Mother’s Day 2020 is a little different, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a special day. Here are some ideas to celebrate in Charlotte.
If you are living with your mom than you’re lucky–you can do some of these in-person activities. If not, we also have some ideas of how to celebrate remotely.
Also, keep checking back, because if there are Mother’s Day freebies or deals offered this year, we’ll add those too.
Order Mother’s Day brunch from a Charlotte restaurant
We’ve put together a list of more than 20 Charlotte restaurants where you can order a Mother’s Day meal for pickup or delivery. If you can’t share a meal with your mom in person, order one for her to enjoy.
Enjoy a treat from Amelie’s
Amelie’s French Bakery & Café is offering three treat boxes. You can pre-order online for delivery (within a certain radius) or pickup between May 8th and 10th. In addition, you can add a fresh flower bouquet to any order (for $39.99.)
- For the Chocolate Lover – The Ultimate Chocolate Box $15.99: (3) Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, (2) Chocolate French Macarons, (2) Salted Caramel Brownie halves, and (1) Chocolate Layered Torte
- For the Berry Lover – Berry Happy $15.99: (2) Mini Fresh Fruit Tarts, (3) Berry French Macarons, (1) Lemon Raspberry Torte, and (2) Berry mousse Mini Mousse cups
- For the French Macaron Lover – Box of Love $24: (12) assorted French Macarons (and a portion of the proceeds are being donated to Crisis Assistance Ministry)
Buy a gift from Paper Skyscraper
Paper Skyscraper is Charlotte’s favorite gift shop, with tons of Charlotte-centric products. They don’t have online ordering, but you can call them at 704-333-7130, and they’ll walk you through some curated gift ideas. They have puzzles, lotion, books, candles and more.
Start a garden for your mom
If your mom would like to garden but hasn’t had time to get one started, check out our tips for starting a garden, including places to order materials for delivery.
Grow a tea garden
Charlotte area author Jodi Helmer has written a book called Growing Your Own Tea Garden: The Guide to Growing and Harvesting Flavorful Teas in Your Backyard. Help your mom start a garden and learn how to grow what she’ll need to grow and harvest plants to create a wide variety of delicious teas.
Enjoy some virtual entertainment
Check out our virtual events calendar for a concert or other event to watch together. As we approach May 10th, the calendar will get filled in more. The night before Mother’s Day, Tosco Music Party is going virtual for the first time.
Save on flowers
If you’re not able to shop for flowers from a local shop, get a discount on flower delivery from Groupon. Make sure to look at the top of the page to see if there is an extra discount.
Buy a Mother’s Day Basket from Reid’s
Reid’s Fine Foods puts together some nice Mother’s Day gift baskets with lots of tempting treats.
Take a walk in a garden
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens (but not the greenhouse) remain open, and the grounds are beautiful. Take your mom on a walk through the Susie Harwood Garden and Van Landingham Glen.
Purchase a gift card from a Charlotte treasure
Pura Vida Worldly Art is a multicultural treat in NoDa, featuring art and gifts from around the world. You can’t shop there in person right now, but you can buy your mom a gift card so that she can shop for herself soon. Or you can shop Pura Vida’s new online store, which has jewelry, clothing and accessories, pet and kid items, home items and more.
Buy a museum membership
Buy your mom a membership to one of Charlotte’s great museums, so that when they reopen she can visit as much as she’d like.
Here are the links to join some Charlotte museums:
- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
- Mint Museum of Art
- Charlotte Museum of History
- Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
- Levine Museum of the New South
Have a Zoom meeting with a local donkey (or horse)
Mambo the donkey, who lives at Peace ‘n’ Peas Farm, in Indian Trail, has become world famous (Seriously! He’s been featured in news segments everywhere from Chicago to Australia!) for crashing virtual meetings. If you are having to get together with your mom remotely, through Zoom, Mambo, or one of his horse, chicken or duck pals, can join the video call for just $50. You might need to be flexible with the date of the Mother’s Day virtual get-together, as Mambo is pretty busy. The calendar on the website doesn’t allow you to book on the weekend. However, I just spoke personally to Mambo, and he told me that he will have a few weekend slots, and to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want one of them. Book a Farm Animal Virtual Meeting.
Shop The Map Shop
One of the best map shops in the world, called, well, The Map Shop, is right here in Charlotte. You can’t physically shop there right now, but the online store is open. You can buy a truly special gift here, including framed art maps. Surprise your mom with a beautiful map of a city you’ve traveled to, or, of course, of Charlotte. You’ll also find Charlotte post cards, travel journals, and decorative North Carolina items.
Shop from a local lavender farm
Dallas Lavender Lane Farm is a new farm in Gaston County. Their online store features lavender essential oil, raspberry lavender tea, lavender lip balm, lavender baby massage lotion, lavender foot scrub and much more. If your mom loves lavender, make sure to check this out.
The Secret Chocolatier
Order chocolates from the award-winning The Secret Chocolatier, right here in Charlotte. You can not go wrong with any of these confections. Maybe your mom will share with you, and maybe not. But honestly, hasn’t she done enough for you already?
Order Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Jeni’s has a special Mother’s Day collection. Choose a 6 or 9 pint package, with flavors like Brambleberry Crisp, Lemon and Blueberries Parfait, Sweet Cream Biscuits & Peach Jam, and Darkest Chocolate.Subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap