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    3 Quarantine Friendly Gifts to Show Mom You Care (or to Hint For)

    We’re headed towards another COVID-19 holiday folks, and instead of throwing our hands up in frustration, let’s talk about a few ideas to keep Mother’s Day gifts meaningful.

    Do you husband and kids a favor and send along these tips as a not-so-subtle hint! And I’m not going to be delicate here ladies…I’m not sure about your kids and husband, but planning a week out is often a stretch for mine so given that Mother’s Day is next weekend, NOW is the time for a gentle request of a special substitute and a bit of guidance.

    No matter how you spin it, let’s face it that gift cards are a blah option that only makes us yearn for the end of COVID restraints, opting for something else will set a much nicer tone to the day. Below I’ve listed some fun and pretty options in lieu of the usual florist arrangements or trip to your fave boutiques.

    I personally love hand made gifts whether my kids make them or they find something on Etsy or at a local store.

    I especially love incorporating them into tablesettings like the Brunch setting you see here. It’s not only pretty plus memorable, it shows the giver how much you truly appreciate their gift.

    One unforeseen positive affect the limited shopping situation can create is that instead of receiving a floral bouquet you toss after a week, you could end up with a lovely keepsake.

    Sidenote: be sure to check back Monday as we’ll be featuring some specific ideas that will be easy for kids (and husbands) to pull even with quarantine limitations.

    Check these ideas out and get ordering so that your mom will get a special surprise even if you can’t spend the day with her:

    • Hand Made Felt Flowers. You can see how lovely they look on a table from the pics here, but they’d look just as pretty on your desk or bedside table. I fell in love with the flowers by Makeprettymesses because instead of using a machine to cut her flower petals out she cuts them by hand creating a beautiful bespoke bouquet. Rosalie also uses high quality felt instead of the almost paperlike felt many stores use in the mass produced felt flowers. She this custom arrangment that she calls “The Elizabeth (aw…thanks Rosalie!). There’s still time to get these for your mom or pass along your request – just choose upgraded shipping for a few dollars more than standard shipping. Rosalie said that she’ll prioritze any orders placed this weekend through the end of day Monday, April 4 so that they should arrive by Mother’s Day. Until she books up, she’s happy to create a custom color or sized arrangment for you too. Just contact her through Etsy or email her at [email protected].

    For 15% off any Makeprettymesses arrangement – custom or Etsy listed during the whole month of May, use the promo code NOQUALMSMOM. Note: this is not a sponsored or affiliate link – just me passing along a favorite craftsman.

    Photo by Angela Carlyle
    • Book Print Paper Flowers. Perfect for the avid reader or for the antiques and vintage loving mom. Steven suprised me with a bouquet on our first wedding anniversary (since it’s the “paper” year) and I keep mine in a display cabinet most of the time but like pulling it out to spruce up my counter or dinner table at time when I don’t have fresh flowers. Needless to say they’ve been out quite often lately! If you know any anglophiles, I’ve got the perfect option for you: this linked bouquet made with pages of Pride and Predjudice is positively adorable. Last, if your mom (or you) lean to a more contemporary or funky style, check out this option that has a vase made out of book pages.
    • High Quality Floral Wreaths. There are lots of options out there and many look great online but are super disappointing in person. I wish I had a handmade option or vendor to share for this idea, but I haven’t purchased any except at craft faires. So a safer bet than Etsy that I can vouch for is wreaths from Balsam Hill. They are known for the stellar Christmas trees (my 15′ Christmas Tree is a Balsam Hill), and they will not disappoint when it comes to wreaths! While I haven’t seen these in person, I can promise that I’ve ordered many things from them over the years and you can count on their quality and style.

    I hope these ideas appeal or give you some creative energy to show your mom or MIL how wonderful she is! There’s so many fantastic, think out outside the box options out there, so let’s break out of the gift card doldrums. And I hope you have a special Mother’s Day too!

    Photos by Elizabeth Curtiss unless otherwise noted