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Mother's Day Gift Guide: Quarantine Edition

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and because of the coronavirus, it’s going to look a little different this year.
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The traditional big brunches, spa appointments, and family visits might not be doable, but there are still so many ways to celebrate the special ladies in your life! Motherhood deserves to be celebrated and here are a few ideas on how to celebrate all the moms in your life (including yourself!) this Mother’s Day.

Create a Grateful Jar

This is a simple activity that can be very rewarding. Have your family take a moment to list out everything they are grateful for. You can do this by yourself or include the entire family. You can also reach out to the family that may not be living with you. Add each grateful item into a mason jar and fill it up. It can be a visual reminder that even though things are tough right now, there are things, like your family, to be grateful for. Take it a step further and share one of these with your family each day.

Escape the Grocery Store

For parents who have yet to adopt the grocery delivery technology that we all embrace, some gentle encouragement may be a nice idea to keep your mom safe and avoid unnecessary trips to the grocery store. You may want to consider an Instacart Express Membership. It offers free delivery for a year, and its $99 price tag will be well worth the peace-of-mind.

Host A Family Photo Digital Party

Schedule a digital party via Skype or Zoom with your mom, grandmother, sisters, etc. Get out the old photo albums and share them through video chat. Everyone will adore seeing blasts from the past, and it’s a great way to connect whether you are 10 feet or 1000 miles apart.

Do a Wine Tasting

Yes, you can do a virtual wine tasting (with real live wine!)  St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, a sustainably farmed winery in the heart of Napa Valley, offers this brilliant concept. The kit with the week’s tasting gets sent out in advance and you can follow along to learn all about the nose and notes of your wines—and what delicious sustainable seafood to pair them with.

Order Favorite Take-out Items

Whether the person you are celebrating lives with your, or elsewhere, you can surprise them with their favorite take-out meals. And, you will also help support the local businesses during this time. It’s a win-win for everyone. And, all the incredible moms will appreciate not having to cook for a day.

Send A Special Surprise Curated Basket

Ok, let’s face it, every mom loves getting surprises in the mail or in person. We recommend an aviation-themed Mother’s Day movie-night care package. Include a romantic aviation movie such as Pearl Harbortheir favorite candy and popcorn, comfy AOPA ladies joggersa relaxing white tee, and an AOPA tumbler for her drink of choice.

We guarantee any of these fun ideas is sure to bring a smile to the mamas in your life. Because let’s face it, more than any year, they have EARNED some serious appreciation with this quarantine. And, just because you may not be able to show your love in person, doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish it virtually. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us to all the spectacular moms out there!

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