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Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts During the Lockdown

With India under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual ways of celebrating Mother’s Day are no longer feasible. In this article, we share how you can celebrate Mother’s day even with travel and shopping restrictions in place.

Mother’s Day is around the corner, but most of us cannot give our mothers a traditional celebration this time around. The lockdown is ensuring that only essential goods are available in the market and even online portals like Amazon and Flipkart are also providing only essential goods. In this article, we take a look at 4 novel ideas to celebrate Mother’s day which will help you to wish your mom, save money and maintain social distancing as well.

Make A Video Call And Wish Your Mother.

Sometimes, the simplest of ideas are the most appreciated. A nationwide lockdown means that those of us who are staying in different cities than their parents will not be able to see their mothers in person to wish a happy Mother’s Day.

However you can still greet her face to face with a Skype, Duo or Zoom call. Just seeing you face to face and hearing you wish her for mother’s day is a great gift in itself. You can take this idea up a notch if you have siblings. By scheduling a time that works for everyone and setting up a video call, you can ensure that she gets to see all of her loved ones. Many moms would agree that seeing their children, albeit remotely, is better than any party—especially during this period of social distancing.

Send Her a Big Bag Of Groceries

Everyone loves food, and sending groceries will convey your best wishes, help your mom keep her kitchen stocked, and maintain social distancing. Furthermore, shopping for essentials during the lockdown is a major effort, especially for older parents. It also puts them at an unnecessary risk of exposure to infection. By sending her a big parcel of groceries, fresh fruits and vegetables and other essentials, you will help her avoid a couple of shopping trips and also help her maintain social distancing.

Online Grocery Discounts

If you decide that grocery delivery is the best way to cheer up your mother, make sure to keep a few things in mind. First, it would be thoughtful to call and ask her what kinds of food she wants and needs. Additionally, to keep things affordable, it helps to know about various savings and discounts available. Both Amazon Pantry and Big Basket are currently offering some great promotions. On top of these discounts, you can save even more by using a credit card that earns an elevated rewards rate on grocery spending. For example, the top cards offer as much as 3-6% cashback on grocery spends at various grocers. Finally, it is crucial to place your order as soon as possible so that your mom gets her gift as close to the actual holiday as possible. Some services charge a nominal fee for a speedier delivery, so don't be afraid to enquire about expedited shipping.

Order a Meal Online

Even during the peak of lockdown, many meal delivery services and restaurants were allowed to operate. Meal delivery services like Swiggy, Zomato and FoodPanda are delivering food parcels in certain areas permitted by the government. This is a thoughtful gift as you can give your mom a break from cooking by ordering her favourite dishes and have a food delivery service deliver it piping hot to her doorstep. These services have also partnered with restaurants to ensure that the delivery persons are scanned for temperature when they go to pick up the parcel at the restaurants. This ensures a level of safety for your mother when she receives the food. Once again, you can make this gift even cheaper by carefully selecting the credit card you use. For example, some cards earn elevated rewards for delivery food purchases.

Schedule a Movie Watching Party

While going to the movies is out of the question during the lockdown, getting together to watch a movie on Netflix, Amazon Prime or even Youtube Premium is a great alternative. If you are actually staying with your mother, then you can put together a complete movie experience with popcorn and other munchies. However, if you are not staying with your mom, you can still have a virtual movie watch by watching the same movie at the same time. The nice thing about this gift, is that it can be quite inexpensive. Additionally, it can be more convenient than you might have imagined since many digital platforms offer an option to watch the same movie from different devices at the same time.

Be Practical: Order Essential Supplements & Medicine

While purchasing medicine may sound like a strange way to wish your mom for Mother’s Day, it is a great way to express your love for your mom and help her stay in good health. Many senior citizens have health issues like diabetes, arthritis, blood pressure and so on which require them to be on medication. With the COVID-19 lockdown, travelling to the local pharmacy to buy vital medicines is also a major infection risk for older adults. In addition many medicines are often in short supply in local pharmacies and this may leave your parents short of vital drugs.

Online Pharmacy Discounts

By subscribing to the online ordering and home delivery services offered by many pharmacies, you can order a big batch of these vital medicines ahead of time and have them delivered to your parents. In addition many of these pharma companies are currently offering major discounts on online purchases.

Additional Ways to Save

This year it is important to make sure that you show your mom that you care. But caring doesn't need to break the bank. For example, there are simple ways to make sure that your total costs don't grow out of control. For instance, Zomato has a membership plan called Zomato Gold which gives you discounts, free dishes and many other perks. Similarly, MedPlus Pharmacy offers a Flexi Rewards program which gives you points for all your purchases. These points can be redeemed for future purchases giving you major savings. Regardless of the gift you choose, your mother will probably appreciate the time and effort that you put into her gift—the more thoughtful the better. However, unless you get your order in quickly, you might not be able to deliver a gift until after the holiday. In this case, make sure to call!