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4 Fun things to do with mom on Mother's Day

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Mother's Day bonding dates

Showing someone how much you care doesn’t have to mean buying them a gift. Sure, we all love presents, but this May 13, instead of shopping for mom, do something fun with her! Trust us -- just spending the day with her daughter will be the best gift she could ask for. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

Adult woman with mother on Mother's Day

Plan a day trip

Taking mom out to lunch or dinner is one thing, but devoting the whole day to her is the ultimate way to say you care. Choose a theme -- antiques, flea markets, food -- and plan a day trip that encompasses whatever you want to see or do. Map your route, pack some snacks and a cooler full of lemonade and hit the road. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your camera. Use the pics from the day's events to create a commemorative Mother’s Day photo book.

Take a class together

What have you always wanted to learn? What about your mom? It could be anything -- from making sushi to watercolor painting to rock climbing. The point is to decide on something that interests you both (mom gets the final say) and then enroll in the class. It’s always fun to learn something new and doing it together will give you something to bond over.

Bonus

If you both like the class, sign up for more and make it a regular mother-daughter date!

Get cultured

Does mom like art and museums? Plan an afternoon of gallery or museum-hopping and take your mom to some of the spots she might not have time to see otherwise. Build in time for lunch and a stop at a wine bar or café and you have yourself an interesting day she’s sure to remember. Take note of any special or limited-time exhibits and make sure to include those.

Hit the spa

Is there anything better than a day at the spa? We didn’t think so! Choose one nearby, pick some treatments you think mom would like and make a day of it. The two of you can bond while you’re getting pampered and then have dinner together afterwards. A spa day for two is not only ultra-relaxing for both of you, but it will make mom feel like a queen.

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