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Mother’s Day 2020 may look different for a lot of moms this year. However, there are many ways families can honor mom in thoughtful ways to make her day.

If making it to the store for a card is challenging due to shopping restrictions, a handmade card will be loved and appreciated. If being crafty is not your thing, Hallmark does offer a way that you can order online and pick up at one of their retailers. That way, you limit shopping time, yet you get the card you wanted to give.

As a mom of four, the handmade cards and gifts are treasured. I have saved many and reminisce about which child made them for me.

Gift certificates are always appreciated to mom’s favorite boutique or store she frequents. Many of the local shops in the community would be happy to assist.

Shopping local is what our small businesses need right now. Some are open yet offering curbside assistance and online orders. They’re more than happy to accommodate their customers’ needs.

With hair salons and spas reopening, giving the gift of self-care might be just what mom needs. Schedule an appointment or give a gift card to her favorite place.

If mom loves to read, how about a good book? Landmark Booksellers can assist you in choosing the perfect read. I’m a reader who enjoys a book in hand; however, the new Kindle is great because it is small, backlit, and I can make the words larger to read. For moms on the go or those who travel, the Kindle allows you to store a lot of books in one place.

One great book for mom I recently read is “On the Bright Side” by Melanie Shankle. It is a positive look at relationships with other women and the journey of being a mother. She infuses humor and faith — it’s a feel-good, easy read.

If mom enjoys cooking healthy, Mee McCormick’s new book, “My Pinewood Kitchen: A Southern Culinary Cure,” just hit the stands last week.

Since many moms have children or spouses at home more often now, a great gift might just be a pair of Apple AirPod Pros. If the price is too high on these, there are knockoffs that are good too.

You cannot go wrong with flowers for mom, and although you can purchase at the local grocery store, you might just want to visit the Franklin Farmers Market. A few of the vendors have gorgeous hanging baskets that are reasonably priced or a potted hydrangea to enjoy all summer long. Two suggested vendors from the market are Purple Tree Farm or Teston Nursery.

For the mom who loves jewelry, there are several options. Local stores are open and allow online ordering. If you are looking for something special, Made as Intended sells blessing bracelets on Amazon that are not expensive, yet mom will treasure something that makes her count her blessings each time she wears it.

Along the same lines, if you can find jewelry that supports a great cause, it’s always a dual gift. My daughter gave me a necklace that raises money to bring awareness to human trafficking — what a wonderful idea. Each time I wear it now, I think about the meaning.

One place mom doesn’t need to be on Mother’s Day is in the kitchen. Unless this gives her great pleasure (me, not so much). Several local restaurants have takeout options with special menus. Fresh Market even has a whole meal that includes chocolate covered strawberries and flowers.

If the weather is nice this weekend, planning a picnic might be a nice way to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Order food ahead, grab a blanket, and be sure to include some of mom’s favorite treats.

For the mom whose children are flown and grown and of age, a trip to Arrington Vineyards could be something to get out of the house but still social distance.

If you need a gift for a mom who is isolated in senior living, the Echo Show 8 HD 8-inch smart display with Alexa may be the perfect gift so you can FaceTime with your loved one. Amazon is running a special with $50 off and delivery in one day. The Echo can also be used to store photos for mom to look at and enjoy her family. It’s truly a great gift for any mom.

My last idea for a gift is, if you have had a lot of togetherness, simply let mom have some time alone to relax and take a long walk or bath — whatever she chooses that gives her joy.

There are many ways to get creative and still give mom the day she deserves.

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