Give mom the priceless gift of experience this year—plan a day doing what she loves best
Instead of cooking for mom, plan a day of cooking an amazing meal with her. Treat her to a copy of The Sunset Cookbook, filled with all the Western-style dishes she loves. Plan a menu of her faves, do the grocery shopping, and clean up afterward
so mom is free to simply have fun in the kitchen.
More: 14 iconic Sunset Cookbook recipes
OK, you can do the Mother’s Day brunch, but think outside the box by assembling a DIY picnic of amazing, made-in-the-West delicacies.
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Impress mom with your wine savvy by arranging an at-home tasting of the year’s best special occasion wines (because who's
more special than mom?). Alternatively, treat her to a day of sipping at a winery near you.
Our favorite special occasion wines
Urban wineries in the West
Take mom on an outing to a nursery near you, and then spend the day plotting, planting, and pruning floral beauties in her
garden. If you’re not a green thumb yourself, bone up with our tips on all things flower gardening, including how to attract
pollinating bees, humming birds, butterflies, and more winged guests to the garden.
Nurseries and gardens to visit this season
How to make a garden bloom
Attract winged guests to your garden
What better way to spend the day than laying ground for the gift that keeps on giving? Help mom get her garden started with
our tips on the best planting methods and the top fruits, veggies, and herbs for home gardens. By next year’s Mother’s Day,
she’ll have plenty of experience, not to mention some delicious bounty.
How to grow your own vegetables
Best crops for your edible garden
Is mom curious about expanding her homesteading activities beyond edible gardening? If raising chickens appeals, help her
get into the act by ordering her a coop and chicks, and steering her toward our chicken-raising tips. Or if mom’s sights are
set on beekeeping and honey making, buy her a starter kit and get her plenty of guidance from our beekeeping chronicles.
How to raise backyard chickens
All about beekeeping and honey making
Help mom breathe new life into her home with fun decorating projects, from making a memory box table (pictured) to creating
an outdoor chandelier.
More: 30 easy home decorating projects
If mom is all about transforming found objects into one-of-a-kind treasures, we’ve got a trove full of projects to make her
day: turning broken doorknobs into patio flooring (pictured), outdated clothing into stylish throw pillows, sewer pipes into
plant holders, and much more.
More: 21 DIY salvage makeovers