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It’s almost silly that moms get just one day a year where we honor them – since every other day they’re doing the same for us! With Mother’s Day fast approaching, maybe you’ve yet to land on a gift idea that justly celebrates your mom’s delightfulness. Olympus Harbour Island is here to help with five creative gift ideas that will be easy to organize and special to share.

Gift a Night on the Town

Mom deserves a treat! Put her up at The Westin Tampa Waterside, just a short stroll from Olympus Harbour Island, and share a little revelry together. Take in the beautiful waterfront views, then snack on exceptional seafood and sip cocktails at the Blue Harbour Eatery + Bar. If you book Saturday night, you can meet up Sunday morning for a walk over to Sparkman Wharf, where you can poke your heads into the funky shops and cool cafes.

Donate to an Awesome Local Charity

Maybe Mom isn’t local, but you’re still looking for a meaningful way to connect on Mother’s Day. Consider partnering up with your mom to support a Tampa charity. Showing some love to the community together will definitely draw you closer! Help out Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County with their mission of making homes more accessible, or support Meals on Wheels of Tampa in their efforts to send hot meals to folks who are homebound, struggling, and not eating well. You might even spend some time researching charities together and choose one that represents your unique relationship.

Explore the Bay

How about celebrating Mother’s Day with a little (or a lot!) of adventure? Take advantage of Tampa’s spectacular beauty, and spend some time together on the water. Check out Tampa Bay SUP, located right across the Garrison Channel from Olympus Harbour Island, where you can rent your water toy of choice. They have stand up paddle boards for the athletic moms out there, but they’ve also got kayaks and pedal boats, so no matter what level of activity you’re both comfortable with, you’ll find a great option. Bonus points if you can grab a waterproof disposable camera before you go to help everyone remember the day!

Share Her Favorite Movie

Living far apart from Mom can be tough – especially when travel is uncomfortable. Even if you’re not able to be physically present with her this year, you can still carve out time to share some fun. Try hosting a digital movie night with a screen share app and enjoy Mom’s favorite film as if you were sitting on the same couch. Teleparty lets you synchronize video across multiple devices when you’ve viewing content on Netflix, Disney, Hulu, or HBO. Kast is another option that lets users share content from their screen to other viewers (who don’t have to have access to the same content). Get ready with your popcorn emoji!

Get Cultured Together

If Mom likes to geek out, go ahead and geek out with her! Tampa is home to several amazing museums and offers something for everyone. Gift a year of wonderful experiences by purchasing her a membership to the Tampa Museum of Art, the Glazer Children’s Museum, the Florida Aquarium, or the Tampa Bay History Center. You know Mom will love this one, since she gets to cash in on her Mother’s Day present for the full year ahead!


However you choose to celebrate this year, make it meaningful, memorable, and uniquely Mom. For more fun gift ideas and things to do around Tampa, make sure to check out the Olympus Harbour Island blog.