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By: Dr Afiniki Akanet, author of Fortitude and Life Without Coffee (Choosing Happiness Over Stress)
Posted on: Mar 20, 2020

5 Alternative Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Published author and TCH guest blogger, Dr. Afiniki Akanet, shares 5 alternative gift ideas for Mother's Day 2020.

It is still the season for love, as we move on from Valentine’s cards to Mother's Day flowers. Despite the current COVID-19 situation and the need for social distancing, most of us will still want to show our mothers just how much we care about them.

Here are 5 alternative gift ideas for your mum this Mother's Day.

1. Give her something to talk about

I recently received the most beautiful rainbow-coloured flowers from my husband, which got my colleagues and I talking because they were so different from any flowers we'd seen before. I loved that they were wrapped in my favourite yellow colour, and he'd chosen something unusual.

If you were hoping to take mum out for a meal, buy her jewellery or send her a card, try and think of a way to make it different from all the past Mother's Day gestures. Most women like to have something to talk about, even if it is on the phone!

2. Name something or someone after her

You don't have to spend a fortune to do this, because it is the thought that counts. Maybe you were planning to name your child or business after her? If so, why not find a fun way to tell her on Mother's Day!

You can also pay to name a star, adopt animals or even sponsor a child in need - so why not do it in your mum’s name, especially if it is something she cares about and could not afford to do herself. Mothers like to feel significant in their children’s lives, no matter how old they are.

3. Arrange for you or someone she misses to spend quality time with her

A mother who spends all day with her young children will probably not appreciate another full day with them on her own for Mother's Day. However, quality time together would be a great gift for a mum who lives away or does not get many visits because of busy schedules in the family.

Some mothers will appreciate a trip to the theatre or train tickets to spend a day with her best friend or sister. Remember to make it a flexible/open ticket, as public transport and non-essential travel is currently being discouraged for some to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Most women like to feel connected, but time/money is often a limitation. See if you can make it happen and make her day.

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4. Tell the world how amazing she is

You could write a great social media post, publish something in the local newspaper, or just send a message through her favourite radio programme.

Every mother is different, and almost every child thinks theirs is the best, so make it personal by saying what is so amazing about your or your children’s Mum. She will be walking on sunshine all day after reading/hearing it!

5. Give her something money cannot buy

Many of us are only still here because of the prayers of our mothers, especially on those days when we were sick, stubborn or careless. Mothers have needs and feelings too. Why don’t you say a prayer for your mum too on Mother’s Day?

There might have been misunderstandings and hurt feelings over the years, so Mother's Day is a good time to choose forgiveness over bitterness, and let her know you have forgiven her. If there are apologies you need to make, this is also a good time to rebuild relationships and give her the gift of a happy family - something money cannot buy.

To all the Dad's out there

If you are a father, helping to appreciate your children’s mother, remember that every woman is different, so buying the same card and flowers for your wife and mother is not always the best idea. Put some thought into it, and make them feel special and unique.

And to those whose Mum is no longer with them

Mother's Day might be a time to remember those who have passed away. It might even be your first Mother's Day without your Mum, making the day even more of a challenge to get through.

Try and do something special to honour the mums who are no longer with us, like planting a memorial tree or creating a memory board. It might make you shed a tear or two, but activities like this can also help you heal.

No one can completely replace a good mother in one’s life, but we can show love to each other on Mother's Day and always, to make people feel valued and appreciated in this roller coaster called life. I would like to say a very special thank you to my own dear mother, Grace, whose faith, love, wisdom and tenacity helped me to become the woman I am today.

Wishing all the Mum's (and Dad's who are taking on the role of both parents) a very Happy Mother's Day!


UK Mother's Day will be celebrated on Sunday 22nd March 2020.
US Mother's Day will be on Sunday 10th May 2020.
Observances in other countries may vary.