Mother-child relationships can be complicated and, accordingly, Mother's Day can be complicated for a lot of people. Some people may have lost their mom; others may not be in contact with their moms for a variety of reasons. Some people don't particularly care about the day. Others do. If you know your friend may be struggling this Mother's Day, you can show them you care with these gift ideas. From tokens of appreciation to taking emotional labor off their hands for the day, you can show your friend that you're thinking of them on a day that you know is pretty tough for them.
It's important to know that just because somebody doesn't have their mother in their life doesn't mean they're unhappy about it. If they've made the choice to become estranged because of toxic behavior, for instance, it's entirely possible that they're happier and more stable in a mom-free environment. And on the flip side, even if you know that Mother's Day is an emotional day for them, that doesn't necessarily mean that gifts or extra attention will make them feel better; it's helpful to ask in advance if there's anything you can do for your friend, and accept it if there isn't. But if you know your friend well enough to know that Mother's Day is emotionally difficult — or really, any 'family' holiday in general — and they're receptive to being cared for, there are plenty of things you can do to show them that you're there for them.