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50 Small, Nice Things to Do for Your Wife on Mother’s Day

Because you can do better than a last-minute coupon book. Much better.

Doing something nice for the woman who made you a dad should be an everyday affair. Small gestures that demonstrate your love and appreciation aren’t difficult to make and rarely do they take much time. Still, it’s easy when caught in the hustle of life with kids to forget sometimes to say thanks, or I love you, or you’re so good at defusing tantrums. Thankfully, Mother’s Day gives you a chance to refocus on the woman with whom you share your life.

And while the holiday means different things to different moms ⏤ some enjoy quality time as a family; others desperately want to escape their kids/husband and feel like their old self for a moment ⏤ there is no shortage of small, kind acts you can do to help celebrate the day and make her feel special. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are 50 suggestions to get you started.

50 Small, Nice Things to Do for Your Wife on Mother’s Day

  1. Help your children write her a heartfelt (or silly) rhyming poem. Frame it.
  2. Throw a family picnic in the backyard or at the park. Get a baguette, some nice cheeses (you can never go wrong with an aged Gouda), maybe some olives. Definitely wine. Make it all about her.
  3. Fix that thing in the house you’ve been saying you’d fix for the last month.
  4. Spend the morning making Mother’s Day crafts with the kids. Not only does she get something nice, but it also gives her some coveted me time.
  5. Surprise her by dressing the kids up in their nice clothes; also handle the removal of said nice clothes when they’re covered in food, poop, or both.
  6. Get her a nice card. Sit down and spend some time writing a note inside.
  7. Take the kids out for breakfast so she can sleep in without interruption. Leave a thermos full of coffee on her nightstand. Or, better yet,  a tall mimosa.
  8. Clean out/vacuum her car and the car seats. Remove all of the kids’ stuff. All of it, dammit. And fill up the gas tank while you’re at it.
  9. Better still, pay to have the car professionally detailed so she feels like she’s driving a new car (for at least a day or two).
  10. Help the kids make her breakfast in bed. Use a special ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ pancake mold. Film part of it so she can enjoy their (very messy) efforts while she eats.
  11. Get up early with the baby.
  12. Insist that she leave the house on her own at some point during the day. If you have to, drop her off and pick her up so she doesn’t feel compelled to come home sooner than she’d like.
  13. Stick random ‘thank you’ notes around the house acknowledging all the things she does ⏤ either from you or the kids. For example: ‘Thanks for making my lunch, mom!’ goes in the lunchbox, or “I love clean clothes, Thanks for doing my laundry!” goes in the kids’ dresser drawer.
  14. Take a walk together around the neighborhood after the kids are asleep. Hold her hand.
  15. Send her off with friends. Or for a run, to yoga, to the gym ⏤ anywhere without the kids so she can feel like her old self for an hour or two.
  16. Give her control of every media system for the entire day. In the car? She’s in charge of the radio. In the living room? It’s whatever video game/movie/show she wants.
  17. Have the kids tell her exactly why they think she’s a great mom. Coach them. Coax out specifics.
  18. Clean the whole house. On Saturday. That way she has an entire day to not worry about what needs to get done.
  19. Buy her a bottle of her favorite booze. Give it to her from the kids.
  20. Pick up the kids from the church nursery so she can stay in the service longer.
  21. Set up a mom party. Invite her best friends over for drinks. Make snacks. Celebrate all the moms.
  22. Get your kids ‘best mom’ t-shirts. They’re cheesy, sure. But cheesy works.
  23. Pedicure. Pedicure. Pedicure. Make sure she gets one.
  24. Get a masseuse to come the house. Try a service like Zeel, which helps facilitate the process.
  25. Invite her mom over if she lives in the area. Make it a surprise. Well, only if she wants to see her mom.
  26. Print out lots and lots and lots of mom pictures. Hand them over or stick them around the house.
  27. Two words: Spa. Day.
  28. Ask her what she wants to do. Listen. Don’t complain when she answers.
  29. Splice together all those silly movie clips of her and the kids that are sitting on your phone.
  30. Print out all the family photos she has on her phone but hasn’t had time to organize.
  31. Use the kids’ art supplies to make something for her, even if you suck at arts and crafts. Could be a poem, painting, song, drawing. Whatever it is, just make it heartfelt.
  32. Just tell her about a random time she blew you away as a mother. Could be how she calmed the kid down during an epic tantrum. Could be about how she did all the packing, for the whole family, before your vacation. Be specific.
  33. Go on a family hike.
  34. Call your mother-in-law and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. Your wife will appreciate this, especially if you and her mom hate each other.
  35. Spend a little too much money on something she doesn’t need but will love.
  36. Take a funny photo of you and the kids. Make it the background on her phone.
  37. Get her a pair of super dope slippers.
  38. Break out some old photos of the days you brought your kids home and wax nostalgic about how new everything was then. Indulge in some sweet memories. Reminisce. Make her laugh.
  39. Foot massage. Neck massage. Back massage. Whichever is her spot, take care of it.
  40. Take a family bike ride someplace new.
  41. Give her flowers. Mums are nice. Lilies, too. Get fancy and find some ranunculi. Anything but roses. Unless she loves roses.
  42. Instead of buying flowers, buy her plants (or succulents). Plant them in the yard, then surprise her with the result.
  43. Speaking of gardens: Start her one with fresh herbs — even if said garden is just a large flower box. Plant some rosemary, thyme, and basil.
  44. Spend the day being a tourist in your own town. Explore something new as if you were on vacation.
  45. Do a face mask with her.
  46. Tell her she’s sexy. Seriously, even on Mother’s Day, tell her you want her.
  47. Get everything squared away ⏤ kids meals, drop-offs, play-dates ⏤ for Monday so she doesn’t have to go back into mom mode on Sunday night.
  48. Change every diaper or wipe every toddler butt for the entire day.
  49. Leave her a love note that says you’re lucky to have her as the mother of your children.
  50. Find the time to tell her she’s a wonderful mom and that your family wouldn’t be anything without her.