Isolation-friendly Mother's Day

How to celebrate mum when you can’t see her in person.

This Mother’s Day will look very different for many families with quarantine and social distancing measures putting the brakes on celebrating mum’s special day.

But just because you can’t be with your mum, doesn’t mean you can’t spoil her from afar.

Here are some isolation-friendly ways to show your mum how much she means to you.

Virtual high tea

You can still enjoy a meal with mum despite being in different locations. 

Many cafes and bakeries are offering delivery so you can order a range of sweets to be delivered to your mum’s house and your own home. 

When your treats arrive, hop on Zoom, Houseparty, Facetime or another free video chat application to enjoy a meal together.

Do a test run if your mum isn’t familiar with video chat technology or just you could just have an old-fashioned phone call while you both enjoy your sweets.

Make a care package

Isolations doesn’t mean gifts can’t be personal. A care package can be a cost-effective way of celebrating your mum, especially if your relationship is long distance.

Care packages could include easy to post items such as:

  • Special drawings from the grandkids
  • Family photos
  • Her favourite tea, chocolate or other food
  • A book or DVD that she mentioned wanting to buy
  • Postage box decorated by the grandkids

Netflix party

After your virtual high tea, unwind by watching a movie together while apart.

Netflix Party is a new Google Chrome internet browser extension that allows you and your mum to watch a show or TV series together from your separate homes.

The extension synchronises video playback and has a group chat function so your siblings can join in too.

Schedule post-isolation pampering

While it may seem like a trip to the day spa or a night out at your favourite restaurant is a long way off, grabbing a gift voucher for mum is a great way to help small businesses stay afloat.

Booking in a fun bonding activity that will open again down the track also gives you, and mum, something to look forward to.

Virtual classes

If mum has ever wanted to learn to cook tagliatelle e olio from an Italian nonna, dance like a K-pop star or meditate with a Japanese Buddhist monk, now she can from the comfort of her own home. 

Viator and Airbnb have pivoted to offer virtual experiences, from interactive cooking classes to livestream walking tours, so you can continue to explore the world and try new things during lockdown.

Send her some flowers

The original long-distance gift is a simple and effective way to brighten mum’s day.

Many flower delivery services are still operating despite coronavirus restriction and there are options to suit a range of budgets.