Mother’s Day is this Sunday, which means it’s time to show your mom how much she means to you. Given this year’s unique circumstances, many of us are celebrating the holiday at home or even away from the women — moms, grandmas, aunts — that we love most.
To help you give Mom the day that she deserves, we have researched the best gifts and ideas for every type of woman in your life: the one who loves to cook, the one who is always working in her garden, the soccer mom, and every mom in-between. So, before you browse, think about what kind of gift your mom would love to receive on her special day. Would she prefer something meaningful or something useful? Something heartfelt or something you can experience together?
Whatever you do, don’t let the importance of the holiday intimidate you. Mom will love whatever you give her, especially since it was chosen with her in mind. With some creativity and preparation, you can give your mom the Mother’s Day she deserves — and, let’s face it, needs — during quarantine.
Start your mom’s special day with her favorite meal. Even if you don’t live with her, you can still whip up a breakfast tray with pancakes, eggs, fruit, and any of her brunch favorites and drop it off at her front door. If you can’t be there, order coffee and breakfast from her favorite local spot and organize a delivery for as soon as she wakes up.
With a virtual cooking class you can get the entire family to pitch in for her Mother’s Day brunch or dinner. Whether you’re looking to sign up for a specialty class or learn to cook an entire meal from scratch, there is something for everyone on your list. Mom will love learning a new skill with the family, just don’t let her touch those dishes!
For the moms who we are socially distanced from, there is nothing better than a quarantine care package. Fill it with her favorite snacks, a bottle of wine, candles, books, movies, or anything that you know she loves.
Take it a step further with a handwritten letter or card. You don’t need to spend money to give her something special and a handmade gift is something she can cherish forever.
When you make your drive to drop off her gifts, take some extra time to dress up her door with a special wreath or handmade decorations. When she opens her door, she can be completely surprised by your thoughtful gifts and beautiful decorations for the whole neighborhood to see.
If you’re able to see your mom, cozy up and have a movie marathon of all of her favorite films. Have a cheese board and some bubbly ready, plus some popcorn, too. If you can’t be together, there are apps like Netflix Party that allow you to watch the same movie at the same time while you’re each safe in your own home.
Whether you want to chat with the special lady in your life individually or with the whole family, a virtual happy hour is never a bad idea. Get together to play some games on your preferred video conferencing app, tune into a virtual concert, or simply chat while she has her favorite cocktail or tea in hand. Surprise her by inviting family members, her friends, or anyone else you know she would love to hear from.
While you’re not able to give her the complete spa experience, what better way to show your mom that you care than with a home spa day? Grab a few nail polish colors (perhaps even press-on options), prep some strawberries dipped in chocolate, and you’re ready for an at-home salon experience. You can even apply hair and face masks to really pamper her.
Is there a project or skill mom has always wanted to try? Now is a great time to do it! Research and gather all the necessary supplies ahead of time and deliver them to her if you can’t physically be together. Spend the day cheering each other on as you learn how to paint, knit, or whatever else she chooses.
Is your mom always planting new flowers, herbs, and veggies each spring? Help her out by bringing over seeds, bulbs, extra soil, gloves, and more, then spend the day in the garden helping her. With some paint and stones, you can even create DIY plant markers so you can easily tell the different herbs and produce apart.
Wine is always a good idea, most moms will agree. Create a memorable experience by researching and then pairing a few different wines with cheese, crackers, and more.