You can of course head to the mall or shop online and buy your mom something for Mother’s Day, but what about doing something different for her this year? These 7 Mother’s Day outdoor gift ideas work so well because they promote and foster time spent outside together, working with your hands, being creative, getting exercise, and making remarkable new memories together. Here are outdoor Mother’s Day activities, each of which will make a great gift this year.
1. Plants, Plants, and more Plants!
An A.M. trip to a local garden center, followed by a nice lunch (see below), and a pleasant afternoon potting and planting is one of the best outdoor Mother’s Day gift ideas you can give your mom this year.
2. Mother's Day Hike
If you are looking for fun activities for Mother’s Day that encourage physical movement and provide quality time spent outdoors, take mom out for a Mother’s Day hike. Whether it’s her favorite local trail or a trip to one of the best U.S. spring hiking spots, lace up your boots and crunch some sticks and leaves underfoot with your mom on Mother’s Day weekend.
3. Spring Picnic with Mom
Having a picnic in her yard or in a nearby park is one of the great outdoor Mother’s Day ideas that she will love. Go the extra mile with a bottle of wine, tablecloth, and some cloth napkins to make your Mother’s Day picnic fancy and fun for the whole family.
4. Mother's Day Camping Weekend
Looking for epic Mother’s Day gift ideas outdoors and in nature? Mother’s Day camping is a great way to spend quality time with mom while beneath a canopy of trees, around a campfire, making new memories, and bonding in a brand-new way. Some of the Mother's Day camping ideas you can consider include heading to a National Park for Mother’s Day camping, a fishing trip with mom, a Mother’s Day hike, camping during Mother’s Day weekend in a dark sky site to see the unpolluted night sky, or pitching a tent in your own backyard and setting up an outdoor movie screen to watch one of her all-time favorite films together.
5. Paint En Plein Air
En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors with a full view of what you want to be painting. Instead of going to a wine painting class indoors for lots of money, this is one of the outdoor Mother’s Day activities to try this year for some peace, quiet, and fun whether you and your mom know how to paint or not.
6. Outdoor Yoga
Does mom like to do yoga? Get her a new yoga mat and join her for a yoga session outside on a beautiful spring day during Mother’s Day weekend!
7. Concert Under the Stars
Whether mom is the music festival type or would prefer something a little more chill, many communities ramp up the outdoor programming come spring. Search for parks or restaurants offering live music under the stars and make a night of it with Mom! Listening to music together on a blanket on a lush patch of grass is one of the most enjoyable outdoor Mother’s Day gift ideas.
Need more outdoor Mother’s Day gift ideas? Check out these Mother’s Day gifts you can make at home!
Jeff is a dad of teen daughters, avid traveler, photographer, and freelance writer. He’s penned stories on family travel, outdoor recreation, the environment, parenting, and more for Fodor’s, Reader’s Digest, Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping, PBS, and Esquire, among other publications. Find him on his blog, OWTK.com and on Instagram @OWTK. Jeff is also the publisher of the quarterly literary zine, Stanchion