Mother’s Day is fast approaching. And many of us are left scratching our heads because let’s face it: Mother’s Day 2020 will be different from previous years. Social distancing and stay at home orders are greatly reducing the number of ways we can celebrate the matriarch in our life. No, this year many of us can’t book our moms a reservation at their favorite restaurant. We also can’t book a trip and jet off to that country they’ve been wanting to visit. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you find creative ways to celebrate. Scroll down to discover what to buy for Mother’s Day 2020.

Some of our favorite picks include:

  • House Plants
  • A Dessert Bar
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • Hosting a Surprise Digital Gathering
  • Curating a Spotify Playlist

An aloe vera plant and a succulent are planted inside two small white pots while sitting on a white background.

House Plants

Okay, we know what you’re thinking. Mother’s Day is practically synonymous with flowers. But if you ask us, house plants deserve a little more love. At least in the gift-giving arena, they do. This is because they make great presents.

While flowers will always have a special place in our hearts, house plants last longer. They also give us clean and healthy air in return. Do your research online to find the right plant for the mother in your life. Take into account whether she has a green thumb, as certain house plants require more attention and skill to maintain than others. Just like when picking flowers, you should consider what type of plant best suits her personality. Maybe it’s a spiky and unique cactus or a tropical and attention-grabbing Monstera.

When it’s time to make a purchase, you can abide by the stay at home measures by ordering your plants from a shop online. Here are some popular retailers to choose from:

You can also check in with your local plant nurseries to see whether they offer online orders or have a delivery service available.

When the plant arrives, try adding a personal touch by painting the plant’s pot with some of your mom’s favorite colors. Or inscribe a message somewhere on the pot for her to find.

A closeup of a bundt cake that has white icing drizzled on top with pastel sprinkles.

A Dessert Bar

This idea is perfect for moms with a sweet tooth. Essentially, you’ll be dedicating a section of your home to spreading out some of your mother’s favorite treats.

You can do this by setting and dressing up a folding table in an easily accessible spot in your home. Add charm and elegance to the bar with a tablecloth, a few potted plants (or flowers), and fun serving platters. If you don’t have enough room for a folding table, then designate space on the kitchen table or counter for the dessert bar.

Next, make a list of the sweet treats mom enjoys. Is she a candy eater or are baked goods more her thing?

After ordering or baking her treats, it’s time to arrange them on the bar. Bonus points are given to dessert bars offering wine and cocktails.

Breakfast in Bed

Show mom you appreciate all she does by serving her favorite breakfast items to her in bed. Similar to the dessert bar, you should take some time to list the different breakfast foods she enjoys. Then, when Mother’s Day comes around, it’s time to cook and neatly arrange the meal on a tray.

If mom has a television in the bedroom, you can go the extra mile by adding her favorite movies or television shows to ‘My List’ on Netflix. This makes it easier for her to unwind and finally finish watching the end of that movie. Last but not least, make sure to shut the door on your way out after serving breakfast to really let mom enjoy some peace and quiet that might be hard to find while quarantining with a houseful.

Keep in mind that the only downside to this gift is mom might want to turn this surprise into an everyday routine.

A toddler sitting on her mother’s lap holds her mother’s smartphone as the mother and father look on while sitting on a rug in their living room.

Host a Surprise Digital Gathering

During these strange and unprecedented times, many of us are spending time away from friends and family. Bring mom’s favorite people together on Mother’s Day with a surprise digital gathering. Video chatting platforms like FaceTime, Google Hangout, and Skype make communicating with loved ones from far away not only possible but convenient.

While FaceTime only works for users with an iOS device, other services such as Google Hangout and Skype are efficient alternatives. Both Google Hangout and Skype only require you to set up an account to use their video services. You will also need to have the application downloaded on your smartphone if you will be interacting with your mobile device.

For smooth sailing, make sure whatever platform you use is up-to-date and has the latest software. We also recommend using these services with a strong and secure internet connection. For the sake of organization, invite all participants ahead of time so everyone can prepare and adjust their plans accordingly. Last but not least, make sure everyone involved keeps the gathering a secret!

Spotify Playlist

If mom’s a big fan of music, then a curated playlist on a platform like Spotify with all of her favorite songs is sure to make her happy on Mother’s Day.

Maybe her plans to see a certain artist was canceled because of the coronavirus. Add that band to the playlist to create an alternative music experience. Or you can choose to curate a playlist made entirely of all the songs that have special meaning between the two of you.

To use Spotify, you’ll first need to create an account. You can choose the free plan that comes with ads or pay extra for a premium account to enjoy uninterrupted music.

How to Make a Spotify Playlist From Your Computer

Once inside the desktop application, you can create a new playlist by clicking “+ New Playlist” found at the bottom left. Don’t forget to give the playlist a special name for mom, either. After that, it’s time to add music.

Once you find the perfect song, just right-click on the title and select “Add to Playlist” and then select mom’s playlist.

How to Share a Spotify Playlist From Your Computer

When it’s time to share your playlist, select the triple-dot button that’s under your playlist name. Then, click “Share” and you will be met with a few different options for sharing your creation. Choose the option that best fits your needs.

How to Make a Spotify Playlist On Your Mobile App

If you prefer to use your smartphone to enjoy Spotify, don’t worry. Creating a playlist is just as simple as on a desktop computer.

First, click “Your Library” at the bottom of the application. Next, select the “Playlists” tab at the top of the screen and then tap “Create Playlist.” After giving your playlist a name, it’s time to add some songs.

Once you find the right song, click the triple-dot button that’s on the right of the song title. Then tap “Add to Playlist” and then select your playlist’s name.

How to Share a Spotify Playlist From Your Phone

Ready to gift your mom with some jams? Select the familiar trip-dot button that’s under your playlist. Then, click “Share” and you will be met with a few different options for sharing your creation. Choose the option that best fits your needs.

Now That You Know What To Buy For Mother’s Day—It’s Time To Celebrate!

The moral of the story is you don’t have to spend a fortune or even leave your home to show mom just how important she is to your family. We hope these ideas help you find what to buy for Mother’s Day. We also hope they can provide you and your loved ones with a much-needed distraction during these strange times.

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