Mother’s Day 2020 is Sunday, May 10. And even though the holiday is likely to look different this year for many families, Moms still deserve to feel special … even if you’re celebrating from 6 feet apart. In fact, she’d probably appreciate some extra love this year more than ever!
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Your Mother’s Day plans are probably going to vary a lot depending on if you’re able to physically be with her for the day. While many families would typically be celebrating with multi-generational get-togethers, celebratory meals and local excursions, you’re probably staying closer to home this year. Here are some ideas that can make the day feel different than every other day in quarantine – either at home together or from a CDC-approved distance. (Tip: If you’re a Mom reading this, there’s no shame in taking the lead with some of these activities in your own home, OR sending this article to Dad or older kids as a hint!)
- Breakfast in bed. (Even better if you let her sleep in first!)
- Have a picnic in your backyard.
- Have the kids make a special Mother’s Day craft. (You can find some ideas at this link.)
- Clean the house for her and/or give her some time alone to soak in the tub, read a book, watch her favorite show, or take a nap. NO interruptions.
- Set up a video chat date. If possible, set up one time with the grandkids (if there are any) and a separate time for adults only.
- The day before, secretly give everyone in the house small pieces of paper or sticky notes. Ask them to write down things they love about Mom. Then wake up before her on Mother’s Day and display them in a place that’s prominent in the house.
- Chalk the walk! Get creative with special Mother’s Day chalk drawings or messages. (This is a great one if you live near your mom, but you’re keeping a safe distance.)
- Spend time outside together.
- Make her a coupon book if things that are especially relevant right now and pair it with a gift card (or a few) to enjoy when things reopen! (Some suggestions: Get out of bed time routine, a walk around the neighborhood by yourself, 1 hour in the bathtub by yourself … you get the idea.)
- Plan a scavenger hunt that will take Mom around the house before she finds her gift. Here’s a link to a free printable for one from the website thedatingdivas.com.
- Do a puzzle or play a game as a family.
- Watch a movie – either one of Mom’s favorites or something she’s been wanting to see. This could also be an activity to do from afar if you make use of a tool like the new Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome.
- Have a painting party! Local spots like Painting with a Twist are offering art kits that you can paint at home and virtual Mommy and Me paint classes. Find out more here. This is a fun activity to do with the people in your own house, or you could also set up a Zoom session to paint with family at a distance.
- Bake or cook something together. Make enough extra that you can drop some off at your Mom’s house if you’re not with her. Or, you could even pick a recipe to make at the same time as your Mom and talk on the phone or using a service like Zoom while you do it. (Tip: Bredenbeck’s is offering bake-at-home cookie dough as well as cookie and cupcake decorating kits.)
- Cook her favorite meal … or support a local business by ordering out! (You can even do this one if you don’t live together.) See our suggestions below.
- Order flowers. Or get out in the garden! This could also be a good one to surprise Mom while she watches from a safe distance.
- Have a spa day. If your kids would enjoy this activity (and won’t take away from the relaxation), this is something you could do together. If not, make sure Mom gets some alone time for some at-home pampering. You could also have spa day essentials delivered to Mom. There are places in our list below that can help.
- This Mother’s Day Weekend, learn about the diverse women who played vital, often unsung roles during the Revolutionary War. From Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10, 2020, join the Museum of the American Revolution online for a free, virtual celebration including a live embroidery demonstration, a video presentation, and a make-at-home Mother’s Day card inspired by German paper-cutting techniques. Get all the details at this link.
Check out our Philly (or nearby) picks for #lovelocal ideas that will pamper, inspire and treat the special women in your life! (And no, quarantining isn’t an excuse to skip gifts this year.)
La Chelé Medical Aesthetics
430 Union Square Drive, New Hope
Their Mother’s Day Spa gift basket includes: $100 La Chelé gift card, plush Boca Terry robe, Musee Dreamweaver Sleep bath balm, Patchology Flashmasque Hydrate face mask, and Tea Forte Hanami) (savings $29) The ultimate pamper $195.
Sometimes the best gift is spending time with your mom.
Zanya Spa Salon
287 S. Main Street, Lambertville
Moms are notorious for forgetting to make time to take care of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is essential when managing the pressures of daily life, now more than ever. We are more resilient and more able to handle stress when we are feeling our best both physically and emotionally. Whether you are seeking the benefits of self-care for yourself or you want to give the gift of this healing practice to your mom, look no further than Zanya Spa Salon. Even though their doors are temporarily closed, you can still shop products that will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed, beautiful and healthy. Place your orders for curbside pickup or they can deliver locally. You can also order e-gift cards to enjoy some in-salon pampering just as soon as they reopen.
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Do you need to restock your favorite beauty products? Maybe you need dry shampoo to get you through the week, that perfect nude lipstick for your Zoom meeting, a face mask for some #selfcaresunday, SPF for outside runs, or CBD body lotion for those sore muscles after your at-home workout. We have you covered. Pay over the phone and come pick-up curbside or we can deliver locally. Give us a call or email email@example.com!
14 Penn Valley Drive, Yardley
Exercise is a great way for Moms to relax, relieve tension and focus on herself for a bit.
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They recently launched their Spring Collection CBD-infused Lip-Taskers. No ordinary lip glosses, they’re an all-natural intense lip treatment combined with the texture and finish of an ultra-luxurious highly pigmented lip gloss. Formulated with powerful antioxidant enriched ingredients and infused with the gold standard of Full-Spectrum CBD to help protect, prevent and reduce inflammation and signs of aging while soothing, healing and softening the lips. Find out more on their website.
Now through Mother’s Day, Beauty Releaf is offering FREE shipping on all order. Plus, they are donating 10% of all proceeds to Off Their Plate, a non-profit organization that is helping restaurants and healthcare workers in multiple cities under crisis from Covid-19.
Pennsylvania General Store – 2020 Happening List Winner for Candy
51 N 12th Street, Philadelphia
Shane Confectionary – 2020 Happening List Finalist
110 Market Street, Philadelphia
Shane Confectionary is America’s oldest candy store. This year, they’ve crafted several Mother’s Day gift baskets filled with a selection of their most beloved springtime sweets. Each wooden basket is lined with an antique doily and a curated selection of chocolate and confections for Mom. Pricing is based on size at either $30, $60 or $90. They are available for pickup only. View the descriptions and place an order at this link. They’re also also offering Coca-Cola Float Kits!
34 South 7th Street, Philadelphia
Lore’s Chocolates is offering curbside pickup Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Place orders online or call the shop. Orders will be ready within 24 hours for pickup.
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Barsky Diamonds – 2020 Happening List Winner
724 Sansom Street, Philadelphia
You can shop Barsky Diamonds online 24/7 with free shipping, easy returns and lifetime guarantee.
Steven Singer – 2020 Happening List Finalist
739 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
The Showroom at Steven Singer is currently closed, but their expert jewelers are still available to help. You can make free virtual appointments for diamond educations, a personal shopping experience, or any questions you might have. You can also shop online with free shipping. Their famous gold-dipped real roses are back in stock for Mother’s Day. Steven Singer is using a portion of every rose purchase to purchase meals from local restaurants to deliver to nurses, doctors and others putting their lives on the lime.
The Little Apple – 2020 Happening List Finalist for Gift Shop
4361 Main Street, Philadelphia
This charming Manayunk boutique is a sweet spot to find unique greeting cards, local art, home décor, jewelry, and more. (Bonus – If you purchasing a “thank you” gift for a health hero, they’re including a little extra gift in your order!) Check out their social accounts and then order online for free shipping or curbside pickup.
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Have you seen our new gold jewelry line we just added to the website yet??? We posted it to our stories last night and have already started selling out on some pieces 🤩. The entire line is hypoallergenic, 18k gold plated, won’t tarnish and is safe to wear in water! ✨✨✨ https://thelittleapplestore.com/collections/for-your-closet-1
Hello World – 2020 Happening List Winner for Home Décor Store
3610 Sansom Street, Philadelphia
Hello World was our Happening List Winner for Home Décor. And with how much time we’re all spending at home these days, Mom might be feeling like her home could use some sprucing up! In addition to home décor, Hello World also offers jewelry, handbags, accessories, kitchen and bar gadgets, and lots of other goodies that are perfect for Mother’s Day gifts. The store is closed, but you can shop online.
Boyds Philadelphia – 2020 Happening List Winner for Men’s and Women’s Clothing
1818 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Boyds has been keeping Philly stylish for over 40 years (and 4 generations), and this spring is no exception. While you can’t shop Mother’s Day gifts in person right now, their website is still open and offering a 10% discount on all order, free shipping and free returns. Plus, they’re donating 10% of all online orders and gift cards to the Jefferson COVID-19 Better Together Fund.
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Introducing “Boyds Essentials”, a curated collection of timeless pieces to build your fine jewelry wardrobe and share the gift of love. Let’s make this the most memorable Mother’s Day with a gift she will always cherish ❤️ Shop the collection at boydsphila.com. Our experts are ready to help!
The Bourse Food Hall
111 S Independence Mall E
The Bourse, Philadelphia’s artisanal modern food hall located in Old City, is offering a Mother’s Day Basket with gifts and goodies from 4 food hall vendors. The basket serves 4-6 people and includes:
Felt Flower — Art Star
Bloody Mary Mix with spicy salt for rim and pickled vegetable garnish (12 oz.) — Grubhouse
Spring Vegetable Quiche (ready to re-heat and serve) — Grubhouse
12 oz. Bag of Ground Coffee — Menagerie Coffee
Half Dozen Muffins, 3 Chocolate Chip + 3 Blueberry — Scoop DeVille
The Bourse Mother’s Day Basket is available for $82, which includes the brunch items, delivery + tip. Those interested should head to the link here to pick a desired delivery time, ranging from Saturday, May 9 at 8:30 a.m. to Sunday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. The delivery radius includes West Philadelphia to Old City and South Philadelphia, up to Kensington.
Paper on Pine
1315 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Greeting cards, journals and notebooks and an eclectic selection of gifts – you can find it all at Paper on Pine. Click here for their curated Mother’s Day collection. Free shipping on orders of $25 or more. Curbside pickup is also available.
Safran Turney Hospitality
Shop Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s online store for gift cards, sweet treats including salted caramel budino and Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, and a collection of homegoods and accessories. Curated gift boxes and Mother’s Day cards are available for purchase.
Northeast Flower Boutique
Northeast Flower Boutique is offering contactless delivery all around the Philadelphia and surrounding areas the day before and the day of the Mother’s Day. They’ve prepared a wide variety of fresh flower specials that you can view at this link. Order online or over the phone.
Old City Flowers
Say “Thanks for all you do” with a beautiful hand-crafted arrangement. Open for no-contact delivery. Free delivery for local online orders.
Petit Jardin en Ville
Petit Jardin en Ville is offering contactless floral deliveries from Wednesday to Sunday. To place an order you can call 215-923-1600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Spots That Can Help with Delicious Eats
Mother’s Day is definitely a day that Moms deserve a break from cooking (especially since she’s probably been doing even more if it than usual lately.) If you’re lucky enough to live in a house where Dad’s a great cook, he might want to cook Mom her favorite foods today. Even better? Leave the cooking to the pros and support a small business. These local spots are offering delivery, takeout or curbside pickup on Mother’s Day. (Tip: This is also a great way to treat Moms and Grandmas that you can’t be together with that day.)
DiBruno Bros. – 2020 Happening List Winner for Gourmet Market
(Rittenhouse) 1730 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
(Franklin) 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
(Italian Market) 930 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia
DiBruno Bros. is doing everything they can to make sure you can still safely shop their stores to prepare your favorite meals. Shop in stores or place an order online for delivery or curbside pickup. Check the website for store hours as they have changed during this time (typically opening one hour later and closing an hour earlier). In addition, every Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. is being reserved for Seniors and those at high risk.
If you’d rather let them do the work, order from their delicious new Mother’s Day Brunch Menu, featuring a European breakfast platter, smoked salmon & bagels, roasted mushroom quiche, berry almond cake, and much more. Check out the full menu through this link and then call 215.665.1659 to place your order by May 4. Pickup is available on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. ORders over $200 qualify for free delivery within the city of Philadelphia.
(Tip: DiBruno Bros. has also put together a huge collection of Mother’s Day gift boxes that you can shop here.)
Tiffany’s Bakery – 2020 Happening List Winner for Bakery
Jefferson Station Store, 10th & Filbert
Tiffany’s Bakery is open for curbside pickup and deliveries on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for pre-orders only on their website. Offering breakfast items, fresh fruit and ALL the sweets! (Tip: They’re known for their strawberry shortcakes.)
Bredenbeck’s Bakery & Ice Cream – 2020 Happening List Winner for Ice Cream & Finalist for Bakery
8126 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia
After being closed for a little over a month, Bredenbeck’s reopened on April 21. They will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a limited menu, curbside pickup and delivery options. Choose from items such as sticky buns, donuts, cupcakes, pound cake, bake-at-home cookie dough, at-home cookie decorating kits, cupcake decorating kits, and more. Click here to view the limited menu.
Devon Seafood Grill – Happening List Winner for Seafood
225 South 18th Street, Philadelphia
Devon Seafood Grill is offering family-style Mother’s Day meals that include your choice of select entree, family-style biscuits and butter, choice of soup or salad, two sides and dessert. Pricing is based on the entree choice with options including wood-fired grilled salmon ($175), surf & turf sampler ($185) and prime strip loin roast ($195). Meals serve 4-6. Orders must be placed by noon on Saturday, May 9 by noon. Reheating/serving instructions will be included. There is also a $50 3-course prixe fixe Mother’s Day menu that will be available for carryout starting Friday, May 8. View both menus here.
Cry Baby Pasta
City Winery Philadelphia
990 Filbert Street, Philadelphia
Treat Mom to a celebratory brunch or dinner from City Winery. Menu selections include an indulgent French Toast Casserole brunch, an elegant dinner featuring Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Roasted Parmesan Potatoes and more. Pre-order now and reserve your slot for contactless curbside pickup, available on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10. View the menu here.
130 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia
Shop Luke’s Lobster online to get fresh lobster and premium seafood delivered right to your door.
Mother’s Day lobster roll and chocolate bundles are available, place your order by Wednesday, May 6 to arrive on Friday, May 8. Makes 4 lobster rolls plus chocolates from Bixby & Co. for $55.
Fogo de Chao
1337 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
This Mother’s Day Weekend (Friday–Sunday), order any Fogo Experience package through Fogo To-Go or Fogo Catering to receive a Complimentary Dining Postcard valid for a Full Churrasco experience with your next visit.
The Capital Grille
1338-46 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
The Capital Grille is offering a special Mother’s Day at Home menu. Preorder today for curbside pickup Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10. Choose from 3-course dinner, Butcher Shoppe steaks that are cut daily in-house for cooking at home, or a la carte starters, entrees and sides. View the menu here.
306 Market Street, Philadelphia
Fork is offering a $55 three-course Mother’s Day Weekend menu that’s available Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10. Choose from crab louie salad, lamb tartare or rabbit rillettes followed by seared Pennsylvania brook trout, roasted porcetta, Freekeh risotto or Porterhouse steak for 2 (additional $15 charge per person). For the dessert course, you can pick from chocolate ganache tart with salted caramel or strawberry cheesecake with white chocolate crumble.
The Twisted Tail
509 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia
The Twisted Tail is offering a special Mother’s Day menu that is available for pickup or delivery. Call to place your order by May 7 at 8 p.m. The menu includes fish & meat sold by the pound including country ham, whole fried chicken, breakfast meats, roasted salmon and shrimp cocktail. Plus there are brunch classics such as French toast, blueberry pancakes and smoked salmon for two, extras like breakfast potatoes, crawfish mac & cheese and cornbread, and beignets or chocolate peanut butter tarte for dessert. You can even add on a 10-stem bouquet of assorted tulips for $15. View the complete menu here.
212 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
For Mother’s Day, Positano Coast will feature their all-day menu as well as some special packages for 2 and 4 guests available for pickup that will be available from May 6 through May 10. Wine is available to-go at an additional cost. They will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Delivery is also available through Caviar and UberEats. Looking for a gift? Enjoy 25% off gift certificates bought through the restaurant or a 25% bonus for all certificates bought online. Pre-orders welcome.
The Olde Bar
125 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Treat Mom to brunch or dinner at home this Mother’s Day! Enjoy heat and serve options like quiche, or Prime Rib. All orders can be picked up at The Olde Bar on Saturday, May 9th.
233 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Forsythia, Old City’s modern French restaurant and bar from Chef Christopher Kearse, is treating Mom with a decadent and French-inspired gift basket, including:
Bottle of Chardonnay
$20 gift card for mom to spend later
4 oz. jar of black truffle Champagne jam
4 oz. jar of pistachio pistou
4 oz. jar of Forysthia’s duck spice
3 oz. portion of lam chopper cheese (Netherlands, sheep, pasteurized)
4.5 oz of saucisson sec sausage (French dry cured garlic sausage)
This exclusive gift basket, sure to make mom feel like a queen on her special day, is available for $100. There is only a limited amount available, so those interested should call the restaurant now. Pickup instructions will be given upon order.