Ways to Surprise Mom on Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching.  Go beyond the usual card and flowers, and make this year a special one for you and mom.  Of course, the traditional card and bouquet combo are and should be a given, but going beyond the norm this year will make it that much more special.  If you’re drawing a blank as to how you and mom should spend the day this year, take a look at our guide to help you celebrate mum this Mother’s Day.

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1. Brunch

5 Ways to Surprise Mom on Mother's Day - Brunch

Yes, a popular choice for Mother’s Day, but one that will always be appreciated and surely can’t go wrong.  Make a reservation in advance at her favorite restaurant, or surprise her by taking her to a new place with a beautiful view.  Invite other family members and friends, or enjoy the time with just you two; either way, your mom will love every minute of it.

2. Spa Day

5 Ways to Surprise Mom on Mother's Day - Spa Day

Especially great for those who don’t live within close proximity of their mother, sending her to a spa for the day is the ultimate gift of relaxation–a gift that mom will be ever-grateful for.  Tailor the gift to your mom’s liking and choose from options including facials, massages, and manicures.  Find out what she prefers, purchase a gift certificate from her resort or spa of choice, and gift it with that card and bouquet we mentioned earlier.  If you’d like to go the extra mile, like the mama’s boy you are, send her to the spa with a friend for a fun-filled day for two.

3. Dinner

5 Ways to Surprise Mom on Mother's Day - Dinner

Looking for a more classic choice?  Take mom out to dinner for her special day.  Time spent with your mother is never time wasted, so why not spend it over a delicious meal?  Don’t forget to make a reservation ahead of time to ensure a table at her favorite spot.  Don’t opt out of dessert, and remember to dress your best for a night out with mom.

4. Weekend Getaway

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Mix it up this Mother’s Day, and give the gift of a getaway.  Send her to her favorite city, a new and exciting destination, or to a place where she can enjoy some simple leisure time.  To pull this off, make sure you plan accordingly based on mom’s schedule, and pick a weekend where leaving home won’t be an issue.  Offer to take care of any responsibilities at home, and be there (if you can) to wish her safe travels at her departure.  This is another great option for those who cannot be with their mothers on this day, and great for moms who need a break from their day-to-day routine.

5. Cook Dinner

5 Ways to Surprise Mom on Mother's Day - Cook Dinner

Whether you grill, fry, or sautée the main course, make sure it is a meal that mom will love.  Take the time to learn her favorite recipe, and set her up with a glass of her favorite wine while you do all of the work.  After all the years of home-cooked meals she surely prepared for you, turning the tables and cooking for her will be a treat for the both of you.  Depending on your level of expertise, plan a meal with multiple courses, and maybe enlist dear old dad to help out.  Regardless of how you spin it, this is the most affordable out of the five choices we’ve listed, but the time and effort you put in to it is sure to make your mom feel incredibly special. 

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