14 Things To Do On Mother’s Day 2018 If You Don’t Celebrate It

For many families, Mother's Day means bagel brunches and flowers, shopping trips and homemade gifts — but, like many holidays, the occasion isn't entirely universal, or celebrated by everyone. Whether you don't celebrate Mother's Day because you have a complicated relationship with the mother figures in your life or because you've experienced some losses that make the day feel a little lonely for you (or because your family isn't so into the Hallmark holidays), it is completely understandable that you might be looking to plan ahead for some activities that have absolutely nothing to do with motherhood. For some ideas, I've compiled this list of things to do on Mother's Day if it's not something you celebrate.

It's challenging any time you opt to do something different than what seemingly everyone else is doing, so if you're feeling a bit out of the loop on May 13, take comfort in the fact that there are plenty of things you can do to make the day all your own. And honestly, if none of these ideas feel like the right fit, there's absolutely no reason that you shouldn't give yourself permission to spend the day on the couch napping and mindlessly scrolling through your DVR.