The Lockdown Gift Guide for Mother’s Day

The Mothers Day Gift Guide During Lockdown

2020 has certainly turned out to be a year we’ll never forget, and with Mother’s Day around the corner, most celebrations across the country will have to take place at a distance. The usual gifts like restaurant reservations, spa visits, and going to the shops to find that perfect perfume or scarf are off the table. But that doesn’t mean showing your gratitude is cancelled.  

What’s the best mother’s day gift?

Despite these unusual circumstances, mom deserves the best Mothers day gift this year (lockdown has been tough for her and she’s out of wine), so treat her to one of these imaginative and unique Mother’s Day gift ideas that are sure to bring a smile to her face.


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Mothers Day Gift Ideas

DIY Mothers Day Gifts

Show her how much you care with one-of-a-kind, DIY gifts made by the kids. Platforms like Pinterest are brimming with crafty ideas for the whole family to get involved in.  One such idea is a handprint flower bouquet which will make an awesome and sentimental keepsake. All you need is paint, paper and some glue. Online retailers like Raru and Takealot are selling various children’s stationery items and craft activities and should be able to deliver them to you just in time for Mother’s day. 

A Gift that Gives Back

If your mom or partner is one of those who is always telling you she doesn’t need a present, why not make a donation to her favourite charity instead? There are so many people in need at the moment, and the situation is going to become even harder for some as we approach the colder months. One such organisation is The Solidarity Fund which allows South African organisations and people to support the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic with donations. Payflex is one of the payment partners and we’re allowing contributors to donate now and pay in 4 instalments.  

Musical Memories

Create a Spotify playlist, including songs you and your mom have listened to together over the years including memories from weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, car rides and holidays.

Family Video Call

Don’t live at home anymore? First of all, good for you on your successful adulting capabilities. Secondly, just because you won’t be in the same house, doesn’t mean you can’t all have a meal or drink together. Arrange a time and set up a group video call via Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime. Take it up a notch and make it interactive and fun by doing a general knowledge quiz or trivia game. Don’t forget to record it so you can laugh about that time you had to spend Mother’s day on Zoom because of a global viral pandemic.   

Go Old School

Everyone loves a handwritten card or letter. Make your Mothers day gift by dropping off a handmade card made by yourself or the kids. Pick some flowers from your garden and include it with the card. It will make a welcome change to Whatsapps, screen time and texts. 

Let Her Sharpen Her Skillset

We’ve all heard people talk about how isolation is a great time to learn a new skill and with social distancing set to be the norm in South Africa for the foreseeable future, why not let your mom sharpen some of her skills? Whether she is a budding artist, chef, yogi or a coding whiz, there are thousands of courses available online and there’s no better time than now to learn a new skill or enhance existing skills. Local e-learning platform GetSmarter offers a range of interesting courses in collaboration with some of the world’s leading universities including on Digital Marketing, Leadership and Fintech. For cooking enthusiasts, Yuppiechef is offering a series of online cooking courses with a range of local chefs. International websites like Masterclass offers online training from world leaders in a range of industries from photography to writing and design. 

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Reading Material for the Bookworms

You could buy your mom an ebook or audiobook or podcast subscription. There is nothing better or more exciting than a new book to the avid bookworm. As an extra cherry on top, give her a two-hour voucher of alone time. Then she can read her new book in peace and quiet.

The Gift of Choice

Gift vouchers are ideal because mom can choose exactly what she wants. They may also be easier to get your hands on online. With most stores closed, and cultural and entertainment events and pamper activities cancelled until further notice, get mom a voucher for her favourite online retail store or a spa voucher to be used at a later date. You can even make up some homemade vouchers for a getaway, concert or show which can be redeemed once restrictions have been lifted. 

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving. Would your mom like a monthly subscription to a streaming service? Wine company? Meal kits? Choose something you think she’d love. The best part is she’ll think of you every time the gift arrives throughout the year! Some great options to check out include Wine of the Month Club, UCook, Tealyst The Gin Box and My Chocolate Box.

Breakfast in Bed

Start Mothers day right by cooking and serving her favourite breakfast in bed. It is a foolproof way to make any mother feel special! Get goodies delivered directly to your door by food delivery apps such as Zulzi and OneCart or order online with leading retailers like Woolworths and Pick N Pay , as well as via Checkers’ Sixty60 app.

Gifts you Can Have Delivered

This wouldn’t be a complete Mothers day gift guide to without online stores that are able to deliver special gifts. With South Africa’s national lockdown set to be reduced to Level 4 from 1 May, you’ll be able to purchase a wider range of items. Other than essential goods, you’ll be able to buy winter clothes, winter goods, bedding and personal ICT equipment. So you could order mom a gorgeous new winter scarf or jersey, warm pyjamas or some pamper items. Most websites are also open for orders which can be delivered once the lockdown measures have been further lifted. Some of our favourites include Superbalist for winter fashion and home decor items, Binuns Online for a range of homeware items, Carrol Boyes for some luxe home items or Dermalogica for some home pampering.


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It’s an important year to make sure moms are spoilt. The challenges of isolation are exhausting and energy levels may be low. Hopefully, this mother’s day gift guide for lockdown inspires you to shower your special mother with some love and care.