Mother’s Day last year (2020) was a muted affair, falling smack in the middle of Singapore’s circuit breaker period. The tight movement restrictions meant no lavish brunches or spa dates for mum. Those who lived apart from their brood even had to go without hugs and make do with virtual get-togethers.

Yet, that period and the pandemic have taught us a few things: don’t sweat the small stuff, live in the moment and, most importantly, cherish our loved ones. This year, in recognition for their unconditional love during a trying year, give mum the gift of quality time with these thoughtful, DIY ideas that say: You deserve my maximum love!

Picnic in the Park

Yes, fancy meals are great. But in the age of the pandemic, fresh air is even better. Prep some sandwiches and grab a mat for a picnic in the park. It is an easy and affordable way for the family to spend time together and enjoy the outdoors. Pack a frisbee or football and crank up the fun.

Take Family Portraits at Home

Start a tradition with a yearly family portrait at home, including your pets! You don’t need expensive gear to pull this off, just a decent smartphone. Simply make sure the area is well-lit with natural light, and that your phone is balanced steadily on a flat surface. Sure, the shots may not look as pro as those taken in a studio, but that’s where the fun lies: candid moments of the whole gang interacting with one another in a familiar backdrop. These snaps will be precious memories for mum for many years to come.

Cook a Meal for Mum

Relieve mum from kitchen duty and whip up a meal for her. Not a seasoned cook? No problem. Pick a simple dish you think she will enjoy and do a dry run. Warning: Mums are known to have picky palates because, you know, mothers know best. But a meal made with love will warm her heart for sure. Just remember to do the dishes afterwards.