After more than a year of coping with a global pandemic that radically altered the daily lives of most people, there has been a lasting shift for many in what they perceive to be most valuable and meaningful. With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, the traditional celebrations and gifts may not only be impossible due to continuing restrictions, but it may also be time to re-think what mom really would find joy in receiving this year.
In addition to cooking more food from scratch at home, the past year has been one of simplifying, decluttering, and streamlining our living (and working) space. Finding the right gift for Mother’s Day takes thought and attention to her philosophy of life – a blooming plant for the patio may be more appropriate if cut flowers are considered wasteful or less eco-friendly.
For the tech-savvy mom, there are a number of new devices like wireless earbuds, streaming devices, digital picture frames, or if you have the means to splurge, a smartwatch, e-reader, or iPad that will provide hours of enjoyment. Older adults may need help setting up devices to avoid frustration.
For cooks who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, a new toy can liven up the routine of preparing meals. Air fryers, sous vide cookers or a programmable coffee maker are popular gifts for moms who enjoy preparing meals for themselves and their loved ones. A wine club membership can also be a fun way to explore different varieties and learn more about wine and food pairings. Maybe a wine-tasting family gathering will be on the books when people can safely gather again.
Of course, a little pampering goes a long way for almost every mother. If spas are still closed or feel unsafe, a home self-care kit gives mom an excuse to focus on her own wellness. De-stressing with a herbal bath, some skincare, a new book, or specialty teas can help mom feel loved and supported, even from a distance.
When circumstances allow for families to gather again, don’t forget to take lots of pictures to help celebrate and remember the most important times, when we can all be together again enjoying the simple pleasures of life.