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21 Ways to Make Your Mom The Happiest Mom on Earth

by on Apr 29, 2018

Don’t fret for a moment about what to get your mom for Mother’s Day. The best thing you can do is to spend time with her (no irritation or annoyance allowed), or have a nice, relaxed conversation with her.  No store bought card or pot of flowers will touch her heart as much as your efforts to express your sincere appreciation for her, past and present. To help you get started, here are 21 mostly free ideas to choose from that are guaranteed to make your mom happy. 

1. Go shopping with your mom. I know, this might feel awkward, but it will prove to her that you really want to spend time with her. Possible bonus: she’ll end up being so grateful, she’ll start buying you stuff.

Fruit and orange juice sit on the wooden table.

2. Have her to invite her dearest friends for a brunch that you’ll host. There’s nothing better than a mom getting to show off her pride and joy to her friends.

3.  Help her with some sort of redecorating project. It could be tedious, but again, it shows you’re so interested in being with her and helping her that you’re willing to make the sacrifice.

4.  Ask her what movie or television series she’s been wanting to see and then plan a time to stay in and  watch it with her. Again, it’s the idea that you can take time for her that will deliver the impact.

5.  Tell her that you realize some of your best qualities came from her! She’ll love the compliment, but she’ll be even more thrilled that you’ve reflected on this.

6. Tell her about something going on in your life and then ask her about what things were like when she was this age. Most moms want their kids to know that they’re not so far away. The memories of being a young adult are still vivid and life was equally exciting and perplexing.

7. If you have your own kids, ask your mom how she handled certain situations like your obnoxious childhood friends! She may have worked through some things and may have helpful insights.

A black lady a black leather kneels in the street hugging her child in a large city.

8.  Take a photo of the two of you together, print it, and frame it. She’ll think of you and that moment every time she looks at it.

9.  If you live in different cities, tell her what you’re doing on Mother’s Day and then tell her how much you wish she was there so you could do it together. This will maker her feel almost as good as being there.

10. Schedule regular time together. A monthly lunch or wine date will be something you both look forward to. 

11. Surprise her with a farmer’s market bouquet. These bouquets are often the most beautiful and affordable floral options. 

12. Hit the museums! Many museums are free (and if not, the cost of entry is usually affordable). Taking a quiet afternoon to stroll through galleries is good for your mom’s soul. 

Two people sitting in the front of a vehicle with the sunroof open.

13. Take your mom on a mini road trip. Choose a favorite town within driving distance and enjoy time on the road, and a day of exploring, together.  

14. Choose a meaningful service project to do together. Think of a cause that’s near and dear to your mom’s heart, and log some volunteer hours alongside her. You’ll get special time together, and serve others in a meaningful way.

15. Make your mom a “movie”. Using an online app like Animoto, you can upload your favorite photos and videos, choose music, and create a touching movie for your mama.

16. Shower her with compliments. Telling your mom how much she means to you will mean the world to her. It can be as simple and a call or text every so often. Or, as regular as a monthly letter letting her know how much you love her.

17. DIY together! (You knew this one was coming!!!) Choose an art or simple project, gather the supplies, and enjoy some time creating with your mom.

18. Take a fitness class together. Dance, yoga, pilates, good ol’ fashioned aerobics. The sky’s the limit! Finding affordable, fun classes is easy to do and most studios offer drop-in options.  

19. Invite your mom to do something you’re passionate about. A class, a concert, a place that’s special to you. She will LOVE the special glimpse into your world. 

20. Gift your mom a playlist. Include the songs she loves, as well as songs that hold meaning to your childhood or your relationship. It will be poignant and moving, and she’ll love experiencing the songs you chose for her. 

And finally,

21. Sincerely tell her what a great mom she has been and what a happy childhood you had. Then, the absolute best thing you can do is to tell her that you still value her wisdom and experience and that you’re grateful she’s the one that is still scouting ahead for you, and you’ll always need her good advice. Now top it off with a cherry by reminding her how much you love her. 

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  1. Tell your mom how much you appreciate her every time you get the chance because you never know when it will be your last time together always respect her and be honest with her and make her your best friend theirs nothing like having your mom as your best friend it’s the best because your mother loves you unconditionally and will always fight for you till the end no matter the situation I have learned this the hard way but that’s why I’m writing here to help you guys out so you don’t have to go through the hard headed mistakes that I made tell your mom you love her everyday and make sure you don’t just say it you need to show it because that’s what counts

  2. sometimes my mom just works so hard that i feel bad for her so i make her surprise breakfeast in bed it is a really sweet gift

  3. I love my mom so much and will do almost anything to make he happy!!!! You should too.

  4. How do you all deal with mother who is full of drama? My mother is not warm or even nice sometimes. I am having a hard time dealing with this.

  5. My mom loves me super much. she will do anything for me. and i will do the same for her. She will never leave me. I LOVE YOU MOMMY!!!

  6. My mum loves me toooooooòoooo much. She take pain on herself for my ease. She handles things when I’m in problem and she’s always there for me. I loòooooooooooo u. BEST MOMMY in the woo-hoo order!!!!!

  7. My mom finally knows my struggles and what i went through and she accepts me or my strengths and weaknesses and wants to see me change and im trying to beat this pain i feel im sorry mom i didnt mean it and i love you.

  8. Me and my mom don’t get along, and I always feel like I can’t win on trying to make her happy. This gave me ideas so I don’t have to cry or hurt so much anymore. I love my mom very much, and she has always been hard on me but she says it’s for my own good. I love you, mom. And I hope you love me too.??

  9. I was never really that close to my mom and we never spent a lot of quality time together, after reading this we got closer as family and friends. I????U MOM

  10. My mom and I never really got along, but after using these tips we got closer as family and friends. I know it sounds cheesy but I LOVE YOU MOM????

  11. My mom works 24/7, to support me .. I feel as if I am a ungrateful child. I just want to see my mom smile and  laugh. And just be happy again . 

  12. Well my problem is my stepdad and mom have been fighting. It’s now Christmas and we talk to each other unless it’s yelling at each other. I really need help on how to make this a good Christmas and I’ve tried everything I can think of or search up 🙁

  13. To nana,

    It is not a childs job to make there parents happy.  Nor is it a parents job to make their children happy.  Some of the suggestions here are very good.  Showing her you want to spend time with her is the best thing to do even if it is only a short time. Share with her things that are happening in  your life.  Be honest…for just like children, parents can see when their children are being false.  They can also see when you are making an effort and will appreciate it.  It does not have to be big.  If things are strained tried writing to her.  Even if you dont send it it can help you sort out your own feelings and perhaps see it in a new perspective by reading it on a different day. S

    Good luck

    A mom

  14. Weeeeeeee Kim bibbleeeeee??????????????????????????????????. I am the queen of bible????

  15. I luv my mum sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!????????????????????????????

  16. My mum is the best in the world!!! She’s a really caring person and I really love her. She can do anything for me and I can do anything for her. She is the worlds best mum

  17. I love you mom . You are the best mom in the world and i am very lucky that god me such a loving caring mum . I can do anything for you maa. I want her to keep happy and smiling .Mum its only because of you i am alive today .Thank you maa love you .

  18. I love my mum so very much. She gave up her job as a bank accountant. Our nanny was very mean but our mum gave up work just for us. She does everything for us even if its out of her comfort zone.

    I LOVE YOU MUM!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. i love you mom! thank you for bringing me into the world. i learn a lot from you. no matter what will happen to us, we will always be together happy and laughing out loud. you are such an awesome mom. Im always going to be with you no matter what. thank you… your lovely daughter

  20. my mom is best mim in the world there is no one to love like as she gave.. she always support me.. so that i can go futhur for my future she has faced so much problems to. educate me which i would never forget…. & as there id no one in my lyf to support for my studies as she supported me… i pray to god that he give mom…. to me on further births…. love u mom… m so happy to have a such mom

  21. how about the mom’s who always have something bad to say about you and the things you do for her? i have this kind of mom and its really difficult to deal with….i have tried talking to her 1 on 1 and she just got angrier- so i hope you guys can suggest something