Mother's Day Activities That Beat Store-Bought Gifts

Make her special day one for the books with fun Mother's Day activity ideas you can both enjoy. Plan a surprise picnic in her favorite park, an easy Mother's Day craft, or an at-home spa kit.

By Andrea Crowley

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Coupon Clipping Done Right

A classic Mother's Day paper craft for kids: a coupon book! Redeemable for sweet favors like cleaning your room without being asked and free hugs that never expire, it's the gift that keeps on giving. Download the entire book here, and get coloring!

Adorable Mother's Day Cards

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Succulent City

Planting flowers in the garden is so last Mother's Day. This year, turn it up a notch with a terrarium-making sesh. Start with sand, shells, rocks, and colorful brush to create the base, then look to low-maintenance air plants to fill it up. The trendy succulents require just one quick dip under the faucet each week.

Pretty Succulent Ideas

Life's a Picnic

Pack the basket with goodies and pop a squat. Between all the fresh air and Brie and crackers, it's no question a picnic is one of our favorite Mother's Day activities. Get extra crafty by embroidering your picnic blanket with a sweet memo. Mom will love the personalized touch, plus the blanket doubles as a cute gift she'll use again and again.

Head over to Lovely Indeed for the DIY Picnic Blanket. 

Say Aah

It's easy to enjoy DIY Mother's Day crafts with Mom when there's a spa kit involved. Pamper her with face masks, bath bombs, hand scrubs, nail polish, and sparkling water. Just don't forget the Enya!

Hand scrub how-to: Mix melted coconut oil, granulated sugar, and almond extract with a bit of food coloring, then fill a jar with your homemade scrub.

A Spoonful of Sugar

Take Mother's Day crafts beyond paper and glue with this homemade rose-spiced sugar. All you need: 1 cup sugar, ½ cup dried pink or red rose petals, and 1 teaspoon allspice. Pop it all into a food processor for a quick minute, and voila! Download the Mason jar labels here.

Wine Night Done Right

Set up a wine tasting for Mom on the patio, and offer a flight of her favorite sips and cheese pairings. Our favorite combos: Pinot Noir and Gruyere, Chardonnay and Brie, and Prosecco and Asiago.

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