Mother's Day is May 12 and that means it's time to treat mom to a special meal, a gift or both. Here are some ideas for what to do this Mother's Day around South Bend and Mishawaka.

Take Mom Out for a Meal

What mom wants to cook for Mother's Day? Answer: not many. If you're looking for Mother's Day options, start by browsing through The Bend's best restaurants. Make sure to call ahead to find out about restaurant's plans for the holiday. 

Buy Some Sweet Treats

Candy is never a bad gift. Whether it's some chocolates or hard candy, The Bend is home to a few local places with outsized reputations in the confectionary world — South Bend Chocolate Co. and Claeys Candy.

South Bend Chocolate's store in downtown is a great spot to grab something sweet for a gift. You can find Claeys Candy at stores and shops around the area.

Shop Small

Jewelry and clothes — how can you go wrong? If you're in the market for those, shop local at our array of boutiques. Browse the collections at Satori Boutique in Granger, Inspire Me! in South Bend or INRugCo Studio and Gift Shop in Mishawaka online for some ideas.

The South Bend Farmers Market is another place for unique gifts, flowers and fresh food options.

If you're shopping for someone that's more into sports or history, check out what the South Bend Cubs or Studebaker National Museum have in their stores.

Explore the Outdoors

Active moms aren't content with a gift — they want to head outside for hikes, biking some trails or maybe even a little golf. 

Pick Up a Bouquet of Flowers

There's no need to wander out to the woods and pick your own bouquet (in fact, we definitely DO NOT recommend this strategy). Instead you can reach out to local florists.

Spa Treatment

Does mom need some time set aside to relax and unwind? Woodhouse Spa in Granger and Therapeutic Indulgence in South Bend are a couple great options for spa packages.