In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many mothers are juggling more than ever before. Some are working a full-time job, homeschooling school-aged children, maintaining the home and other daily tasks without a break.
Therefore it's all the more important to show how thankful you are for the moms in your life.
If your Mother's Day traditions consisted of going out for brunch or driving over to grandma's house, this year will undoubtedly look a little different. But that doesn't mean you can't still show mom how much you care and how much you appreciate her!
Mother's Day is on May 10. While nothing can replace spending quality time together, here are some ideas to make her day a little more special.
Create a Homemade Card
You don't need to spend a lot of money to put a smile on her face. A simple card with your handwritten love and admiration will do the trick.
What You'll Need:
- Construction paper or cardstock
- Glue stick
- Pencil and pens
- Stickers or any other embellishments you want to use (optional)
Follow the tutorial above for detailed instructions on how to make a pop-out card for your mom.
For more DIY gift ideas, head to mybluprint.com
Cook for Her
Do you know what's even better than going out to brunch? Having breakfast in bed, of course.
Let mom get some much-needed sleep and bring her her breakfast when she's ready. Make it extra fancy by putting it on a tray with a flower and her beverage of choice. A hot cup of coffee or mimosa are a safe bet.
As for the actual food, a frittata is an easy dish that you can make with ingredients you have on hand.
Try this Oven-Baked Frittata recipe from bluprint.com
What You'll Need:
- 3 ounces cubed pancetta or chopped bacon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups chopped asparagus
- ½ cup chopped red onion
- 6 large eggs
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup small cherry tomatoes
- ½ cup feta cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Pro Tip: For a vegetarian version, leave out the pancetta. If you want to go meat-heavy, add chopped, cooked breakfast sausage to the mix.
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9-10" pie plate and set aside.
2. In a large skillet, combine pancetta and olive oil. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until browned. Add in the asparagus and onion and cook for 3-4 more minutes, until vegetables just begin to become tender. Remove from heat and transfer vegetables into prepared pie plate.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and heavy cream until well-combined. Pour over vegetables in pie plate.
4. Arrange and sprinkle feta cheese generously over the top of the egg mixture.
5. Gently arrange tomatoes in the egg mixture. Smaller tomatoes are better than large ones for this dish, though you can always chop large tomatoes and arrange just like the small ones.
6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until the frittata is lightly browned around the edges and set in the center.
7. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving, but serve warm.
Bake for Her
If mom doesn't live in your household but is within driving distance, you can leave a homemade coffee cake at her doorstep.
What You'll Need:
- 2 ½ cups baker's flour
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
- ½ cup + 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 3/4 cup salad oil
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
Follow the tutorial above for detailed instructions on how to make the legendary Los Angeles Unified School District coffee cake.
Send Her a Gift
If you need some gift suggestions, here are our editor's picks. NBC does not have any relationship with these sellers and items are sold by the retailer, not by NBC.
- Costco has 50 stems of roses for $39.99 including shipping & handling. Be sure to order by May 5 by 11:59 p.m. PST for the last available delivery date of May 8th
- UrbanStems unique bouquets and curated gifts are $55 - $175. Enter the delivery address to see what's available for delivery by Mother's Day
- Stacking Name Rings $34.40 - $38.40 depending on the material. Gift her a ring for each child so she can proudly wear their names on her finger
- Birthstone Stacking Rings $20.80 - $24 depending on which cubic zirconia stones you choose. You can choose one dainty ring for each child or grandchild
- Jewelry Subscription Box $99 for a 3-month subscription. 6 month and 12-month subscriptions are also available. Mother's Day is just one day a year but this gift will treat her to a new surprise in the mail on more than one occasion
- Personalized Photo Calendar by Minted $29 - $39 depending on size. Choose rush shipping by May 5 at 3 p.m. PT for delivery on May 8
- Pix-Star 15 Inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame $154.99 - $199.99 depending on the size; available on Amazon Prime. While being a bit of an investment, this frame is a great gift for mom or grandma as you can easily email photos to the frame and they automatically show up. Anybody that you share the frame specific email address with can email pictures to it, making it a great gift to go in on with your siblings.
- MindWare Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowl $7.99 at your local Target store -The kids can paint this bowl in time for her cereal on Mother's Day
- Diamond Painting Beach by Number Kit $15.99 on Amazon Prime - send mom this fun activity to do while in quarantine
- HelloFresh Meal Delivery Plan - $60.93 - $126.83 depending on which meal plan you order. Mom will surely appreciate the convenience of pre-planned meals and less trips to the grocery store. The gift card will arrive in her inbox!
- Neato D7 Robot Vacuum - $799.99 on BestBuy.com & they price match if you find a better deal elsewhere. Most stores are offering curbside pickup. Give mom one less thing to worry about with a robot vacuum that will keep the floors constantly clean. This robot vacuum is WiFi connected, responds to Alexa commands and uses laser technology to scan the floor plan of your house, allowing it to get to those hard-to-reach places under furniture and tight corners. Since it can even clean in the dark, mom will wake up to clean floors!
Do Something Together... Virtually
- Watch a movie together and discuss by phone or FaceTime. Something like "Steel Magnolias," "Mother's Day," "Mothers and Daughters" or "Because I Said So." Or if mom is a little tech-savvy, try Netflix Party to watch together in real-time and provide commentary in the chat box.
- Take a virtual flower arranging class from Alice of Alice's Table. $65 gets you farm-fresh flowers and a vase delivered to your doorstep the day before the event and access to the masterclass. All you need are floral clippers or scissors. Hurry as only 2 dates are left.
- Do a virtual wine tasting. Head to VineBox and order a flight of wine for you and your mom. Then jump onto Zoom and try the wines together.
- Try an AirBnb virtual experience. You and mom can both take part in your own homes and it's a unique, budget-friendly activity that you can do together. Sample activities include hand lettering and modern calligraphy for $25/person, songwriting with a Nashville musician for $25/person and even make cheese with a mama goat and her kid for $16/person.
- Take a virtual workout class together. There are hundreds of virtual workout classes out there! Choose one like this free Mother's Day family fitness class and sweat it out together.
Nominate Her to Win a Free Brunch
If you know a deserving mother living in one of the 8 cities listed above, tag her in the restaurant’s Instagram comments between May 4th and 7th. Winners will be announced on May 8th, at which point they will be contacted to coordinate a curbside pickup or delivery by Mother's Day.