Mother’s Day in a pandemic: Ideas for treating your mom while staying apart

Posted at 2:22 PM, May 08, 2020

While Colorado is no longer under a stay-at-home order, officials still urge people to stay home as much as possible to fight the spread of COVID-19, which could mean spending Mother’s Day away from mom.

Whether you’re practicing social distancing or simply looking for ways to celebrate a mom who lives somewhere else, here are some ideas for treating her from afar.

1. Make a scrapbook

Bring out your old photo albums and make them into something beautiful! Make one for your mom, or you and your mom can make your own scrapbook pages to combined into a scrapbook when you’re done.

2. Order her a meal

There are several food delivery services that allow you to order food from local restaurants to be delivered such as Grubhub, Seamless, Doordash, or Postmates.

3. Have a virtual brunch date

Surprise your mom with food and a Bloody Mary! Order the same thing for yourself and enjoy brunch together over video chat.

4. Order her a drink

Order your mom a bottle of her favorite boozy beverage. Drizly works with local stores so you can shop their shelves using your smartphone or computer to order beer, wine and liquor. Same-day delivery is available in some locations.

5. Sing her favorite song

Celebrate your mom by performing her favorite song over video chat. You don’t need musical instruments! Grab things around the house like pots, pans, bells, etc.

6. Make her a tea blend

7. Drop off some baked goods

Bake your mom something delicious and leave it on her doorstep.

8. Make a personalized video message

Create a video full of Mother’s Day messages! There are several easy video editing apps that allow you to do it all from your phone such as Quik, Adobe Premiere Clip, Clips, FilmoraGo, Splice and Videoshop.

9. Take a virtual class together

There are a wide variety of classes being offered virtually. Find a fun cooking, art, or yoga class to take together.

10. Send a gift card

Support one of her favorite local businesses with a gift card for her to use when they open up again.

11. Make her a custom lip balm

12. Attend a virtual wine tasting

You can find a list of tastings from different wineries, wine bars and wine experts that are now offering virtual tastings here.

13. Send a quarantine care package

You can make up a package of some of her favorite things, or send her a pre-packaged gift.

14. Send her a personal message from her favorite celebrity

Cameo is a digital company that allows fans to book a personal message from a range of celebrities.

15. Make her a fizzy bath bomb

16. Decorate her front door

17. Kickstart her garden

Put together a gardening “starter kit” and drop it at her doorstep. You can also sign her up for an online gardening class.

18. Make her a rosemary sage smudge stick

Smudge sticks are bundles of herbs that are traditionally used to cleanse the energy of a space. They are typically made with dried sage, but you can make them with other combinations of dried herbs or flowers.

19. Donate to her favorite charity

20. Offer to do her yard work for the week or month