Mother's Day Traditions

Mother's Day is the perfect occasion to shout out your mom for all she does. Here are 17 traditions and unique Mother's Day gifts that celebrate Mom.

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    Serve Breakfast in Bed

    Serving breakfast in bed is truly a Mother's Day classic, whether or not it's a true breakfast or more of a Mother's Day brunch. Go the extra mile for your mom by putting those homemade waffles (check out our recipe) on a painted Mother's Day craft: a hand-painted tray.

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    Take Some Family Time

    Take Mother's Day as an opportunity to spend time as a family unit with no screens, chores, or work distracting you. Mother's Day activities could mean reading together, enjoying a favorite movie or cooking a meal together. The best Mother's Day gift is the gift of quality time!

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    Have a Spa Day

    Mother's Day is a time for all moms to kick their feet up and relax. Unique Mother's Day gifts can include treating mom to a spa trip, planning at-home mani/pedis, or giving a gift basket with bath bombs and other items made for relaxation. 

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    Peruvian Parties

    Peru makes the most of Mother's Day with dinners, lunches and parties celebrating mom throughout the week. Channel the Peruvian tradition by throwing a Mother's Day celebration for all of the moms in your life during the week before Mother's Day itself. Make sure to offer a champagne toast to your mom!

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    Have a Picnic

    Take advantage of the springtime weather. Plan a picnic party for your mom. A lovely garden setting and tasty finger foods are sure to make this Mother's Day Instagram-worthy.

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    Plant a Garden

    Planting a special perennial is a great way to be reminded of Mother's Day year after year. Getting in the garden with Mom is a great way to make memories and gives new meaning to Mother's Day flowers.

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    Host a Celebration

    Show Mom some appreciation for all she's done in the past year by throwing a Mother's Day get-together. Invite other mothers, and their kids, to enjoy a lovely afternoon with tasty snacks and personal touches.

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    Mother's Day in Mexico

    In Mexico, it is traditional for children to treat their mothers' to a long lunch out on Mother's Day. For a unique Mother's Day gift, take a page out of that book and take mom out for a long and luxurious lunch. 

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    Dish Up Some Chocolate

    Whether it's in a cake or in a box, chocolate is more than welcome on Mother's Day. This chocolate-cherry stack cake—with chocolate-dipped cherries as garnish—is sure to be a favorite.

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    Enjoy the Outdoors Together

    Whether it's a woodland hike or just a lap around the block, take in springtime weather, together.

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    Give Mother's Day Flowers

    Give a bouquet as pretty as Mom this Mother's Day. Simple touches, such as featuring flowers that are her favorite color, go a long way in showing Mom she's loved.

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    Treat Mom with Alone Time

    Treat Mom to some much-deserved alone time. Clear the house of kids, pets, and unwanted distractions. While the rest of the family enjoys a day out, leave mom with some peace and quiet to catch up on her DVR or her favorite books.

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    Take a Shopping Trip

    Help Mom indulge with a little retail therapy. Take her to her favorite shops and stores or spend the day window shopping. Spending time together is what really counts.

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    Take a Family Trip

    Grab the family and go. It doesn't matter if you take a day, a weekend, or a week—it's the company and quality time that makes it special. Do your research to find a nearby festival, farmers market, or just somewhere fun to visit.

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    Give a Card

    Mom just wants to know she's appreciated. Craft a handmade card and fill the inside with thoughtful sentiments.

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    Cherish Memories

    Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve memories with Mom forever. Take some time on Mother's Day to flip through scrapbooks and photo albums with your mom and reminisce; or make a new one together!

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