Mother’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to celebrate the moms in your life on this special day.
The only problem is, with the coronavirus outbreak, celebrating Mother’s Day is going to be a bit more difficult this year. Whether you take your mom to brunch or have a big family get together, you’re likely going to need to change your plans to make sure everyone stays safe.
But, just because you need to change your plans doesn’t mean you still can’t show the moms in your life some love.
Check out this guide to discover how to celebrate Mother’s Day 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Don’t Risk it With In-Person Visits
If you live away from your mom and you usually see her on mother’s day, it may be tempting to just pop in for the day for a quick visit.
However, we strongly recommend you don’t do this. Remember, social distancing means staying at least six feet away from those you aren’t already quarantining with. While it may feel really good to give your mom a hug on Mother’s Day, it’s simply not worth the risk.
This is especially the case if your mother is a part of the elderly population. According to the CDC, older adults and those with pre-existing conditions are at a far greater risk of suffering from the coronavirus. In fact, 8 out of 10 deaths in the US have been in adults who are 65 years and older.
So, unless you’re already quarantining with your mother or a mother-figure in your life, you’re likely going to have to wait a bit until you can give them that Mother’s Day hug.
Schedule a Family Skype/Zoom Session
Just because you can’t get together with your family on Mother’s Day doesn’t mean you still can’t spend time with them.
One of the best ways to get everyone together is via a Skype, Zoom, or Facetime call. With these platforms, you can see everyone on one screen, making it easy to get a group of people together for a chat. Additionally, Zoom and other video messaging platforms allow you to integrate games like Pictionary or Scattegories.
So if your family is the type who plays board games on Mother’s Day, this is a great way to keep that tradition alive.
Buy Mom a Gift Card to Her Favorite Local Business
While a gift card may not be the most personalized Mother’s Day gift, it’s one of the best gifts to give during a time like this.
Instead of having to spray down a huge box or gift to make sure it’s disinfected and safe to touch, one only needs to spray down a small card. Plus, a gift card can be used at any time, so your mom will have something to look forward to after all of this ends.
Additionally, buying a gift card is a great way to support local businesses during this time that are struggling.
Order a Gift Online
Of course, ordering gifts online are still an option during this time.
You’ll just want to make sure that your mother disinfects whatever you give her before opening it. Sites like Amazon, Etsy, and eBay are still up and running during this time, and many other small stores are still shipping items online. However, it’s important to keep in mind that because of extra precautions and an influx in online orders, these platforms are taking a little longer to ship their items.
Even places like Amazon, which normally guarantee two-day shipping with a Prime Membership, aren’t able to make this guarantee during this time. So if you plan to order a Mother’s Day gift online, we suggest doing it sooner rather than later.
You can check out this post to learn about some great gifts for Mother’s Day.
Consider No-Contact Gifts
This year is definitely a good time to put the material gifts aside and opt for a no-contact gift instead. Not only are these gifts incredibly sentimental, but they also eliminate any chance of you spreading the virus to your loved ones.
Here are some great no-contact gift ideas:
- Create a video with everyone in your family wishing your mom/mother figure a happy Mother’s Day
- Write your mom a personalized poem of what she means to you and send it via email
- Create a slideshow of pictures of your mom and the rest of the family
- Call your mom for a long chat
- Buy your mom a voucher for online classes (there are all kinds of classes available online, from language to cooking to dancing to drawing)
- Buy her a subscription to a video or music streaming service (ie, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, etc)
Another great idea is to buy your mom an app subscription. While many apps are free, many of them also have premium versions that are available for a monthly fee. Whether it’s a news app, workout app or mediation app, there’s probably an app out there that your mom would enjoy having full access to.
Have a Socially Distant Get-Together
As we mentioned earlier, experts recommend that appropriate social distance length is at least 6 feet.
As you may have seen on the internet, many people are finding creative ways to see their loved ones while still remaining a safe distance apart. On Mother’s Day, you could drive to your mom’s house and greet her from a safe distance on the street. While this may not be ideal, it’ll at least give you and your mom a chance to see each other in person.
Mother’s Day 2020: Are You Ready for It?
Now that you’ve read this article, you should be better prepared for Mother’s Day 2020. Hopefully by next year, we’ll all be back to celebrating like normal.
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