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Can't Be With Mum On Mother's Day? Ideas for Fun
It is only one month away from Mother's Day and unfortunately in the current situation in Australia, some of us will not be able to see our Mum's on that special day. So, what can we do? There are the usual gift ideas of sending flowers, food hampers or chocolates, however, here are some other ideas that may give some cheer to your Mum.
Netflix – Stan – Foxtel
Depending on the plan you are on, Netflix, Stan and Foxtel have the provision for permitting the programme to be streamed on more than one device. Having accomplished the use of an iPad a couple of years ago, I have no doubt my elderly Mum will conquer Netflix as well. With one tutor session and several notes written, the knowledge of being able to access the latest series and movies will surely keep mine and other Mum's active for many hours during a day.
Digital appliances for Reading and Watching Movies (Author's Photo)
The fad on purchasing a Kindle to read novels etc was very popular a few years ago, however, with the ever-changing digital world, reading a novel can be easily done on a laptop, mobile or iPad. Anyone elderly without digital devices or if poor eyesight is a problem may wish to use a Kindle eReader, so they can easily increase the size of the words being read. Kindle eReaders can be purchased from several stores including Ebay, Kogan, Officeworks etc. Websites such as Google, Amazon, Booktopia, All you Can Books can supply books to read. Some of these are at a cost, but, some a free.
Kindle Can Provide Your Reading Options (Author's Photo)
Sign your Mum up for a game through the App Store. There are so many different options these days that one may not be enough – Crosswords, Find the Clues, Jigsaw puzzles, Painting, Solitaire, etc. all of which are time-consuming once you begin, and most are FREE.
For those Mums who love to get out, go for a run or attend their favourite Yoga or Meditation class, there are plenty of free classes and exercises that can be accessed online. Start your day with a relaxing meditation and give clarity to your thoughts for the rest of the day or unwind with keeping the body flexible through Yoga.
Bring Out The Old Videos for Meditation (Author's Photo)
Some of the old yarn hobbies are making a return with the people wanting to learn how to knit or crochet like their Gran used to. We are fortunate that a lot of these techniques can be sourced for free on YouTube and with perseverance and patience, it is amazing what results you can achieve.
Knitting Needles and Wool Ready for Making Coat Hanger Covers (Author's Photo)
The most important thing to do on Mother's Day or any day is to pick up the phone and say hello. Many elderly people live alone or are in nursing homes, the latter of which access is limited or not at all at present, but to hear a voice is a remarkable gift you can give to make someone's day. It doesn't take up your whole day and it's free. If you no longer have a Mum on Earth, you will have a friend, neighbour or passing a lady in the street, please say Happy Mother's Day to them to brighten their day.
Your Mum may be digital savvy and be able to use Skype where visual contact with families living far away is made easy through incredible inventions in today's technical arena.
Whatever your thoughts or your situation, you can make your Mum's Day special without the big price tags!