How to Celebrate Moms in the Wake of Coronavirus this Mother’s Day

Celebrations of any kind are a little tricky at the moment.

If it was up to us, we’d postpone Mother’s Day to give us the opportunity to celebrate it how we want. Much to our chagrin, we have no say in the matter.

Instead, we put together ways for you to still share the love and celebrate the mothers in your life – yourself included, if you’re a mom – despite coronavirus restrictions.

Celebrating Moms at Home



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  • A tried-and-true classic: Breakfast in bed. Make mom feel like she’s in a five-star hotel with an indulgent experience! Here’s a great fluffy pancake recipe you could try. Toss in some chocolate chips or mom’s favorite fruit for a real treat.
  • Order a special meal at home from mom’s favorite restaurant. Nothing says “we love you” like a cooking- and cleaning-free day! Here’s a list of carryout and delivery options if you need a place to start.
  • Offer mom some time alone to soak in a tub, read a book or take a nap (or all three!).
  • Get mom her new favorite book. Indy Reads Books is still taking orders and will have your book of choice mailed directly to your home from their distributor warehouse.
  • Brighten mom’s day with a fresh bouquet of flowers. There are a lot of fabulous local floral shops in Indy to help you out with that. Here are just a few: Wildwood Market, Shadeland Flower Shop, The French Tulip, Bokay Florist.

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  • Or kick the flower game up a notch and get out in the garden together! Many garden centers are offering curbside pickup, including Sullivan Hardware and Habig Garden Shop.
  • Get outside and take a family hike. Here are 15 places to choose from.
  • Set up a salon at home for a much-needed mani/pedi. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 steps to getting the perfect manicure at home.
  • Game night – let mom pick the game! Local shops like Silver in the City have all kinds of games to choose from.
  • Get your hands on a puzzle and work on it as a family. 4 Kids Books & Toys is offering curbside pick up and has plenty of puzzles.
  • Host an at-home wine & canvas night! The wine’s just for parents, of course.
  • Flex your finest Pinterest skills and enjoy a craft-ernoon.
  • Bake something sweet together.
  • Pick up Mother’s Day-themed craft kits from Pottery By You for mom to work on at home.

    Mother’s Day Kit from Pottery by You
  • Have the kids make a special keepsake craft. Good Housekeeping offers 20 great examples!
  • Have a family picnic on the living room floor with mom’s favorite foods.
  • Be mom’s bartender with a DIY cocktail bar. Lots of local breweries and bars – like Field Brewing in Westfield – are offering to-go cocktail kits.
  • Is the mom in your home a fan of the arts? Give her some time to enjoy the arts virtually.
  • Hire a local photographer for a porch session to help document the quarantined Mother’s Day.
  • Buy mom a salon gift card – they will reopen again, we know it!
  • Find an online comedy show and give mom some much-needed laugh therapy! #IMOMSOHARD does the trick for us.
  • Is there a local shop that mom loves but can’t currently visit? Chances are they’re selling gift cards. Do some poking around and gift mom a virtual shopping spree at a shop you know she’ll love.
  • Give mom control of the remote. Here are some feel-good movies she might enjoy.
  • Does mom enjoy giving back? Find a way to virtually volunteer as a family.

    Cocktail Kit from Field Brewing

Celebrating Moms From a Distance

Can’t be with that special mom on Mother’s Day? Here are a few ways to celebrate from afar:

  • Write and mail a letter. USPS is not canceled (yet).
  • Airbnb Experiences are typically designed for traveling and sightseeing purposes, but they’ve pivoted to now offer Online Experiences. Find one to participate in together!
  • Find a recipe you both love and set up a call to virtually bake or cook together.
  • Have a virtual wine tasting and set up a video chat. Maybe you can even gift mom a wine subscription box membership!

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  • Order and send a customized puzzle with a photo of you together or even a collage of baby pictures.
  • Pre-arrange a fancy virtual tea hour. Wear your best hat and accessories and enjoy crustless sandwiches and fancy cups and saucers.
  • Get out the old photo albums and either share them through a video chat or offer to scan the photos to create a digital photo album.
  • Put that DIY cocktail bar to use and have a virtual happy hour.
  • Find a local florist in mom’s community and send flowers!
  • Have the grandkids make a special craft and stick it in the mail for a special mail surprise.
  • If mom is within driving distance, safely drop off a special meal or treat from a local business!
  • Alternatively, order delivery from mom’s favorite restaurant!
  • Is mom a reader? Sign her up for a Book of the Month subscription.

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  • Create and send a playlist of songs that remind you of your mom. Services like Spotify makes it easy! Perhaps add in tech support if you anticipate mom needing a little help.
  • And of course, you can always order a gift online. Here are of our favorite local spots for gifts if you need a place to start:
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