Things to do with your mum on Mother's Day

Things to do with your mum on Mother’s Day

When it comes to mum appreciation on Mother’s Day, you can never go wrong with an extremely thoughtful  Mother’s Day card, or maybe a bouquet of flowers with a card – and while these things are no doubt appreciated, they’re not what makes Mother’s Day truly special.

It might be cliché, but often, the greatest gift you can give your mum is your time. Time together, no matter, how short, is how the best memories are made. The ones you remember and smile about years down the line.

So, how do you go about finding things to do with your mum on Mother’s Day? Well, obviously there’s the obvious – letting her lie in, making her breakfast in bed, and doing all the daily chores that she did for you growing up.

But there’s a lot more you can do besides this. If Mother’s Day is a day of celebration and mum appreciation, then why not spend the day together as well?

You could go for a walk, learn to arrange flowers, or do something entirely new. The point is, when it comes to nice things to do for your mum, it’s important to do something your mum wants to do together. Now, with that in mind, here are a few suggestions from the team here at thortful for how to make your mum happy this Mother’s Day.

Explore your love of food together

Whether it’s just you and your mum, or the whole family, food is something everyone can appreciate. When looking for things to do with your mum on Mother’s Day, there’s not a lot that can beat indulging in your favourite foods together.

For those inclined towards baking and creating tasty meals, you could spend the morning or afternoon baking delicious treats that you can then share with the rest of the family or enjoy while sitting and relaxing together.

If your mum likes experimenting, why not try cooking something completely outside of your comfort zones for lunch or dinner? You never know, you might find your next favourite family meal!

If you’re looking for some foodie inspo, check out our blogs on getting started with vegan cooking or maybe our delicious ?

Of course, we’re not all culinary geniuses. If your mum loves getting a little bit dressed up, then one great option for how to make your mum happy this Mother’s Day is to take her out for brunch or dinner at her favourite restaurant; all paid for by you and the family, obviously, so she can go wild with the starter menu or order her favourite fancy cocktails.

Go out together or as a family on a day trip or weekend getaway

If your mum is the kind of person who loves new experiences and places, then a great way to show your mum some appreciation is to find a new place she’s never been to before and take her there to make some fab new memories!

Whether for the day or the weekend, plan out all the sights you want to show your mum and then act as a tour guide for her as you explore a new location, visit its shops and cafes, and end the day in a nice local restaurant.

Alternatively, if you want a family day out, there are plenty of places you can visit that will take the organisation out of your hands. This could include visiting somewhere like one of these fun options:

  • Outdoor adventure centres
  • Animal sanctuaries
  • Escape rooms
  • A day spa

There are, of course, plenty of other options, but any one of these means that your mum can relax and enjoy the day without worrying about organising everything.

Take her on a shopping spree and pamper day

When it comes to other nice things to do for your mum, what could be more thrilling than a no-holds-barred shopping spree? If your mum loves nothing more than a bit of retail therapy, then take her out to work your way through all her favourite shops. And at the end of the day, when you’re a bit worn out from all of that shop-til-you-drop, then end the day by treating yourselves to a relaxing spa treatment.

But if shopping isn’t your thing, you can still have the spa day at home instead. Set your house up as a relaxing space, get those gowns and slippers ready, and unwind together. For a full guide on having a home spa day, you can read our piece about how to have a spa day at home.

Get crafting together

For a more hands-on approach to celebrating mum appreciation day, why not delve into the world of arts and crafts?

If there’s a soap or a candle your mum really likes, why not have a go at making it together? We’re not promising you’ll be able to recreate her favourite posh candle on the first attempt (Tom Ford eat your heart out) but you’ll have plenty of fun attempting to recreate it – or experimenting to make something entirely new! Before you know it, you and your mum could have your own personal soaps or candles that you associate with each other.

You can learn all about making soaps and candles in our articles on how to make candles and making soaps at home.

Host a wine tasting and movie marathon

For those whose mums love a full-bodied red or a crisp white, what could be a better Mother’s Day activity than going to a catered wine tasting?

Get your tastebuds tingling by experiencing a range of wines before buying your favourite and taking them home for a movie marathon. Whether that’s rom-coms, chick-flicks, or serious historical dramas, you can enjoy them together with the perfect vintage of your choosing! And if you’re looking for a nice bottle you can get as a Mother’s Day present for your mum that’s a little bit out of the ordinary, why not buy her wine and a card from thortful?

Take time out to try your mum’s favourite passion or hobby

Lastly, when it comes to nice things to do for your mum, there’s nothing nicer than taking the time to try your hand at what she truly loves. Knitting, gardening, painting – whatever it is, even if you’re not good at it, just having a go is sure to get your mum smiling.

And who knows? You might discover a fun new hobby you can do together.


These are just some of our suggestions for how to make your mum happy on Mother’s Day, and there are plenty more out there that you can try your hand at. Pick something you know she’ll love and have fun making new memories together.

Of course, if you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, you’ll need a Mother’s Day card. We have hundreds of cards for you to choose from in the thortful collection, with heartfelt Mother’s Day cards, funny Mother’s Day cards, and everything in between. Browse our store today and find the perfect card for your mum and read more articles like this one on the thortful blog.