Mother’s Day was 22nd March last year (which feels like about 100 years ago right now) and we were just embarking upon our very first lockdown which began on 16th March with a strict ‘stay at home’ order. Well, wouldn’t you just know it? Here we are again. There is a slight variation this time. The new rules until 29th March 21 at the time of writing are set out below:
- All schools and colleges will reopen
- University students can return for practical courses. There will be a review by the end of the Easter holidays for all other students
- Face coverings are recommended in class for secondary school students and also for parents and staff in primary schools
- Wraparound childcare can also return for vulnerable pupils and where it is needed for parents or carers to go to work, support groups or to seek medical care
- Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench”
- One nominated person can visit care homes, but will need PPE, a lateral flow test and to “keep physical contact to a minimum”
So, not a great deal of room for manoeuvre. Maybe the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year is to splash out on a tip top present. We have a few ideas (mostly the usual suspects!).
Flowers – we love our local florist Grace & Thorn and they are doing some stunning Mother’s Day bouquets this year as you can see here. We particularly like the Trio of Spring Jars. They deliver anywhere in UK. We also love Shilpa Reddy Flower Design. Shilpa hosts flower workshops online too which might be something to think about for green fingered mums.
Chocolates – ARTCHOCOLAT has a delightful looking range of boxed chocolates at the moment. The colours are certainly eyecatching and there are some interesting flavours. Hazelnut Popping Candy Gianduja, anyone? They are available at BoroughBox.
Wine – to go with the chocolates? We recently ordered wine for a relative’s special birthday from Swig. We went for the Mixed Case French Classics which was very well received but they have so many others to choose from so a selection for spring might be a good choice.
For something a little bit different – even though everyone communicates through electronic means these days (especially at the moment!) there is something rather lovely about a bit of upmarket stationery. We helped a client organise some personalised stationery at Smythson a while back and it was truly beautiful. If your mother still enjoys using snail mail from time to time, then this could be a real winner for Mother’s Day.
Maybe you could enjoy the cocktail hour online together on Mother’s Day by sending a box of cocktails from Nio so that you can clink glasses across screens and have a chin wag. We sampled some of these over Christmas. The whiskey sour is delicious.
Zoom – Zoom fatigue is real, let’s face it. However, there are so many virtual events to choose from that there is bound to be something that suits the occasion. There are some great options on Indytute. We’ve got our eye on Disco Yoga…Mustn’t forget it’s not a present to ourselves!
Have a lovely day, however you choose to spend it.
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