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Mother's Day Gifts, Quotes, Crafts, Events, & Ideas

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mother's Day is coming up this weekend, so we have compiled a list of all things Mom. Check out some celebrity quotes about mothers and motherhood for some inspiration, then browse our gifts, crafts, and events lists for the prefect present or outing to say "I love you, mom!"

Mother's Day Gifts

If you are looking for the perfect gift for Mother's Day, be sure to check out our Local New Hampshire Shopping Tool to help you find the best deal. The shopping tool allows you to search for a specific item, and will give you price comparisons for stores in New Hampshire!

Still need some ideas? Check out this Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts List for some inspiration. Just because they are the most common gifts, doesn't mean they're boring-otherwise, why would people keep buying them?!

Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts List

1. Flowers
2. Greeting Card
3. Candy
4. Candles
5. Clothing/Accessories
6. Perfume
7. Home Decor
8. Gift Cards
9. Outing (Brunch, Dinner)
10. Personal Services (Spa)

Mother's Day Crafts

A handmade gift is always thoughtful! For more gifts made at home in New Hampshire, visit our NH Craft Fairs page, sponsored by Castleberry Fairs & Festivals.

Handprint Bouquet

Any craft with her children's handprints is sure to melt mom's heart!

Directions: Have the child trace his hand or dip in green paint to make a handprint on construction paper. Draw flowers or add paper flower petals to the tops of each finger. Draw a pot, or paste a paper vase at the bottom of the wrist! Personalize further with a special message for mom!

Mom's Mug

A special cup for mom, with love in every sip!

Directions: Wash and dry a ceramic mug. Have kids decorate it for mom with glass paints. Read glass paint instructions for permanent curing. Martha Stewart brand is permanent when baked or air-dried, and are dishwasher safe, indoor/outdoor/UV and weather resistant.

Picture Perfect Craft

Mothers love to see their children's happy, smiling faces!

Directions: For a fun framed-photo twist, choose a frame that is larger than the picture. Have kids select fabric swatches that match their personalities. Cut the fabric to fit the frame, and use it as the background for the photo.

Mother's Day Quotes

Motherhood is inspirational, to those who live it, and those who live by it. Here are some quotes by famous people about their mothers, and motherhood.

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." --Mark Twain

"Men are what their mothers made them." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child." --Sophia Loren

"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso." --Pablo Picasso

"It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding." --Erma Bombeck

"Only mothers can think of the future - because they give birth to it in their children." --Maxim Gorky

"Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials." --Meryl Streep

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there." --Robert Browning

"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws." --Barbara Kingsolver


"You don't take a class; you're thrown into motherhood and learn from experience." --Jennie Finch

Mother's Day Ideas

New Hampshire is gushing with love for moms! Check out this event list for this week and Mother's Day weekend! There are many events just for moms, and other family events mom will love! For more family-friendly fun visit our NH Kids' Events & Activities page, sponsored by Children's Museum of New Hampshire!

Indulge: A Stylish Treat For Mothers!
Nashua, NH
Thursday, May 8

Before the handmade cards, sweet bouquets and cozy breakfast in bed, Pheasant Lane mall is inviting Nashua's chicest Mom's to celebrate Mother's Day in style. Join us on May 8th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm for Indulge: A Stylish Treat for Mothers. One fabulous night of fashion, shopping, beauty and fun!

Pastel Society of New Hampshire's 9th Annual Members' Show
Concord, NH
Daily Through May 31

Refreshments will be served, and there will be an awards ceremony. This event is free and open to the public.

Art Gallery at LaBelle Winery featuring Artists from McGowan Fine Art
Amherst, NH
Tues-Sun Through May 31

LaBelle Winery partners with McGowan Fine Art Gallery in Concord to showcase artists in our Gallery space. The pieces in each collection are available for sale.

New Hampshire Renaissance Faire
Kingston, NH
Sat-Sun, May 10-11, 17-18

The NH Renaissance Faire is a family friendly, educational, visual, theatrical and fantastical event held in gorgeous, (and central), Kingston, NH. From historical knights to fantastical fairies, NHRF brings together education and fun for the whole family. Our merchants are mainly local artisans with an emphasis on hand made items including costumes, jewelry, pottery, herbals, weaponry, and more. Some will even demonstrate their craft live for your enjoyment.

The Craftworkers' Guild Spring Craft Shop 2014
Bedford, NH
Daily, May 1-10

Free admission and parking. Over 60 juried artisans and craftspeople are participating in the seasonal shop located in the historic Kendall House.

Brookline Lions Club Annual Plant Sale
Bedford, NH
Saturday, May 10

Just in time for Mother's Day!
Brookline Lions Club will host our Annual Plant Sale. Beautiful high-quality plants to support our local charitable efforts.

Spring Into Healthy Living® Street Fair!
Concord, NH
Saturday, May 10

Join the Concord Food Co-op for our biggest event of the year! This annual showcase of local suppliers and farmers draws more than 4,000 people each year. It's so big, we'll close down a section of Main Street in downtown Concord and put up our tents so you can enjoy free samples, live entertainment, and much more. Supporting local and regional products is a central part of the Co-op's mission. Meet the farmers and vendors who supply the Co-op with all the products you love. Kids will enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, a reptile exhibit, interactive martial arts demonstrations, and cow rides from Miles Smith Farm. Adults can enjoy free wine and beer samples inside the store, plus lots of free goodies and delicious foods under the tent. EVERYTHING IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! No registration necessary - bring your friends and the kids, and just stop on by. Rain or shine.

NH Sheep and Wool Festival
Deerfield, NH
Sat-Sun, May 10-11

The 38th annual NH Sheep and Wool Festival, at Deerfield fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH, will feature: sheep shearing, fiber animals including sheep, alpacas, and angora rabbits, dog herding demonstrations, sheep dog trials, youth shows and activities, fiber shows, spinning and weaving demonstrations, fleece judging and sale, breed displays, educational programs, special workshops and lectures, as well as, over 120 vendors, ranging from all types of fiber products, farm animal paintings, fiber equipment, books, and everything related to fiber arts. There will also be a variety of food vendors.

5th Annual Mother's Day Weekend Craft Festival
Hampton Falls, NH
Sat-Sun, May 10-11

The scenic Town Common in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire will come alive with color, flavor and music for the Mother's Day Weekend Craft Festival. Over 75 Juried Craftsmen and women from all over New England will display and sell their American made arts, crafts, and specialty foods. Live musical entertainment on the bandstand each day.

New Beginnings' Annual Mother's Day Carnation Sale
Laconia, NH
Thurs-Sat, May 8-10

Celebrate the mothers in your life by supporting a fundraiser for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Honor someone special in your life and support survivors of violence at the same time.

Honoring our Mothers ~ Mother's Tea Luncheon
Manchester, NH
Saturday, May 10

The program will offer opportunities to learn about the Gifts of our Mothers Memory and Life Legacy. All participants will take home a keepsake honoring mother and an opportunity to win raffle prizes. A suggested donation of $10 covers the program, lunch, dessert and drinks.

Mothers' May Fair
Nashua, NH
Saturday, May 10

Annual Fair with numerous vendors, Luncheon and bake sale available. Many raffles. FREE

Greater Salem Earth Festival
Salem, NH
Saturday, May 10

This year's theme is GREEN ENERGY! Included with the event is a vendor expo with 40+ vendors who have a wide variety of locally made products, eco-friendly products, healthy lifestyle products and much more! In addition, there will be food and loads of fun and games for the kids including a bounce house, arts & crafts, face painting and more.

SpringFest 2014 by Applewood Learning Center
Windham, NH
Saturday, May 10

This family fun fest will host a variety of vendors, activities, raffles, entertainment and yummy treats!! $5 for adults, children under 12 are FREE!! All proceeds benefit the Applewood Learning Center, a private non-profit early child care & education facility that has served families in Southern NH since 1989.

Free Admission for Moms & Grandmothers on Mother's Day
Dover, NH
Sunday, May 11

In honor of Mother's Day, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire is offering free admission for all mothers and grandmothers on Sunday, May 11 from 12-5 pm. There will also be a special creative activity for children who visit on Mother's Day. In the Museum's Muse Studio, kids can make a gift to give to the special woman in their lives. This activity is included with paid admission ($9 each for children and adults) and free for Children's Museum members.

Fisher Cats Mother's Day 3K
Manchester, NH
Sunday, May 11

The event will feature a classic road race, and families preferring a more leisurely pace may choose to complete the family-centered fun run/walk.


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