Quarantine Queen: Celebrate Mother’s Day in Style (and From Home) With our Picks!
Treat yourself (and the other special ladies in your life) with treats, gifts, drinks, and more!
Moms, we’ve had a rough couple of months. Quarantine has been exhausting and relentless, so we’ve had to find little bits of joy where we can snatch it. Even though we can’t be together, we’ve rounded up our favorite local picks to help you celebrate Mother’s Day—no easy task, as there were so many great Philly options to choose from! This weekend, we hope you treat yourself (and the other special ladies in your life) with treats, gifts, drinks, and more.
For new moms and moms-to-be, it’s an especially trying time. Here’s what Christine Golcher, founder of Christine’s Care & Compassion, has to say to all of you:
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the new mothers or mothers-to-be! This is a very difficult time to be pregnant or having a baby, but please know that we are here for you virtually right now, for all your needs! Virtual services include birth doula, postpartum doula, lactation counseling, newborn care specialist, friends of breech babies, and herbs and aromatherapy for the childbearing years. Virtual classes include childbirth education, breastfeeding, newborn care, and a grandparents’ class. Feel free to reach out to me, and remember, this too shall pass! Hopefully, soon we will be back to supporting you in person!
739 Walnut Street (but order delivery)
Steven Singer Jewelers helps you celebrate Mother’s Day with a special gift that helps you send love while you support local restaurants and healthcare heroes. A portion of sales from Singer’s famous 24 karat gold and platinum dipped roses will be used to purchase meals from Philadelphia restaurants to donate to essential hospital workers and first responders. Their storefront is closed, but they’re shipping nationally–overnight delivery options available if you want to get it in by Mother’s Day.
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And if you missed ordering a gift for in time Steven Singer Jewelers will continue to donate proceeds from rose sales until the end of the year! “We are unable to make masks or sanitizer, so we came up with an alternative way to say thank you to the unsung heroes on the frontlines. For starters, we have scheduled over 2,000 meals to go out – and that is just the beginning. We challenge other businesses that are in a position to do so to join us in giving back,” says Singer.
17th and Fairmount
This Fairmount board game café gets extra points for creativity in pivoting its business in the midst of a pandemic. The whole point of board games is face-to-face contact, but when we all got quarantined, Thirsty Dice created Comfort Crates for pickup or delivery! Look online for their offerings, which include everything from board games to emergency cookie kits. There are even staples like eggs, butter, and (yes) toilet paper to add on! They have contactless delivery for the Spring Garden, Fairmount, and Francisville neighborhoods; or curbside pickup if you are able to get there.
210 W. Rittenhouse Square (but get delivery)
From floral arrangements to gift boxes full of pampering and relaxing selections, this Rittenhouse Hotel shop will deliver to your door—email to make arrangements for delivery. They also offer shipping via their online shop.
Currently delivering to select Philly zip codes (see website), send a small $20 bouquet to someone, and profits go to the PHL COVID-19 Relief Fund. Allow time for processing and delivery.
1526 E. Passyunk Ave.
Is a bouquet of flowers not enough for your special lady (or yourself)? Get them an entire garden! Get an herb or veggie mix for the culinary gardener; or a houseplant or floral mix for some beauty (in a garden, window box, or even container garden)—you can even specify “shady” if you don’t get a lot of direct sun! They deliver locally for a fee, or you can opt for free curbside pickup.
1927 Walnut St.
Shop this Rittenhouse boutique’s Mother’s Day collection, and choose from curated gift boxes that you can pick up on May 9 (make sure you select this option at checkout), just in time for the holiday! They also offer $5 flat rate shipping.
Buy a t-shirt, and $10 will be donated to a local business of your choice. It’s a fun and easy way to directly support your favorite Philly small businesses impacted by the shutdown.
4361 Main St.
This Manayunk boutique has a collection of fun, unique gifts for Mother’s Day and you can do local pickup!
2012 Frankford Ave.
Enjoy crafting together as a family, or just get a kit for yourself (or a friend) to have some creative time alone. Kits include all materials including stencils, wood, a PrimARy Paint Essentials Kit, brushes and instructions.
107 S. 13th St. (order delivery; select items for pickup at Bud & Marilyn’s)
Open House is always our go-to for unique gifts. Now, they have made up little themed gift boxes, including Mother’s Day selections and even (my personal favorite) the Gritty Gift Box! Order for shipping if you don’t need it to come right in time for Mother’s Day; or check the Caviar menus for Bud & Marilyn’s and Barbuzzo for items that are available for curbside pickup! See below for more on that menu.
Special Meals and Treats
1234 Locust St.
Cocktail drink mixers (add your own liquor) include Bloody Mary mix, Lolita’s Blood Orange Margarita, and more! Plus, Bud & Marilyn’s post a new menu on Instagram every day of their comfort foods, plus selections from their sister brands—yes, that includes Barbuzzo’s Salted Caramel Budino!
1730 Chestnut St.; 834 Chestnut St.; 930 S. Ninth St.
Place your order between 10 am—5 pm, seven days a week for curbside pickup in Philly and the Main Line. If you live in delivery range of the Rittenhouse location, you can get it delivered. You can find prepared meals, gourmet groceries, baked goods, special Mother’s Day gift baskets and treats. At the Rittenhouse and Franklin (both on Chestnut Street) locations, you can even add wine and beer to your curbside order. Of course, if you don’t know exactly what you want, the stores are still open, so you can browse around, pick out all the goodies, and even grab an arrangement of flowers by checkout for good measure!
If you want to share the deliciousness with a special lady who lives outside the area, DiBrunos also ships many of their favorites and has special packages already made up, as well as a la carte online shopping.
111 S. Independence Mall E.
Reserve a special basket for pickup or delivery by May 6. It includes a vegetable quiche from Grubhouse, muffins from Scoop DeVille, ground coffee from Menagerie, Bloody Mary mix (and garnish) from Grubhouse, and even a little felt flower from Art Star. Price includes delivery and tip—pick a delivery time from the “tickets” tab. Of course, if you’re looking for something else from this spectacular food hall, you can find many vendors on Caviar—including Freebyrd’s “Damn Good Chicken,” ice cream creations from Scoop DeVille, and more.
509 S. Second St. (also offering delivery)
The Twisted Tail is offering Mother’s Day specials for takeout and delivery. The à la carte menu includes brunch dishes like blueberry pancakes, egg dishes, and pastries; as well as more savory options like prime rib, roasted salmon, or a whole fried chicken because why not? And don’t forget beignets! Add in a tulip bouquet for just $15—a no-brainer, really. Call (215) 558-2471 by Thursday, May 7 at 8 pm to place your order.
1537 S. 11th St.
Fond’s pop-up food market with The Dutch will be open all Mother’s Day weekend for ready-to-eat Cinnamon Buns, Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake, a selection of pastries and breads, and more. Call ahead to place your order. If you can get your order in by May 6, you can also reserve ready to re-heat and serve specials, from quiche to cupcakes!
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517 S. Fifth St. (delivery also available)
You cannot go wrong with a gorgeous box of painted bonbons from Aurora Grace. Or maybe you’re more of a macaron lover? Either way, these treats are as beautiful and giftworthy as they are tasty. You can order daily for curbside pickup from noon—4 pm, or if you live in range, get delivery online via Caviar.
915 Spring Garden St.
Build your Joy Box from vendors like Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Càphê Roasters, Third Wheel Cheese, and more partners! Plus, you can build your own variety pack from Triple Bottom Brewery’s offerings. Pick any or all vendors and they’ll build your box for delivery to any Philly address, or pickup (use promo code PICKUP so you don’t get charged for delivery).
160 N. Third St.
Oui Pastries is offering High Tea Sets starting Thursday, May 7 through Sunday, May 10. Pick your pastry assortments, loose tea (from Random Tea Room), and even some extra confections if the scones aren’t enough! Call, email ahead, or order through Grubhub.
903 S. Ninth St. (but order delivery)
This Italian Market favorite has Mother’s Day packages of their best treats. Get the chocolate covered figs—just trust us! You can also get coffee and other baked goods arranged in a gift basket for shipping; or shop a la carte for delivery (via Caviar, Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Mercato) if you live in range.
540 South St.; 701 N. Seventh St.
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If flowers just won’t do it this year, go for a hand-picked FedNuts bouquet! Each features a baker’s dozen assortment of special Mother’s Day flavors: Lemon Lavender, Blackberries & Cream, and Strawberry Chocolate Marshmallow. Preorders are available for pick-up on Saturday and Sunday.
22nd and Washington
Order and pay online for curbside takeout beer and DIY Pizza Kits—how fun is that? In addition to a delicious meal, you get a fun activity! And you can relax with their microbrews with six-packs, cases, and even growlers.
25 E. Allen Street
Place your order online and select pickup for contactless liquor and cocktail kits! We love Bluecoat Gin, and you can select kits like Elderflower Spritz, Moscow Mule, and more. Then, pickup daily between noon and 8 pm—stay in your car and give them your ID and order number, then drive home with your goodies. They also ship for a flat $10 fee.
Fun Things To Do
All weekend long, learn about the diverse women that played vital, often unsung roles during the Revolutionary War. Join the Museum of the American Revolution online for a free, virtual celebration including a live embroidery demonstration, a video presentation, and a make-at-home Mother’s Day card inspired by German paper-cutting techniques.
May 8, 11 am
Tumble through the rabbit hole and enjoy a Mommy and Me teatime live with Alice! Grab your teacup and enjoy storytime, tea, and an un-birthday!
May 10, 10:30 am
Join a free Mom & Me virtual yoga class over Facebook Live on Mother’s Day morning. Focus on partner poses and breath work, and read Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. Best for ages 2-11, but all ages are welcome.
May 10, noon
Celebrate Philly Love Your Park @ Home with family – especially the mom in your life! Enjoy a free virtual outdoor yoga class (beginners welcome!), have fun with a play pack from Studio Ludo, and help kids learn about climate change with a fun video.
May 10, 7 pm
We loved the first Disney Singalong a couple weeks ago, and apparently we weren’t alone because Disney has decided to do it all again for Mother’s Day, with even more celebrities and songs! It will be on ABC (and then later streaming on Disney +) so get ready to sing!
Looking to treat someone in the ‘burbs? See our guide at Main Line Parent!
Lead photograph by Laura Swartz.