Mother’s Day: How to celebrate during the coronavirus

Savvy Southerner

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) — Mother’s Day will look very different this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. With social distancing in place, moms have taken on additional roles as teachers, coaches and caretakers. They’re feeling pressure to ‘do it all’ in this climate, according to a recent survey by retailer Carter’s.

The same survey revealed more than half of all moms just want someone to tell them they’re doing a good job this holiday. They’re also looking to their peers – 55% are eagerly seeking ways to connect with other mom friends during the pandemic. Still, 43% of moms said their ideal way of celebrating Mother’s Day would be through surprise gifts and kind gestures.

During these challenging times, a virtual gift idea may be the easiest way to tell Mom you appreciate her. Lifestyle expert Shelley Hunter suggests sending an electronic gift card to mom’s favorite store. Check the retailer’s website directly or try GiftCards.com for a one-stop shop with multiple offers.

You may also want to consider a gift card for a grocery delivery service, which could be seen as ideal during this time. Instacart, Shipt and Walmart are just some of the options available.

One popular suggestion includes sending mom brunch or dinner delivery from her favorite restaurant. Then, gather a Zoom or FaceTime to eat together and celebrate. “Mom-mosas” are all the rage on Mother’s day in years past, and still carry that festive vibe – even from a distance.

Take things a step further and pre-purchase a handful of paint-by-number projects for all of your adult siblings and join Mom for a Zoom-style “Paint & Sip.”

If your mom is more of the active kind, consider registering the two of you for a virtual 5k on Mother’s Day at mothersdayrunwalk.com. You could also find a future date for a run/walk that benefits her favorite charity.

The work-out app, Peloton is offering 30 days free right now. The app has an array of live and pre-recorded classes from strength training to meditation. The company is encouraging everyone to join #PelotonMoms for live virtual classes this Sunday.

How about a video message to grandma? Or send mom a personalized video note from her favorite celebrity, artist or athlete through Cameo.com. Prices vary (and may carry a hefty pricetag), but include big names like baseball star Evan Longoria and television personality Carson Kressley.

Milano cookies has launched a tasting guide for a virtual Milano “Happier Hour” with friends and family. The guide pairs Milano cookies with boozy and non-boozy beverages created by sommelier Maureen Petrosky. You’ll find pairings like Double Dark Milano cookies and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Caramel Macchiato cookies with a spiked whipped coffee cocktail.

Follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #SaveSomething4U.

Creating something homemade is always a hit, according to consumer expert Rebecca Gramuglia. Brighten her day with a drawing to hang on the fridge, a homemade card, a printed or framed photo, or perhaps something you’ve knitted or sewn.

How about family game night? Break out classic board games like Monopoly and Scrabble, or look into virtual games. You can also look into streaming games from JackboxGames.com.

If she’s a fan of music, consider streaming a performance from the Met Opera in New York City or a concert from her favorite musician. Public libraries are a great source to find a wide array of pre-recorded public concerts — ask your local librarian if they provide Qello Concert by Stingray as part of their digital services.

Gramuglia also suggests a themed Mother’s Day. Take mom’s favorite decade, movie or food and turn it into a themed celebration. Curate a playlist and dress-up in costume. How about an ice cream sundae making event for a swingin’ 60’s sock hop? Or, big hair and black lace for an 80’s themed Madonna party? The key is to use items you already have and spend a minimal amount of money.

For the mom who likes to be pampered, treat her to a clean house, spa day and a delicious meal. These are three simple gestures that are easy on the wallet.

Connie Chow, founder of DailyCaring.com, suggests an afternoon with nature. Socially distance on a porch or in front of an open window and just enjoy nature with mom or grandma. If you’re not in the same household, do this virtually via video call or telephone.

Chow also suggests making some big signs for Mother’s Day to place in her front yard. Then plan a visit from the sidewalk, or outside a closed window and place a mobile call so she can hear you.

Moms-to-be may be entered into a “ShowHER Love” virtual baby shower, hosted by Kelly Clarkson and retailer Carter’s. A rep with the company promises gift giveaways, and fun shower games with other special guests. Only 100 moms will be invited to the exclusive event. They will also receive free Carter’s for a year. Enter here through May 23.

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