Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and it will likely look dramatically different from the springtime celebrations that we all love. As you spend this Mother’s Day close to home, there’s no reason you can’t still make the most of the opportunity to show the moms in your life how much you care. Using the following list of at-home Mother’s Day alternatives, you’ll be able to ensure that this year, while different, is no less special.
Instead of brunch, try breakfast in bed
Mimosas, omelettes, and other brunch treats are a highlight of any Mother’s Day celebration, but you don’t need to visit a restaurant in order to have a feast. Plan breakfast in bed for the mom in your house for a restful, personalized morning treat. All it takes is a little planning (keep the menu simple, double-check your pantry before committing to anything, set an alarm to allow for an unhurried cooking experience) and the proper execution (have younger kids act as assistants, or supervise older kids who want to make their own dish) and you’ll have all the usual deliciousness at a fraction of the travel and cost. Also: part of breakfast in bed means cleaning up after yourselves, too! If mom’s doing dishes, you’re doing it wrong.
Instead of delivery bouquets, try a nature day
A lovely Mother’s Day bouquet is a staple of the holiday, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beauty of flowers without the need for a florist. This Mother’s Day, enjoy nature in its own natural habitat. This may mean treating mom to a day spent sunning in the backyard or supervising work on the garden, taking a nature walk around the neighborhood, or gathering for a scenic (and socially distant) drive to a nearby park or wildlife area. By taking in nature together, you aren’t just saving the need to go to a store or wait on a delivery: you’re also building memories that will remain sweet long after the last petals have drooped.
Instead of the spa, try a bubble bath
Who doesn’t love a spa day? While the opportunities to treat yourself seem few and far between these days, you can recreate the relaxation of the day spa right in your own home. The key to this is mixing in familiar comforts with novelty treatments: for every tried-and-true bubble bath or bath bomb, throw in an at-home face mask, new nail polish, or intriguing aromatherapy oil that will provide both surprise and delight. Many of the required materials can be found in the surprisingly well-stocked beauty and cosmetics sections at grocery stores and pharmacies, so you can pick up everything you need while you do your essential shopping.
Instead of store-bought cards, try a family art project
With most schools closed, the opportunity for art classes to produce stunning works of Mother’s Day wonder has been curtailed this year. Instead of waiting for your kids to bring home a surprise (or making an extra trip to the store for a card), turn part of your Mother’s Day into a family art project. This can be as simple or as involved as your family wants, but should focus mostly on incorporating the existing artistic supplies you already have around the house; even the simple act of coloring together can produce fridge-worthy art that has more meaning and memories attached than most other cards ever could. The same rules that apply to breakfast in bed apply here as well: no matter what projects you tackle, mom doesn’t have to clean up.
Wild card: Mom’s alone time!
When in doubt, the most precious gift you can give most moms these days is a little quiet time alone with her own thoughts. Between the news and work and at-home learning, it’s easy to feel cooped up these days. This Mother’s Day, make this stressful time a little easier by giving your mom the chance to unplug and enjoy some time to herself without interruptions or distractions. Trust us: she’ll thank you.
At Learning Resources, we’re here to help you make the best of this challenging time. Stay safe and healthy, and check back with our blog for more tips and learning ideas as the situation unfolds.