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11 Ideas for Turning This Tricky Mother’s Day Into a Really Good One

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Great minds think alike: I just found out that Elizabeth and I both got our moms Overose candles for Mother’s Day last year. I also recently hopped on MR’s Thoughtline for our daily Office Hour and received some splendid suggestions for how to treat your mom this weekend.

— “If you’re staying at your parents’ during quarantine, deep clean a room in the house that’s been left alone for too long.”

— “I sent my mom a gift card for a massage from her local spot! Of course it will be used at a later date, but it’s a nice thing to look forward to plus supporting a local biz!”

— “Rewatch old home videos over Zoom with the family. Childhood memories of normal times feel even sweeter now.”

— “There are a few new businesses that have popped up from out-of-work bartenders where they make specialty cocktails and home deliver! My mom has been not-so-subtle in her request for it to be her Mother’s Day gift!”

— “My mom throws her own pottery and she has a ton of empty pots around the house. I’m sending her plants that have been on her wishlist for forever to make use of all of her beautiful pieces. There are so many gorgeous options on Etsy!”

— “Send her a Cameo from Chris O’Dowd.” (Okay, this is my idea)

Eliz has some more ideas for you, too—the goal here being to find gifts that will bring you and your mom closer together. If you order within business hours today, each of these gifts should arrive before Sunday. (But be sure to confirm when you check out!)

Puzzles and Games to play “together”
Send one gawgeous puzzle to her and one to your address, and do it together while apart over Zoom or not (sometimes, mom’s aren’t great with Zoom, huh?)

Stationery for keeping in touch
Send mom a pack, keep a pack, and mail each other a hand-written note every week.

Give her a nice break
Let her have her energy for your 1+ hour phone calls by giving her alone-time with some at-home spa-level pampering.

Loungewear to match in
Some pajamas and loungewear I suggest you match in. Per the Man Repeller Thoughtline dressing prompts, tell each other how to style it and send each other photos of your looks.

Get in the kitchen “together”
Simultaneously make the same recipe using that Nutella jar from childhood. Perhaps make cocktails together (with or without booze) for your daily chat. Or! give her the night off from cooking with a gift card to order in.


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