Hey dads, allow me to let you in on a not-so-little secret. Moms always look forward to Mother’s Day. Even if they tell you they don’t want any gifts or that you don’t need to do anything special, trust me. They’ll be disappointed if you and the kids don’t make her feel special.
After a year of quarantine, Mom needs to feel appreciated and loved more than ever. Lucky for you, we’ve pulled together a list of gifts any mom, grandmother, or mom friend would love to receive, especially during quarantine. Check it out below.
Spa Day at Home
Help mom relax in the comfort of home this Mother’s Day with a few premeditated gifts. Set out her favorite scented candles, a moisturizing face mask or two, her favorite nail polish, some essential oils for her diffuser, some bath bombs, run a hot bath, and offer her some champagne. You may even be able to find some of these items from local makers in your area. But most importantly, keep the kids occupied for a couple of hours while she has some time to herself to totally relax.
I feel like this is obvious, but just in case let me put it out there — a lot of moms expect flowers on Mother’s Day. There are a ton of national flower delivery services out there, but don’t forget about your local florists who (like most small business owners) are struggling right now. Some even offer discounted or free delivery, but make sure to place your order soon as they’re sure to fill bookings fast.
Grocery Delivery Subscription
We learned to embrace Grocery delivery and curbside pickup to help keep the fridge stocked without you going into the store. Some of our favorites include Shipt, Instacart, and Waitr that cost about $99 per year on average. This is especially helpful if you have little ones at home that you can’t leave behind to shop solo.
Food Delivery Gift Card
A lot of restaurants continue to offer curbside pickup or delivery, but you could also go for a service like Postmates, Uber Eats, DoorDash, or Grubhub. Just set the mood with some candles and music, and you’re all set for a romantic dinner at home!
Stationery and Stamps
One positive thing to come out of this pandemic is the return of handwritten letters. This Mother’s Day, give her the tools she needs to stay in touch with loved ones — personalized stationery, a smooth pen, and stamps. And don’t forget to throw your own card for her in there. She is sure to love this thoughtful gift!
Smart Home Devices
f the mom you’re looking to celebrate this Mother’s Day prefers practical gifts, you can’t go wrong with a smart speaker. Devices like the Amazon Echo Dot ($29) and the Google Home ($49) will help her stay on top of her to-do lists, play music wherever she is in the house, and (perhaps most importantly) free up two extra hands. In other words, a gift like these will make her life easier, which is what every woman wants on Mother’s Day, right?
Digital Photo Frame
This gift has Grandma written all over it. Help her feel connected with her grandchildren with a digital photo frame like Skylight ($159) or the Nix Advance. Gifts like these allow you to send photos from your phone directly to the frame, allowing everyone to stay in touch in real-time despite any distance. Moms will love this, too! Who wouldn’t love something like this in their home that lets them look at beloved family memories throughout the day?
I was skeptical of these before I ever owned one. I remember thinking that there was no way they would actually work enough to justify the cost and that they’d be annoying or distracting in action at home.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. With two adults, two furry dogs, and one messy toddler in my home, our robot vacuum was a godsend, and I would have been over to moon to receive it as a gift for a special occasion like Mother’s Day.
The iRobot Roomba is a popular option, and I personally love mine, but there are other less costly options out there. This is a home item you don’t want to skimp on to save a few bucks, so do your research and go with whichever best fits your home’s needs. Regardless, Mom will be blown away.
E-Gift Card to her Favorite Clothing Store
When I’m feeling down or stressed, retail therapy never fails to lift my mood. Of course, it’s not like most people will be going anywhere anytime soon that would require a nice outfit. But I’ve learned that controlling what I wear gives me a feeling of power that I’ve been lacking since COVID-19. It may not happen often, but it’s nice to set aside the sweatpants and t-shirts and put on a fitted shirt and jeans, if for no other reason than to make sure they still fit.
Treat the mom in your life with a virtual shopping spree by purchasing, printing, and wrapping an e-gift card for her favorite clothing store. Lots of retailers are offering great deals and even free shipping right now in light of quarantine, so this is a great opportunity for her to get the most out of every dollar spent.
Knock Out that Honey-Do List
If your wife, mother, or grandmother’s love language is acts of service, consider this gift idea a home run. It seems like we all have too much time on our hands these days, which is allowing us to be productive and tackle long to-do lists for home improvement. Blow her away this Mother’s Day by tackling her honey-do list. Has she been wanting you to build a raised flower bed? What about repairing things around the house? Is your kids’ swing set still in boxes? Whatever it is that she’s been wanting you to do, do it this Mother’s Day weekend unprompted. Trust me; she’ll love you for it!
Related: Check out our ideas for DIY Mother’s Day gifts the kids can make on Pinterest