I think it’s fair to say that Mother’s Day this year is unlike any Mother’s Day before. In a matter of months, COVID-19 has changed the face of the entire globe in ways that no-one could have ever predicted. For many of us, the best part of Mother’s Day – that precious time spent with the wonderful person who brought us into this world – won’t even be possible. For those mothers with children at home, how do we make that day special, in amongst the repetitiveness of lockdowns and physical distancing?
When I began gathering ideas for this gift guide, the world was a very different place. We knew about COVID-19, but it was something that was happening somewhere else. Our day-to-day lives were unaffected. As things began to rapidly change, it became apparent that this guide needed to reflect the situation we find ourselves in. Some of my ideas had to go, but others were perfect for life in lockdown!
So, this Mother’s Day, perhaps one of the following gifts is just what is needed to make that housebound time a little better. I have a carefully curated selection of gifts for entertainment, delicious food preparation, staying connected and relaxation.
Disclosure: Gifts in this guide were provided to Blog of Dad free of charge.
After the toilet paper and pasta, flour was one of the next products to be purchased on mass. That makes sense. After all, fresh bread requires relatively few ingredients and is one of life’s simple pleasures. Nothing cheers up a confined household like the smell of a freshly baked loaf.
The only problem is, making bread daily (or even every few days) by hand is a tough ask. It takes time, patience, physical effort and degrees of both skill and luck. That is where Breville’s the Bread Baker comes into play.
The Bread Baker by Breville takes care of all the less enjoyable parts of baking, leaving mothers everywhere to enjoy the finest sensory delights of freshly baked bread each day. The clever device comes with twelve automatic programs baked in (pun intended), to help you create whatever sweet or savoury delight the mum in your life desires. A 15 hour pre-set timer means that that you can set the Bread Baker up in the evening and enjoy waking up to the aroma of freshly-baked bread in the morning.
The Bread Baker is the perfect gift for any mums who enjoy fresh bread.
If it isn’t obvious already, books play a huge part in the lives of everyone in the Blog of Dad household. Our monthly Children’s Book roundups are one of the most enjoyable things about running this website, and everyone from Monty to me loves getting involved!
For Emma, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book after the kids have gone to bed. Even in normal times, the Kobo Forma eReader is a thing of beauty! Right now, with life restricted in the way it is, the Kobo is a godsend. Emma literally has the world of literature at her fingertips.
The Kobo Forma integrates book borrowing from our local library right into the device, which means we never need to leave the house to find something to read. The Kobo eBookstore is a treasure trove, with everything from the classics to the very best latest releases (see our Mother’s Day Gift Guide Book Supplement). Oh, and the Kobo Forma is waterproof to the IPX8 standard, which means mum can enjoy reading books in the bath!
Funnily enough, home cooking is all the rage at the moment! If you know a mum who loves to cook, or even one who doesn’t, this might just be the perfect gift…
The Ninja Foodi Grill is the easy-to-use, do-it-all countertop masterpiece that will have the whole family enjoying tasty meals with minimum effort. The Foodi Grill can bake, roast, air fry, dehydrate and, of course, grill! It is simple to use and easy to clean, and the results speak for themselves.
With the Foodi Grill, the whole family can enjoy the taste of barbeque without anyone having to suffer out in the winter cold. And there’s no smoke! The Air Fry mode takes away most of oil required in traditional frying while still leaving the mouth-watering taste. Hot chips, fried chicken… whatever mum’s guilty pleasure, the Foodi Grill is here to help. The Ninja Foodi Grill has many other tricks up its sleeve, such as food dehydration. Perfect for some experimentation during lockdown!
The JBL Link View has been one of my favourite pieces of technology for a long time. It is the heart of our kitchen, dutifully pumping out tunes and information to meet our every command. First thing in the morning, the JBL Link View tells me the news of the world while I munch my muesli. It entertains my kids, the older of whom has perfected the command “hey Google, play Peter Coombe”. Just this morning I asked the Link View to show me pikelet recipes and a couple of days ago it taught me how to make amazing pizza dough! Thanks to the magic of casting, I regularly watch shows from my favourite steaming services while pottering about the kitchen.
If that isn’t enough to convince you that the JBL Link View is a brilliant gift idea for any mum stuck at home, perhaps the next feature will be – video calling. Thanks to integrated video calling, mums can video chat with loved ones right there in the kitchen (or wherever else she chooses to place it). Dinner on the stove… glass of wine in hand… chat to a friend or family? Sounds pretty good to me! It is easy to use, and integrated privacy features on the JBL Link View mean you are never being observed when you don’t want to be.
It is no secret that I love a good knife. Everyone who spends any time at all in their kitchen deserves to have good knives at hand. Victorinox have an option for everyone. Their extensive collection of kitchen cutlery has everything you could possibly imagine, from the most essential paring knives to the most stunning Swiss Modern Santoku Damast Limited Edition Knife.
With paring knives starting at approximately ten dollars, Victorinox has an option to suit any Mother’s Day budget. And as someone with several Victorinox Paring knives in my collection, I can thoroughly recommend them for all the day-to-day cutting, peeling, mincing and dicing tasks. The blades are sharp and precise and the serrated edge makes cutting thin slices from hard fruits and vegetables a breeze. Plastic-handled Victorinox knives are dishwasher safe, which is an added bonus for mums who like an easy clean up after preparing food.
It wouldn’t be a Blog of Dad gift guide without a fine selection of books for mums everywhere to enjoy! Click through to the 2020 Mother’s Day Gift Guide Book Supplement for a detailed description of each of these great books:
The Whole-Brain Child – Daniel J Siegel, M.D and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
The Power of Showing Up – Daniel J Siegel, M.D and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ – Giulia Enders
The Happiness Curve – Jonathan Raunch
Utopia for Realists – Rutger Bregman
My Lucky Stroke – Sarah Brooker
The Millionaire Castaway – David Glasheen with Neil Bramwell
Bitch Doctrine – Laurie Penny