Mother’s Day is a special holiday that makes the most important women in our lives feel loved, valued, and appreciated. In 2020, Mother’s Day was at the height of quarantine and lockdown measures, limiting many families from celebrating the way they intended. This year, even though we appear to be nearing the light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel, families may still want to be careful when celebrating with their older parents and loved ones.
Franklin Park® Senior Living recognizes all the mothers and mother figures out there! Our luxury senior living communities throughout San Antonio, Texas, go above and beyond to make residents feel celebrated and spoiled.
We’re sharing some safe Mother’s Day ideas to celebrate the important women in your life this year.
1. Go Beyond a Video Call
Most of us have been using video conferencing software for work, school, or socializing for over a year now, and many are finding it exhausting. There’s no doubt it’s a great tool—no matter how far you live from your mother, it’s quick and easy to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day on Zoom or FaceTime.
This year, though, we encourage you to go beyond a simple call and add something truly special. You can invite the whole family for a virtual surprise; you can play games together, or you can even take her on a virtual tour of an attraction she’s always wanted to visit. Today is a special day and should be treated differently than every other day!
2. Enjoy the Spring on a Walk
May is the perfect time of year in Texas: warm but not too hot, and beautiful blooming flowers everywhere. Going on a walk with your mom and other family members in a local park, arboretum, or botanical gardens is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and catch up while remaining safe and socially distant.
3. Get Creative with Gifts
As your mother or family member gets older, it can become challenging to find a gift they’ll enjoy and appreciate (or don’t have!). Gone are the days when you could bring home a handmade craft from art class that they’ll treasure and hang on the refrigerator, so you’ll need to get more creative.
Here are a few unique gift ideas that your mom won’t be expecting this Mother’s Day:
- Instead of a short-lived bouquet of flowers, buy your mom a potted plant. It will last much longer and add some color and mood-lifting benefits to her home!
- If your mom loves to read, send her a book along with a cute mug and some tea. You can even send her a book that you’re also reading and discuss it together!
- Create and surprise your mom with a themed care package. The theme can be whatever you choose, but some ideas are spa day, snacks from around the world, or movie night.
- You can’t go wrong with creating a personalized scrapbook or photo book. Various websites allow you to easily create your own books online. You can make one covering your whole family and lives, or take a more specific approach and make one that covers moments together or a favorite vacation.
4. Share a Special Moment
We often get so caught up in life’s day-to-day demands that we sometimes forget to stop and appreciate the moment and each other. Even if you keep in touch with your mother often, most of your conversations probably center around her latest doctor’s appointment or your broken washing machine.
To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, take some time, whether on the phone, video, or in-person, and just talk with your mom. Reminisce on funny stories from your childhood, share things you’ve never told her, or simply tell her how much you love and appreciate all that she’s done for you. Sometimes, this can be the best gift.
Celebrating Special Women Everywhere
Even if you aren’t able to celebrate Mother’s Day in person this year, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate! Your mom, and all the special women in your life, deserve to be honored and celebrated, even if it’s from a distance. We hope you found these Mother’s Day ideas helpful, and have a happy and memorable day with your family!