By Kris James
When it comes to gift-giving, one thing is for sure; the procrastinators are gonna procrastinate. No matter who it’s for or what the occasion is, last-minute gifts are just as thoughtful if you know where to look. If you’re like me then you understand that this Mother’s Day will be a creative one. Due to COVID-19 social distancing rules are keeping us all apart at the moment. You can forget grabbing the bill at brunch (which is my go-to). You can also forget grabbing something along the way to any in-person celebrations. Package shipments have also been unpredictable during this time, which means that paying for rush delivery might be risky or not possible at all. So for those of you who have yet to purchase your Mother’s Day present, I’m here to save your gifting game this year.
Let’s not panic just yet, because these thoughtful gift ideas are guaranteed to make it to mom on short notice. Most of these options may not land in a wrapped box but they all offer a new kind of experience. From online classes to digital services, from getting creative to making and baking. If we have gained anything out of this situation it is that we have a sense of connection and value in what truly matters. Moms simply want to feel appreciated for all their effort and hard work raising you. This Mother’s Day is different from all others, but we can still make it a memorable one.
1. Take her to the movies. Sometimes gifts for Mom that involve effort are so much more effective than expensive ones. Set up an outdoor movie and get the popcorn popping. Line up Mom’s favorite DVD, and candy. Make sure she knows that you will clean up afterward so she will relax.
2. Give her a Subscription Card. What better way to show your love to a lady on lockdown than with access to all kinds of entertainment at the click of a button? The new subscription cards now make it possible to gift mom a 1-year subscription to Disney+ for $69.99, a 3-Month Audible Subscription for $45 through Amazon, and if your mom is into yoga and meditation, there’s a Gaia Monthly Membership for $11.99.
3. Make a Memory Journal. Fill a notebook with your favorite memories. Think back as far as you can and dig out all the gems of togetherness and all the little things you shared. You can glue in photos and bits of fabric from special occasions.
4. An Email a Day for a Month. Send the first one on a special day, with the promise of more to come. Each email can be unique. Find quotes that you like or pictures that make you happy. Write little things about your day, moments that made you think of her. They don’t have to be long, just short reminders of how special she is to you.
5. A Spa Day. Okay, so a spa day is out for the foreseeable future, but you can bring the spa to mom with a feel-good, small-batch, self-care set. If there was ever a Mother’s Day for pampering, this is it.