Give mom some extra love this Mother’s Day, despite the strange circumstances we are all facing. The coronavirus outbreak and lockdown shouldn’t stop us from celebrating the women in our lives – moms, aunts, grandmas, mom friends and all.

Even though malls are closed, spa days can’t be done, and other fancy plans seem impossible, there are still some ways we can make this Mother’s Day meaningful! This is that one day in a year you are allowed to go extra mushy so don’t miss your chance to show mom your appreciation.

I round up 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas that cost below Php 1,000 and don’t require you to go out of the house! And if you’re living away from your mom, I also included some FREE activities you can do together virtually. In the end, remember that it’s not really the material things that matter. Quality time is the best gift you can give mom – not just on Mother’s Day, but on any normal days too.

Wow Your Mom With These 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Trip Planning Tip 1

House Plants

Normally, I’ll give my mom flowers, but it’s hard to find a supplier that can deliver these days. Good thing I came across a better idea – house plants! Most flowers don’t last more than a week, anyway. So plants are great alternative! Shopleaf Plant Studio has a wide array of plants for sale. They have plants as low as Php 200! Better to place an order asap so they can be delivered before Mother’s Day.

Trip Planning Tip 2


Make this special day a little bit sweeter by giving mom some cupcakes! Whip up some badass cupcakes but if you can’t bake for the life of you, don’t fret! Let the experts do it and simply order!

My friend’s sister recently announced that she’s now accepting cupcake orders – and boy am I glad! Finally! I first tasted her cupcakes during my friend’s bridal shower and I super loved them. Of course, don’t just take my word for it, go try it for yourself. Visit Wildberry on Instagram to inquire and order their cupcakes and cheesecakes. I cannot wait for my order to arrive soon! Hihi! 😋 If you order from her, know that you’re supporting a budding mom-preneur! Yay! I’m all about supporting small local biz!

Trip Planning Tip 3

Photo Book

If you’re more artsy crafty, consider creating a scrapbook that contains your favorite family photos. Another alternative is a photo book and this company called Photobook Philippines is a leader in this field. It’s very easy to do – choose a pre-made theme and simply drag and drop your photos, add text and add other visual elements. And when you’re done, add to cart and pay. They will print your mini project and deliver it straight to your home.

Mother's Day Gift Idea Photo Book
Photo from Photobook Philippines

They have an ongoing promo for their Mother’s Day themed photo books! The small softcover photo book normally costs Php 1,500 but it’s currently 60% OFF when you use the special code “INSPIRED20”. I tried it and it worked. After applying the discount code plus shipping fee, the total will only set you back around Php 800! They accept PayMaya, Visa and Mastercard, PayPal, or GCash payment.

Do take note that express shipping takes about 5-7 business days and standard shipping takes 7-10 business days (plus of course, some delays are to be expected) so this may arrive later than the actual Mother’s Day itself. But hey, better late than never!

Trip Planning Tip 4

Handcrafted Products

If your mom is the type who appreciates handmade crafts, then check this local brand JUMIMO By Vickit. They sell beautiful handcrafted jewelry and home trinkets. The brand behind this is actually a mom-daughter team, and one of the daughters is a good friend of mine. I included here some of their new products that are readily available and are ready to ship around Metro Manila.

Your mom can use the “hand crochet face scrubbies” as a make-up remover and face cleanser. She can place her fave soap inside the “hand crochet soap saver sac” and lather on the skin. Both are made with 100% cotton material, reusable and washable! Plus points go to this brand for being eco-friendly! Another great Mother’s Day gift idea is the eyeglasses holder – your mom will never misplace her specs ever again!

Trip Planning Tip 5

Breakfast in Bed

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Coronavirus Lockdown

Ahhh classic! This tried and tested technique works every time. Kickstart your mom’s day on the right note by serving her some delicious breakfast spread on the bed! If you don’t know what to prepare, check this 32 Mother’s Day Breakfast Ideas.

Trip Planning Tip 6

Virtual Gift Card

If you can’t be with your mom to prepare her some breakfast, send brunch to her instead! Or better yet, send this virtual gift card from Grab along with a personalized message. This way, she can choose whichever restaurant or meal she wishes to try.

Trip Planning Tip 7

Netflix Marathon Together

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Netflix Marathon List

Bond more with your mom during this quarantine period. And what better way to do that than a Netflix marathon, amirighttt?? Here are 10 binge-worthy movies and series to watch on Netflix this Mother’s Day.

  • Otherhood – About three best friends who feel forgotten on Mother’s Day, so they drove to New York City to surprise their adult sons.
  • Bad Moms – This movie starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn is about a newly single mother who snaps under the weight of responsibility and is then joined by two other burned-out moms on a raunchy spree of bad behavior.
  • Wine Country – Longtime friends went on an out of town trip to reunite, but their perfectly planned weekend didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to be.
  • Marriage Story – This thought-provoking Netflix original story starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver examines what typically goes through a marriage falling apart.
  • Baby Mama – Starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, this feel-good movie is about one infertile woman who hires a surrogate, and together they prepare for motherhood.
  • Mothers & Daughters – This drama starring Selma Blair and Susan Sarandon narrates the ups and downs of mother-daughter relationships in several interconnecting stories documented by a pregnant single photographer.
  • Julie & Julia – Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Stanley Tucci lead this heartfelt comedy-drama film about a young New Yorker who decided to spice up her boring life by cooking all recipes outlined in Julia Child’s classic cookbook.
  • Stepmom – This heartfel drama film starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon is about a career woman attempting to earn the respect of her divorced boyfriend’s two children, whose mother doesn’t like her in their lives.
  • Gilmore Girls – This comedy-drama TV series with 7 seasons will get you hooked on its story about the struggles and triumphs of an independent single mom who tries to raise a very smart daughter.
  • Hi Bye, Mama! – This trending k-drama is about the ghost of a woman who was given a second chance at life for 49 days to be reunited with her remarried husband and young daughter.

If you’re not with your mom under a single roof, try doing a Netflix Party instead. Netflix Party is a Chrome extension so you can watch Netflix remotely with loved ones. It’s FREE and easy to setup a Netflix Party.

Trip Planning Tip 8

Zumba or Yoga Party

During lockdown, it’s tempting to eat and sleep all day long. Shake those booties and catch up on some exercise! It’s much fun when you’re doing workouts with someone, so go ahead and ask your mom. You can try Zumba or do some yoga – there are countless of FREE videos on Youtube that you can choose from.

Try this easy Zumba for beginners – no costly gym membership required!

Tip 9

Pamper Session

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Back Massage

Since we can’t actually go to a spa due to lockdown, why not bring the spa experience at home? There are a lot of things you can learn just by watching tutorials from Youtube. This short video shows how to give a relaxing back massage. Try it to your mom and see her body relaxes from the corona tension.

Tip 10

Video Greeting

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Video Message

If you belong to a big family and it’s not possible to gather everyone during this special day, why not make a video greeting? Ask family members to send you a short Mother’s Day video greeting and edit them together. Your mom will truly appreciate the effort and thought. Not really a techie? Try Animoto, a FREE video maker to create your own video easily. Simply drag and drop your photos, videos, and music! Easy breezy web interface and with pre-made templates to choose from!

So there you have it! I hope this Mother’s Day gift guide will give you an idea on what to give your mom. Shout out to all the moms reading this! Happy Mother’s Day and stay awesome! 💕

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  1. First of all, I want to give you a compliment on your blog. It’s easy to navigate with a clear structure. I love those gifts you mentioned, I hope to receive one on MOther’s day! hehehe.Stay safe!

  2. Thanks for these recommendations. Since I am not with my mom, I am planning to give her a video greeting with a compilation of our photos together.

  3. When I was a child, we used to do the “Breakfast In bed” and Handmade cards 🙂 When I had a job, it was a “pamper session” or gifts. Now it will be a video greeting.. and a surprise gift from the mail. 🙂

  4. Great tips! I am not with my mother for a very long time because of the ECQ, and because I can’t go to them just yet, I am planning on making a digital portrait of her, so I could send it to her 🙂

  5. Great recommendations! I always give my mother a bouquet of flowers every Mother’s day. I’m thinking to give her a different one.

  6. Nice!actually i already made her a photobook last month nasa kanya na napaaga, then i made her a new one pero di ko pa tapos kasi yung kasabay na for delivery kaya di ko pa na check out!!! and we already pre ordered a cake! yay! ewan ko lang kung ako mis mo me matanggap. malamangsa malamang wala.

    1. Awww, fortunately, you were able to order the photobook in advance! And don’t worry, I’m sure di mapapantayan ng any material gift yung love ng kid mo sayo! 😍 Happy Mother’s Day to you! 💕

  7. If you will ask a mama like me with a toddler and a baby, an 8hr straight sleep is the only thing I want right now. Hahaha. But those gifts would be lovely too. I live separately now with my family so my gift to my mama will surely be delayed.

    1. Aww yes, hopefully when everything is back to normal already you can get that well-deserved pamper session. Happy Mother’s Day, Wendy. You’re lucky to be surrounded with your beautiful family. 💕

  8. My mom would love to have the photo book or the pamper session. When this pandemic is over, I’ll definitely bring her to a spa. Or maybe, I’ll just call for a home service massage.

  9. NIce recommendations! Usually massage or spa ang mother’s day gift ko kay mama. Pero ngayon habang ECQ pa food trip muna ang peg namin, kung anong wish na food ni mother ang kakainin namin sa Sunday!

  10. My Mom will definitely love having a new house plant (a plant that her friend doesn’t have!). Then a spa session and a little shopping for essential oils.

  11. These are great gift ideas! Perfect even when youre in ECQ. Maybe will try the breakfast in bed haha. Havent done this before.thanks!

  12. Here in Korea, I usually give carnation flowers to my mom-in-law. Others prepare gifts like watch, jewelry, etc or money (favorite nila ung money)

    1. Ohhh didn’t know that – parang ang weird na money bibigay for Mother’s Day.. but I guess iba iba talaga customs sa ibang bansa. Haha! Happy Mother’s Day to you, Abby! 😘

  13. These are not only inexpensive ideas, bit they’re quite thoughtful and brilliant as well. Thanks for sharing. My mother’s not with us during quarantine and she’s be spending mother’s day working so we’ll just send her something virtual. Hope she likes it! Hihi

    1. Hi Christian, aww sayang you will not be with your mom but that’s okay… with technology – I’m sure a simple video call would do. Happy Mother’s Day to her! 💕

  14. I love all of these different Mother’s Day gifts! While we are in lockdown, we might as well make the most out of our gifts. I am all about breakfast in bed, or even an at-home pampering session. You can’t go wrong with some spa at home :). Oooh! House plants are their faves too. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥

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