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From the footie to the Grand National, most of life is currently cancelled, but with a little care and attention, there’s no need to add Mother’s Day to the list.
There’s plenty of ways to spread the love without actual, physical presence – you just need to get a little creative…
There are some things for which a text simply will not do. A phone call is the bare minimum, but helping your parent set up Skype or FaceTime might be the gift that keeps on giving in the weeks to come. There’s a big difference between a smiling face and a disembodied voice, and your mum deserves the former.
There are now hundreds of our amazing Liverpool restaurants now doing delivery and take away services. So why not treat you Mum to her favourite restaurant, just in the comfort of her own home. The likes of Duke Street Market, Gino De Campo’s, Cast Italia, Lunya and Siren are all currently delivering to your door.
Our very own Pete Price left us this message for you and your Mum, why not do the same. Take a selfie video on your phone and either email it to us firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us in on social media and we will share. Just to show the city how much your love your Ma!
If you’ve mastered the video call, games like chess and rummy can be played with a simple camera tilt, while word games and quizzes can be managed audio-only. Games like Scrabble can easily be played in two locations – simply plot both players on both boards.
Just because your Mum’s fave bar is closed to the public, it doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy their drinks at home? The likes of Liverpool Gin Distillery, Berry & Rye, Pruno Wines, Ship & Mitre, Dead Crafty beer Co and more are delivering drinks to the door. More info here.
e-Cards have enjoyed a surge of popularity in recent times, and in the age of coronavirus they’re starting to really earn their keep. Jacquie Lawson Cards offer intricate, animated greetings featuring natural scenes, based mostly on hand-painted designs.
At the other end of the scale, Sloppy Kiss Cards serves up a menagerie of endlessly adorable cats and dogs, which will invade your chosen inbox with cuteness while wearing silly hats.
A long-standing get-out-jail-free card even in times of plenty, gift vouchers and subscription services are heaven for the housebound. Netflix and Spotify could certainly help keep boredom at bay (other providers are available), but not all subscription services are online only.
You can arrange the delivery of a monthly book bundle, or, if more to their taste, a monthly beer bundle, while the London Sock Company will wing regular pairs of homely-yet-fashionable socks direct to your door.
Or give her something to look forward to and buy a voucher for a great Liverpool restaurant, something she can enjoy when all of this is over. 10 of our faves here.
Normally an IOU smacks of disorganisation, but in the present circumstances, we think they’ll understand. Rock concerts, sporting events, and theatre runs have all been cut down by corona chaos, but they’ll be back, and if you pick the right future outing, it will definitely be the thought that counts.
It’s not an easy time for gift-giving, but it’s really good to have something to look forward to.
If afternoon tea is cancelled, and your bouquet of peonies is still shedding petals in your kitchen, give them the gift of your opinion. Make them a playlist on Spotify, wire them a list of podcasts, or simply recommend a few movies.
More than a commodity, it’s a shared experience. Pop culture has been a reference point for generations, and once you’ve consumed the same things, you can talk about them.
We know, they may not get it in time, but older generations in particular appreciate the personal touch of pen and ink, and it’s impossible not to feel important receiving a properly addressed missive on elegant writing paper. The words may be the same as in an email – but the message is not.
If your mum is social distancing (she should be, and so should you), the ensuing weeks are going to be long, difficult, and most of all boring. Prepare an aid basket filled with her favourite things – sweetmeats, magazines, seeds if she’s a keen gardener, perhaps a few immune-boosting supplements, and, most importantly, wine.
Whatever you get up to we hope you and your Mum are connected and having the best day possible.
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