The Universe's Guide to Mother's Day

by Colleen Stinchcombe
Apr 20, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Mom and baby
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The Mother Lode

Moms: We've all got one, one way or another. For some, it's a complicated or distant relationship. For others, it's the stuff of Hallmark movies or at the very least some version of Lady Bird. And, of course, some are now mothers themselves, unspooling the threads of how to raise a human to be the kind of person they want to see in the world. 

If you're celebrating Mother's Day this May, we want to help you get out of your "what do I get her?" rut. Whether it's putting in a request for your own gifts or buying for the mother figure in your life, we've added a cosmic twist to our suggestions: We've based them on mom's zodiac sign. 

For each sign, we've got a gift idea, a delicious cocktail to whip up for brunch (or breakfast in bed) and a fun activity to get out of the house and into the world with the people you love. 

So figure out what mom's zodiac sign is (or have her birthday handy) and dive into our best suggestions for every star sign. Happy Mother's Day, moms. 

1 /36: Aries: March 21 – April 19

1/36 :Aries: March 21 – April 19

Aries Gift: Adventure Arrow Necklace

An Aries mom is fiercely independent, always pushing her kids to experience the most of life and tackle obstacles in their way. Celebrate her by recognizing her adventurous spirit with this necklace.

Adventure necklace, $29 at RemindMeDesigns/Etsy  

2 /36: Aries Brunch Cocktail: Cucumber Bloody Mary

2/36 :Aries Brunch Cocktail: Cucumber Bloody Mary

It doesn’t take a genius to pair passionate, spicy Aries with a bloody mary. Try something unique for Mother’s Day, like a cucumber-infused vodka or topping the drink with bacon.

3 /36: Aries Activity: Kayak Tour

3/36 :Aries Activity: Kayak Tour

Whether you go after white water or just a calm float through a local lake, water helps to mellow Aries’ fiery spirit and let mom rejuvenate, while kayaking offers the sense of adventure they crave.

4 /36: Taurus: April 20 – May 20

Tuscan Terra Cotta Vase
Image: Pottery Barn

4/36 :Taurus: April 20 – May 20

Taurus Gift: Tuscan Terra-Cotta Vase

Despite Taurus’s tendency to be stubbornly pragmatic, she has a soft spot for statement status symbols. Try an earthy vase to show off the flowers you’re getting her. You are getting her flowers, right?

Tuscan terra-cotta vase, $100 at Pottery Barn

5 /36: Taurus Brunch Cocktail: Blood Orange-Balsamic Mimosa

5/36 :Taurus Brunch Cocktail: Blood Orange-Balsamic Mimosa

Practical mama Taurus likes everything — including a day celebrating her — to be smart and thrifty. A blood orange mimosa whipped up with some knockoff Champagne will please her frugal sensibilities while also delighting her palate.

6 /36: Taurus Activity: Wander Your Local Botanical Gardens

6/36 :Taurus Activity: Wander Your Local Botanical Gardens

Get Taurus back to her earthy roots on Mother’s Day with a trip to your local botanical garden.

7 /36: Gemini: May 21 – June 21

Strawberry Concealed Spiral Notebook by Kate Spade
Image: Kate Spade

7/36 :Gemini: May 21 – June 21

Gemini Gift: Writing Journal

Geminis are known for their bright, curious minds, and moms are no different. You’ll never have a dull conversation with a Gemini mama, and it seems like they’re always coming up with new activities to do. Give the Gemini in your life a place to write down all her thoughts, dreams and plans.

Strawberry concealed spiral notebook, $14 at Kate Spade

8 /36: Gemini Brunch Cocktail: Earl Grey-Gin Tea

8/36 :Gemini Brunch Cocktail: Earl Grey-Gin Tea

There are few things that Gemini moms love more than getting to try something totally new. This Earl Grey tea cocktail gives them exactly that, mixing the brunch-classic tea with gin, lavender, lemon and honey for something truly exciting.

9 /36: Gemini Activity: Paint Night

9/36 :Gemini Activity: Paint Night

Engage Gemini’s creative side with a paint night at a local studio where she can make her own work of art.

10 /36: Cancer: June 22 – July 22

One Line a Day Journal
Image: Mod Cloth

10/36 :Cancer: June 22 – July 22

Cancer Gift: One-Line-a-Day Journal

Imaginative and empathetic, Cancer is all about attending to the feelings of her children. Help her check in with herself with a practical and enlightening guided journal.

One-line-a-day journal, $19 at ModCloth

11 /36: Cancer Cocktail: Cranberry Ramos Gin Fizz

11/36 :Cancer Cocktail: Cranberry Ramos Gin Fizz

Cancer loves a sweet, feminine drink, and this creamy cranberry Ramos gin fizz is exactly that.

12 /36: Cancer Activity: Wild Animal Tour

12/36 :Cancer Activity: Wild Animal Tour

There’s nowhere Cancer feels more at home than the sea, and seeing stunning migrating whales is a great way to make her feel one with nature. No whales nearby? Consider bird-watching or a sanctuary safari as an alternative. Just be sure the tour is ethical, as proper animal treatment is crucial to a Cancer.

13 /36: Leo: July 23 – Aug. 22

Gold Sparkle Nail Polish
Image: Saks Fifth Avenue

13/36 :Leo: July 23 – Aug. 22

Leo Gift: Gold-Sparkle Nail Polish

The Leo mama is protective, cunning and loves luxury. Give her a taste of the lush life with standout sparkle nail polish.

Smith & Cult gold sparkle nail polish, $17 at Saks Fifth Avenue

14 /36: Leo Cocktail: Shimmery Champagne

14/36 :Leo Cocktail: Shimmery Champagne

Champagne, elderflower liqueur and special gold dust make this delicious cocktail made for absolute (motherly) royalty.

15 /36: Leo Activity: Spa Day

Woman in a green spa
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15/36 :Leo Activity: Spa Day

There are few things Leo loves more than to be pampered. Treat her like the queen she is with a spa day getting massages, facials or pedicures.

16 /36: Virgo: Aug. 23 – Sept. 22

Water bottle with a crystal in it
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16/36 :Virgo: Aug. 23 – Sept. 22

Virgo Gift: Fancy Water Bottle

Health-conscious Virgo is always looking for ways to add natural balance to her and her children’s lives. Splurge on a spectacular water bottle to keep her hydrated and happy.

VitaJuwel bottles with Gempod crystals, $78 at Amazon

17 /36: Virgo Cocktail: Plum & Thyme Prosecco

17/36 :Virgo Cocktail: Plum & Thyme Prosecco

This fruity, herb-flavored cocktail will delight the Virgo mama’s hippie nature. Cut back on simple syrup to keep her extra happy.

18 /36: Virgo Activity: Yin Yoga

Women in child's pose at yoga class
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18/36 :Virgo Activity: Yin Yoga

Give the gift of a calmer nervous system with a yoga style focused on stretching poses and breathing.

19 /36: Libra: Sept. 23 – Oct. 22

Essential oil reed diffuser
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19/36 :Libra: Sept. 23 – Oct. 22

Libra Gift: Essential Oil Reed Diffuser

Libras, the lovers of balance, can sometimes use a little help finding their equilibrium in the chaos of parenting. Help them find their center with calming scents via an essential oil reed diffuser.

Essential oil reed diffuser, $36 at Amazon

20 /36: Libra Cocktail: Grapefruit Mimosa

20/36 :Libra Cocktail: Grapefruit Mimosa

Back to the love of balance, semi-sour grapefruit perfectly evens out sweet bubbly, making this an excellent brunch choice for a Libra.

21 /36: Libra Activity: Art Museum or Gallery

21/36 :Libra Activity: Art Museum or Gallery

Libra is fueled by all things artistic but sometimes doesn't take the time to let herself be inspired. For Mother’s Day, give her the gift of creative energy by wandering a local art museum or gallery.

22 /36: Scorpio: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21

Black backpack with tan top
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22/36 :Scorpio: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21

Scorpio Gift: Fashion Backpack

The Scorpio mother is the person you want in your corner if all hell breaks loose. Resourceful and brave, there’s nothing she wouldn’t battle to protect her kiddos. A backpack that is both stylish and useful is a great option for always-prepared Scorpio.

Le Pliage backpack, $125 at Nordstrom

23 /36: Scorpio Cocktail: Pear-Coconut Cooler

23/36 :Scorpio Cocktail: Pear-Coconut Cooler

Who says only bubbly is allowed at breakfast? Not Scorpio. This cocktail combines pear juice and coconut vodka for an indulgent and satisfying drink.

24 /36: Scorpio Activity: Escape Room

24/36 :Scorpio Activity: Escape Room

Scorpio is always eager to put her problem-solving to the test, and an escape room — a timed game often involving puzzles and riddles that must be completed in order to “escape" a room — is a fun, competitive way to do it.

25 /36: Sagittarius: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21

Travel journals
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25/36 :Sagittarius: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21

Sagittarius Gift: Travel Log

Adventurous Sagittarius is always seeking new experiences to expose herself and her kids to. A travel log can help her keep track of all she’s seen and done.

Rifle Paper Passport/Bon Voyage Passport, $10 at Amazon

26 /36: Sagittarius Cocktail: Blackberry Bramble

26/36 :Sagittarius Cocktail: Blackberry Bramble

Berries, cinnamon and gin give epic flavor to this Sagittarius-worthy brunch drink.

27 /36: Sagittarius Activity: Cooking classes

Hands making red curry paste
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27/36 :Sagittarius Activity: Cooking classes

We’re not suggesting Sagittarius can’t cook — they can! But they love to learn and are always looking for something new to try. We recommend a class in a cuisine they don't have much experience with.

28 /36: Capricorn: Dec. 22 – Jan. 19

Makeup bag with "she's a dreamer, a doer, a thinker, she sees possibility, everywhere" on it
Image: Amazon

28/36 :Capricorn: Dec. 22 – Jan. 19

Capricorn Gift: Makeup Bag

Independent, disciplined mama Capricorn prides herself on being a boss and inching ever closer to the elusive “having it all.” A bag that honors her spirit is right up her alley.

Makeup bag, $20 on Amazon

29 /36: Capricorn Cocktail: Lavender-Lemonade Prosecco Cocktail

29/36 :Capricorn Cocktail: Lavender-Lemonade Prosecco Cocktail

Being fierce isn’t always easy, and sometimes a Capricorn could use a little help letting her anxieties go. The lavender in this lemonade prosecco cocktail is just the thing.

30 /36: Capricorn Activity: Hiking

30/36 :Capricorn Activity: Hiking

Capricorns value their solitude, so a quiet walk or hike in a local park that isn’t super-popular will help them feel relaxed and valued.

31 /36: Aquarius: Jan. 20 – Feb. 18

Bluetooth speaker
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31/36 :Aquarius: Jan. 20 – Feb. 18

Aquarius Gift: Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Since Aquarius is a social butterfly, they need to be able to create a party at a moment’s notice, whether it’s for themselves, their kids or their friends. This Bluetooth speaker can help.

JBL waterproof Bluetooth speaker, $124 at Amazon

32 /36: Aquarius Cocktail: Creamy, Boozy Iced Coffee

32/36 :Aquarius Cocktail: Creamy, Boozy Iced Coffee

Being as social as an Aquarius takes energy, and iced coffee certainly helps. This recipe spikes it with Frangelico liqueur for extra flavor (and to get a little tipsy).

33 /36: Aquarius Activity: Karaoke

Woman singing karaoke
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33/36 :Aquarius Activity: Karaoke

Aquarius loves group activities, so the more the merrier. Kids and adults alike will have fun belting out tunes for Mother’s Day.

34 /36: Pisces: Feb. 19 – March 20

Microfiber beach towel with blue stripes
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34/36 :Pisces: Feb. 19 – March 20

Pisces Gift: Akumal Microfiber Beach Towel

Who loves the beach more than Pisces? Pretty much no one. Both because it’s where Pisces feels most at home and because it’s a great place to let the kids run free. Make it easier on her with a quick-drying beach towel that comes with its own carrying case.

Akumal microfiber beach towel, $28 at Amazon

35 /36: Pisces Cocktail: Mimosa Smoothie

35/36 :Pisces Cocktail: Mimosa Smoothie

Pisces’ favorite season is summer, and nothing says summer quite like a boozy smoothie. This mimosa smoothie hits the spot.

36 /36: Pisces Activity: A Day at the Beach

36/36 :Pisces Activity: A Day at the Beach

We already said it — mama Pisces loves the beach. Don’t make it more complicated than it has to be. Just a few snacks, drinks and the wide-open ocean will make her day.