How to Celebrate Mother’s Day 2020 During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Like other occasions, celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday 10 May 2020 in the midst of a the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will be different. Forget the lunches out, picnics in the park or other outdoor and social activities. However, with the slight relaxation of social distancing rules which started on 1 May, you can visit your mum! Two adults can go and visit another household and children can be brought along and aren’t counted in that total. Obviously, stay home if you’re feeling unwell or your mum or nana is in a vulnerable category. As current social distancing rules require some changes, we’ve put together a list of activities you can do which abide by these rules. Here are some ideas to celebrate your mum, mother-in-law or nana on Mother’s Day during the lock-down.

Catch up virtually

If you can’t or don’t want to meet your mum in person due to COVID-19 concerns, catch up virtually. Use Zoom to invite your family to a Mother’s Day lunch and you can have a party for up to 40 minutes (with the free plan). Or use the new Facebook Rooms feature to have a family conference call. You can also use Google Hangouts to celebrate virtually – you can invite 25 people with no time limit. You can also Facetime and Skype for individual video calls.

Arrange a gift delivery beforehand

Arrange to have Mother’s Day cards and/or presents mailed or delivered ahead of time. Then hold a Zoom, Skype or Google Hangout sessions and get your mum to open them. This enables everyone to watch mum opening her present.

Order a special meal

Does your mum have a favourite meal? If their favourite restaurant isn’t closed and still doing takeaway or delivery, order their favourite meal as a treat and get it delivered.

Send flowers

Bring some joy to your mum and send her a bouquet of flowers. Or if you live nearby, choose some flowers or a pot plant yourself and leave it on their doorstep. A bright beautiful bunch of flowers certainly brightens up someone’s day and lets them know you’re thinking of them.

Get kids to make a homemade gift

Let the kids have fun creating homemade Mother’s Day gifts using things you’ll find at home to make something special for mum or grandma. Newy with Kids writer Odette has come up with simple but heartfelt homemade gift ideas for Mother’s Day.

Make a family video

Organise your family members and make a gratitude video. Individually get your siblings and the grandkids to record themselves using their smartphone or handheld camera thanking mum and sharing their favourite Mum or Nana memory. Then put it together using iMovie or another simple movie maker or assign it to a kid to make. Then share it with your mum on Mother’s Day.

Send her a photo book

If you can’t see your mum in person, give them the next best things, photos. Create a photo book and get it sent directly to her. It’s a wonderful keepsake for her to look at during times of social isolation. You and the kids can create the photobook online. Different companies that offer this service are Big W PhotosSnapfish and Harvey Norman Photos.

Order a book or two

Buy and deliver her a book or two by her favourite author. Not only will she enjoy the gesture, it’s perfect for the lockdown.

Write a letter

Get writing! Write a letter and get the kids to write a letter or a card to their grandmother and either drop it off or send it through the mail. In this time of email, it’s special to receive a handwritten letter or card for Mother’s Day. If your kids are too young to write, let them scribble or draw on a letter or a card. That’s equally as special.

Get together for some virtual activities

You might not be able to enjoy activities in person with your mum but how about doing virtual activities. You can play online Facebook games together like Words With Friends, Quiz Planet and Uno. Otherwise, choose from a variety of free online games on Tabletopia that you can play together.

Stay in with a movie

If you and your mum usually head out for a movie together, this year rent or buy her a digital movie. There is a number of new releases which have been fast-tracked for home viewing. These include Little WomenRide Like a GirlCharlies AngelsCats and Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.  All titles are available across a variety of digital platforms including Apple TV app/ iTunes, Fetch, Foxtel Store, Google Play, Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store and Telstra TV Box Office.

Get her on Netflix

Get your mum the perfect gift while in lockdown. Buy her a gift card to Netflix and let her enjoy hours of streaming. You can buy a gift card online or at Coles, Woolworths or Big W.

Make a personalised gift

There are so many great personalised gifts you can make for mum including photo mugs, cushion covers and bamboo serving boards from Big W Photos.

Create a Spotify playlist

Are there songs that remind you of your mum or that you know that she loves? Make her a customised Spotify playlist and send it to her to enjoy and let her know that you’re thinking of her.

Walk or run the Mother’s Day Classic together

Have fun, get active and raise funds online for breast cancer research. As the Mother’s Day Classic 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19, you can sign up instead for the MDC VIrtual 2020. You just need to walk or run 4km or 8km anytime, anywhere, in your living room, at your local park or in your backyard on or before Mother’s Day. Sign up with your mum and siblings and make it a family event that you do separately.

Have a virtual wine tasting

Get together and have a virtual wine tasting via video chat. You can buy some different and drop them off or order a selection of wine to be sent directly to her before Mother’s Day. Here are some of the top suggestions available at BWS include Noble Fellows Pinot Gris, Lulu Belle Rosè, La Planchelière Loire Sauvignon Blanc and Brown Brothers Refreshingly Light Pinot Grigio.

Go on a virtual excursion together

We might not be able to go out together but you can visit Australian landmarks, zoos, aquariums, galleries, museums & world heritage sites from your home. Just get on a video chat and share your screen and explore together. Here are more than 30 virtual online tours you can do across Australia.

A donation to her favourite charity

Make a donation to her favourite charity in her name. Send Hope, Not Flowers is an organisation which aims to reduce the maternal mortality rate in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands.


Are you a mum self-isolating with your family? Ask for these special things on Mother’s Day:

  • Presents
  • Home-made gifts from your kids
  • Lots of hug and kisses
  • Get the kids to make you breakfast in bed
  • A musical serenade with a special song (not ‘Let It Go’).
  • Someone else cleaning the house so you don’t have to
  • Streaming a movie that you want to watch
  • Delivery of a meal from your favourite cafe or restaurant
  • Peace and quiet

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