It looks like we’re still under quarantine for Mother’s Day which means there are no spa escapes for moms who have been spending 24/7 with their kids for the past six to eight weeks.
All kidding aside, this year is going to be different than any other year. There will be no cute handmade gifts sent home from school and getting the family together for brunch or dinner won’t be happening in the near future. As well, while some of us are with our kids we can’t forget about those who will be spending it away from our moms.
There are still ways to make it special, it’s time to think outside of the box.
Breakfast In Bed AND Clean Up Afterwards:
Bring mom her favourite breakfast and let her relax in bed. You can either make your own breakfast (little ones can even tackle a simple breakfast like Sprinkle Pancakes with a little help) or check your area for local businesses where you can order in a contact-free breakfast. But the biggest part of this gift is the gift of a clean kitchen when it’s done so mom doesn’t have to lift a finger. If you’re celebrating away from your mom now is the time to embrace technology. Set up a Facetime or Zoom Meeting and eat your breakfast together, apart.
Family Cleaning Day
When we asked moms on Facebook the majority said they wanted:
1) Someone else to do the cleaning
2) Time alone
You can give her both by allowing her to stay in her bedroom (or some other area of the house away from everyone) while the rest of the family does a family clean from top to bottom. This includes toilets, and if you have teens, please return all the dishes and cutlery you currently have hoarded in your room.
At Home Spa Day
In keeping with the request for alone time, why not set up her bathroom with a warm bath, candles, and a Spotify list of relaxing music. Then whisk the kids away to another area of the house so she can enjoy the peace and quiet. There’s still time to order products from local small businesses make her spa day even more special.
Gift Cards For Local Restaurants
This is a win/win/win. A gift for mom, a meal she doesn’t have to cook, AND supporting small local businesses.
Get your kids to create a time capsule that you can all open years from now and look back at your time in self-isolation. If you need some inspiration Long Creations has made this these sheets for both adults and kids.
Create a booklet of coupons that mom can redeem at anytime for things like household chores, quiet time, or a night off from making dinner. If you’re feeling uninspired there you can print out premade coupons here and here.
Pom Pom Flower Bouquet
While you might not be able to buy flowers right now, crafty kids (with a little help from another adult in the house) can make these cute pom pom flower bouquets that will last forever.
You can never go wrong with books. Reading provides an escape outlet during this time. By downloading digital books for mom you can escape the worry that her gift you ordered won’t arrive on time.
Painted rocks with messages of hope are popping up everywhere. Have your kids paint rocks (which will keep them busy for a few hours) and on Mother’s Day you can all go on a family walk (following the COVID rules in your area) and place them out for others. There’s nothing like spreading joy to make Mother’s Day special.
No matter how you celebrate this year, moms, we hope you take the time to acknowledge how incredible you are. You've got this.