Since we're celebrating Mother's Day a little differently this year, it's time to get creative. In fact, we're feeling like the separation from our loved ones gives us all the more reason to go all out. (You know, since we can't actually go out.) Consider these resourceful and thoughtful ways to celebrate the second Sunday in May for everyone on your gift list.
1. Craft a beautiful bouquet
A handcrafted gift is usually a way to get straight to a mom's heart. And as far as sewing goes, cross-stitch is a great option whether you're a "never touch a needle" novice or a seasoned pro. For a creative take on the traditional bunch of flowers, try cross-stitching a beautiful floral bouquet and delivering it in an embroidery hoop that's ready to hang. You can find many inexpensive (and sometimes free) patterns online.
Not a fan of needle and thread, or don't have access to them? A nice alternative is to draw or paint a picture of a floral bouquet and put it in a beautiful frame—young kids can even create a handprint "bouquet" using finger paint. Make sure to sign and date the picture for that extra made-with-love touch.
2. Gift a subscription to an indulgent service
A subscription to a digital service is an excellent Mother's Day solution if you're not able to spend time together this year. And there are all sorts of options to choose from, depending on her taste. For wine connoisseurs, have a box of their favorites delivered to their doorstep via Winc or Vinebox. Bookish moms might enjoy an audiobook subscription from Audible, while makeup-loving moms may relish in a beauty-box subscription via Allure, Ipsy, or Birchbox. Stylish moms that want to look great and feel confident might appreciate a clothing subscription gift card, which Nordstrom Trunk Club offers. And creative moms will likely love digging into their favorite hobby on Skillshare or MasterClass.
3. Deliver a 'treat yourself' gift basket
In lieu of a visit to the spa, give Mom an overflowing gift basket of pampering products and the entire day to enjoy it. There's ample opportunity for some DIY beauty creations, too. Consider making a sugar and oil body scrub, a hand-poured candle, or fragrant handmade bath bombs. Other items you can purchase and add to the basket might be a fluffy robe, a satin pajama set, gourmet tea, a box of chocolates, or bath salts. Don't forget to include a note that gives her guilt-free permission to slip away for the day.
4. Give her the best sleep of her life
If Mom is more into bedtime than bathtime, skip the bath salts and pack a basket with items that'll bring her night after night of well-earned rest. Small items might include a silky sleep mask or silk pillowcase, a sleep blend of essential oils, and a lavender hand cream. Larger items could be a high-end sheet set, a luxurious down pillow, an oil diffuser, or a weighted blanket that will help her feel more at ease through the night. An annual subscription to a meditation app like Calm or Headspace can ease anxiety and help curb insomnia.
5. Whip up a gourmet meal at home
Breakfast in bed or brunch on the patio is wonderful, but consider switching up the traditional Mother's Day meal by preparing a full-blown gourmet dinner instead. It could be salmon with a lemon-butter dressing served with roasted potatoes and sautéed mushrooms, or perhaps a perfectly cooked steak with a red-wine sauce, Parmesan broccoli, and a double-baked potato. Don't forget the white table linen, a glass of her favorite drink, and, of course, a decadent dessert.