If you live in the UK, then Mother’s Day is coming up. It may be the case that you usually take your mum out for a nice meal at the local pub, but obviously things will be different this year! In this post, I’m going to share with you some ideas that you can make happen whether or not you’ll be able to see your mum in person. Obviously if you live together or you’re in a support bubble, then you will be able to see your mum on Mother’s Day (yay!). If this isn’t the case, it may be a virtual Mother’s Day (depending on whether restrictions change).
The first thing, of course, is a card. Most card shops are shut, and I usually find supermarket card selections pretty poor. But don’t despair! Moonpig or Funky Pigeon, or similar sites that allow you to upload images and make your own card is one option, especially if you have some nice photos of you and your mum. My mum, however, doesn’t like taking photos of herself, so I don’t think that option is necessarily the best for me (although you can find ones that don’t require photo uploads). Another option is, of course, to make one yourself if you have the resources. You could craft one yourself, or make your own digital design to print. The option I’m planning to take, however, is to look at sites like Etsy to find some cards being made by small businesses.
Once you’ve got a card sorted, you might want to think about gifts. There’s always the traditional gift options: flower companies are delivering, and you can always order some nice chocolates or a bottle of something nice if that’s the sort of thing your mum enjoys. Many outlets offer giftwrapping services if you’ll have to have things delivered straight to your mum. For Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend had some succulents delivered to my house, which is something I love! Don’t be afraid to think a little bit outside the box when it comes to ‘traditional’ gifts, because there are some amazing things being offered for delivery that I probably never would have expected to have dropped through my letterbox. Jewelry and gifts like candles or bath bombs usually go over well with mums, and those are absolutely available for delivery.
So, you could send a traditional gift, but that isn’t every mum’s cup of tea, and it can feel like a bit of a cop out if it isn’t something she really loves. I know my mum values experiences over material items, so that’s the kind of thing I’d be looking to get for her. What this could be really varies depending on your mum. Mine loves afternoon teas, and I know that a lot of cafes are doing takeaway/delivery afternoon teas, so you could look at the social media pages for cafes in your area to see if they’re offering anything like that for delivery/collection! Pubs are also offering a lot of Sunday Dinners to takeaway as well, so that’s an option you could consider. Or, if you live with your mum, chances are she’d really appreciate a homecooked meal that isn’t cooked by her, perhaps with her favourite sweet treat as a dessert!
Another idea my family had for Christmas gifts that can just as easily translate to Mother’s Day is the IOU gift. You could design some IOU vouchers, and write on them what you owe, to be done when safe to do so. For example, my mum owes me a meal out at my favourite restaurant when things reopen from Christmas! You could owe her a theatre or cinema trip, or a spa trip if you’re feeling particularly generous. There’s also a lot of unique options available — a place near me offers alpaca walks, or you could do something like a ghost tour!
Ultimately, the last year has been extremely difficult and strange for everyone. You might be working with a smaller than usual budget, but the main thing is to let your mum know that you appreciate her. If all you can do this year is a card with a heartfelt message, she will love that. On the other hand, if you have the means to, a gift will really brighten her day and mean a lot, even if it’s something to be cashed in at a later date. And of course, Mother’s Day is for any mother figure, not just your mum. So shower love on any mother figure in your life! Now, more than ever, it’s so important that we show our appreciation. Give them a cuddle if you’re in a bubble, and if not, give them a call to tell them you love them.
And to any mums reading this — Happy Mother’s Day for when it comes around!