Virtual dance parties with grandma and grandpa. Living room campouts with stovetop s’mores. All around the world, people are getting creative about putting the “special” in special occasions. And though our family festivities may look somewhat different of late, the heartfelt feelings that inspire them? Those will never change. In preparation for Mother’s Day, we asked a few of the multitasking mamas who work at Etsy how they’re hoping to celebrate. Turns out, a bit of ingenuity and an appreciation for the little things might be all it takes to have a joy-filled holiday. Read on to discover the at-home activities they have planned and browse the one-of-a-kind Etsy finds we’ve recommended to help make their days complete. 

A backyard picnic

A portrait of Etsy's Chief Product Officer Kruti Patel Goyal and her twins

For Chief Product Officer and twin mom Kruti Patel Goyal, there’ll be comfort in kicking off Mother’s Day in the usual way: with a big pancake breakfast she makes together with her family. And what better way to enjoy it than paired with some good old-fashioned vitamin D? “I’m hoping we get to spend some time outside in the sunshine—even if we just pack a little picnic and some games and spread out a blanket in the backyard,” she says.

Our picks for Kruti:  

Reusable canvas culinary tote from Aplat Tote
Reusable canvas culinary tote from Aplat Tote, $52; shop more picnic bags
A desert landscape quilt from Kindred Quilting Co.
Desert landscape quilt from Kindred Quilting Co., from $302; shop more picnic blankets

A multi-generational meal

A portrait of Etsy Internal Events Specialist Sheyenne Brown and her two sons

There’s more than one reason to be grateful this Mother’s Day for Internal Events Specialist Sheyenne Brown. “This year, I’m fortunate to have my children and my parents living under one roof,” she says. “So we’re going to celebrate our matriarch! I’m going to have my boys help me make breakfast for their Mima.” 

Our picks for Sheyenne:

Engraved wooden spoons from A Few Spare Moments
Engraved wooden spoons from A Few Spare Moments, $15; shop more cooking utensils
A wooden breakfast tray from Peg and Awl
Wooden breakfast tray from Peg and Awl, from $160; shop more serving trays

A soothing soak

A portrait of Etsy Product Manager Jackie Do and her daughter

For Staff Product Manager Jackie Do, it’s all about creating her own traditions. “I get a kick out of being over-the-top,” she explains. “Maybe we can fill our living room up with sand and build a castle. Or we could make a mold of our daughter’s hand, and I’ll put it on my nightstand as a ring holder.” At the end of a long day making wonderfully messy magic? “You can’t go wrong with a nice long bath,” Jackie says. “It’s a luxury every mom can enjoy without leaving the house. Light a candle and voila.”

Our picks for Jackie:

Sculpted ceramic candle holders from Clay by Dannah
Sculpted ceramic candle holders from Clay by Dannah, from $69 for set of 2; shop more candle holders
 Tub tea set from Cee Cee & Bee
Tub tea set from Cee Cee & Bee, $28 for set of 3; shop more tub tea

A creative escape

A portrait of Etsy Vetting Team Lead  Amber-Rae Rowley and her daughter

“I’m the kind of person who has to keep busy,” says Vetting Team Lead Amber-Rae Rowley, who hopes to dedicate part of her day to doing what she loves most: crafting. “I sew, make my own furniture, and I’ve even dabbled in macrame, but my one true love has always been crochet. If I got a new yarn holder, a beautiful hook, or a fun pattern to work on, I’d love to end my night crocheting next to the kids on the couch while we watch a movie!”

Our picks for Amber-Rae:

Crochet knot pillow DIY pattern from Midknits
Crochet knot pillow DIY pattern from Midknits, $5.50; shop more crotchet patterns
Knitting bag from Jésabelle B
Knitting bag from Jésabelle B, $25; shop more yarn holders

A serious snuggle-fest

A portrait of Etsy's Head of Diversity and Inclusion Elizabeth Spector Louden and her 2 children

Staying connected with all her fellow mamas is top priority for Head of Diversity and Inclusion Elizabeth Spector Louden. “I ordered a set of special markers and pulpy paper cards on Etsy. I’m going to mail out some love, and will enlist our kids to help!” she says. On Mother’s Day itself, she and her wife will be cuddled up with their kiddos at home, making video calls and staying cozy. “We’ll make it special by lighting candles, wearing our matching family jammies, and chatting with all the wonderful moms, aunts, and grandmothers in our lives.”

Our picks for Elizabeth: 

Stone fruit candle from Convivial Production
Stone fruit candle from Convivial Production, $28; shop more scented candles
Matching mommy-and-me linen pajamas from BelEcoFlax
Matching mommy-and-me linen pajamas from BelEcoFlax, $164 for set; shop more matching family pajamas

A delightful DIY

A portrait of Etsy VP of Global Public Policy and Impact Althea Erickson with her 3 children

“Focusing on making can really ground me after a frenzied day,” says VP of Global Public Policy and Impact and mother of three Althea Erickson. “Lately we’ve been having fun creating in the kitchen together, so maybe we’ll try to make our own play dough. I’ve heard it’s pretty easy and super fun. I’d also love to find time for some kind of grown-up craft kit—maybe at night, after the kids go to bed.” 

Our picks for Althea:

Jungle patterned rolling pin from Make & Bake
Patterned rolling pin from Make & Bake, $29; shop more baking supplies
Cherry blossom needle felting kit from Felted Sky
Cherry blossom needle felting kit from Felted Sky, from $35; shop more DIY kits

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