Mother’s Day is coming up, and if you’re not sure about what to do for your mom this year, take a look at some of these ideas that are simple but carry a big punch in terms of thoughtfulness. You might have bought your mother a fancy piece of jewelry or an expensive perfume last year, but there are some other ideas that she might like just as much, or maybe even more. These ideas are easy yet still will make memories that she’ll remember for years to come.

Make Her Dinner


How many times has your mother made you dinner over the years? More than likely, more times than you’ll ever be able to remember. It’s your turn to make her a delicious, favorite meal. Look through all of the tasty options in her cookbooks, or come up with a surprise for her. Then, have a good conversation with her. If you and your mother can’t get together in person, you can send her a kit with the ingredients to make the meal herself, or you can order a meal from one of the local restaurants and have it delivered to her front step. Then, get together via Zoom or FaceTime and cook or eat together.

Make a Homemade Gift


You don’t have to be that creative or talented to make a gift that will make her think of you every time she sees or uses it. For instance, you could make some potpourri and put it in a sachet. This is a great way to keep the backs of deep closets and other tight spaces smelling fresh. Making jam is another simple gift. There are nearly countless options when you want to make a gift that comes from the heart.

Offer To Do Her Least Favorite Chore Around the House


If you know that your mom hates cleaning the windows every spring, save her the effort by giving her a gift certificate to do them for her. Alternatively, you could do the hard part of something that brings her a lot of joy. For instance, if you know that your mom hates getting the garden ready every year but loves the flowers and vegetables that she gets from the garden, you could start that project for her.

Brighten the Front Door

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Your front door is the first thing that you see when you come home every day. If you want to brighten your mom’s day, get her a wreath and a couple of potted flowers to flank the front door. Whether your mom lives in a house, duplex, or even an apartment, she’ll get a lot of joy out of seeing a beautiful front door every time that she comes home.

Put On a Show For Her


If you have any kind of talent, now’s the time to pull out all of the stops. You can tap out a beautiful piece of classical music on the piano, or write her a song. One of the nice things about this option is that it’s easy to do online if you can’t get together with her in person.

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about buying an expensive gift. When you do something memorable and from the heart, she’ll love the effort and the experience. There are numerous variations on some of these ideas, so tweak any of these ideas to fit the tastes of your mom and the talents that you have.