My mom and I are very close so I love to celebrate her whenever I have the chance. We have always been close but after I moved to Seattle for college and particularly after some health issues, we became even more close. I always brag about how awesome my mom is so you’d think I probably shower her with gifts on occasions like Mother’s Day. The truth is, my mom’s love language is most certainly not receiving gifts. I know that my mom is much more appreciative of quality time so on holidays, that is what I focus more attention on rather than getting the perfect gift.
I myself am much more keen on quality time and other love languages then receiving gifts! If your mom or others in your life are also similar, here are some ideas for how you can celebrate your loved ones without gifts. There is nothing wrong with physical gifts because you can absolutely show someone how valued and loved they are with a gift, however there are some other experiential ways to celebrate them!
Treat them to brunch
If your family is anything like mine, then food is a huge part of your relationship with each other. My mom always shows that she cares for us by cooking food for us or at least making sure we have good food to eat. Now that I’m older and I can be the one treating my mom to meals, taking her to brunch (one of my favorite activities) is one way I can celebrate her. Luckily there are tons of yummy brunch spots in my backyard, like Feed Co. Burgers, which I recently visited. For all you local folks, I highly recommend checking out this spot! There is a Seattle location as well as one in Redmond. (Tip: Go to Union Coffee first for a caffeine fix – it’s right next door!)
They have pomegranate or orange mimosas (bottomless options too!) so of course we had to sample these flavors. They also have a large assortment of beers, wines, and even a black currant iced tea that my girlfriends Sheila and Katrina were big fans of.
We also indulged in an assortment of foods from their regular menu as well as their brunch menu which is available from 11am-2pm on the weekends. (Check out their menu here.) Some highlights were the mahi mahi burger, breakfast burrito bowl as well as loco moco bowl, green bean tempura, sweet potato fries, and nicoise salad. I love the casual vibes of this restaurant and appreciate the variety of options on the menu.
Thanks to Feed Co. Burgers for hosting us for brunch!
Go on an adventure
Taking walks and hiking are things my mom loves to do. Since we live in the Pacific Northwest, there are so many beautiful spots to walk or hike. Spending quality time together while enjoying nice views and getting exercise is a great way to celebrate your mom if this is up her alley. Other mini adventure ideas: ride the ferry to a nearby island for the day, go kayaking or biking, or play tourist in your own city.
Make a homemade treat
If you’re skilled in the kitchen unlike me, making your mom something at home can be such a sweet gesture! My mom always baked treats for us so I probably wouldn’t try to bake something for her – but if your mom isn’t much of a baker, this would be a great idea! I have always wanted to bake a cake from scratch or make macarons so I might suggest making a homemade treat together. That leads to me to my next idea!
DIY something together
My mom is really into DIY projects. She is really talented with whatever craft she picks up. Lately, her favorite thing to DIY are rugs. I think it would be fun to learn how to make them and just spend time together crafting and hanging out. Snacks and drinks nearby, of course. If you’re in need of some guidance, there are tons of DIY YouTube videos and you can even repurpose something that you have at home for a budget project. There are also many businesses that offer things like pottery classes, wine and paint nights, etc.
Whichever way you decide to celebrate your mom or the other loved ones in your life, I hope you have fun doing it!