✔ Despite COVID-19 physical distancing measures you can still celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10
✔ Physical distancing and the closure of businesses may mean you have less money for gifts, but you can still make Mom feel special on Mother’s Day
✔ With a little creativity, you can celebrate Mother’s Day on a budget, even though you may be apart.
Mothers are so important that we could celebrate them 365 days a year. But, at the very least, aside from their birthdays, we have Mother’s Day every May to express how much mothers mean to us. If you’re a mom, you certainly know how much it means to you to get a little thank-you for all you do.
Mother’s Day is an event that started more than 100 years ago and is celebrated around the world. It is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May, which falls on May 10 this year.
This year is unique though. By May 10th, Canadians will have been practicing physical distancing for about two months as we collectively do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Canadians have faced financial challenges as most non-essential businesses remain closed to the public, and some Canadians may not qualify for the federal support measures.
Most moms will tell you that gifts from the heart mean more than ones that cost money. In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to your family and community, and to show each other some love—it just takes a bit of creativity. This Mother’s Day, celebrate Mom with these budget friendly ideas:
Celebrate a Contactless Mother’s Day
Do you normally go out with Mom for brunch on her special day? You can still support a local business by ordering from her favourite restaurant, and have her meal delivered. Get a meal delivered to her house and one to yours, then video call with her so that you can chat and ‘eat’ together. Many food delivery services offer a coupon on your first order. What better time to try out Uber Eats, or Skip The Dishes?
Do you normally go to your mom’s place for at least a chat and a visit? The weather is starting to get nicer, so even if you can’t give your mom a big hug and have a nice chat together on the couch, you can still make sure she feels your love with a contactless visit. Why not take some balloons or a handmade sign to hang on a front fence, and have a conversation outside – at least two metres apart? If you have kids, drawing pictures for grandma could be a nice craft activity for them, too.
Do you always send a card in the mail? This year, Canada Post is still delivering mail, so that’s still an option. Save money (and a trip to a public place) by sending your mom an ecard or ehug this year instead for free. Download our Mother's Day ecard with your own special message and send it to her!
Pamper Mom If You Live Together
If you’re still in the family home, or Mom has come to live with your family, then you don’t have to worry about social distancing (although practising proper hygiene habits such as handwashing and disinfecting surfaces, especially after running any errands is still important). Lots of traditional Mother’s Day activities are still open to you.
If you are lucky enough to be able to see your mom on Mother’s Day safely, save money on ordering in and instead, surprise her with a home cooked meal. Make her breakfast in bed. One of the things moms tend to lack is time for themselves. Start her day right with breakfast when she first wakes up.
With COVID-19, just about everything we do now is going to be remembered for many years to come. Make this year a little more special with a heartfelt card that Mom can keep. Have everyone in the household participate and surprise her with it.
For the person who spends their time caring for everyone else, give her the gift of free time on Mother’s Day. Take over some of her usual chores. Pick a job that mom doesn’t really like to do, that you can do for her, and make a promise to do that for her to give her a break.
These are just a few ideas. Of course, you know your mother best and probably have great ideas yourself for how to celebrate her. The most important thing you can do – no matter whether it’s in person at home, on a Zoom call, at a distance outside or on the telephone – is let her know how much you love her.
To all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!