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20 Special Things to Do for Mother's Day or Her Birthday

Renz has been a blogger, writer and content creator for half a decade in the Philippines.

This article will provide a list of 20 different ways to honor your mother on her special day.

This article will provide a list of 20 different ways to honor your mother on her special day.

What to Do for Your Mom's Birthday or Mother's Day

Mother's Day only comes once a year, so we must make the most of it by showing our mothers how much they mean to us.

To tell you the truth, I wrote this article because I was so inspired by a video I watched about a mother's love for her blind child (which I've included at the end of this article). Truly, her story touched and warmed my heart. It is rare to see a mother so patient and so brave. I salute this super-mom!

Anyway, here are 20 things we can do this Mother's Day to show these wonderful women how much we appreciate and care for them (of course, you may also do these on her birthday—it is equally as special).

20 Ways to Celebrate Your Mom

These are my personal suggestions and ideas. I've already tried several of them.

Please note that you don't need to do every single item listed here. However, you may choose as many or as few as fit your needs. But if you can do them all, why not, right? I'm sure your mother would appreciate all your effort very much.

  1. Greet Her With Sincerity: It's as simple as that. All you need to do is make it very sincere. Mothers appreciate even the simplest things on Earth, as long as it comes from you (sincerely and genuinely).
  2. Give Her a Greeting Card: No matter how cliché this may be, giving moms a greeting card will surely make them smile. It is even better if you are the one to craft your own from start to finish.
  3. Give Her a "Mom Report Card": Humor your mother by giving her a report card showing that she got As in loving you, cooking the food, gardening, etc. She will definitely love the idea!
  4. Give Her Flowers: Almost every girl appreciates flowers because the act of giving a bouquet itself is so sweet. You can show your love to your mom by giving her flowers that match her personality. Or, if you know your mom's favorite, give her that instead.
  5. Write and/or Sing a Song for Her: You don't need to be an expert songwriter to do this, just scribble some words from your heart and create a tune for it. Your mother will surely appreciate all the effort. And you'll make her proud! If you aren't able to write any, try singing your mother's favorite song. You may sing "A Song for Mama" by Boyz II Men, for instance.
  6. Do the Household Chores for Her: Houses can take a lot of upkeep. So why not relieve your mom's chore load a bit by doing some chores for her? She will definitely appreciate it!
  7. Cook for Her: Does your mom usually do most of the cooking? Why not make it the other way around on this special day? Cook her a unique yet delicious meal or perhaps her favorite dish. She'll definitely be full (of happiness) afterwards.
  8. Treat Her to a Fancy Restaurant: If you don't know how to cook, you may opt to treat her to a fancy restaurant. She would definitely like to try out something new. Oh, be sure to make some reservations for this. This will also give her a reason to get her fancy dresses out.
  9. Give Her a Lovely Cake: Be it Mother's Day or a simple birthday celebration, giving her a cake would mean a lot to her—a lovely cake for your lovely mom. You'll be able to show her your sweetness with this. It will be much better if you are the one to bake it yourself, and no matter how sloppy it may look, she will definitely thank you for it.
  10. Write Her a Poem: A poem dedicated to her will surely make your mom feel so special. Say how much you love her through a beautiful poem, and she will be the happiest mom on earth! Acrostic poems are pretty easy. Write her a sonnet if you feel like a challenge.
  11. Create a Video for Her: Surprise your mom with a video! You may either dance, sing, or do anything she would appreciate. Also, include a part where you dedicate a message to her.
  12. Reminisce About Your Childhood Memories With Her: Ask your mom to browse some baby pictures of you together. Having you is one of the unforgettable moments your mother had, so she will definitely love to do this as she reminisces about the past.
  13. Buy the Things on Her Wish List: If you have some extra cash to spend, why not buy her things on her wish list? She may be truly longing for these items but hasn't had the opportunity to buy them for herself. Giving these as gifts will surely brighten up her day.
  14. Buy Her a Book From Her Favorite Author: Buying a book from her favorite author would mean a lot to her. It means that you know her very well and pay attention to what she likes. With this, she will definitely be happy.
  15. Publicly Say How Much You Love Your Mother: Okay, so this may be difficult to do, but think of the things she's endured for you. Publicly telling your mom how much you love her tells her that you are proud to have her in your life. Alternatively, you can tweet or post on Facebook how much you love her and tag her. This would be the modern equivalent of saying "I love you" to her in public.
  16. Teach Her a New Dance: Let your mom enjoy a current fad! Teach her how to Dougie or to do the Gangnam Style dance, and you will make the day unforgettable for her! Also, you'll make her appreciate things we love today. It's like providing your mom with the latest updates.
  17. Spend a Day With Her: Spend a day with her, and she will treasure the moment. There's not necessarily any cash-spending required, just your presence. You might just watch movies and catch up all day, or you might spend some money and take her out on the town, treating her to whatever she likes. Either way, this would mean a LOT to her! You show her how important she is to you. A lot of us forget that the best gift to her is ourselves.
  18. Gather the Entire Family for Her: Has it been a while since the whole family was together? Make an effort to bring all your siblings together and celebrate Mother's Day! Do that, and you are going to have the happiest mom in the world.
  19. Apologize and Give Her a Warm, Tender Hug and Kiss: If you are not on very good terms with your mom, this is the time to do it! Reconcile with her, and give her a warm, tender hug and kiss. If you're able to do this, she will likely never ever forget that day!
  20. Surprise Decorate the House: This one was a recommendation by a reader. Put some decorations up at home and a "Happy Birthday or Happy Mother's Day" banner while your mom is sleeping or away.
Flowers for mother's day


Mom is an overused word
You need something, you call on mom
You lost something, you call on mom
You want something, you call on mom
You misplaced something, you call on mom

But that’s not the end,
You can’t cook your food, you call on mom
You can’t iron your clothes, you call on mom
You can’t make your bed, you call on mom
You can’t fix your things, you call on mom

But mom is not just a word—it’s more than that.
She is a wonderful being created by God
She is a loving, caring, and selfless woman
Yet she is also strong, enduring, and forgiving
Mom is the epitome of unconditional love

Because mom is not just someone, she’s the one…
The one who carried us for nine months and gave us life
The one who stayed up all night to tend on our needs
The one who nurtured us in giving the best life possible
The one who taught us the 123s and the ABCs

But that is not all, she's also the one…
The one who kisses our pain away when we are bruised
The one who accepts us even when we go against the rules
The one who forgives us even when we make mistakes
And the one who loves us even when we fail a lot of times

So what I really want to say is that,
God is so good to give me a mom like you
And I feel so much loved to be your daughter/son

A Salute to Moms Everywhere

I hope you were able to enjoy all these things I listed. Share your mother's reaction here, and I'll be happy to read them!

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To every mom, happy Mother's Day, and may you enjoy this day especially made for you!

To my mom, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Thanks for everything, and you're the best!

Questions & Answers

Question: Is it nice to bake a cake for your mother's birthday?

Answer: Yes. Baking takes a lot of patience and experience, and mothers appreciate gifts wherein effort was made.

Question: Is it nice to make a homemade card for Mother's Day?

Answer: The effort you pour in making your own card goes a long way. Your mom will appreciate it so much.

Question: What can you make for your mother's birthday if you are in quarantine?

Answer: If deliveries are still permitted in your area, you may arrange to have her favorite food delivered. If no, you may want to give a surprise video. You may do compilation of old photos or include a video of you singing/dancing etc.

Readers' Suggestions

Jhon on July 26, 2020:

I tried a few and she loved them!!!!

Daniel on July 22, 2020:

Thank you so much for these amazing tips, and the poem thingy at the end. I’ll be sure to use the tomorrow!

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on July 22, 2020:

@Mari-Ella Happy Birthday to your mom!

Mari-Ella on July 22, 2020:

Tysm for the great ideas! I will do some of these for my mom's b-day!

Anonymous on May 07, 2020:

my mums birthday is in two days what do I do

Anonymous on February 10, 2020:

How should I spend my moms 30th b day

PilotGirl101 on January 31, 2020:

Today is my moms birthday and I did not know what to do for her since i don't have money or a job. So thanks for the cheap ideas!

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on June 03, 2019:

@Weirdo Now that's very sweet. Thanks for suggesting that one up.

Weirdo on June 03, 2019:

You could also give your mom plants that she likes,every time the plants blooms or she "notices"it she will be reminded of your love

bleh on May 10, 2019:


Alyssa from Ohio on May 10, 2019:

These are wonderful ideas! Thank you for the suggestions!

Mira WolfPower Asks on July 31, 2018:

these are the perfect Ideas for my brother, dad and I for my mom's surprise party / surprise fun place... that shall not be named

Rafsewamg on July 13, 2018:

Hey thanks for the ideas .. it’s sad how many rude people felt the need to reply unfortunately. Perhaps they should do their mothers some justice and have some manners.

neet on June 20, 2018:

That's a very nice piece of information..

Nice job there.... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on May 12, 2018:

@Elena, anything we do for our mom as long as we do it with love, she'll appreciate. Happy Mother's Day to your mom!

@Jess, I'll try to come up with more! :D

Elena on May 12, 2018:

These are wonderful ideas, hopefully my mom will like what i've done for her.

Jess on February 18, 2018:

I need more ideas I have done all the 20 other ideas

momlover on October 18, 2017:

this is great im taking my mom 4 a day out so my dad and brothers can get the present in

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on November 20, 2014:

Great to know that you found something useful from this article, peachpurple!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 19, 2014:

great ideas, 20 are a lot but i found 5of them very useful

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on November 01, 2014:

@Lexy You are right! Thank you so much for pointing that one out! It's always good to make your mom feel like it's Mother's Day everyday.

Lexy on November 01, 2014:

Some of these suggestions are just not ones that are purely attributable to a birthday or Mother's day. "(Apologize), Give her a warm, tender hug and kiss" - this is something you should do for your Mummy every day of her life, regardless of the occasion. Love and appreciation for your Mummy should be unconditional and not circumstantial!

khushi on June 16, 2014:

thhanks india

J on June 09, 2014:

This is GREAT!

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on April 26, 2014:

@Sheena Thanks for that very warm comment! May you and your mother be truly blessed! Best wishes!

SHEENA on April 25, 2014:

Thanks for the great ideas I'll follow it and im sure mom will be inspired and she will really like it.Thanks guys!!!.By the way your poem is beautiful, even im not a mom I'm inspired na im sure mom will be more than inspire than my feelings.The videos also inspire me,they has happy,sad,and sometimes mixed emotions.

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on April 07, 2014:

@loud cracker That's a nice addition to the list! Thanks for the suggestion! :)

loud cracker on April 07, 2014:

decorate the house when your mom is sleeping

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on March 08, 2014:

@kkskylar I did not write this for people who can't appreciate simplicity. Too bad you came across it. But thanks anyway! At least you exerted effort in replying. :)

kkskylar on March 08, 2014:

stupid ideas

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on February 01, 2014:

Thanks nonetheless maddie for visiting and taking time to read the "rubbishness".

maddie on February 01, 2014:

rubbish what the heck

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on December 26, 2013:

@ky You are welcome! Thank you for appreciating this list! :)

ky on December 26, 2013:

I love them thank you

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on December 10, 2013:

@Rimjhim Oh, that's an amazing addition to the list! Aside from the thoughtfulness, doing the collage will be a chance for the other family members to bond together.

Rimjhim on December 10, 2013:

I would really like to add one more to your wonderful list - we can also make a picture collage for mother on her birthday or mothers day. it should consist the pics of moments spent with her....

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on November 11, 2013:

@PegCole17 Thanks! Every mom deserves some gratitude from us for all the sacrifices she has done, and will still do just for us. I know this may not be enough, but I hope it will make her feel very much loved.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 11, 2013:

You've given a lot of thought to this heartfelt tribute to the ones who bring us into this world. I'm sure your mom is very proud of you.

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on May 12, 2013:

@sarifearnbd I realized that we actually do not need to spend a lot for gifts, because sometimes actions and time spent with them are far more valuable - priceless even.

Shariful Islam from Bangladesh on May 12, 2013:

These are all very inexpensive Mother's Day gift ideas.

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on May 11, 2012:

Yes, I agree Enomfon! They are really great! Let's show them we really care this coming Mother's Day!

Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on May 11, 2012:

Thanks peachpurple! I really appreciate the comment! Advance happy mother's day to your mom!

Enomfon85 from Nigeria on May 11, 2012:

Nice hub! Mothers are great and I love my mum so much....

peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 11, 2012:

Great tips, 20 of them. I am sure I can hit at least 10 of them. Your siblings poem is beautiful. I am sure your mom will love it. Great hub

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