25 Mother’s Day Ideas to Make This Year Extra Special


Mother's Day ideas

Moms have been working double-time lately—with an extra dose of anxiety!

Some moms are juggling their full-time careers from home while also keeping their kids busy at home. Others are on the front lines of the pandemic, working in healthcare and other essential roles in the community. All moms are doing their best to lead their families through unprecedented uncertainty.

Every mom wants to be spoiled on Mother’s Day, but it’s not as easy this year to take her out to brunch or send her to the spa for some pampering. Here are ideas for making mom feel special this Mother’s Day. Moms, if you’re reading this, save the link and share with your kids or hubby! 

25 Mother’s Day Ideas

Order Curbside Take Out from Her Favorite Restaurants

Currently, all Iowa restaurants are closed until April 30. Many restaurants offer carry-out options. (We will update dining options ideas if restrictions are lifted in May.)

Send Her Sweet Treats

If you’re separated from your own mother or a mom friend, who you’d like to shower with love this Mother’s Day, send her treats from some of our favorite local bakers.  

Cookies by Sugar Mama (pictured here)
Molly’s Cupcakes
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Thelma’s Treats

Give Her Wine

Pick up a wine gift basket to brighten her doorstep or order her favorite Iowa wines to be delivered to her home. She will love you forever!

WineStyles – gift baskets (pictured here and above) available with curbside pickup in Ankeny and West Des Moines
Jasper County Winery – wine delivery
Penoach Winery – porch pickup available
Summerset Wine – wine delivery

Schedule Family Portraits

familyHave a family photo shoot from your front steps. It’s a great way to safely document your family during this time. And seeing your smiling faces would make a great gift to send to Grandma too.

Anna Moser Photography
Jamie Lynne Photography
Lindsey Prescott Photography (work pictured here)

Buy Gift Cards (for later)

While it doesn’t always feel like it, this will end. Give mom a reason to spoil herself (and support local businesses) with gift cards to her favorite boutiques or spas.

Fusion Fashion (pictured here)
Style Bar Boutique
Spa at West Glen
Coachlight Clinic and Spa
Spavia Day Spa

Order a Thoughtful Gift

Whether she’s safe at home or working, mom still loves to be spoiled with cute gifts. Find just the right thing to suit her style with some of our favorite Iowa makers. Or help her stay busy with cute DIY craft projects she can complete at home.

AR Workshop
Auburn Dutch earrings
Dirt Road Candle Co.
Doe a Deer Design
Holton Homestead
The Knotty Nail (pictured here)
Something Moore Co.

Make Life Easier on Mom

Take a few things off mom’s to-do list by doing all the chores (without being asked!) yourself. Or let the professionals handle the laundry, disinfecting the house, or shopping for fresh produce. This gift would be especially thoughtful for moms who are essential workers and could use a little extra peace of mind.

Capital City Fruit (produce delivery)
PH Clean Cleaning Services
We Wash DSM Laundry Services (pictured here)


What’s on your Mother’s Day wish list?

Mother's Day ideas

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Content Coordinator Megan doesn’t really fall into any one mom category. With three kids from ages 5 to 12, she’s been a working mom and a stay-at-home mom. She’s breastfed and bottle-fed. She’s kept kids on strict sleeping schedules in their own beds and also embraced the benefits of co-sleeping. She’s a big believer in finding what works for you and your kiddo (and it’s often different for each kid). Megan is an Iowa native and lives in Ankeny with her husband Darren. They love to travel and are often planning their next road trip (even it’s a year away). They also enjoy entertaining and are famous among their friends for throwing big bashes to celebrate the Olympic Games. But her everyday life is mostly comprised of playdates, trips to the park, and trying to stay ahead of the never-ending laundry pile.    


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