some ideas:

1. A family meal

There’s nothing that makes a mother feel more loved than seeing all her children together on Mother’s Day. Sometimes it’s not possible because you and your siblings live far apart. However, one of the best things you could do for your mom is to take the time to travel to one sibling’s home. Then surprise your mom with a great family dinner.

You may choose to go to a restaurant for your Mother’s Day meal. Book well in advance as a lot of children have the same idea. But bear in mind that most moms prefer a home-cooked meal. It’s a chance to show her that all her cooking lessons paid off! Prepare her favorite food and sit down together for some quality time.

2. The perfect gift

A lovely gift that is something that your mother truly wants or needs is always a winner. Think about the things your mom loves but would never spend money on to spoil herself. There might be something you think of that your mom has never even contemplated getting for herself, like a spa treatment. It might be the last thing she expected, but it will be a real treat.

If you’re looking for gifts for mom online, you might get some ideas that you haven’t even thought of yet. Affording expensive gifts on your own is hard. Ask your siblings if you can club together to buy one special gift. Seeing her children working together to spoil her will be the cherry on top for your mom.

3. An outing

Instead of a gift, your mom might prefer to go somewhere to do something that she enjoys. Get her tickets to see a show she’s talked about wanting to see. It could be a concert or other event.

The best fun thing would be to go on the outing on Mother’s Day. Even if it’s the last thing you feel like doing, make an effort to go with your mom. It will show her how much you love her.

It’s not always possible to get tickets for something that’s happening on Mother’s Day. Present her with the tickets for a future event as a gift on the day. Buy her at least two tickets so that she can go with a plus one, be it your dad or one of her closest friends or relatives.

4. A gift voucher

If you trust your mom enough to know that she’ll spend it on herself, get her a gift voucher for one of her favorite stores. This is the safest route to go if you’re not sure what she wants for Mother’s Day. A voucher is better than cash, as it shows your mom you’ve taken the time to find out what her favorite shop is.

Some moms might find a voucher an impersonal gift, so feel your mom out on the idea first. You don’t need to talk about it directly as it relates to Mother’s Day. Get it into the conversation casually and see what she thinks. Like their children, all mothers are different.


  • Bonnie is a Certified Life Coach. She received a Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Chicago. She works to identify imbalances and deficiencies and create individualized therapies to improve overall health and wellness.