Alternative and thoughtful ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day to show your mum just how much she means to you, and say ‘thank you’ for all that she does for you. If you’re racking your brains trying to think of ideas for Mother’s Day, and ways you can make the day special, don’t worry – we’ve got you.

Read on to discover some great Mother’s Day ideas that are sure to make her smile and feel treasured on the big day – and if you’re looking for some present ideas, well, wouldn’t you just know it, we’ve got a guide for that too! Check out our handy guide to the best Mother’s Day gift ideas for some gifting inspo, or pick one of our perfect gifts – all available with next day delivery.

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Nice ideas for things to do on Mother’s Day

If you’re looking for some classic, thoughtful Mother’s Day ideas, or some inspiration for things to do on Mother’s Day, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of our favourite suggestions.

Make a scrapbook

Stuck for what to do for Mother’s Day ideas? Creating a scrapbook is a really sweet idea for Mother’s Day – and even better, it gives you a couple of options.

Option one: If your mum loves a trip down memory lane, then make some time together to go through old photo albums and make a scrapbook of favourite mother-child memories together. Take the time to ask her about her life, and find out more about her childhood and parents – learning more about your mum will give you a greater understanding of her as a person, and give you a better appreciation of where you come from! You could even get your grandma involved, and create a history of your family in your scrapbook.

Option two: Create a scrapbook for your mum for Mother’s Day. Maybe a history of all the places you’ve been together, or favourite family memories from holidays. Or if she’s missed out on seeing your kids over the last year, make her a scrapbook of everything they’ve been up to so that she can treasure it – even if she couldn’t be there in person.

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Treat her to a girly pamper day

Looking for things to do this Mother’s Day? There’s nothing wrong with a classic, so treat your mum to a good old fashioned pamper session. Take her to her fave spa and relaaaaax for a pampering session. 

Or, if you’re feeling creative, we have some great Mother’s Day ideas so you can recreate the spa experience at home – for example, deliver a perfect pamper package to her door, full of goodies she can use to enjoy an afternoon of relaxation.

Think face masks, prosecco on ice, a DVD of her favourite old movie, some of her favourite sweet treats and maybe a bubble bath or body oil from her favourite spa brand. Wrap it all up in a little hamper and drop off at the door, then text your dad and make sure he makes himself scarce so she can really kick back and relax!

Treat her to her favourite cocktail

Whether you’re a cocktail-making maestro or an aperitif amateur, why not treat your mum to her favourite cocktail for Mother’s Day? If you’re not sure what to do for Mother’s Day but you want to do something special, brush up your mixologist skills for her – order everything you need to make her fave tipple, and mix it fresh for her.

And remember, if your mum likes a cheeky G&T, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of finest Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’, available with any Mother’s Day card from thortful with next day delivery! Or if she prefers something bubbly, then look no further than a bottle of Nyetimber, one of England’s finest homegrown sparkling wines – also available with any thortful card

Alternative and unusual ideas for Mother’s Day

Alright, you want to skip the usual gin/prosecco/box of chocolates situation this year? We hear you. Here are some fun and unusual ideas for Mother’s Day that will show your mum just how treasured she is – no wilted flowers from the garage down the street here.

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Breakfast in bed

Your usual routine of things to do for Mother’s Day – breakfast in bed, a card and flowers in a vase – don’t have to stop just because you’re not 5 any more. Some of the sweetest Mother’s Day ideas can be easily adapted for grown ups with little bit of planning and preparation.

If you live close to your mum, make her favourite breakfast in bed, pack it up in Tupperware and bring it to her door. If you’re not confident that your preparations will stay warm during the journey, go for some classic Danish pastries and croissants for an elegantly European breakfast. And if you’re a long way away, you could even order in from a local café and have them deliver breakfast for her with a little note to say Happy Mother’s Day!

Decorate her front door

Mother’s Day ideas like this involve a little bit more preparation, but it’s guaranteed to make her day. When you drop off her Mother’s Day card and gift, co-ordinate with your mum’s partner/your siblings to keep her busy, and take time to decorate her front door with a special display for Mother’s Day.

Think a pretty spring wreath, a homemade sign, balloons or cut-out letters saying ‘Happy Mother’s Day!’ When she opens her door, she’ll be delighted with a surprise burst of cheer – and everyone on her street will know just how much you love and value your mum. It’s like a mini-Christmas, just for her. 

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No matter what you decide to do for Mother’s Day, hopefully our Mother’s Day ideas will have given you some serious inspiration for ways you can go above and beyond the usual. If you’re looking for the perfect card, check out our huge range of Mother’s Day cards, from sweet and traditional to funny and rude designs – and we’ve even got you covered with a complete guide on what to write in a Mother’s Day card. Find more fun ideas and lifestyle guides at the thortful blog

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