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A day just for Mom [COVID edition]

May 05, 2020 09:49AM ● By Kimberly Blaker

Mother's Day gifts she'll treasure

The role of mothers in shaping their children’s lives is unsurpassed. Mothers teach us to love, be strong, confident, persist, live life to its fullest and be the best we can be.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. Coronavirus aside, give her the gift of your heart and time and make it a special day she’ll treasure.

Here are some ideas:

Mother’s Day brunch

Serve Mom a scrumptious breakfast or bring her takeout from her favorite local restaurant. For her safety (and yours), consider preparing it at home and enjoying it with her outdoors in the backyard or patio, or even over FaceTime. The following menu will be sure to make her smile: fruit salad, juice, waffles or pancakes with her favorite blueberry or strawberry topping, Canadian bacon or fresh sausage, omelets or eggs benedict, homemade hash browns, and coffee cake or Danishes.

Plant spring blooms

If Mom’s a gardener, chances are she’s spending a lot of time these days in the garden. Bring her favorite annuals and perennials. You can even help her plant—just keep your distance.

Create a memory book

Give Mom a keepsake that'll be dear to her heart, with which she can pass the time. Create your own memory book. Use a scrapbook or journal and include photos and memories about special times the two of you have had together, important things you remember about her from your childhood, how she’s inspired you, and the times you look forward to in the future.

Family portrait

If your family is like most, you're well overdue for an updated family portrait. Schedule to have your family's picture taken at a studio, or hire a photographer for a photoshoot in the park once this pandemic is over. Many photographers are supplementing their lost income from canceled events during COVID-19 by offering gift certificates at a discounted rate. Coordinate with family members in advance on the formality and color scheme, so outfits don't clash. Inform Mom how to dress for her special day, but keep the reason a surprise.

Poetry

You don't need to be a poet to write a special verse for Mom. In your poem, share what it was like growing up with her, how she influenced your life, or tell her what she means to you. Then print it on stationery, and matte and frame it.

A little pampering

Mothers spend years pampering their children and caring for them when they're ill. Give Mom a gift certificate for pampering at the spa where she can enjoy a Swedish massage, hair design, manicure and pedicure, or a soothing facial once it’s safe to do so. You could even compile items such as bath salts/bombs, facial masks, lotions and candles (and a good book) into a gift basket for her to use at her convenience.   

Keep it simple

Spend some time together outdoors. Head to a nearby park where you can meander along nature trails reminiscing, walk your dogs, or take a scenic bike ride.

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