With all the chaos that accompanied these pandemic years, we’ve all more than likely missed our fair share of significant events like birthdays, weddings, parties, graduations, and so many other causes for celebration that we share with our friends and loved ones. That makes every event happening now all the more special.
One event that many families are avidly anticipating is, of course, Mother’s Day! This article will share the best ways to celebrate the day post-COVID, and share some of our favourite gifts for mums in Australia, some of which may hopefully ease the feelings of FOMO and longing for our loved ones that we’ve all had to contend with over these past few years.
Treat Her to a Nice Meal
Turning the tables and preparing a feast for your dear mum for a change is a tried and tested way to celebrate Mother’s Day. You can either cook for mum right at home or potentially even take mum out to a lovely cafe or restaurant for a meal. Let her pick whatever she wants from the menu, and don’t forget the drinks! After all, how many hot meals has she served you throughout your life?
In addition to being an excellent treat for your mother, taking her out for a fine meal may also be a fantastic way of supporting your local businesses in our post-COVID economy. Australia’s hospitality industry suffered substantially during consecutive lockdowns, so by eating out, you’re both treating your mumma as well as helping a local business recover post-COVID.
Give Her Some Gifts
As we touched upon earlier, another way to celebrate your mum this Mother’s Day is to give her some thoughtful gifts, including some material items as well as some experiences, like a nice meal or a spa day. Sure, you can’t go wrong with flowers and chocolates, but consider your mum and her hobbies or interests to make her gift extra thoughtful.
If she’s an avid reader, buy her a book or maybe even a voucher for a bookstore. If she’s into painting or other arts and crafts, then why not get her some art supplies? Try to ensure that your gift is aligned with a few of the things she just happens to love. Doing so will be sure to genuinely surprise and delight her.
A Weekend Away
Speaking of experiential gifts, there are few experiences that mums love more than quality time with their children. When was the last time you spent a few days with your mum? If it’s been a while simply because of post-COVID mayhem or even just the lockdowns themselves, then treating your mother to a weekend away with just the two of you is likely to be a tremendous Mother’s Day gift idea.
You can stay in a lovely hotel or AirBnB, eat out at all the region’s local eateries, and go exploring or sight-seeing to fill up your days away. The good thing about this particular Mother’s Day gift idea is that by traveling to a holiday destination, you’ll be stimulating the local economy of wherever you and your mum may find yourself during your shared weekend getaway. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!
Host a BBQ, Luncheon, or Dinner
This is an excellent tip for those on a tighter budget. Instead of eating out or heading away, you could put on a big BBQ, fancy luncheon or even a hearty dinner at home. You can make this Mother’s Day feast extra special by preparing an actual feast, complete with a tailored menu and multiple decadent courses. Try some new recipes or have a hand at making some of mum’s own in order to put on a spread that will be sure to make her proud. Don’t forget the drinks – some excellent selections of wine is a good idea, and maybe some spirits or a fine liqueur for a nightcap.
Remember those extended lockdowns when you couldn’t have anyone over? With restrictions gone, this is a great way to connect with your wider family post-COVID. You could invite your aunties and cousins and get the whole family together and truly make it special.
Play a Board Game Together
This is a tip that should bring back some lovely nostalgic memories. Did you play board games as a family growing up? If you did, why not break out some board games – which you can do after a meal or another activity?
Bonding over board games with your mum and other family members will be a great treat and is another activity that wasn’t entirely possible during COVID, or at least not in a non-digital sense.
Go to a Show
Our final tip is a good one. Why not take your mother to a show? A musical, band or comedy gig could be just the ticket for a great night out. Again, this activity was not possible during lockdowns, so it will be extra special for her and you.
You’re supporting your local cultural institutions by going to the theatre or your favourite live music venue, not to mention the income the performers will receive and sorely need in this post-COVID economy.
In this helpful article, we’ve shared the best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day post-COVID. These activities and gift ideas will demonstrate to mum that you cherish and value her. As a bonus, you’ll support the economy and industries that were most hard-hit during the pandemic. Have fun and treat your mum!