Mother's Day is right around the corner, and if you're scrambling to find something fun to do to celebrate motherhood, then heads up. Why not try a Mother's Day Treasure Hunt? Ditch the boring card idea, this year it's all about sending mom on a wild (and fun) goose chase to find all her gifts. With clues to make her giggle and gifts to make her smile, this is one Mother's Day she'll never forget.

What You Need:

  • Assortment of small gifts: bath salts, nail polish, a book, gardening supplies, body lotion, a pretty scarf, gift cards-- anything that Mom would really like that she probably wouldn’t buy for herself is perfect. The more unique and personal to your family, the better!
  • Wrapping paper (homemade is great) or gift bags, scissors, tape
  • Colorful construction paper or pretty stationary
  • Crayons, markers, and pens
  • Stickers, glitter (optional)
  • Fresh flowers (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Begin by wrapping all the presents. If children are under six, a grown-up needs to do the cutting.
  2. Figure out hiding places for each gift, but don’t actually hide them yet. Be creative! You don’t have to keep confined to your own home. Recruit neighbors or even a friendly local business owner to hold onto a gift and clue for you until Mom figures out where to find it.
  3. Once you have decided where each gift will be hidden, write out your clues that hint to Mom where each gift can be found. For example, if you leave one of the gifts with your local grocer, your clue could read: “You’ll find your next gift where you buy ingredients to make our yummy dinners!” Let the kids get really creative decorating the clues, the more bright and colorful the better!
  4. When you’re finished with the clues, you’re ready to hide the gifts. Make sure each gift is accompanied by the clue to help Mom find the next gift. For example, if you hid a jar of bath salts in the medicine cabinet, you could include the clue to find the bag of jellybeans in the pantry.
  5. Once everything is hidden and in its place, let the kids make a note for Mom explaining that for Mother’s Day you are hosting a Mother's Day Treasure Hunt. For example, “Dear Mom, you take such good care of us, and today we’re taking care of you! We’ve left little surprises for you around the house and neighborhood. Have fun finding your presents! Your first clue can be found [insert location of first clue here]. See you soon!”

This Mother’s Day gift may take a little extra time and effort, but it’s also a lot of fun to plan and execute. And let’s face it, that booboo-kissing, dinner-fixing, homework-helping mom of yours is more than worth it.