With coronavirus social-distancing rules still in full effect, a lot of our Mother’s Day go-tos — brunch, visits, spa days — are out. And we’re faced with a serious gift-giving dilemma. What will we give mom?
The good news is that there are options, they just take planning.
Let us tell you how:
The short answer: Yes. Florists are not allowed to be open right now, but some are taking online orders.
You can get flowers delivered for Mother’s Day, but maybe not on Mother’s Day. Many local florists have shut down, since they are not allowed to continue physical operations or don’t have a lot of flowers in stock. And arrangers who are doing contactless delivery may need a few extra days to gather blossoms from local farms.
The big delivery outlets like 1-800-Flowers and FTD (that also owns ProFlowers) are urging customers to order early and be flexible with delivery dates. The companies work with local suppliers, some of which may not be operating right now, though FTD says the “vast majority” of its network is still delivering. “Surprise your mom by scheduling the delivery for earlier in the week, then she can enjoy her fresh bouquet the entire week,” said FTD’s CEO, Charlie Cole.
Some local shops are offering contactless delivery and pickup. Philadelphia-based businesses like South Philadelphia’s Urban Jungle, Evantine Designs, and Egan Rittenhouse, the gift shop at the Rittenhouse Hotel, are some florists offering customers curbside and contactless delivery options for flower arrangements. Kate Egan, the owner of Egan Rittenhouse, is spending the week gathering lilacs, tulips, and apple blossoms at her Cape May farm for delivery. She’s taking orders for arrangements through Thursday and making the deliveries herself. Arrangements range in price from $50 to $175. “We are offering a real farm-to-table experience,” Egan said. “These are simple arrangements that feature lots of greenery and it’s a way to support local farms and entrepreneurs.”
It’s not too late to send a card, but you’ll want to get it in the mail soon. According to the USPS website, the postal service has “so far experienced only minor operational impacts in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” But we still think you should get your cards in the mail earlier rather than later. If you plan to send a specially made gift through the mail, don’t forget your mask or you won’t be waited on.
There are lots of curbside pickup brunch and dinner options, if you want to share a meal over your video app of choice.
Here are some fancy options if you want to splurge:
There are no spa days right now. Though you can, of course, buy certificates online for when the spas reopen. But if you want mom to have something on Sunday, our favorite mall haunts from Bath & Body Works to Bloomingdale’s are taking online orders for fancy soap. And you can head to drugstores like CVS or Rite Aid for your favorite lotions, perfumes, and candles to make a personalized gift basket.
Here are some locally owned options for you as well: