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5 awesome ideas to surprise your mum this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up soon! Many of us may be celebrating this occasion under partial or full lockdown. Bringing your mum for a trip or for a meal at her favourite restaurant is probably out of the question this year. Instead, we may need to get a little creative to make Mother’s Day special for our beloved super-mums.

If you’re cracking your head trying to figure out what to do for your mum this year, don’t worry, I have you covered! Here are 5 ideas to inspire your Mother’s Day weekend:

1. Breakfast in Bed

This is certainly a classic. Surprise your mum with a beautiful breakfast spread in bed! This is especially perfect if you’re staying in with your parents during this lockdown period. Volunteer to do the grocery run this week and get a few special items to jazz up your breakfast spread such as pancake mix or ready-made waffles, syrup, juice, and yogurt. On Mother’s Day, wake up an hour or so before your mum usually does and get crackin’!

For a simple yet scrumptious breakfast, you can make pancakes (click here for the recipe) and a fruit and yogurt parfait. The parfait is very easy to put together; just layer some sweet, runny yogurt, fruit slices, and toasted oats or cracker crumbs in a pretty glass. It’s fast to make and satisfying to eat. The beverage of choice depends on your mum’s preference: juice, coffee, or tea. I usually serve breakfast in bed using a laptop table that I got from Ikea, but you can use a large serving tray instead.

P.S. Don't let your mum do the dishes!

2. At-home spa treatment

Give your mum a relaxing spa treatment at home. This is another option for those of you staying in with your parents at the moment. Put on some music (check out the Mother’s Day playlist on Spotify, it has loads of old school jams that your mum might like) and light some scented candles. Create a nice, relaxing ambiance for your mum. Your spa treatment could consist of face masks, foot soaks, or even mani-pedis. If you don’t have any face masks at home right now, don’t stress. You can make a simple DIY face mask with items you have at home. DIY chocolate face masks are usually my favourite as they give your skin a radiant glow (click here for some ideas). All you need are items such as cocoa powder and honey to get started.

You can also prepare a soothing foot soak for your mum. For this, you'll need a tub of hot water, some Epsom salt, and a few drops of essential oils. Epsom salt may not be something we have lying around at home, so we could replace this with sea salt or pink Himalayan salt instead. Essential oils such as lavender provide a nice, calming effect. Add a few flower petals for a spa-like touch.

You could end the spa treatment with a mani-pedi session. If you have a nail file and some polish at home, put them to work!

Some at-home spa treatment essentials.

3. Special delivery

Due to strict movement restrictions, some of us may not be able to spend Mother’s Day with our mums this year. It’s pretty sucky, I know, but let’s make the best of a bad situation. Surprise your mum with flowers or cupcakes! There are some florists and bakeries that still do delivery during this period. Look up a delivery service near you and give your mum a pleasant surprise. Before placing your order, do check out the reviews to gauge whether the delivery service is reliable, especially for high delivery traffic days such as Mother’s Day.

4. Make a video for your mum

If you can’t be with your mum during Mother’s Day this year, try surprising her with a heartfelt video. You and your siblings can record video messages for your mum and compile them together. Alternatively, you could make a video montage with pictures of your mum throughout the years.

Google Photos comes in very handy for this. Over the years, you may have uploaded your pictures onto Google Photos and now, you just need to click on the ‘People’ option and choose your mum. Google Photos will then show you all the pictures you have of your mum. You can choose your favourite pictures and click on the create ‘Movie’ option. A short video montage is created for you and you can edit the pictures and background music as you wish.

5. Movie Night

With the aid of modern technology, this is something we can all do with our mums this Mother’s Day. Plan a movie night for your family. Get some snacks and pick a movie your mum would like.

For those of you who are out-of-state or unable to visit your mum this weekend, don’t worry. You can still plan a movie night together with applications such as Netflix Party and Scener (click here to learn more). Choose a movie and watch it together over some drinks and snacks. This would be a great way to spend time with your mum. Plus, you can provide running commentary for the movie, it’ll be like you’re right there beside her!

Grab some popcorn for movie night!


Though some may argue that Mother’s Day is just a commercial ploy to get people to spend money on flowers, days like this give us an opportunity to pause and appreciate the wonderful people in our lives. Many of us live hectic lives and this day serves as a reminder to us all that wherever you are in this world, whatever you're doing, stop for a bit and show some appreciation to the amazing woman who's always got your back. Happy Mother's Day to all the awesome mums reading!


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Hi, I’m Vidhya. I’m a freelance writer and millennial who often struggles with adulthood.

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