According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. consumers spend roughly $1.9 billion on flowers, and roughly $671 million on greeting cards annually for Mother’s Day, making it the second largest U.S. spending holiday.
But does Mom need another bottle of perfume or a box of candy? Instead why not give her the gift of special time together – and, if you’ve found the idea of flowers and a card to be a little too traditional, know that New England is full of unique experiences that will help to cap off the ultimate “Thanks, Mom!” on Mother’s Day.
Why not switch it up and give the gift of experience with any of these 5 unforgettable ideas.
A trip to the zoo, aquarium, or museum
Few things can match the pleasure a Mom experiences when spending time with her family. Whether the kids are young, grown, or now playfully replaced by a new generation of grandchildren, an outing to the zoo, aquarium, or share a day of art at the MFA Boston. Take lots of pictures, fit a meal in somewhere, and make incredible memories spending special time together with the woman who held the whole family together from day one.
Explore SoWa Open Market
With opening day having kicked off on Sunday, May 6, the SoWa Open Market takes place every Sunday afternoon through October in Boston’s South End. Overflowing with original works by local artists, artisans, and indie designers, there is also a farmer’s market, antique emporium, and much more. Each Sunday, SoWa is open from 10 A.M. through 4 P.M.
Treat Here To A Brunch Or Dinner Cruise
Picnic Among The Lilacs and Spend Sunday At The Arboretum
Since 1908, Lilac Sunday has been celebrated at the Arnold Arborteum. Grab a picnic basket and welcome the arrival of spring with your favorite lady while touring the lilacs and taking in a live performance of the Boston Sympothy Orchestra.
A tea party with her favorite little ones
Whether she’s a new mom herself or enjoying it a second time around with grandkids, Mother’s Day is an excellent time for a Mother’s tea. Consider whether your mom and your mother-in-law are good enough friends to host a little gathering together. Or for the brand-new mom, spoil her with a few sweets and a calming cup of tea. Little ones will love playing along with a children’s tea set, and the memories will come flooding back beautifully after marking such a sentimental occasion.
While it’s certainly easier to pick out a bouquet of flowers and a sappy greeting card and be done with it, you truly will cherish the memories you make on Mother’s Day for a lifetime. No matter what you end up doing, enjoy, and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!