13 ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in quarantine: Gifts, flowers, virtual parties, more ideas

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 10. Celebrating the holiday will feel quite different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Many Mother’s Day traditions take a creative turn while we’re social distancing, but there are still some easy ways to make Mom feel special. Read on for some great ideas to celebrate Mom on her special day.

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Make her breakfast in bed or order takeout brunch

Even with dining rooms closed and stay-at-home orders in place, families can still map out a thoughtful DIY Mother’s Day. You can surprise mom with a breakfast spread in bed and even get children involved in the gift-giving process.
If you rather let the experts take care of the cooking, many local restaurants step up efforts with special takeout brunch, extravagant family-style dinners and even bottles of bubbly.
Popular dining spots like Galatorie’s Restaurant, Katie’s Restaurant and Dooky Chase’s are among the list offering Mother’s Day specials.

Create a DIY strawberry rose bouquet

Looking for a cute DIY gift for your mom? How about a crafty and tasty strawberry rose bouquet?
This gift is not only creative, but it is really crafty yet delicious too. It is simple to put together, and you can find all the supplies in your home!
If you are feeling really crafty, there is also an alternative to do chocolate covered strawberry bouquet.

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Create a mom's photo book

When she’s not around, rummage through some old photos or take some selfies of you and your mom.
Make copies or print out the pictures in a 4″ x 6″ size. Pick up a photo book for around $6 at Michael’s and give her some memories she treasures.
This can also be a good way to honor your mother if she has passed away.

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Hear a serenade from the "Soul Queen of New Orleans"

A long-standing Mother’s Day tradition with the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” gets a virtual twist this year.
Local radio station WWOZ announced it will broadcast archived performances from Irma Thomas on Sunday to go along with your Mother’s Day brunch at home. You can tune in to this special set with your mom from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.

Have a virtual party

You can set up a virtual party to celebrate with your mom while social distancing. Hop on a video call with you mom and other family members. Video conferencing apps like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Houseparty and Skype can help bring you together.
Try playing games, pouring mimosas and catching up with your favorite lady.
We want to help you jazz up your next video conference call or get-together with some New Orleans flair. You can show your love for New Orleans with these custom virtual backgrounds.

Give her a night off

Moms are the glue that holds a family together, but even the best mothers need a night off and some quality down time.
Pick up some take-out and serve up a quiet night where she can kick back and veg out in front of the tube. Make sure you take care of cleanup. The only rule is mom doesn’t do anything except enjoy her meal in peace.

Make a homemade coupon book

Take a few pieces of paper. Cut them into thirds width-wise. Then write down some “coupons” that you’re mom can redeem at any anytime.
Staple them all together and you have a quick and easy homemade Mother’s Day gifts.
Here are some examples you can use:
“One Free Laundry Day” coupon – Where you take care of all the laundry which does include washing, drying, folding, hanging, ironing (if you’re old enough), etc.
“Clean the Bathroom” coupon – Commit a tidy in the bathroom so she doesn’t have to.
“Free Hug Every Hour” coupon – Trust me, moms love hugs.
“Play Day” coupon – Treat her to some of your favorite games or go outside for some fun.

Send flowers

The standard gift of flowers will always be welcomed by Mom.
Local florists and grocery stores have a variety of bouquets and arrangements in all price ranges including $10.
If you are remembering your Mom, pick out her favorite flowers.

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Find a creative online gift

This is a great gift for mom that is under $10. These creative gift is handmade and pored concrete letters.
There are more versions than the one pictured so you can get any form or “mom” you like. The letters are 2″ (5.2cm) high and about 1.5″ (3.5cm) wide.
It is great gift that mom could put in the living room, her room, or the office for decor.

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Plan an at-home spa day

Moms really enjoy their relaxation time.
You might not be able to book your mom a spa day, but you can still give her the royal treatment at home.
Order a couple of supplies such as sheet masks, nail polishes, foot spa, hand creams, a cozy robe, fuzzy slippers or anything you think you think she will enjoy.
Surprise her with these bath bombs to upgrade her normal bath time routine. This set is $9.99 at Target. Many other places will have them as well.

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Send her a personalized gift

Amazon has thousands of personalized gifts to choose from, but vinyl decorated items like mugs and tumblers can easily be found locally.
Just go to the Facebook Marketplace and type “vinyl” and tons of local ads will pop up. You can even just buy the custom decal yourself and slap it on her favorite drink ware.

Get her a gift card while supporting local restaurants

Mom’s favorite store or restaurant might be closed due to the Coronavirus.
Fear not. Contact them and find out if they offer gift cards or gift certificates. She’ll appreciate it when the stores open up.

Gift her a jar of candy

This idea is super easy. Find out you mom’s favorite candy.
Find a cool looking glass in your cupboard and fill it up with her favorite candy. If she likes jelly beans, find out some popular flavors here.