Published on April 26, 2019

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If you’re stressing out about what to get your mom for Mother’s Day, you might want to hold off on purchasing anything just yet. According to a new study conducted by OpenTable, one-third of adults say that sharing a meal together is the most meaningful Mother’s Day gift.

Sure, Mom may appreciate a stylish home buy (maybe even some brand-new gardening tools from Chip and Jo?), but nothing really beats time spent with your loved ones. This survey was conducted as a part of OpenTable’s #DiningMode campaign, which challenges diners to put their phones down—and keep them there during dinnertime. After all, 76 percent of respondents also said that Mother’s Day meals are the number one occasion when phone-checking should be kept to an absolute minimum.

You don’t have to book a reservation at a fancy restaurant to give your mom the best Mother’s Day ever. In fact, a home-cooked meal offers more intimacy and shows you made an effort. For brunch, consider an easy baked egg recipe that ensures you spend less time in front of the stovetop, and for dinner, try an easy pasta recipe the pros swear by that won’t require any fancy ingredients you might not have on hand. Then, take some time to create the perfect Mother’s Day tablescape. The thought you put into the meal (and the conversation you have while enjoying it) is sure to guarantee a perfectly lovely Mother’s Day.

Oh, and getting Mom a bouquet of flowers won’t hurt, either.

See more mother’s day ideas:
30 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Make You the Favorite Child

Gifts That Have Mom’s Name On Them (Literally!)
Chip and Jo’s Latest Target Collection Is Full of Genius Mother’s Day Gifts