Mother’s Day 2020 is right around the corner. Even if you live somewhere that is no longer under a stay-at-home order, the traditional gathering for Mother’s Day brunch is probably out of the question.
And depending on your circumstances, an extravagant Mother’s Day celebration may not be possible. That’s why we’ve come up with 12 low-cost, easy-to-do suggestions to help celebrate Moms even if you have to keep your social distance during the pandemic.
Here Are 12 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day 2020
1. Make a Playlist
For the music-loving mom, create a Mother’s Day playlist for her. Gather up her favorite songs or pick out the songs that express how you feel about mom every day of the year. Or, pay for a streaming music membership so she can rock out to all her favorites whenever she wants.
2. Movie Night
Even if you’ve streamed all the movies you wanted to see, have a movie night (or day) with Mom and let her pick the flick. Grab her favorite movie snacks, pop some popcorn, and cuddle on the couch for a few hours.
Social distancing from Mom? Have a virtual viewing party instead.
3. Custom Photo Album
Create a custom photo album for Mom that shows her just how much you love and appreciate her.
If you have the supplies at home, go all out and create a fun, personalized scrapbook with mementos and moments just for her. If you don’t have the supplies (or lack an artistic touch), upload your photos to an online service instead. Simple drag and drop your favorite pictures into the layout, and a beautiful, personalized album is delivered to Mom.
4. Dine In
A big brunch might be out of the question, but that doesn’t mean Mom wants to cook. Bring in breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner so Mom can skip the cooking for a meal or two. As a bonus, you help out a local business while you treat mom.
5. Meal Planning Service
Because the pandemic has probably limited dining out options, Mom might be sick of cooking and planning every single meal. Lighten the load and subscribe mom to a meal planning service. Depending on her likes, you can subscribe to a service that supplies just the recipes, or get a service that includes all the food, too.
6. Breakfast in Bed
A Mother’s Day classic, serve her breakfast in bed. It doesn’t have to be fancy or extreme. Toast and cut up fruit might be all mom needs. Just make sure you clean up the kitchen when you’re done!
7. Help Around the House
An easy (and cheap!) Mother’s Day gift is helping out around the house. Offer to do the dishes, the laundry, or anything else that needs to get done. Mom (and Dad’s and grandparents, too) is sure to appreciate it.
But make sure you’re willing and able to do the task, though. Don’t offer to do the laundry then ask Mom to walk you through it because you aren’t sure if the black socks can go in with the towels.
8. Decorate the Door or Lawn
Depending on your budget and your circumstances, you could decorate Mom’s door or her lawn. There are companies that specialize in lawn decorations (like signs or washable paint on the grass).
If that’s not in the cards right now, you can make some decorations yourself and put them on the lawn or the door. A homemade sign that lets Mom know how much you care might be the perfect Mother’s Day surprise.
9. Home Spa Day
A day at the spa is probably not in the cards this year. Buy a gift certificate to her favorite spa to use in the future. Or, let mom have a spa day at home. Buy her favorite personal care items then let her pamper herself.
10. FlexJobs Membership
Here at FlexJobs, we know how important work flexibility can be to all the women who juggle both a career and a family. (For the record, we are also fans of dads, of course, and don’t worry—your day is coming soon!) If you know or suspect a special mom in your life is ready to make a career change, what better gift than a FlexJobs membership?!
11. Home Office Update
Whether mom already worked at home or is working at home right now due to the pandemic, why not spruce up her home office a bit? Consider getting her new, ergonomic-friendly furniture so she can be comfortable and healthy while she works. Or, buy her a new webcam or headset to make those online meetings easy.
If mom is happy with her furnishings, you could offer to paint her office a color that better reflects her personality and goals or buy or make her some decor that reminds her of her family, vacations, or places in nature that bring her peace.
12. Silence Is Golden
If mom has been at home with the family for the last few weeks, what she might want most is the one thing she probably can’t have right now: peace and quiet. Assuming it’s safe, consider taking everyone else out of the house for a few hours to give mom some much needed “me” time so she can rest, relax, and recharge.
One For the Books
Whatever you end up doing, make sure you acknowledge how moms tirelessly balance their own needs with that of their children, bosses, friends, spouses, and life in general.
Work-life balance is a real possibility for mothers everywhere, and we at FlexJobs work tirelessly to connect job seekers with legitimate flexible positions that can change their lives for the better.
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A version of this article was originally published on May 12, 2018.
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Christine Bernier Lienke, FlexJobs Senior Researcher and Writer
Christine Bernier Lienke is a staff writer at FlexJobs, the leading website for telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance job postings. On the FlexJobs blog, Christine writes about a variety of topics related to finding flexible jobs. She says that…Read More >
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