As the nation continues to navigate life during the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Mother’s Day is unlike any we’ve ever experienced. If your mom doesn’t live with you, current quarantine and social distancing protocols mean that you’ll have to get a bit creative about how you shower her with love and affection. Luckily, with today’s technology, it’s never been easier to connect with your loved ones from afar. Whether you’re separated because you’re both sheltering in place, or she lives in another state, these fun ideas will surely make her feel connected and loved:
Host a Virtual Party
Invite beloved family members and friends, via Zoom, Google Hangouts, or your choice of virtual chat services, to join in on a virtual Mother’s Day party. To make it feel like a real party, encourage attendees to sip on their favorite libation and munch on a fun party snack. Mom will get a kick out of seeing all of her loved ones in “one place.”
Make a Video
Encourage mom’s loved ones to make a short clip wishing her a happy Mother’s Day or remembering a favorite moment. Grandkids may want to perform a song, recite a poem, or do a little dance. Put them together into a clip video using a simple editing app and send along on Mother’s Day morning.
Send Virtual Mail
Many people are not comfortable sending or receiving physical mail, flowers, or packages right now. If this is the case for your mom, scan your cards, notes, family photos, and drawings and email them to her to be printed. Many scanning apps are quick and easy and free to use.
Join in on Her Favorite Hobby
What is mom’s favorite hobby? Maybe she likes to paint, cook, bake, or sew. Whatever it may be, schedule a time to FaceTime and do it together. If she loves to bake, agree on a recipe beforehand, gather all of the ingredients, and get to work while chatting and reminiscing.
Send a Gift Card
Send a gift card via email to be used now or later. Gift cards are great substitutes for presents because they don’t usually expire, she can use it at her leisure, and she can choose whatever it is that she needs or wants.
And, if mom isn’t so technologically savvy, simply letting her know you care is typically enough. Give her a call when you’re not distracted and can give her your full attention. You may even want to read a passage from a book you both love, listen to music together, or offer to take her to her favorite restaurant when life goes back to normal. These are just a few fun ideas. Consider your mom’s personality, her likes and dislikes, and get creative! Knowing you put in a bit of thought and effort will surely make her day.