How to Win Mother’s Day

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IT’S HARD OUT THERE FOR A MOM. MAKE IT A LITTLE EASIER BY SHOWING HER AN AWESOME MOTHER’S DAY.

Mother’s Day ain’t what it used to be.

There was a time when you could get away with simply letting Mom know you loved her via your finest macaroni-based artwork, but those days are over. And let’s be honest, last year’s macaroni masterpiece was not only clearly phoned in, but you’re a grown adult now and it’s getting a little weird.

So it’s time to think of a few more sophisticated options. It’s time to show Mom how much she means to you beyond the realms of pasta-based artistic expression.

Fortunately, this is the Lowcountry, where it’s easy to find ways express your love and admiration for Mom while proving yourself a wonderful son or daughter. Read on for a few ideas on how to make this the best Mother’s Day ever.

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AT THE LAST MINUTE

So it’s Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day, and you don’t even have a gift, do you? First things first: you ungrateful little wretch. Do you have any idea what labor is like? Me neither, but I’ve heard it’s awful.

Point is, your mother deserves a gift that’s going to truly knock her socks off.

Which is why you’re so lucky that the Bluffton Village Festival was essentially founded with deadbeats like you in mind. Held every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, the festival (just call it MayFest — everyone else does) packs Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton with artists, craftspeople and pop-up boutiques of every stripe.

And if, as a little side bonus, you get to stuff your belly with legendary shrimp salad sandwiches at The Church of the Cross, all the better. If you can’t find something for Mom at this festival, it isn’t worth finding.

But if that’s the case — better get her some flowers. Even in the last few hours before the buzzer, Flowers By Sue usually has a few winners to choose from. Most of the time, this shop’s “here’s what we have left” selection is better than most other places’ top-shelf arrangements.

WHERE TO EAT

mothersday4Mother’s Day brunch is a tradition almost as old as Mother’s Day itself. On Hilton Head Island, there are a handful of places that have really hung their toque blanche on a solid Mother’s Day buffet.

ELA’s Blu Water Grille is already famed for its Sunday buffet, but the restaurant goes all out on Mother’s Day. Claude & Uli’s Bistro makes one of its rare Sunday exceptions and opens for a Mother’s Day special menu filled with the café’s usual exquisite French cuisine. And whether you’re on the island or off, you’re going to find something she’ll love on the Mother’s Day menu at Red Fish.

Or, you know, just get into the kitchen and make her something with your own two hands to show you’re willing to put in the extra effort to make her day special.

Totally kidding. Leave it to the pros.

TAKE HER OUT TO A SHOW

If Mom already has brunch plans (with one of her other kids she likes better), that leaves her afternoon open. Might we recommend taking in a show?

If you’re on Hilton Head, get tickets for the 2 p.m. matinee of “Sister Act” at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. This sidesplitting stage version of the Whoopi Goldberg classic has been getting pretty good reviews — let you mom know what everyone’s talking about. And go on, spring for a glass of wine, big spender.

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Heading out onto the mainland, visit Sun City Hilton Head for a performance by the Sun City Chorus and Concert Band. The group is putting on a show at 2:30 p.m. featuring pop hits from the 1970s including works by Carole King, Pete Seeger, ABBA, Simon and Garfunkel and a ton more. Tickets are $24.

So don’t tell us that you can’t think of anything good to do with Mom this Mother’s Day weekend. We just gave you solid options for finding gifts, enjoying a meal and taking in a show.

This is, after all, the woman who brought you into this world, who nurtured you when you were obnoxious (toddlerhood), hormonal (pre-adolescent), obnoxious again (pretty much every moment from pre-adolescence on), and helped make you the person you are today.

The least you can do in return is to spend Mother’s Day letting her know she’s special. And if you’re going to go with the macaroni artwork, at least put some effort into it this year.