For Mother's Day show your mom how much you care about her by curating a tour of some Brooklyn spots that say "mom," to you or that you have a feeling she just might love.
If instead of color, mom dreams in chocolate, then going to sample fine chocolates in Red Hook might be just the thing. If mom like things that sparkle or are steeped in history, then back-to-back vintage shops along Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg might be next on your itinerary.
Here are a few other ideas for you to consider.
Go on a Brooklyn Adventure
If your mom is from Brooklyn, chances are she has seen some pretty crazy things already. Check out Brooklyn Mother's Day destinations that you can't find if you lived anywhere else other than Brooklyn, like canoeing in Prospect Park or traipsing over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Take the little trip with her, bring a camera and record the highlights, and don't forget the laughs and hugs. Make a photo album or card afterward. It'll be more meaningful than Hallmark could ever hope for.
You can be charming and creative at the same time. You and mom can peruse vintage shops in Williamsburg and create a unique charm bracelet that she will never forget.
Buy Her a Silver Platter
Serve up breakfast bunch to mom literally on a silver platter. Some of New York City's best bargains in silver goods can be found at Grand Sterling Company in Borough Park. The designs tend toward traditional, but there is a variety to choose from.
This is an orthodox Jewish area so stores close early on Friday and are closed on Saturday but open on Sunday.
Help Fill Her Empty Nest
Most moms are nurturers. They often need or want something to love. If you have flown the coop, then your mom might have an empty spot in her nest box that you vacated.
If mom's an animal lover, then you might want to adopt a furry friend for her. Check out Sean Casey Animal Rescue near Prospect Park. Before you do, just make sure you get a green light from her first.
A cemetery might not seem like the best place to take your mom, especially if she is staring her mortality in the face, but for some moms who love history, a visit to Green-Wood Cemetery might be just the thing.
Visit the graves of famous Brooklyn women, like Susan Smith McKinney-Steward, the first female black physician in New York State in 1870, and perhaps do a gravestone wax rubbing to memorialize your day together.
Make an Heirloom
Head over to North Williamsburg to Baked in Brooklyn to create a ceramic lifelong keepsake. Have your kids paint their own plate, mug, or vase for a gift for grandma or their mother.
You can also make it a family outing on Mother's Day so everyone can join in the craft fun.
Instead of bringing your mom flowers, how about bringing your mom to the flowers. If it's nice weather on Mother's Day, you can't beat a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. The cherry blossoms may still be in bloom, and the lilacs and tulips are usually sprouting at that time.
If you want a physical token of affection, you can get a nice embroidered pillow or shirt at the gift shop, as well, plants, gardening books, and supplies which are available at the garden shop.