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Treat the special mama in your life to one of these Atlanta gifts and activities for Mother’s Day 2021. In this list, you’ll find 8+ unexpected ideas perfect for moms and mother figures of all ages. Discover affordable and easy Mother’s Day ideas – including sweet treats, creative experiences, sentimental gift ideas, and more. As a result, you’re sure to find something for even the Mom who has everything. Don’t forget – Mothers’ Day 2021 is on Sunday, May 9!

TLDR: In this article, you’ll find:

  • Atlanta gifts and activities for Mother’s Day 2021
  • Mother’s Day ideas for Atlanta moms
  • Unique Mother’s Day experiences in Atlanta
  • Unexpected and easy Mother’s Day gifts

A note: Mother’s Day in Atlanta can be a day of celebration, a day of grieving, a day of sadness, and a day of joy. As a result, for many of us, this holiday brings mixed emotions that can feel heavy. Our hearts are with our community members who struggle on this holiday. We encourage you to check in with your loved ones who may be experiencing loss – give them a phone call, send them flowers, or respect their wishes to let them have a day of remembrance.

Empower Foodie Gift Box Atlanta Mother's Day Gifts & Activities 20211. Treat a Strong Mama to the Empower Foodie Gift Box – One of our Favorite Atlanta Gifts & Activities for Mother’s Day 2021

Unexpected Gifts’ Empower Foodie Gift Box is the perfect gift for the strong women in your life. In addition, it’s also perfect for birthdays, graduation presents, or a just-because gift. With this gift, a beautifully illustrated box filled with goodies will be delivered to her door. Inside, she’ll find amazing foods crafted by small businesses, featuring iconic women. Treat her to: Your message, handwritten on a keepsake Maya Angelou “Phenomenal Women” postcard, 5-pack of salted caramel chocolates with the faces and messages of powerful women, made by Choquette Chocolates, Empowered Women tea towel, 4-pack of Teabook teas featuring Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Harriet Tubman, Agatha Christie, and Marie Curie, 5-pack of natural tropical berry marshmallows, made by Atlanta favorite Malvi Mallows; free shipping in the U.S.


2. Treat Mama to High Tea from Dr. Bombay’s

Give mama the gift of quality time with you! Treating your mom to high tea is one of those things that feels delightfully indulgent and fun. Dr. Bombay’s makes it easy. This whimsical, unfussy tea shop and bakery is nestled away in Atlanta’s friendly Candler Park neighborhood. You can book a dine-in contactless High Tea. This experience is perfect for private groups and family gatherings. Or, treat her to a High Tea To Go. With this option, you can pick up individual High Tea boxes filled with delicious vegetarian goodies. Inside each biodegradable box, you’ll get two tea sandwiches, quiche, a scone, jam and clotted cream, mini desserts, and mini cupcakes. In addition, you’ll get everything you need for a cup of tea, all the fixings, and utensils.

Make an afternoon out of the experience and take your High Tea To Go box to a local park. For instance, Candler Park nearby has 55 acres of picnic-worthy greenspace in the heart of Atlanta. You and your special mama can share an afternoon of quality conversation and rest together in Atlanta’s spring weather. As a bonus, clean-up is as easy as finding the nearest trash bin!

Houseplant Gardening Atlanta Mother's Day Gifts & Activities 20213. Support Mom’s Green Thumb

Many of our moms were taking care of houseplants and gardens long before it was trendy. If the special Mom in your life is also a “plant mom” (or aspires to be), treat her to a new plant or supplies for her existing plants. In Atlanta, our favorite local plant purveyors include The Victorian at Ponce City Market, with a second coffee shop/plant store location opening in May in East Atlanta! Plus, check out Varnish & Vine in East Point and Garden*Hood in Grant Park. Likewise, check out Plant Nerds for modern, playful plant and pot options – including delivery in metro Atlanta.

A few houseplants that are beginner-friendly include cacti and succulents, a snake plant (Sansevieria), and a ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia). If Mom is a pro already, she might enjoy caring for a plant that’s become popular lately. For instance, Monsteras, Philodendrons, and Calatheas. If you’ve never heard any of those words before, have no fear! Most local plant shop employees are happy to make recommendations. Moreover, they can help you think through the perfect plant depending on your home’s layout and light sources. Plus, they can help you choose a pot for your plant with proper drainage. Many shops will even repot your plant for a small fee. This is especially worth it if you choose a prickly plant like a cactus!

Grant Park Food Tour Atlanta Mother's Day Gifts & Activities4. Take Mom on a Food Walk for an Off-the-Beaten-Path Experience – One of Our Favorite Atlanta Gifts & Activities for Mother’s Day 2021

Does the Mom in your life love learning and history? If so, take her on an easy, fun food and history walk of Atlanta! An enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide will lead the experience. The Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk includes 9 modern and Southern fusion tastings from 3 locally owned food stops. During this experience, you’ll walk 1.2 miles over the course of 2.5 hours together. This small group tour includes a jaunt through the historic Oakland Cemetery nearby. You’ll both learn a little more about the city you call home. At the time of writing, spots are available for the 11 am tour on Mother’s Day 2021 on Sunday, May 9. Tours are generally available on Saturdays and Sundays. Spots tend to fill up quickly. Make your reservation now and treat your Mom to a fun, unexpected experience! Have food allergies or restrictions? Let us know! Most dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.


5. Indulge Her with Self-Care Goodies from Mama Bath & Body

Located in Avondale Estates, Mama Bath & Body is a tried-and-true Atlanta spot for self-care and bath essentials. That’s because the shop has focused on using natural, Earth-grown ingredients to create quality products for nearly twenty years. You’ll even find their products at the Atlanta Four Seasons Spa! At Mama, you’ll find beautifully scented soaps, bath salts, body oils, candles, scrubs, and more. Unsure what she might like best? Then try a gift set and eliminate the guesswork! If the Mom in your life is filled with neighborhood pride, check out Mama’s line of Atlanta neighborhood-themed soaps and candles. Choose from in-store shopping, online ordering with no-contact pickup, or shipping. If you’re shopping for the mother of your children, take this gift a step further. Draw her a hot bath, light some candles, wrangle the kiddos for a day out, and let mama soak in the tub to her heart’s content!

Sublime Doughnuts Atlanta Mother's Day Gifts & Activities6. Treat Her to Personalized Sublime Doughnuts

With locations near GA Tech and North Druid Hills, Sublime Doughnuts is a delicious Atlanta favorite. Their love for their home city shines through their doughnut offerings. As a result, popular flavors include “A-Town Cream,” shaped like the letter A. And, the “Orange Dream Star”  reminds us of a delicious Frosted Orange from The Varsity. An insider’s secret – you can order Sublime Doughnuts in any letter shapes. Spell out “Happy Moms Day” or even a custom special message in doughnuts! Must be ordered 24 hours in advance. One fun, unexpected fact? Sublime’s Founder, Kamal Grant, served as a baker in the Navy. His cinnamon rolls earned him the praise of his shipmates aboard the USS John Young. Grant traveled the world and brought his knowledge of other countries’ flavors and culinary arts to Sublime.

7. Hire an Artist to Illustrate Your Family or Home – One of our Favorite Atlanta Gifts & Activities for Mother’s Day 2021

This is one Mother’s Day gift idea that’s sure to strike a sentimental chord: hire a local illustrator to paint a special portrait of your family or home. This is an especially perfect gift idea for Mother’s Day 2021. That’s because as we all come through a tough year, this gift will help remind her of the love your family shares. Plus, an artist can work off of an existing photograph, or even multiple photographs. As a result, there’s no need to orchestrate the logistics or timing for a dressed-up group photo.

To make this gift extra-special, you can ask an artist to add some personal touches to the portrait. For example, the artist could paint Mom’s favorite flowers around the border of the illustration. And, they can add your family name at the bottom in artful handwriting – for example, The Shermans. You might catch yourselves both smiling when you see this one-of-a-kind keepsake hanging on the wall. Atlanta illustrator Sarah Neuburger creates personalized home illustrations and stamps. In this list, you’ll find a variety of artists who can create an illustrated family portrait.

Gibbs Gardens Atlanta Mother's Day Gifts & Activities8. Explore Nature’s Beauty with Mom by Strolling Through a Garden

While it’s a bit traditional, the idea of taking Mom to a garden for Mother’s Day is popular for a reason. You can walk together, admire the flowers and trees, and reflect on the beauty and miracles of nature. We love the Atlanta Botanical Garden as a classic intown activity. Or, venture a little further out to Gibbs Gardens (pictured). Just 1 hour north of Atlanta, this lush oasis includes 300 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. At Gibbs Gardens, you can enjoy miles of multilevel walkways. Plus, check out the Japanese Gardens, the Sculpture Garden, and children’s areas. During early and mid-May, flowers expected to be in bloom include azaleas, rhododendron, roses, hydrangeas, water lilies, and more. Grab lunch at the on-site Arbor Cafe. Or, head to Jill’s Cakes & Bakes nearby in downtown Ball Ground. There, you’ll find fresh-made croissants, biscuits, cupcakes, and more. Call ahead for special orders and cakes!