Mums are special, there’s no two ways about it. Our mums are magnificent, they’re magical even… they just always seem to know. They know when we need a phone call, they know when we’re feeling blue, they know more about us sometimes than we know about ourselves. Whilst we should show our mums love and gratitude every day, Mother’s Day is one day we can really spoil mum and make up for the times we may have been too busy and unable to slow down to truly appreciate her special qualities, thank her for everything she does and celebrate what she means to us.
All our mums are different. There’s no ‘right’ way to be a mum, but the common thread in all our mums is their unwavering love and their ability to know us better than anyone else. They’re the ones who remember the day we took our first breath, the day we took our first steps, the day we won the race or the day we fell and grazed our knees. They remember the tiny moments as much as the milestones. They’re the first to help us, to hug us and the first to listen and to offer advice as to how they see our world.
Whilst we know we should always appreciate our mums and show gratitude for what they do for us, Mother’s Day is a nice day to stop and really let them know. For all of us this year, Mother’s Day will be a little different. Some family traditions may be on hold, but we must remember, it’s only temporary and we have an opportunity this year to do something a little different to make Mother’s Day memorable. Social distancing is necessary to protect all of us, especially the elderly, which means our Grandma’s, so let’s do what we can to safely spoil our mums this year on Mother’s Day. We’ve put together a few suggestions to help you make sure your mum feels the love this Sunday.
1. Make your own box of treats
With a little creative thinking, you can make your mum a gorgeous box of treats from items you can buy in your local supermarket. Think of a theme and you’ll easily find treats to make a beautiful gift box of treats for mum. If your mum is into health and nutrition your treat box may simply be a box of her favourite fresh fruit and nuts. You can create an ‘Indulgent’ box with chocolates, cookies, wine and a Netflix gift card. A ‘relaxation’ theme might be more her style. You could fill a box with bath soak, scented body lotion, a lovely shampoo, her favourite tea, a magazine, candles…even a pair of warm bed socks. Surprisingly, there’s plenty of options in the supermarket. Whatever theme you choose for your box of treats, it goes without saying your mum will love it because you created it.
Fresh flowers are always beautiful. They naturally bright and cheery and easy to organise as a Mother’s Day gift on Sunday. If you choose to order flowers from a florist, you can do this over the phone or online. Just make sure you check order deadlines so you don’t miss out. Regardless, a late flower delivery will still brighten mum’s day if she gets it after Mother’s Day. It’s the thought that counts, right?
A love alternative to a flower delivery to collect your own flowers and make your own bouquet. If mum lives close by you can easily deliver her your own bunch of fresh flowers. If you or your neighbours have flowers in the garden, a homemade bunch is just as nice and as thoughtful. Natives and gum leaves are long lasting and look wonderful in the home. A vase can be made from a clean jar decorated with ribbon or rope. You can get the kids involved in making wrapping paper too. You could wrap your bunch of flowers in the artwork paper and tie with kitchen string.
3. Create her a family Tik Tok dance or sing her favourite song
Tik Tok is all the go at the moment and it’s a fun way to get the family involved in creating something memorable and entertaining for mum on Mother’s Day. Create a secret Tik Tok dance using your mum’s favourite song as the backing track. Don’t let her in on the secret! What a surprise she’ll get! Pick a theme, use props, make up, get dressed up to film your performance. At the start or finish of the video, you can record mum a special Mother’s Day message. This will be something she’s bound to share with her friends and something she’ll remember for years to come! We’re sure it will be a most unexpected and entertaining surprise. Who knows you might become the next Tik Tok superstar!
4. Send her an e-Card
Express your love and gratitude to your mum with an e-card right to her smart device or Inbox. There’s plenty of apps around to help you create your own e-card to help you deliver a special and interactive Mother’s Day message. It’s fun and there’s no waiting on the post! She’ll receive it instantly. You could expand the messages of love by getting other family members to send their own e-card or emoji message throughout the day on Sunday to ensure mums day is filled with messages of love across the entire day.
5. Organise Lunch
We now know you can have 2 adults and their children to your home if you practice safe social distancing. This is great news for Mother’s Day. If it’s safe to do, you might be able to visit your mum or have her to your place. If you’re not up to cooking, many local cafes and restaurants are doing contactless delivery of meals. If you’ve not tried a meal delivery yet from your favourite local café or restaurant Mother’s Day might be the perfect time to try. Be sure to arrange your order early so you don’t miss out. Set a beautiful table and relax and enjoy a meal together.
We should all now be well versed in Zooming and Skyping! If mum doesn’t live locally, you could try a ‘virtual’ lunch. Both these apps allow you to have multiple guest so you can invite all the family to your virtual lunch. Create a beautiful table and leave a space for the laptop or iPad, so everyone can see your table. Share conversation, enjoy a toast for mum and eat. It’s an easy way to bring your family together on Mother’s Day. If everyone is up to the effort, you could initiate a cooking challenge and showcase your creations over the video call. It will make for conversation and possibly create a little fun competition. A fun way to show-off cooking skills and you might even find your own family MasterChef! Don’t forget to make your mum the centre of attention giving everyone the chance to give her a message of Mother’s Day love.
6. Give her the gift of an online class or gift voucher
A unique Mother’s Day gift for you mum could be the gift of education. There are some great online opportunities available that will give your mum the chance to try something or start a passion project she may have wanted to do for a long time. With a little encouragement, your mum could learn a musical instrument, try art classes or photography, get active with Yoga or Pilates, learn interior decoration, learn about health, massage or beauty, crafts like knitting or quilting…the sky is the limit. The gift of learning could really inspire your mum and take her in new directions.
7. Host a Family Trivia Night
With a little bit of pre-planning and organising, an entertaining way to bring the family together on Mother’s Day is to host a Family Trivia Night. It’s easily set up on video conferencing, like Zoom or Skype and once you have a go, you’ll probably wonder why you haven’t done it sooner! You’ll need one person to be the Trivia Host. They must be trustworthy! This person will need to create 20 questions and answers about. The Q&As are kept in a safe but hidden space until the family is ready to play. Mum may be surprised by some of the answers from the family! It’s sure to generate a few laughs.
When everyone has joined the video call, the Trivia Master introduces themselves and explains the rules. He or she then creates teams and each one needs to nominate a team captain. Each team captain will need have some paper and a pen ready. To play, the host reads out each question and each team whispers their answers to their team leader who will write them down. The team with the most correct answers wins the trivia. Decide on a prize for the winning team. Perhaps it could be as simple as who goes over to mum’s place first for mum’s cooking post-isolation.
8. Call mum on Mother’s Day
If our suggested ways to celebrate with your mum on Sunday aren’t possible, we know one thing that all mums simply love…it’s just a phone call. Take time out of your morning to call your mum, wish her ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ and have a chat. You could then surprise her later in the day and call again just to see how her day panned out. This simple gesture will most definitely fill her heart and let her know you’re thinking of her.
They great thing about our mums, is that It won’t matter how you decide to celebrate you’re her on Mother’s Day. The smallest gesture of love and kindness will be appreciated.
With a little creative thinking, you and your family you can make sure Mother’s Day this year is memorable for your mum. We know the absence of hugs and kisses for some mums this year can’t be replaced, but we can show her lots of love in other ways.