Mother’s Day ideas from Virginia’s nonprofit community

While I think the best gift to give a mother is a day of peace and quiet, you can do that and more this year for Mother’s Day. We pulled together some ideas for gifts and experiences that mom will love – which will also support your favorite area nonprofits.

Explore a local nonprofit

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

One of our favorite gardens digs deep to celebrate moms and we’re here for it. There are planned activities for the special day, but the most spectacular site will be the million blooms that are opening now that spring is here. Advanced tickets are required, and you’ll want to be an early bird to get the blooms (without the crowds, that is).

Monticello

If you’re planning for a mother who enjoys a little history and exploration, a daytrip to Monticello is a good one. There are self-guided tours and exhibits with food and shopping on the premises. COVID-19 protocols are in place so get your tickets in advance.

Maymont

Start of Mother’s Day weekend right at Maymont. The park is kicking off its summer concert series on Friday, May 7 with a concert from Three Sheets to the Wind. You could also spend Mother’s Day itself exploring everything Maymont has to offer (big baby goat fan right here).

Support local moms via nonprofit

YWCA Richmond

If the mother in your life doesn’t want anything, support another mother instead. One organization you could support is the YWCA Richmond, which empowers women and children through counseling and outreach programs. You can donate cash or goods here.

Little Hands Virginia

Another organization that serves mothers (and their itty bittys) is Little Hands Virginia. The organization seeks to provide the essentials for newborns to toddlers up to the age of three to make sure they have what they need to thrive. Cash and goods donations are accepted.

Shop with a nonprofit

Richmond SPCA

We love a good gift shop. We also love a good rescue story. If you know a mom who has so much love in her heart that she wants to take care of another mammal, consider adopting from the Richmond SPCA. A new pet not in the cards? You can still shop for your pet lover in the gift shop.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Does mama need a little DIY R&R? The Visual Arts Center of Richmond offers all kinds of classes – both in person and online – and they range in price from $60 to $300 depending on the mode of instruction and the medium you’re working with. Explore classes here.

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