This is your official reminder that MOTHER’S DAY IS ON SUNDAY MAY 10TH. We know the days are running together lately, but this might be the most important week to pay attention to what day it is! Moms have been kicking their superpowers into overdrive for the past month and a half, and the least we can do is show our appreciation on this national holiday. Whether it’s your foster mom, your birth mom, or your adoptive mom, celebrate the person(s) in your life who has helped you become the person you are today. There may be some limitations this year due to the quarantine, but that’s why we’re here to help! Here are our top 10 ideas for making mom feel special on Mother’s Day:

1. Spa Day

A spa day at this point in time may be appreciated more than usual (since all salons and spas are closed down). Treat your mom to a day of relaxation, pampering, and beauty. You can’t go wrong giving her a mani-pedi complete with a foot soak and massage. To create the full spa experience, try making spa water, lighting candles, and putting on some relaxing music.

2. Hike & Picnic

If your mom appreciates adventure, a hike is a great option this Mother’s Day. Just make sure to confirm the trail is open before you set out on your excursion. Make the outing even more special by packing a delicious picnic meal for the family.

3. Take the Destination to Her

If mom has a favorite destination or has been looking forward to going somewhere, do your best to recreate that place. Think of the five senses: sight, taste, touch, smell, and sound. Let your imagination take over as you completely transform your home (or your backyard) into the setting that would fill mom with delight. Bonus idea: create a photobooth to remember the occasion by.

4. Backyard Campout

For the mom who loves the great outdoors, having a campout could be a fun way to spend the day. Camping usually involves relaxing activities like reading, napping, or playing card games. Don’t forget to include the evening ritual of campfire, music, and s’mores. You can stargaze together or even watch a movie on a projector outside.

5. Get Crafty

Crafting can be a Mother’s Day activity the whole family can enjoy. There’s scrapbooking, painting, cake decorating – the possibilities are endless! You can even make a special craft to give to mom as her Mother’s Day gift.

6. Get Productive

Is there a project around the house that mom has been wanting to get done? You could give her the ultimate surprise by finishing it for her! If the projects are all caught up on, cleaning the house is always a great way to put love into action.

7. Five Star Restaurant

What restaurant does mom miss going to? Since you can’t take her out this year, try recreating one of her favorite restaurants. Decorate the dining area and create an ambiance with special lighting and music. Go the extra mile by making menus and taking her order. Pinterest has lots of copycat recipes available if there’s a specific dish she’s been craving.

If you don’t live with your mom, it can be extra tricky to celebrate this holiday with her. Here are some ideas for a more social-distanced approach to Mother’s Day:

8. Virtual Celebration

By now, most of us have utilized video conferencing apps to connect with our friends and family during quarantine. For Mother’s Day-specific ideas on how to creatively connect over Zoom, check out this great article by Bustle. Another fun way to virtually connect with your loved ones is through an app called Houseparty, which allows you to play games together!

9. Door Decoration Dash

If you’re not able to see your mom in person, but you’re still driving distance away, here’s a way to make her day a little brighter. Find decorations to deck out her front door and/or porch (streamers, banners, flowers, balloons, etc.) For an extra surprise, leave any presents or special foods she would enjoy. Imagine the look on her face when she opens her door!

10. Home Video Fun

Making a video for Mother’s Day is a great option because it allows you to stay at a safe distance while showing your mom how much you love and appreciate her. There’s a lot of artistic license here, but if you’re struggling to come up with video ideas, here’s a few to get those creative juices flowing:

  • Get musical! Serenade your mom with one of her favorite songs, or one from this list.
  • Get sentimental. Create a compilation of all the kids (and grandkids) talking about what they love about mom, or their favorite memory with her.
  • Get silly! Perform a stand-up routine or a skit you think your mom would enjoy.

Most of all, get creative and infuse love into whatever you do! Every mom is different, and you probably know the best way to show your appreciation for her on this special day.

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