Mother’s Day: Out of the Box

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Ah, Mother’s Day: a tribute to that special lady who raised you. So often we see the perennial favorite of taking Mom out to brunch, but what if Mom isn’t a huge fan of brunch? Here are some ideas for a more unique celebration.

Treat Mom to a Cooking Class

There are cooking classes in many different categories: seafood, vegetarian, baking, ethnic cuisines – you name it. So if your mother has an interest in a certain style of cooking, how about you give her the gift of a class? Even better, sign both of you up for a fun couple of hours.  Note: if your mom fancies herself a talented cook, this may not be the best idea.

Cannon Beach, OR: Hands-on cooking class at the beach

La Jolla, CA: Cooking demonstration, three-course dinner menu, and wine pairings

Wheeling, IL: Italian tricks and tips to learn with Mom

Portland, OR: Health-conscious cooking with Mom

Australia: The ultimate high tea and cooking class for Mom

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Tea Time

When I was a kid, I used to come home from school to a house with my mom and grandmother and often times aunties too. Around 3 pm, without fail, we would all have a cup of tea. Why not rekindle this special time and make an appointment for tea at a fancy tea house where you can be waited on?

Sydney, Australia: High tea benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation

Chicago, IL: Live harpist, fashion show, and beauty bar

Little Rock, AK: Traditional tea with Victorian pomp and circumstance

Rochester, NY: A lesson in history with a side of tea

Las Vegas, NV: A peaceful, zen-like retreat

Washington DC: Rare and limited-production teas from all over the world

Wine Tasting

Is your mom a wine lover? Look into wine pairing dinners around the area (there’s always one going on somewhere) and book one at a restaurant your mother enjoys or would like to visit.

Sonoma, CA: Special wine releases, brunches, barbeques, and more

Mother's Day Gift IdeasHappy Hour

Has it been a while since your mom got all dressed up and went out for cocktails? You could plan an outing to a fancy cocktail bar or speakeasy (they’re springing up all over) and have a lovely girls’ evening out.

The best gift is you. As we get older, we tend to get busy with our own lives. Friends, work, and our own kids get in the way of making time for our parents. Set aside a day or even an afternoon to spend with your mom. Get takeout from her favorite lunch spot and enjoy a relaxing lunch then take her to a movie, or help her with stuff around the house.

And remember, just because the name is “Mother’s Day” that doesn’t mean it has to be only your mother you honor. There are probably a number of women who have contributed to shaping you and making your life better. Don’t forget to honor these women on Mother’s Day too.

Greensboro, GA: Tapas-style menu and unique cocktails

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