How to Celebrate Moms in the Wake of Coronavirus this Mother’s Day

Celebrations of any kind are a little tricky at the moment.

If it was up to us, we’d postpone Mother’s Day to give us the opportunity to celebrate it how we want. Much to our chagrin, we have no say in the matter.

Instead, we put together ways for you to still share the love and celebrate the mothers in your life – yourself included, if you’re a mom – despite coronavirus restrictions.

Celebrating Moms at Home

  • A tried-and-true classic: Breakfast in bed. Make mom feel like she’s in a five-star hotel with an indulgent experience! Here’s a great fluffy pancake recipe you could try. Toss in some chocolate chips or mom’s favorite fruit for a real treat.
  • Order a special meal at home from mom’s favorite restaurant. Nothing says “we love you” like a cooking- and cleaning-free day! Here’s a list of carryout and delivery options if you need a place to start.
  • Offer mom some time alone to soak in a tub, read a book or take a nap (or all three!).
  • Get mom her new favorite cookbook. Once Upon a Thyme Bookstore is still taking orders and will have your book of choice mailed directly to your home from their distributor warehouse.
  • Support a local florist while brightening mom’s day with a fresh bouquet of flowers.
  • Or kick the flower game up a notch and get out in the garden together! Many garden centers are offering curbside pickup, including Grandmas Gardens.
  • Get outside and take a family hike. Here is a list of parks with no playgrounds around Dayton!
  • Set up a salon at home for a much-needed mani/pedi. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 steps to getting the perfect manicure at home.
  • Game night – let mom pick the game! Local shops like Epic Loot have all kinds of games to choose from.
  • Get your hands on a puzzle and work on it as a family. Puzzles Plus is offering curbside pick up and has plenty of puzzles.
  • Host an at-home wine & canvas night! The wine’s just for parents, of course.
  • Flex your finest Pinterest skills and enjoy a craft-ernoon.
  • Bake something sweet together.
  • Pick up a craft kit from AR Workshop for mom to work on at home.
  • Have the kids make a special keepsake craft. Good Housekeeping offers 20 great examples!
  • Have a family picnic with mom’s favorite foods
  • Get some craft beer from one of these local breweries in Dayton!
  • Hire a local photographer for a porch session to help document the quarantined Mother’s Day.
  • Buy mom a salon gift card – they will reopen again, we know it!
  • Find an online comedy show and give mom some much-needed laugh therapy! #IMOMSOHARD does the trick for us.
  • Is there a local shop that mom loves but can’t currently visit? Chances are they’re selling gift cards. Do some poking around and gift mom a virtual shopping spree at a shop you know she’ll love.
  • Give mom control of the remote. Here are some feel-good movies she might enjoy.

Celebrating Moms From a Distance

Can’t be with that special mom on Mother’s Day? Here are a few ways to celebrate from afar:

  • Write and mail a letter. USPS is not canceled (yet).
  • Airbnb Experiences are typically designed for traveling and sightseeing purposes, but they’ve pivoted to now offer Online Experiences. Find one to participate in together!
  • Find a recipe you both love and set up a call to virtually bake or cook together.
  • Order and send a customized puzzle with a photo of you together or even a collage of baby pictures.
  • Pre-arrange a fancy virtual tea hour. Wear your best hat and accessories and enjoy crustless sandwiches and fancy cups and saucers.
  • Get out the old photo albums and either share them through a video chat or offer to scan the photos to create a digital photo album.
  • Put that DIY cocktail bar to use and have a virtual happy hour.
  • Find a local florist in mom’s community and send flowers!
  • Have the grandkids make a special craft and stick it in the mail for a special mail surprise.
  • If mom is within driving distance, safely drop off a special meal or treat from a local business!
  • Alternatively, order delivery from mom’s favorite restaurant!
  • Is mom a reader? Sign her up for a Book of the Month subscription.
  • Create and send a playlist of songs that remind you of your mom. Services like Spotify makes it easy! Perhaps add in tech support if you anticipate mom needing a little help.
  • Have a virtual wine tasting and set up a video chat. Maybe you can even gift mom a wine subscription box membership!

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