Make memories together by exploring this list of our top 10 experience gifts for mom. Whether she's a nature enthusiast, art lover, foodie, or in need of some pampering, there's something here for everyone to love.
About our gift experiences for mom list:
These giftable experience recommendations include a curated selection of offerings from small businesses and beloved cultural institutions gathered from first hand experiences and trusted sources. By visiting any of these favorite spots, you’re not only purchasing an enjoyable experience, you’re also supporting the locally-owned businesses and institutions that make Brooklyn so special.
Many of these popular Mother’s Day destinations require advance booking and reservations. Be sure to check their individual websites and calendars in advance (and have a back up in mind in case the timing doesn’t work out!)
Make memories in Brooklyn
with these experience gifts for mom
1. Create something together
The Brooklyn Teacup (Park Slope): @thebrooklynteacup
Among the best gift experiences for moms who love fine china, tea, and creativity--At The Brooklyn Teacup, peruse and shop our impressive collection of vintage china and design one-of-a-kind serving pieces or home decor. Whether she's looking for a dainty ring dish for her bedside, a tiered tray for hosting events, or a teacup bird feeder, she's bound to create something stylish and practical to cherish for years to come.
Craftsman Ave: @craftsmanave
Learn a new skill and create something together this Mother’s Day. Check out Craftsman Ave’s class calendar for ideas that you think would strike mom’s fancy, from making stained glass art to crafting a new side table or leather tote!
2. Take a cooking class
The Brooklyn Kitchen (Industry City): @thebklynkitchen
Take a class together and learn new cooking skills while bonding over delicious food at The Brooklyn Kitchen. Whether it's a class on pasta making, cake decorating, or knife skills, you and your mom are sure to have a great time and create lasting memories.
Mukti’s Kitchen (Prospect Park South/Kensington): @muktiskitchen
Learn a new skill while spending quality time together at Mukti's Kitchen. Learn how to prepare delicious Indian dishes from scratch, using fresh and authentic ingredients, and discover the secrets to creating complex and aromatic flavors.
3. Learn a new skill
String Thing Studio (Park Slope): @stringthingstudio
Learn to knit, weave, crochet or macramé in this inspiring space for the creatively inclined. With expert instruction and a wide range of classes to choose from, you and your mom can learn a new skill in a fun and supportive environment.
Brooklyn Brainery (Prospect Heights): @bkbrains
This community-driven learning center offers a diverse range of classes on various topics, from arts and crafts to history and science. With a gift certificate from Brooklyn Brainery, she can explore her passions and broaden her horizons, from their lovely local studio or through their virtual class offerings.
4. Enjoy afternoon tea
Brooklyn High Low (Prospect Heights & Park Slope): @brooklynhighlow
Indulge in a cozy afternoon tea with your mom while savoring delicious pastries and small bites. Their sitting room and backyard patio provides a cozy and kitschy oasis with vintage décor, comfy chairs, and low tables, offering the perfect escape from the outside world and the perfect atmosphere for spilling the tea with mom.
The Williamsburg Hotel (Williamsburg): @wburghotel
Indulge in a Mother's Day high tea experience at The Williamsburg Hotel, a beloved spot among locals for weekend brunch. While you savor delectable treats, you'll also be treated to live jazz performances by rotating bands. It's the perfect posh setting to create cherished memories with mom while immersing yourself in the vibrance of Williamsburg.
5. Take a food tour
Explore the iconic neighborhoods of Brooklyn while indulging in some of the best cuisines the city has to offer. Mom will love this unique and memorable way to spend time together while discovering Brooklyn’s vibrant culinary scene.
- Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge, & DUMBO Food Tour with @likealocaltours
- A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour with @brooklyntours
6. Do a tasting
Talea Beer Co. (Cobble Hill, Williamsburg): @taleabeer
Sample a unique selection of flavorful beers, thoughtfully curated and beautifully presented in flights – perfect for sharing with mom. Accompanied by a delightful pairing of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, this beer tasting is a culinary experience sure to delight any beer enthusiast or foodie.
Red Hook Winery (Red Hook): @redhookwinery
Located on the lovely Red Hook pier, Red Hook Winery offers guided wine tastings of six wines from their monthly rotating tasting menu. Who knew Brooklyn had its very own winery? (Now you do!)
7. Sweat it out
Pilates Heights (Brooklyn Heights): @pilatesheightsbk
Shake up your exercise routine with an escape to Pilates Heights’ wellness haven. Offering barre, pilates, and fusion classes, the instructors and ambiance at this boutique studio make working out a true pleasure.
BYKLYN Studios (Boerum Hill): @byklynstudios
Treat mom to an inspiring sweat session in a fun, challenging and non-judgmental environment. This local fitness spot is known for their spin classes that feature silent disco-style headsets, the kind that let you set the volume level you prefer (moms, and I think all women over 25, like that!). They also offer modification-friendly strength and stretch classes like yoga and pilates, which are designed with all fitness levels in mind.
8. Unwind & get pampered
Pamper your mom with a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day. Give your mom the gift of self-care this Mother's Day with expert treatments at these local self-care havens.
9. Take in some culture & some nature
Give your mom the gift of culture and beauty with a membership to one of these world-class institutions. Whether your mom is a lover of nature, the arts, or both, she’ll appreciate this thoughtful and enriching gift that will allow her to explore Brooklyn’s unique and diverse cultural offerings.
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) (Fort Greene): @bam_brooklyn
Give a gift certificate or purchase a membership to experience world-class performances of theater, dance, music, and film, as well as access to the BAM Rose Cinemas.
Gift a Friends of BRIC membership to this summer-long festival in Prospect Park. Benefits include express entry, reserved seating, pre-concert receptions and more. I love coming here throughout the summer to experience the city’s diverse cultural offerings and see performances in this festive outdoor setting.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Prospect Heights): @brooklynbotanic
Give your mom access to stunning gardens, exhibits, special programs and events throughout the year. We love to visit in spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, but there’s plenty to explore on the gorgeous grounds, including impressive plant life and indoor exhibits.
10. Picnic in Prospect Park
Pack your picnic blanket and enjoy a day of sunshine, people-watching and quality time with your plus one at Prospect Park (a.k.a. Brooklyn’s Central Park). Mom doesn't need to pack your lunch–pick up tasty, locally-prepared provisions, from the world’s best cheeses to artisanal sandwiches, baked goods and confections at these artisanal food spots:
BKLYN Larder: Cheese & Provisions (Park Slope): @bklynlarder
Specializing in hand-crafted cheeses, homemade prepared foods, and inventive sweets to satisfy every craving. Grab and go straight up Flatbush Ave ‘til you hit the park.
There you have it! What do you think about our experience gifts for mom?
Have any other recommendations for unforgettable, giftable experiences in Brooklyn? We love scoping out new spots around the borough! Tell us in the comments below!
And if you'd just like to peruse awesome gifts that don't require a reservation or good weather, check out our these unique and thoughtful Mother's Day gifts.