In case you’ve lost all track of time, we’re just a little over two weeks out from Mother’s Day! It’s Sunday, May 10th this year.
I’ve just turned 30 and I’m currently living with my parents, sleeping in my childhood bedroom, riding out this pandemic as a family. Man, it is not how I envisioned spending my 30th year on this planet, but there’s nowhere I’d rather be right now. My mom is my best friend and I’m glad we’re hunkered down together and that I’ll be with her on Mother’s Day.
I’ve been busy thinking about how we can celebrate my mom this year without the usual trappings and trimmings, and thought some of you might be in the same boat. So I’ve rounded up ideas of Mother’s Day gifts you can buy for all sorts of moms.
For Every Mom
If your mom is anything like mine, she’s getting really tired of vacuuming up all the extra dirt we’re tracking in the house these days after all of our lockdown walks. With a robot vacuum she can set it and forget it and spend less time cleaning.
Speaking of long walks – if you go on a walk and don’t count your steps, is it even a walk? I love my Apple Watch but I think a lot of moms prefer a less bulky fitness tracker like this Fitbit one.
Puzzles feel like the perfect activity for this moment in time. If you’re busy puzzling you’re not endlessly refreshing Twitter or CNN and driving yourself crazy looking at the news! There are so many cute puzzles out there but I particularly love this book themed design.
It seems like people are spending a lot more time in their pajamas these days, so every mom should own at least one pair of fancy pajamas. Give her this soft striped pair and she’ll look and feel stylish.
For the Mom Who Misses the Spa
If you usually give your mom a gift certificate for a pedicure for Mother’s Day, this year you can give her the closest alternative – a foot spa. It’ll make her at-home pedicures feel just a little bit more luxurious.
I know everyone’s hands are so dry and chapped these days from our constant hand washing. Your mom deserves better! Give her some super luxurious hand cream to bring her hands back to life.
For the Mom Who’s Living for Virtual Happy Hours
If your mom has a busy schedule of virtual happy hours, she doesn’t have time to be slaving away over a hot stove each evening. Get her an immersion blender so she can easily whip up big batches of soup (like this yummy coconut carrot ginger soup!) and have more time to catch up with friends.
Funny Cocktail Napkins
Funny cocktail napkins are one of my family’s favorite gag gifts and stocking stuffers. We could all use an laugh these days so give her this set of forty funny cocktail napkins and she’ll think of you every night during cocktail hour.
For the Mom Who’s Reading Up a Storm
Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
Save Me the Plums is a book I’ve recommended to nearly every reader I know since I read it last year. It’s just the best, and has just the vibe you want for a lockdown read.
Personal History by Katharine Graham
Lockdown is a great time to dive into some longer classic books. Personal History, Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham’s Pulitzer Prize winning memoir, fits the bill. It’s a truly exceptional book that every one, especially women, should read in their lives.
Oh! And if you aren’t planning to go to the grocery store or drug store in the next week, there are plenty of great Mother’s Day cards that you can buy online!
Whether you’ll be having a virtual, socially distant, or at-home celebration, I hope you all are able to connect with your moms in some way and let them know how much you love them. It’s so important, now more than ever.
Let me know how you‘ll be celebrating your mom this year!