Mother's Day is right around the corner. What to get for mom though? Show her how much you care with these incredible, Athens-inspired gifts with true local flair and goodness! Of course, we've also included things to do with Mom on Mother's Day, too! Because, we all know that what Mom really wants most is time with YOU! 

1. Mother-Daughter Staycation or Weekend Getaway to Athens 

Graduate Athens Lobby

Ask mom what she'd like for Mother's Day, and she's likely to tell you she'd like some relaxation, perhaps even with you. Look no further than Graduate Athens. Set in a converted iron foundry and a 19th-century farmhouse, Graduate Athens is a chic boutique hotel within a 5-minute walk from the Downtown Athens Historic District. Bright rooms in the main hotel mix contemporary furnishings with vintage accents, while farmhouse rooms have country-chic decor. It even has a hip coffee shop and a restaurant/bar that offers Southern comfort food and live music. The vibe of this hotel will surely remind your mom of her college glory days.

Check out other Athens hotels and special offers to make your Athens getaway plans today!

2. Jewelry 

Native America Gallery

Photo Courtesy of Native America Gallery

Native America Gallery has been offering a tremendous selection of hand-crafted jewelry and gifts to visitors since 1993. Native America Gallery hand picks the finest sterling silver jewelry in a variety of styles. Many pieces are embellished with turquoise, opal, a variety of other gemstones.

If jewelry isn't mom's thing, Athens has plenty of other one-of-a-kind shops so you'll be sure to find just the right Mother's Day Gift. 

3. Mother-Daughter Massage and Facial

Urban Sanctuary

What better place to escape the chaos and stress of everyday life than Urban Sanctuary Spa. This local favorite provides a tranquil and serene space to unwind with a massage or facial. They are an eco-friendly spa that offers everything from manicures to therapeutic foot massages. Book a mother-daughter package, or let mom have some time to herself!

We've got more day spas and pampering ideas here.

4. Local Wine Clubs and Events


The Five Points Bottle Shop Wine Club allows you to get limited production wines before they hit the shelves. Each month, they hand pick three to six high quality wines that are sure to please any wine aficionado.

Five & Ten also has hand-picked collections ready to order and pick up.

Or, check out The Pine's Wine Club offerings. 

One of Athens' newest spots is The Lark Winespace. Owner and Sommelier Krista Slater has created a comfortable space including a tasting bar where you can discover responsibly-made wines from small operators. This is a Mother's Day gift that keeps on giving! 

We also love the idea of gifting Mom with Athens Wine Weekend tickets, coming up May 21-23, 2021.


5. Chocolates from Condor Chocolates

Condor Chocolates

Brothers Nick and Peter Dale have opened up Athens' first specialty chocolate shop in the Five Points area. Condor is a bean-to-bar Ecuadorian chocolate shop and café. They use cacao from Ecuador, their mother's native country, and also incorporate local products in their chocolates. Grab a box of assorted truffles for mom, and they will wrap it up for you!

6. Walk Through the Garden

Athens Botanical Garden


Mother's Day is a beautiful time to get out in nature. Take Mom to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia for a walk through the many themed gardens. There are also five miles of nature trails if you and Mom are feeling more adventurous. Grab a free timed admission to the new Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum, the newest attraction at the Garden.

Athens has plenty of other parks and trails to explore. 

7. Brunch!

Heirloom Cafe exterior w Truck

Sure, Mother's Day Brunch is cliché, but it is cliché for a reason! It's soooooo good! Athens has lots of great restaurants for Mother's Day brunch.  Heirloom is a farm-to-table café and market serving lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends. The neighborhood restaurant is located in a former Amoco service station on the corner of North Chase St. and Boulevard and serves a wide variety of dishes prepared from local, seasonal ingredients. Bring mom in for brunch, and be sure to try the Love on a Biscuit! 

More solid Athens Brunch choices:

Learn more about the Athens Brunch Scene to find the brunch spot just right for Mother's Day, or any weekend!

8. Locally-roasted Coffee

Jittery Joe

Jittery Joe's is an Athens coffee roasting company specializing in fine Arabica coffees from around the world. No two blends are the same, so pick up one for your one-of-a-kind mom! 

1000 Faces coffee is also well-known in Athens for its high-quality roasts. Treat mom to a cuppa and conversation at the coffee shop, or bring her some fresh-roasted beans to make every morning special.

9. Bonding Time at ARTini's


Photo Courtesy of ARTini's

ARTini's is a uniquely Athens Paint & Sip studio. Great for any skill level, ARTini’s offers evening painting sessions where you can relax with your mom, perhaps enjoy some libations, and create your own masterpiece. You and your mom will be able to take your paintings home after and remember the fun time you had together in Athens. 


10. Mother's Day Events in Athens

Georgia Museum of Art

The Georgia Museum of Art has created special programming for Mother's Day weekend. Join Mom for a self-guided tour with a gallery guide developed by museum education staff. Explore the galleries at your own pace while sharing stories about favorite family memories. After completing the tour, pick up your free copy of this year’s NEA Big Read book, Roz Chast’s “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

Or, how about spending "Not Your Average Mother's Day" at Athentic Brewing Company! Athentic will have food By Uncle Ernie's, a henna tattoo station, chocolate by Condor Chocolates, and a self defense class by AKF Athens. Enter the raffle for great prizes and to benefit The Cottage, which provides services to educate, prevent, and heal sexual abuse.

Any of these Athens Mother's Day Gifts are sure to make you the favorite child!  Be sure to check out our complete Athens Events Calendar for more ideas of things to do with Mom for Mother's Day!

This blog post was originally authored by intern Dylan Floyd in 2017 and has been updated for 2021 by Hannah Smith.