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Photo Tip #9 | Ideas for Mother’s Day

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.”
Song by Jackie DeShannon
What the World Needs Now Is Love lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

Before launching into 12 gift ideas, let me just mention that I had a completely different direction in which to start this blog post. Then, out of nowhere, this song played, in my head. The reason I know it is because of my mom. She would break out into random songs when I was younger. From Cliff Richard, to Kenny Rogers, the Beatles, and a bunch of other singers I cannot remember at this time. As you age you realise the depth of those songs and how timeless music and its messages can be.

It’s no irony that Mother’s Day is smack bang in the middle of this Covid-19 experience. Let’s take a moment to recognise those amazing feminine forces that they are. There has never been a more appropriate time to basically worship the ground mum walks on. She’s toiling away being the cook, baker, dishwasher, laundromat, teacher…. the list is endless during quarantine.

Not everyone has an earthly mother. Their hearts are broken. Whilst we have the access to our mom, call her daily, annoy her with your chirps. Give her the gift of alone time (away from dad). Priceless.

Whatever it may be, let’s pay homage to that incredible lady. We may not be able to get to our mom during this time, but there are little things we can do to make her feel special.

As women age, most really don’t care for things. They are more self aware and more heart-centric.

Here are 12 thoughtful gift ideas for Mom during quarantine:

  1. Pay her bills for the month if within your capacity.
  2. Get her a subscription to a gardening app such as The Tree App, or Gardenate, etc.
  3. If she is into yoga, buy her a voucher at her yoga studio or favourite yoga store.
  4. Buy her a subscription to a meditation app such as Insight Timer OR Shine.
  5. Pick a favourite photo of mom from the archives, create a video with your siblings or other family members, and let mom know your memory of that photo. 
  6. Or create a card with a reprint of that photo accompanied by your memory and wishes.
  7. Vacation Videos – pick clips from various trips together and create a little montage. You can use Canva’s video template.
  8. Write a poem. It’s the gesture that counts.
  9. Plant something in your garden for mom. Send her weekly updates.
  10. Convert a photo of you with mom into a painting. Support local artists or illustrators.
  11. Buy now and use later vouchers for photoshoots.
  12. Create a digital photobook with selected memories.

If your mom is anything like mine, she really does not want a bouquet of flowers accompanied by chocolates (okay maybe she doesn’t mind the chocolates). If time is not available to you then definitely opt for a meaningful gift. One that she can experience. One of value.

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