How to Celebrate Mom (Based on Her Astrological Sign)
She gave you a birthday, so you better know hers.
Let’s face it — shopping for Mother's Day is no easy task. I mean, what do you give the woman who has, quite literally, given you the gift of life? No, a scented-candle will not suffice.
Kids' Craft: "Mom" Centerpiece for Mother's Day
Create a special centerpiece as a tribute to Mom this Mother's Day. The kids will love getting involved in this simple, family-friendly project.
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Moms are selfless, supportive, understanding and unconditional — and they deserve a Mother's Day that is as special and spectacular as they are!
Where to start? Her birthday, of course! As resident astrology-guru, I've consulted the stars and rounded up personalized ways to celebrate Mom, based on her sign.
The Aries Mom
(March 21 — April 19)
If your mom is an adventure-seeking Aries, she'll adore spending an athletic, action-packed afternoon with you. Take her on a scenic hiking trail, try out a kickboxing class or grab tickets to a baseball game.
The Taurus Mom
(April 20 — May 20)
Blush and Cream Midcentury Modern Nail Salon
This upscale salon has a Midcentury Modern design that is girly, glamorous and vintage. The blush and cream palette makes the space feel soft and feminine, while the gold accents add a touch of glam to the rooms. Vintage details such as the white chandelier help to add personality to the space.
Taurus-born Moms are patient providers that work diligently to provide comfortable, reliable and loving households for their children. Provide them with some much-needed and well-deserved R+R. A luxurious mommy-and-me day at the spa will provide them the quality time and pampering needed to really celebrate Mother's Day this year.
The Gemini Mom
(May 21 — June 20)
Chat-happy and trend-loving Gemini moms will love spending Mother's Day catching up on the latest happenings in their kids' lives over brunch at the trendiest spot in town. Be sure to gift your Gem-mom with all the juicy details of your latest relationships or neighbor-drama and don't leave anything out.
The Cancer Mom
(June 21 — July 22)
Young & Hip Family Room
There's plenty of room for the whole family to gather together in this living space. A flat screen TV blended into the all-black entertainment center is perfectly placed for everyone to lounge around and watch TV or a movie.
These mamas are at their happiest when cuddled up with their kiddos! No matter how old you are, your mom will be thrilled to celebrate Mother's Day couch-side, sharing a fluffy throw and watching favorite movies with her family. You'll get bonus points if you come baring all the tasty fixings needed to throw together a killer homemade pizza.
The Leo Mom
(July 23 — August 22)
Production of Hairspray
Founded in 1947, the Forestburgh Playhouse is the oldest continuously operating professional summer theater in New York state. The playhouse offers three different types of performance experiences: Broadway musicals and plays, a youth theater and musical cabaret shows. For info, visit fbplayhouse.com.
If your mom is a Leo, I’m sure you’re well-aware of her love (and, at times, flair) for drama. What better gift to give her than front-row tickets to see drama up close and personal? For a Mother’s Day well spent, grab tickets to a play put on by your local theatre. If the acting is sub-par, all the better! A Leo-mom loves a critiquing sesh just as much as any ol’ grade-A performance.
The Virgo Mom
(August 23 — September 22)
Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis
From its summer music fest to its holiday flower and train shows, the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis hosts many annual events. But the garden easily stands on its own, with 79 acres of beautiful displays that include a 14-acre Japanese garden, the garden founder Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.
Missouri Botanical Garden
Ah, the Virgo mom — she’s a tough one. She knows exactly what she likes and, even more so, what she does not. Giving gifts to her is always hit or miss, and the last thing you want to do is give her another Mother’s Day gift to return this year. Instead, celebrate your ultra-particular-Virgo-mom by surrounding her with natural beauty. Start with an afternoon tea, followed by a walk through the local botanical gardens. An earth-sign and lover of beauty, this Mother’s Day will leave Virgo-mom feeling celebrated and happy.
The Libra Mom
(September 23 — October 22)
Aerial Yoga Class
For the friend or family member who’s always hitting the gym, how about a gift that gets them out of their comfort zone? Aerial yoga takes traditional yoga to a new level with a soft, fabric hammock suspended from the ceiling. The technique uses gravity to relax and realign the body, center the mind and uplift the spirit. Find nearby classes and prices from Unnata Aerial Yoga.
She’s always seeking more balance in her life, so why not make it fun? Laugh your way through an aerial yoga class with your Libra mom. She may not find inner-balance (and she’ll probably twist herself into a pretzel!), but the time you spend together will be well worth it.
The Scorpio Mom
(October 23 — November 21)
We love a relaxing Shiatsu massage. Shiatsu is a type of alternative medicine consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches and other massage techniques. Practitioners believe it’s a good way to help people cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety and depression.
Scorpio Moms are prone to stress and will reap serious benefits from a deep-tissue massage. Give her the gift of relaxation with a certificate to a well-renowned masseuse in your area. You can give it to her over an easy-breezy, carefree trip to the ice creamery in town. Ice cream and a massage — what could be sweeter?
The Sagittarius Mom
(November 22 — December 21)
Take a weekend road trip with your travel-loving Sagittarius-mom. Be sure to do a little research for the best bite (and brew!) in town, because she’ll love the chance to taste local cuisine while she’s there. Commemorate the weekend with matching t-shirts or add funky new tchotchkes to her collection.
The Capricorn Mom
(December 22 — January 19)
Closet Belt Organizer
If you thought shoes caused closet chaos, imagine a heap of tangled belts and ties. This chic closet system from LA Closet Design prevents that mess. It features separate square compartments, ideal for keeping belts organized and easy to identify. Plus, just below that are drawers for jewelry, ties and a pullout table for folding clothes. Getting (and staying) organized has never been so easy! Photo courtesy of LA Closet Design.
Capricorn mothers work hard to provide their children with the very best of the best, and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to return the favor. A mini-shopping spree at her favorite shopping spots will leave her feeling extra-special and extra-appreciated. Isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about?
The Aquarius Mom
(January 20 — February 18)
The High Museum of Folk Art, Atlanta
The High Museum of Art in Atlanta is renowned for its permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art and European art which ranges from the Renaissance to French Impressionism but don't overlook their impressive collection of folk and self taught art. The bulk of their holdings come from the T. Marshall Hahn Collection (donated in 1996) and art patron/gallery owner Judith Alexander, who left the museum 130 works by Atlanta artist Nellie Mae Rowe, famous for her colorful drawings, chewing gum sculptures and art made from recycled objects. The overall emphasis is on Southern artists and features work by such now-famous visionary artists as the Reverend Howard Finster (pictured), Bill Traylor, Ulysses Davis and Mattie Lou O’Kelley.
Eccentric Aquarians are lovers of all-things art and innovation. Take your Aquarius-mom to the opening of an art gallery or for a beer-tasting at a local brewery. She will appreciate your willingness to try new things, and even more so, your willingness to try them with her.
The Pisces Mom
(February 19 — March 20)
Soulful, sweet and imaginative Pisces find their happiness by way of music. Show your Pisces-mom your appreciation of her through tickets to see a live music show together. The time spent with you, and with music, will feed her soul and leave her feeling all the love you could wish for on her special day.
Zodiac Gift Guide: Aries
(March 21- April 19) Ah, Aries—the zodiac’s lovers of shiny new gadgets and adventurous experience. Cover all your bases and gift them with this Crate & Barrel’s drool-worthy 11-Piece Copper Fondue Set. These fiery spirits enjoy the spotlight and will love showing off their ultra-trendy copper kitchen gear to friends and family alike. $120.00; Crate & Barrel
(April 20- May 20) Gift them with the signature sips they love and wrap up Simon and Schuster's The Essential New York Times Recipe Book. With nearly 500 pages to flip through, this book offers countless classic cocktail recipes that any traditional Taurean will appreciate. $29.95; store.nytimes.com
(May 21- June 20) "Double the trouble is double the fun"—that is, as far as Gemini are concerned. Represented by twins, Gemini are chatty, social butterflies that never say no to a night on the town. A gift they are sure to get mileage out of? This coquettish cocktail napkin, just as cheeky as their personalities. $38; Waiting on Martha
(June 21- July 22) Cancers are happiest when cozied up at home with friends and family. The gift they’ll love? A set of lariat hanging frames, complete with prints of your favorite captured moments together. The classic design and neutral colors ensure that these frames will stand the test of time, meaning that Cancers will always have their loved ones hanging nearby. $38.00; Anthropologie
(July 23- August 22) Leo boasts the bold, self-confident spirits of the zodiac. What better gift for the self-loving Leos, then, than one that incorporates their impressive lion symbol? We’re confident that these regal fire signs would appreciate this posh needlepoint pillow by Jonathan Adler. A lion tail adds a flirty touch, while a proper crown completes the regal design. $98; Jonathan Adler
(August 23- September 22) Virgos are the perfectionists of the zodiac. With high-standards and particular tastes, Virgos are especially intimidating to shop for. So what is the perfect gift for a perfectionist? Our bet is placed on this gorgeous Williams-Sonoma Marble Wine Chiller. It gifts these earth signs the ability to serve their most prized whites at their intended, proper temperature. A perfectly chilled pour, to the very last drop. $59.95; Williams-Sonoma
(September 23- October 22) Libras head the good-vibe tribe and always look for peace and harmony in their lives. Gift them a reflection of their own positivity with these funky, gold metallic hand figurines. Perfect for dressing up a foyer or styling a bookshelf, these decorative digits are sure to earn you a smile and two thumbs-up from any Libra pal. $37.47; Wayfair
(October 23- November 21) Scorpios are known no-nonsense personalities and an incessant need for control in whatever situation they find themselves in. Gift them a trinket they can appreciate with this glossy, ceramic catchall. It features a cheeky quote from Mark Twain that aligns with these fire sign’s zero-tolerance policy for dishonesty. Even better? They can put it just about anywhere and use it for just about anything. $45.00; Waiting on Martha
(November 22- December 21) Sagittarius are known for their never-ending wanderlust and constant need for adventure. Add an extra dose of fun to their travels with this Carry-On Cocktail Kit from Modcloth. It comes complete with a fool-proof recipe, all the mixer essentials and even a linen coaster—all the Sagittarians need to do is pick their favorite booze! $24; W&P Design
(December 22- January 19) Capricorn pride themselves on practicality and having a strong work ethic. So what’s the perfect (and totally pragmatic) gift to wrap up for one of these busy-bees? We love this sleek acrylic phone dock that doubles as a ruler. $16.00; One Kings Lane
(January 20- February 18) Shopping around for an ever-eclectic Aquarius? Look no further—the Muse Blanc Ceramic Candle by Jonathan Adler is here to deliver. This candle gives off a crisp, floral scent as it burns and features sculpted faces reminiscent of the Classics. A guaranteed source of inspiration for these artistic air-signs. $78.00; Jonathan Adler
(February 19- March 20) Pisces are innately intuitive, empathetic and tend to go above and beyond to bring their loved ones a sense of comfort. Gift them with a dose of their own medicine and wrap them up in this luxurious, roped fringe throw blanket, courtesy of Anthropologie. This blanket will bring the Pisces fish back into their element with saturated, water-inspired indigo color and ultra-soft threading. $78; Anthropologie