Mother's Day

Hopefully it hasn’t slipped your mind that Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day. It’s the day you get to show your appreciation for the woman who gave you life, raised you and helps your therapist afford a mansion in Scottsdale (or one of the Valley’s other wealthiest neighborhoods).

Regardless of that last one, we love our moms, and Mother’s Day is a good time to do something special for them. To that end, we rounded up some outings and gifts moms are sure to love for Mother’s Day, or any other time of the year (it never hurts to show your appreciation regularly, after all).


Naturally, you’re planning to take mom out for brunch, lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day. She probably even has a favorite spot, which makes things easier on you (if you don’t know her favorites or are hoping to be more creative, check out our Restaurants section for some ideas). If you want to plan something more original, we have suggestions for that, as well. Read on.

Get out of the valley

On Mother’s Day, everyone and his (grand)mother is going to be out and about. If you want to avoid the metro crowds, why not take advantage of the last gasp of spring and plan a day trip – or even a weekend getaway – out of the Valley?

Sedona and its beautiful landscape are an obvious and always-popular choice, but you’re likely to find those crowds again. For a quieter experience, consider the lesser-known artist community of Tubac to the south. Founded in 1752, it is home to 80 galleries and shops with handcrafted items, a wide range of restaurants, hiking opportunities and a hotel or bed and breakfast if you wish to stay overnight.

Learn about more fantastic day trips you can take around Arizona.

Tell mom to take a hike (in a good way)

Spring weather won’t last forever, so savor it on a hike. Phoenix has a range of opportunities from steep workouts, such as Piestewa Peak, to easier hikes at venues that allow you enjoy the desert landscape without breaking a sweat, such as the many options in Papago Park.

Check out five hikes that are fun for the whole family.

Enjoy the desert in a different way

For outdoor exploring without heading into the wilderness, head over to the Desert Botanical Garden. It showcases the beautiful flora of the Sonoran Desert, along with some of the fauna, with the added advantage of places to sit, eat and relax. On Mother’s Day, mothers can get in free with a paid Child admission. Mother’s Day is also the last day to enjoy the Butterfly Pavilion where you can interact with colorful butterflies and learn about their life cycle.

Plan a picnic, with a twist

Arizona has parks at just about every turn, and the weather is still mild enough for a picnic. However, skip the fast food. Make the spread yourself with fresh ingredients from one of the many farmers markets open on Saturday. Find the one closest to you.

Gift ideas

Going out is great, but it never hurts to add some other small token of appreciation to the day.

Sweeten things up

Have a mom with a sweet tooth? We have a few options.

You can start with Phoenix-based Fairytale Brownies. It has a range of delectable brownies, blondies, cookies and other tempting morsels. Use promo code NINSHIP get free shipping on orders of $25 or more. Be sure to order soon so it arrives in time for Mother’s Day. And make sure mom finishes her dinner before she dives in.

If your mom is more of a cupcake person, take a look at Sprinkles in Scottsdale. You can order a MOM box in the store, or online for pickup or delivery. The MOM box includes dark chocolate, red velvet, vanilla and salty caramel cupcakes with decorations that spell out “MOM” along with flowers. You can also design your own for a special Mother’s Day message.

Let your appreciation flower

Everyone knows that moms love flowers, and she’ll adore a special Mother’s Day arrangement from a local shop.

Amazing Flowers is one such locally owned flower shop. Check out its stunning Mother’s Day arrangements online, or head over to 12416 N. 28th Dr., Phoenix, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Cactus Flowers is another local business with stores in five Valley locations – Carefree, Chandler, Glendale, Phoenix and Scottsdale – and it also delivers. Browse the gorgeous Mother’s Day arrangements, and you can even add cupcakes to the order in the “Make it special” section.

Interested in locally owned shops? Check out these five other locally owned shops around the Valley.

Arrange for some time off

For moms with little ones, one of the best gifts you can give them is some time to themselves. Dads, schedule a day of fun with the kids and send mom to a relaxing spa, a cool coffee shop with friends or to one of the many great events happening in the Valley.

– Justin Ferris,