This year, we have to get a little creative on how to show our moms some (much-deserved) appreciation. Try one or more of these ideas to give her a Mother's Day to remember.

By Bryce Jones
May 01, 2020
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Although you may not be able to take your mom out for a Mother’s Day brunch or spa day this year, you can still celebrate by bringing the festivities to her. Here are some thoughtful ideas on how to practice social distancing while still making your mom feel special – because no matter what’s going on in the world, she deserves it.

Send chocolate or flowers (or both)

Reminder: It doesn’t have to be a holiday to do this (but you already knew that). Visit the websites of florists or chocolate shops in your area to browse beautifully themed arrangements and boxes of sweets.  Chocolaterie Stam, with several shops throughout the Midwest, has chocolate-dipped strawberries...and at the Papillion, Nebraska, location, Mother’s Day cards made by a local artist.

Engage in the arts from home

See our story to discover some of the museums, like Chicago's Field Museum, you can tour from home – we know mom will appreciate the thought.

And as Mother’s Day approaches, check online to find special events being held. For example, the annual Mother’s Day Tea in Columbus, Ohio, usually takes place in Topiary Park, but now is being held online as a “virtual dance experience.” Brewing your own cup of tea is recommended.

DIY from a distance

Whether your mom is also your quarantine buddy or your relationship is now an online one, doing a craft together is the perfect way to get a little nostalgic and spend some quality time. Check if any local businesses have DIY packages for sale – BlackStreet Brewing in Saint Paul put together Grab and Go Build-Your-Own Succulent Gift Kits, and Créme Cupcakes in Des Moines is selling take-home cupcake kits – but you could also come up with ideas based on what you already have at home. Get creative!

Mother’s Day meals

Find an online guide of where you can order delivery or take-out in your city, and order your mom’s favorite. Some restaurants have even whipped up Mother’s Day to-go specialty menus: Detroit’s Andiamo offers an impressive brunch selection and fine-dining dinner options, and Campo di Bella in Madison, Wisconsin, is serving up a take-out chicken piccata with flourless chocolate cake for dessert. 

Artisan gifts

If you need another reason to shop local, your mom is a pretty good one. Most local tourism sites list boutiques or gift shops unique to your town, so no matter what you find, it’ll be special. If you want to look ahead: purchase a gift card to her favorite restaurant, salon, coffee shop, etc., a membership to a family favorite attraction, or get your hands on a couple of tickets for a museum visit or performance to catch later on in the year. 

Look for ways to #giveback

Sure, this day is about Mom, but she's also all about giving. See if local restaurants, for instance, donate food to health care workers with each order—you'll feel doubly good about your meal. Or here's a new idea from BIC—draw a flower and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #BIC4ColorGarden. For each flower drawing shared, BIC will donate $1 towards Kids in Need Foundation, up to $50,000.