Mother's Day is fast approaching and after everything the mother figure in your life has done for you, it's about time you put some thought into the way you show her you appreciate her. May 9th will be here before you know it, and instead of running to the grocery store for flowers and chocolates, let's try something new.
We all know that locally owned businesses suffered some of the worst aspects through the pandemic. There's no greater way to support our great town and its small business owners than to think of them first when it comes to finding the perfect gift for Mom. Now, if brunch is your mom's favorite thing, by all means, take her to brunch. I have a list of great brunches open for Mother's Day already put together for you here.
Take a stroll through the desert. Visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and spend the day appreciating the flora and fauna of the desert. If you're not familiar with this museum, it's very different from the typical museum. This is outdoors (so pack your sunscreen!) and includes interactive exhibits and plenty of wildlife to view. It's more of an informative botanical garden that has native animals within its exhibits.
As you leave Tucson and drive West through the Saguaro National Forest, you'll be transported to a gorgeous landscape full of Saguaro cactus and beautiful vistas. This is the drive that takes you to the museum. Spend the day reminiscing about growing up and learn a thing or two about the natural world that surrounds us here in Tucson. This is a great place to take the whole family.
Maybe heading that far West just isn't in the cards for you. Enjoy the sunshine and spend the afternoon with Mom biking the trails and paths of Tucson. Stop into the locally owned Pedago retailer and rent some electric bikes to zoom around town on. They'll even help put together an itinerary of sights to see and paths to take while your bike does the majority of the work getting you there. It's a fun way to get outdoors and see some parts of the city you may not have thought of visiting before.
Going outdoors is even more enticing now that the CDC has updated guidance regarding masks and outdoor activities. As of April 27th, if you are fully vaccinated, they say it is safe to be outside with others in small groups without a mask. So instead of brunch at a crowded restaurant, pick up some take-out from Mom's favorite local restaurant and head to the park for a picnic. Most restaurants have great options for take-out and pick-up.
If a picnic isn't formal enough of an event, take Mom down south for a surprisingly fancy time at a wine tasting. Sonoita Vineyards is located south of Tucson, past Elgin, and is the oldest operating commercial vineyard in Arizona. They have daily wine tastings, and if you don't bring your own glass, you get to take one home as a souvenir. The tastings are just $15 a person and the tasting room is open 10 am to 4 pm every day.
Wine can certainly help you relax, but sometimes it is good to try something new. Make an appointment to get an acupuncture treatment. Tucson has a number of top-rated acupuncture clinics throughout town with a variety of treatment options. One thing is for sure, people who get acupuncture all rave about their great results. Try more affordable options at The Tucson Acupuncture Co-Op or Tucson Community Acupuncture, both of which offer treatment in a group setting. This is a great way to go with Mom and try something new together.
If you prefer a more private setting, there are many great options for more personalized treatment. Tucson Chinese Medicine and Liferoot Acupuncture are both specialized clinics for one-on-one consultations and treatment plans. The benefits of acupuncture have been touted for ages as a great way to relieve stress, pain, and other physical ailments. Why not try something new with Mom that could possibly help strengthen your bond?
Of course, if your Mom is more of a home-body, a thoughtful letter or homemade craft might be right up her alley. The point of Mother's Day is to show your Mom how much you appreciate her and the love she's always given you (even when your teenage self was hard to love). Show her you care in the way you know best!