Sarah Biren
Sarah Biren
January 25, 2024 ·  3 min read

The Ultimate Mother-Daughter Bucket List You Can Start Today

There is something truly beautiful and special about mother-daughter relationships. They can share a bond so strong that nothing would or could dare tear it apart. Unfortunately – it sounds cliché, but it’s true – children grow up fast. And time isn’t slowing down for parents either.

As they find their own paths, form new friends, start families… quality time and memorable moments spent with your kids become few and far between. But one way to combat this growing distance is to create a mother-daughter bucket list! What’s that?

A bucket list includes all the experiences and goals you want to accomplish, in this case, as a mother-daughter duo!

The items on your bucket list can be as mundane or adventurous as you wish. But the main purpose of this is to spend time together and create new memories that will last a lifetime. As Susan Merrill, mother and founder of Family First’s motherhood program iMOM, put it:

“Time is a vapor, it just floats away from us. I need to make moments happen with my girls, but it takes really careful planning because they are busy and living in different cities. I realized that I needed a bucket list to make sure I captured some moments with my kids.

It’s a list with no age limit and no deadline. Personalize it to fit your own interests and your girls’ ages.  Just remember: It’s not about how many items you cross off, but rather that you complete them together.”

A List of Mother-Daughter Bucket List Ideas

What better way to show your daughter that you love them and value them and want to share all the wisdom you’ve pick up along the way than give her your presence? We hope this list helps strengthen the relationship you have with your daughter and fills you both with joy.

Note: These ideas came from Susan Merrill, Deborah Hutton, and Easy Living Mom. (1,2,3)

  1. Create a family recipe (which could turn into a family cookbook)
  2. Read a book together
  3. See a Broadway play
  4. Go on a road trip
  5. Organize a mother-daughter photo shoot (maybe even invite grandma)
  6. Make and bury a time capsule
  7. Complete a physical challenge (e.g., a hike, marathon, or charity run)
  8. Compose a list of qualities she should look for in a man
  9. Volunteer with an organization you’re both passionate about
  10. Create a holiday tradition (e.g., pumpkin picking or Christmas tree hunting)
  11. Plant a garden with your favorite flowers
  12. Start a hobby together (e.g., jewelry making or pottery)
  13. Have a classic movie marathon
  14. Redecorate your daughter’s room
  15. Get up early to catch a sunrise
  16. Go out and do karaoke
  17. Get a free makeover at a department store
  18. Visit your town or city’s local museums and/or galleries
  19. Have a spa weekend
  20. Do something only your daughter has always wanted to do (and vice versa)
  21. Cook a surprise dinner for the men in your life
  22. Look at baby pictures together

Don’t let your list stop there! What makes this mother-daughter bucket list so awesome is that it’s completely customizable.

This is merely a springboard for all the things you’ve always wanted to do with your daughter – and we hope you take this and run with it.

You won’t regret it for a second!