Ultimate Guide for Mother’s Day Gifts and Ideas

Pamper mom with a day of personalized activities that go way beyond breakfast in bed
Beautiful Bouquet Of Flowers With Red Gift On Wooden Table.

Photo by Marian Vejcik

Mother’s Day 2023 falls on Sunday, May 14. If you don’t have that date circled on your calendar, take a minute to do it now. (We won’t judge if you forgot.) Planning the perfect day for the perfect mom takes time, which is why we’re here to help you make the day a little more special and personal for her. We aren’t talking store-bought gifts or last-minute brunch reservations at the Omni Mount Washington or The Old Salt, though neither of those options are bad ideas; we’re talking about spending quality time together in unique places around the Granite State. Whether you choose a date at a local tearoom, a scenic tour around Woodstock or the Isles of Shoals, or even a cozy paint night in, our curated activity list goes beyond a vase of sunflowers to make sure mom feels loved and celebrated this year. 

For the tea lover

Each of these tearoom experiences offer a whimsical escape from day-to-day life, and a step into a “Chronicles of Narnia” wardrobe meets “Pride and Prejudice” afternoon high tea that will lead to an abundance of relaxation and pampering. (Don’t forget your fascinator — pinkies up!)

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Étagère in Amherst. Photo by Kendal J. Bush

114B Rte. 101A, Amherst
(603) 417-3121

The Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor
103 Silver St., Dover
(603) 750-4200

The Cozy Tea Cart
104A Rte. 13, Brookline
(603) 249-9111

Fezziwig’s Food and Fountain
112 State St., Portsmouth
(603) 501-0023

For the chef

Whether your mom wants to try her hand at learning how to make pasta, or she’d rather sheet-pan meals for the family, each of these cooking classes and their expert chefs will have her feeling like Julia Child by the end of the day. (Check out their websites for virtual class options if you’d prefer to stay home!)

The Culinary Playground
16 Manning St., Suite 105, Derry
(603) 339-1664

9 Via Toscana, Suite 620, Salem
(351) 277-6136

Liz Barbour’s Creative Feast
(603) 321-5011

For the garden lover

For a bit of outdoor relaxation, visit one of the state’s public gardens, each offering inspiration (maybe for mom’s own garden, or just to delight in) and time for a much-needed pause among natural beauty.


Photo courtesy Fuller Gardens

Petals in the Pines
126 Baptist Rd., Canterbury
(603) 783-0220

Fuller Gardens
10 Willow Ave., North Hampton
(603) 964-5414

Tarbin Gardens
321 Salisbury Rd., Franklin
(603) 934-3518

Kirkwood Gardens
900 Route 3, Holderness
(603) 968-7194

For the cozy homebody

No need to take mom out to have fun. An indoor picnic? An evening spent sipping wine and painting? A game or craft night? These local companies will help you create Polaroid-worthy memories in the comfort of your own living room. 

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Photo courtesy Boho Pop-up Picnic

Seacoast Picnic Co.
(603) 809-9437

Boho Pop-up Picnic

Muse Paintbar
42 Hanover St., Manchester
(888) 607-6873

AR Workshop
875 Elm St., Manchester
(603) 573-9662

Brainstorm Puzzle Co.

For the adventurer

From island walking tours, to brewery or birding tours, to tours through the mountains or through an arcade, there are endless Granite State adventure opportunities to scratch mom’s every camaraderie-plus-exploration-tour itch.

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Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves. Photo by Stillman Rogers

579 Endicott St. North, Laconia
(603) 366-4377

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
315 Market St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-5500

Scenic RailRiders
188 Sewalls Falls Rd., Concord
(603) 931-1700

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves
1712 Lost River Rd., North Woodstock
(603) 745-8031

Alpine Adventures
41 Main St., Lincoln
(603) 745-9911

The Savory Lane
(978) 912-0444

Mother’s Day Flowers 

A beautiful bouquet of flowers is a tried and true Mother’s Day gift, one that will surely bring your mom some much-needed joy.

Paisley Floral Design Studio
2107 River Rd., Manchester
(603) 493-8386


Cymbidium Floral
141 Water St., Exeter
(603) 772-1300

Apotheca Flowers
24C Main St., Goffstown
(603) 497-4940

Jacques Flower Shop and Garden Center
712 Mast Rd., Manchester
(603) 625-5155

Prescott’s Florist
23 Veterans Sq., Laconia
(603) 524-7945

Mountain Roots Farm
4123 Main St., Bethlehem
(603) 686-0296

Ruthie’s Flower Shop
328 White Mountain Hwy., Conway
(603) 447-8878

Mother’s Day Weekend Calendar

There are plenty of great things to eat and do during Mother’s Day weekend, including special brunches at local wineries, craft fairs and a whole lot more. Check out our website for more tips on where to visit and brunch with mom, as well as local gift ideas that she will love.

In Full Bloom: Floral Still Life & Garden, March 24-August 31
This art exhibit captures the spring season through bright, airy paintings of flourishing flowers, great gardens and lush landscapes. It showcases a collection of floral and garden paintings from artists including Emil Carlsen, Dines Carlsen, Benjamin Champney and more. Free. New Hampshire Antique Co-op, 323 Elm St., Milford. nhantiquecoop.com

Amherst Garden Club Plant Sale, May 13
This year includes an abundance of vendors with veggies, herbs, hanging pots, houseplants, garden ornaments, used garden books and magazines, container pots — a one-stop kick-off for your gardening season. Something for everyone. Kids can also pot a flowering plant for their special mom. Free. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wilkins School, 80 Boston Post Rd., Amherst. amherstgardenclub.org

Mother’s Day Craft Festival, May 13-14

More than 75 juried craftsmen and craftswomen from all over New England will display and sell their American-made works, including stained glass, original watercolors, photography, pottery, carved wildlife, folk art, hand-crafted soaps, country wood, quilts, doll clothes, jewelry, floral design and more. Free. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hampton Falls Town Common, 4 Lincoln Ave., Hampton Falls. castleberryfairs.com

Sunday Jazz Brunch: Nadia Washington Quartet, May 14

Bop over to Jimmy’s for coffee, cocktails and mimosas, and culinary delights, plus generous helpings of culture and great conversation. The menu includes scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, Jimmy’s salad, a prime rib carving station and more. Times vary. $65. Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club, 135 Congress St., Portsmouth. jimmysoncongress.com

Mother’s Day High Tea Brunch & Wine Pairing, May 14

This Mother’s Day High Tea Brunch & Wine Pairing is an experience to share with mom, sisters, friends and the wine lovers in your life. The event includes the following items per guest: a cup of hot tea, a pre-set four-course high tea-inspired brunch and a preselected flight of four wines samples (must be 21+). $59. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Averill House Vineyard, 21 Averill Rd., Brookline. averillhousevineyard.com

Mother’s Day Brunch, May 14

Celebrate mom on the M/S Mount Washington’s first cruise of the season. Brunch features a grand buffet, cruise, entertainment and a flower for mom. Prices vary. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mount Washington Cruises, 211 Lakeside Ave., Laconia. cruisenh.com

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