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13 Ways to Celebrate Mom This Mother’s Day in Ann Arbor… Even if You Can’t Be Together

Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away, coming up on May 10th. And while it might not look the same this year, it’s still a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing women in our lives—and we won’t ever pass that up!

Just because we’re social distancing, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mark the occasion. There are still a few ways to create a sense of closeness during physical isolation this Mother’s Day. In fact, we rounded up a couple of ideas for the Ann Arbor area!

Here, you’ll find some virtual get-together ideas, gift inspiration and more. But no matter how you decide to celebrate, we hope your mom feels special. And if you yourself are a mom—in any form or fashion—we love you and appreciate you. Happy Mother’s Day!


Get Her Some Flowers

Photo courtesy of University Flower Shop

If you ask us, nothing says “I love you” quite like a stunning batch of blooming flowers. There are several florists around the area that are currently still offering curbside pickup and delivery. Our favorites include University Flower Shop, Norton’s Flowers & Gifts and Enchanted Florist in Ypsilanti! So order a bouquet online and have them shipped right to her doorstep so she’ll feel extra special on her day.


Surprise Her with Brunch

Honestly, one of our favorite things about Mother’s Day is Mother’s Day brunch! But when we aren’t able to eat at a restaurant, it can make it difficult to bring some of the brunch magic to the holiday. Luckily, many of our favorite brunch destinations in the area are now offering curbside pickup and delivery of breakfast and brunch classics. Head to Cafe Zola, a classic A2 brunch spot, and pick up a few crepes, waffles, omelets or salads and drop them off at your mom’s house with a DIY mimosa kit (AKA a bottle of Champagne and orange juice) for a fun, brunch-at-home surprise.


Buy Her Some Locally Made Jewelry



If your mom is a jewelry lover, why not get her a little something special to show her how great she is? 16 Hands, an independently owned small business in Kerrytown, is offering free shipping on online orders so you can get unique, handcrafted jewelry or home goods delivered straight to your mom’s door! And if you want to support even smaller creators, head to Etsy, set your location to Ann Arbor and see what amazing things local makers are crafting!


Send Her Some Self-Care Essentials

We’re big fans of self-care, so it’s no surprise that we included a section dedicated to it on this list. And nobody is in need of a self-care day more than your mom! Fill a box with some local, self-care essentials: a candle from FOUND, a bar of luxurious soap from the Little Flower Soap Company, body scrub from Jessica’s Apothecary & Spa, and some tea from the Teahaus for good measure. She’ll love the effort you put in and you’ll love that you supported local businesses along the way.


Get Her a Few New Books for Her Nightstand


Photo courtesy of Africa Schaumann via The Dawn Treader Book Shop

Is your mother a certified bibliophile? Then we can’t think of a better gift than a few brand new books! Luckily, Ann Arbor is practically bursting with amazing independent bookstores where you can shop for the perfect stack. Plus, many of them are currently offering free shipping, same-day delivery, or curbside pickup including Literati, The Dawn Treader Book Shop, Nicola’s Books and more. Looking for some recommendations? Check out our list of books by Michigan authors to put on your reading list!


Take Her on a Virtual European Vacation

Just because we’re stuck at home, that doesn’t mean we can’t explore some of the best our planet has to offer this Mother’s Day! Google Arts & Culture gives you the chance to virtually step inside world-class museums, walk around national parks, explore an overseas destination and more. Has your mom always wanted to explore France? Tour the Louvre, the Eiffel Tour, Versailles and so much more! Her dream European vacation is just a click away.


Make Pizza Together


Photo courtesy of Jolly Pumpkin

Jolly Pumpkin, Dexter, Ann Arbor and Detroit’s favorite pub and tap house, is now offering DIY pizza kits as well as sourdough starter kits that you can order and pick up curbside! Purchase one for yourself and one for your mom and make pizza together over Skype, Zoom or another video chat app. You can call (734) 913-2730 to place your order for the kits.


Sign Her Up for a Coffee Subscription

Some people just can’t live without their signature cup of Joe in the morning (we don’t blame them). If your mom has a particular love of local coffee, we have some good news for you. Many local coffee shops and roasters are now offering subscription services—so your mom can have a bag of coffee delivered right to her door every week, two weeks or month depending on the subscription. Mighty Good Coffee, Stovetop Roasters and Zingerman’s Coffee Company are just some of the local shops offering this service. Visit their websites to learn more and to order!


Drop Off Some Local Wine


Photo courtesy of Dave Castleman via Pacific Rim

Rosé all day, every day — but especially Mother’s Day! Pick up a few bottles from a local winery, wine bar or restaurant and drop them off at your mom’s house for a special treat. One of our favorite wine and dine destinations in Ann Arbor, Pacific Rim, is allowing curbside pickup from 5-8 p.m. daily for all their wine and food offerings. You just have to call (734) 662-9303 to place your order. Pick up a few extra bottles and put on an at-home virtual wine tasting! They are planning on offering all of their rose (still and sparkling) by the bottle half off on Mother’s Day along with a do-it-yourself spritz package to go along with the wine.


Sign Her Up for an Online Class

Many people are using this extra time to learn a new skill–from knitting to breadmaking and even learning a new language. Right now, there’s no shortage of online learning courses to help your mom learn how to do anything and everything. Check out Zingerman Bakehouse’s Instagram, where they’ve been teaching their followers how to bake bread. The Studio Centre is now offering Zoom virtual dance classes, where you can learn how to dance jazz, ballet, tap and more. Spun, A2’s favorite yarn shop, is offering 15-minute online consultations with yarn extraordinaire, Julie H. on Zoom or FaceTime to help your mom get the hang of knitting or crochet. No matter what your mom’s been dying to learn, there is a local online class she can take from the comfort of her own home.


“Go” to a Virtual Screening of Her Most Anticipated 2020 Film


If there’s a movie coming out this spring your mother has been excited to see—don’t lose hope! The State Theatre and Michigan Theatre are hosting new virtual screenings every week, from new movies and award-winning documentaries to classic ‘90s family films. A portion of the proceeds go to help support the Michigan Theater Foundation. You can find this week’s and other upcoming selections here.


Play a Virtual Board Game Together

We love playing a good tabletop game with our moms, whether it’s checkers, Monopoly or Parcheesi. If that’s you too, don’t let social distancing stop you from participating in this beloved pastime! Tabletopia is an online “arena” where you can play a multitude of games with people virtually. All you have to do is choose a game (they have over 800 to choose from!) and share the URL with your mom to play together.


Set Her Up with a Local CSA


If your mom is a fan of hitting up the farmers’ market on weekends, she might be pretty bummed that she isn’t able to get her hands on fresh, local produce during the pandemic. Thankfully, there are still plenty of ways to purchase local produce—including signing her up for a small farm’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program! These programs allow her to own a “share” of a farm and receive a portion of produce and other goodies every week. Ther e are a few farms currently open for CSA signups, including Tantre Farm, Raindance Organic Farm, Goetz Family Farm and Frog Holler Organic Farm.



Happy Mother’s Day!

No matter how you spend it, this day is all about your mom. Let us know why you love your mother in the comments!


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