What to Do for Mom on Mother’s Day

Show Mom you care by giving her a special dinner, taking care of household tasks and creating new memories together

By Becky Harris  |  Courtesy of Houzz.com  

Houzz readers have the best ideas. When we asked you about the most special things you’ve done for your mom (or had done for you) on Mother’s Day, you had great stories from the past and suggestions for this year’s celebration. Here are some of the best.


1. Make her coffee or tea. Houzz user Joel Restel noticed that the best start to the day was missing from our original list: Wake up before Mom does, get that java or tea brewing, grab the paper from the lawn, arrange fresh flowers from the yard in a vase and set it all up. She’ll wake to the wonderful aroma and be drawn right to the nice welcome in the kitchen. If you want to add a gift to the mix, treat her to a bag of gourmet coffee or her favorite tea, or a lovely new teacup or mug.


2. Set up a brunch spread. Houzz user helenjorna likes the sound of something a little more elaborate. “I’d like to add getting in a hard workout and then coming home to mimosas and brunch,” she says. 

If Mom enjoys doing the cooking, then you can set the table and offer to be a sous chef she can order around — gathering and prepping ingredients, making the toast and handling all those other sous chef tasks.


3. Plant a vegetable garden. The idea of completing gardening tasks together was big with Houzzers. Reader darla1116 was excited about getting a vegetable garden started with her kids on Mother’s Day. 

If you’re not ready for veggies, starting an herb garden is a nice way to begin growing your own edibles.

Houzz user penthousenester also liked the idea of getting out into the garden on that special Sunday. “In our neck of the woods, Mother’s Day marks the time it is safe to plant tender annuals — so that is what we always did,” she says. If spring hasn’t sprung enough to put in plants, start sowing seeds as a Mother’s Day project.


4. Help with the spring mulching. “As for me I would love for my son to go pick up some mulch for me and lay it in my garden,” reader tshome says. 


5. Tackle Mom’s household to-do list. “My grown sons, 28 and 30, have given me the gift of a Honey-Do list for the past 10 years,” reader 55snownowwrites. “I make a list, they show up with tools and start working. It’s a great time to talk and laugh together while we work.… I absolutely adore them for making the day special for me.”


6. Take care of a week’s worth of household tasks. One Mother’s Day, “my hubby and kiddos surprised me with a card that announced it was Mother’s Day Week,” reader swsunshinewrites. “They said I could relax, and they were going to take on all the chores and cooking that week. I have been married for 20 years and this was a first. I was totally surprised and may have shed a tear.”

To do this yourself, attach a blank numbered list to your Mother’s Day card and invite Mom to write down tasks she’d like done that week. Hang it on the fridge to remind you of your new duties. You’ll finish with a whole new appreciation for all that your mother does for you — and maybe an idea of a task or two you can take on from here.


Taking care of Mom’s to-do list will give her the gift of time to do things she loves, reader candoli notes. “I personally like spending time doing projects at home, so it would be lovely to have the house tidied on its own without me having to do that in lieu of a project I wanted to start and finish,” she writes.


7. Put your cooking skills to use. Reader Andy Gibbs cooked Mom her favorite dish. If you’re lacking in kitchen skills, pick up her favorite restaurant dish instead. Get out the tablecloth, the good china and the candlesticks to mark it as a special meal.


8. Don’t leave the cleanup to Mom. “The kids cleaning their room and planning, putting on and cleaning up dinner is music to my ears,” reader daffodilmama writes. Clean up the kitchen, clear the table and do the dishes. (That includes putting them away.)


9. And don’t forget the most important thing you can give your Mom: time spent together. “Any day I can spend time with my kids is special,” Ann Stewart writes. “No money can buy the memories we make.”