Make This Mother's Day One to Remember and One Mom Appreciates

Mother's Day gift Ideas, brunch ideas, and more in McDonough and around Henry County

By Jennifer Sheran, publisher Macaroni Kid McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove April 29, 2023

Want to make mom feel extra special this Mother's Day?  I surveyed local moms for favorite Mother’s Day gifts or ways to spend the day, It’s clear there are many preferences. Moms said they want: 

  • Breakfast in bed
  • Time with the kids
  • Time alone
  • A family meal
  • Flowers or a plant
  • Something made by the kids
  • A special gift
  • Acts of service - someone else cooks and cleans

It was interesting to note there was little interest in flowers, though one mom looks forward to a new plant every year. To really make mom feel special, do what speaks to her love language and needs. maybe start the day with breakfast in bed and some special family time and then give her time along while the kids and dad help clean up or make dinner. Give her a thoughtful card so she has a keepsake. The key is to show mom you see her and appreciate all she is and does. One thing is for sure, we appreciate being appreciated.

Here are eight ways to make mom feel special this Mother's Day:  

1. Make and send a card

A special card is something she'll cherish forever. Just ask any mom you know if you need proof! 

Whether your mom is near or far, a heartfelt card or a special photo memory can brighten their day and show them how much they mean to you. Send Out Cards is a great way to create a card for mom in minutes right from your phone. Just chose your design, add your sentiment, upload photos if desired and hit send. Send Out Cards will print a beautiful high-quality card and mail it for less than it would cost you to buy one at the store and mail it.

You can even include gifts including delicious chocolate brownies and more. 

Send your first card for free.

2. Craft an 'I love you'

Special gifts don't have to be expensive, just given out of love. Try this Recycled Magazine Butterflies craft!

For something made by the kids, you can get craft kits to do in studio or take home from these local make your own art studios. 

 Sarah Hauge

3. Surprise her with breakfast in bed

Make this easy 5 ingredient croissant casserole. Let the kids help! 

 Charlotte Linde

4. Or go out to breakfast!

Here are spots in town offering special Mother's Day brunches:

Leo's Cafe, 232 Racetrack Road, McDonough

A Cup of Comfort Bistro, 1115 Highway 155 S. McDonough, 30253 

Two Eggs!, 557 Jonesboro Rd, McDonough, GA 30253

5. Spend the day together

When mom prefers quality time with the kids, there are a number of at home and on the town experiences you can consider.

  • Have a family board game competition
  • Play yard games
  • Go strawberry picking at Southern Belle Farms or Mitcham Farms
  • Get out and enjoy spring in Henry County! Pack a picnic lunch and head to
  • Enjoy the Taste of Spring Festival in Conyers on May 7

6. Give mom the day alone

Take the kids to a local park, Sky Zone, Urban Air or a movie and let mom have some time alone to rest at home, work on a hobby or catch up on sleep!

7. Treat mom to dinner

Make a family dinner at home — grilled pizza is a fun one for kids to help with. Don't forget dessert! Try this Salted Caramel Skillet Brownie.

 Erika Veduccio

Want to go out or order in? Here are some restaurants in McDonough, Stockbridge offering Mother's Day brunch the weekend of May 8:

  • Nan's Chicken & Waffles
  • The Juicy Crawfish
  • Starshines
  • Two Eggs!
  • A Cup of Comfort Breakfast Bistro
  • Leo's Cafe
  • Marble Slab CreameryOn May 8, indulge in a delicious offer, buy one, get one free regular ice cream. The deal is valid at participating locations in-store and online.

8. Get her a special gift

Searching for that special gift? Consider gift shops, spas, painting classes, car detail, family photos, etc. Get her a great gift and support a locally-owned business in Henry County, Clayton County, Butts County and Spalding County businesses all at the same time! Here are some of our favorites:

The Gift of Rest

Your mom works so hard, and she has done so much for you. She deserves a gift of peace and relaxation. For a limited time, give her the gift if a 60-minute float and get one FREE.

Flowers & Candy

You'll find plants, flowers, gift items and tasty food gifts

Clothes & Accessories
Get a certificate or choose a new outfit or accessories from a local boutique

Unique Gifts

You can find unique gifts, books, journals and more at these stores.

No matter how you celebrate, we hope you have a great Mother's Day!