Love, Advice, Life

How to celebrate your mother from far away this Mother’s Day

Number 6 is give her your Netflix logins.

My mother claims to hate holidays that are designed around consumerism, but I know that she secretly loves Mother’s Day. Growing up, I used to wake my mother up on Mother’s Day with a special breakfast, baked goods and gifts. Now that I’m living far away from home, trying to make my mum feel special from afar is a little harder, but certainly not impossible. And guess what? It doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money.

Raising a child takes a lot of time, energy, and work. The least we can do in return is use Mother’s Day as an opportunity to remind our mom’s how much we love them. Here a few ideas on how you can do just that.

1. Write an email

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This can be a lot more personal than a text message and unlike a letter, it won’t take weeks to deliver. You could just write about what you’ve been up to recently and catch your mother up on your life. Otherwise, you could tell her why you love her, the impact she’s played on your life and other nice things. Need inspiration? Check out Serena William’s love letter to her mother where she thanks her for helping her remain strong in the face of racism and bigotry. Be warned, it may evoke a tear or two.

2. Design a digital card

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If emails aren’t your thing, you could make your mom a digital card. Canva offers lots of free templates for cards that you can personalize with your own photographs and message. Alternatively, you could make her a slideshow that highlights some of your favorite memories with her. There are multiple websites that you can do this on including Smile Box and Animoto.

3. Make something and send it

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Good at art? You could draw something that would resonate with your mother or just something you think she’d find aesthetically pleasing. If you can sew, make her something to wear. Or just write her a letter. Adding a personal touch to a mailed package makes it a lot more meaningful and is a great way of showing your mother how much you care about her.

4. Order her something online

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Thanks to the internet, there are loads of online stores that you can order gifts from. You can send flowers to over 100 countries with Flora Queen or otherwise, look up florists that deliver in your mother’s town. The options of shopping for gifts online are endless and there are loads of Mother’s Day themed gifts like this cushion on Etsy for $15.75.

5. Ask a friend for help

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Do you have a friend who lives nearby to your mom? If they’re willing, ask them if they could buy a gift and have it delivered to your mother (provided you reimburse them, of course). My mother, actually, did this for my birthday in my first year of studies and it was an amazing surprise. Asking a friend for help skips the exorbitant costs of online delivery services and makes the gift a little more personal.

6. Give her a subscription (or your logins)

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My brother gave my mother his Netflix logins last year and she’s obsessed. I never thought my mother would be giving me Netflix recommendations, but here I am being told to watch Land Girls by mom. Sharing logins to your streaming site is a really nice gesture and, let’s be honest, is something she probably won’t think of doing herself. If she doesn’t watch much television, subscribe her to a magazine or newspaper.

7. Give her a call

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Obvious, but needed to be included. You could plan the most extravagant Mother’s Day. Yet, there’s a good chance all she wants is to hear your voice because, sometimes, it’s hard being away from your kids. Call your mother. Tell her you miss her and ask her about her life. Taking the time out of your day to chat with your mother is probably one of the best things you could do for her this Mother’s Day.

Thanks to the internet and postal services, when it comes to making your mother feel special, the options are endless. So there’s no excuse not to remind your mum how much she means to you this Mother’s Day.