By Christina Clagg Reyes | Photography by Emily Brashier
We all agree that moms are pretty special. But for some people, it’s hard to put into words. Luckily, we have many options for honoring mom that don’t require words…or at least not our own. Just remember, the key to honoring mom on Mother’s Day and everyday is simple. Just do something.
If the “something” part has you already feeling stumped, then you are in luck. We’ve compiled a list of gift and activity ideas to help you out. In other words, we are leaving you with no excuses this Mother’s Day.
Flowers are never a bad idea. Nor are balloons. Of course you can call one of many flower shops in the metro, or if you are on a budget, grab a bouquet at your local grocery store, like Trader Joe’s or club store, like Sam’s Club. If she’s allergic to flowers, opt for a bouquet of balloons from Dollar Tree.
Mother’s Day greeting cards account for well over a hundred million in sales each year. You can find them at a number of stores, and spend anywhere from a buck (at Dollar Tree, of course) to upwards of ten dollars (ahem, Hallmark). If you don’t like what you see and the words don’t articulate just what mom means to you, try making one yourself. Moms love that. I bet my mom still has every one of my homemade cards.
Museums and Festivals
If you’re looking to spend some quality time with mom, why not take her to one of the many metro museums or annual spring festivals? Here are just a few ideas:
The Oklahoma History Center located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, has four semi-permanent galleries, a special events hall as well as outdoor exhibits. From oil and space exploration to the land run of 1889, you can indulge mom with hours upon hours of Oklahoma’s rich history.
You could also take her to the FREE Prague Kolache Festival on May 6. Here you can celebrate the rich Czech culture that contributed to the city’s founding. The Kolache Festival offers dance, song, food, crafts, a parade, carnival rides, and of course, kolaches!
Other notable museums, include:
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, OKC
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, OKC
American Banjo Museum, OKC
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman
Treat Her to Brunch
If you can cook, then I implore you to make brunch or lunch for mom on her special day. Don’t let her lift a finger to cook or to clean. If you aren’t much of a cook and you really want to treat her on this day, there are plenty of local restaurants with special brunch and lunch offerings. Try Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse in Bricktown where Mickey is offering up a special treat this Mother’s Day. Also, try Guernsey Park where mom will enjoy lunch and bottomless mimosas! If you want to treat her to food that is part of the Made in Oklahoma Coalition, try Chicago Street Delicatessen in Shawnee, Cheever’s Café or Iron Star BBQ in OKC. You can find an entire list of Made in Oklahoma restaurants at miocoalition.com.
There’s no better way to pamper mom than to send her to a day spa. Le Visage Day Spa in Norman offers facials, massages, sugar scrubs, peppermint body wraps and so much more. Mom will be treated like a queen and leave feeling like a million bucks.
Other notable day spas include:
Cottonwood Spa, Edmond
Three Graces European Day Spa, OKC
Renaissance Salon and Spa, OKC
Oklahoma-made Gift Baskets
You can’t go wrong with a gift basket, especially one filled with Oklahoma-made gifts. From baskets filled with selections of teas from 360 Farms, to salsas from Ace in the Bowl, to chocolates from Bedre Fine Chocolates (and many, many other options), you are sure to put a smile on mom’s face. Check out madeinoklahoma.net/baskets for a complete list.
Call or Visit Her
You can’t go wrong with this one. Enough said.
Coffee or Tea
Oklahoma has no shortage of great coffee and teas houses. Take mom for a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and just hang out and talk, or maybe work on a crossword puzzle together (my mom totally dominates these). Some of my favorite local places are Gray Owl, Crimson and Whipped Cream, and Syrup in Norman; Cuppies and Joe, Coffee Slingers, and Elemental Roasters in OKC; or try Inspirations Tea Room in Edmond.
Moms love cookies. If you can bake, then I urge you to bake her a dozen. If you aren’t the baking type, try grabbing a variety of delectables at local bakeries, like Dara Marie’s in Norman (my personal favorite), or Eileen’s Colossal Cookies in OKC and Edmond. If you prefer to order online, go to mrsfields.com and try a classic cookie tin.
There are many ways to honor mom with personalized gifts. Think hand-stamped jewelry customized with names, words of inspiration, etc. Some local shops that can take care of that are No Regrets off N. Penn or The Vintage Pearl in Edmond. If mom would enjoy personalized wall art, coffee mugs, picture frames, you will find plenty of places to order those online, including walmart.com and personalcreations.com.