Long-Distance Mother's Day Gifts You Can Enjoy Together Virtually
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many families won't be able to celebrate Mother's Day together given social distancing orders. To help make the day just as special, we've rounded up long-distance Mother's Day gifts you can purchase and experience together virtually. (Psst: they're great options for your mother-in-law too.) Whether you paint your nails or partake in an online mixology class, there are several virtual Mother's Day gifts you can enjoy even if you're apart. Send her the present, and then schedule a video call (use Facebook Portal, Zoom, Facetime, House Party or any other video platform to call each other) so that you can enjoy the gift together. See 30 of our favorite long-distance Mother's Day presents and shop them below.
Work as Chef and Sous-Chef (From Different Kitchens)
If you can't sit down for a meal together this mother's day, cook together over a video call. Send your mom a box of meals from a subscription service and choose one to make together. Added bonus: she'll have other meal kits to use throughout the week.
Filled with five-star recipes, HelloFresh offers fresh and affordable food selections. Every kit comes with pre-portioned ingredients and instructions so you can easily make the delicious meal. You can use this gift as a way to gather inspiration for your own wedding menu together too.
If you've got a plant-based lady in your life, consider gifting her Purple Carrot. Each box comes with globally-inspired, veggie-focused recipes and just the right amount of ingredients so there's no waste involved. Plus, the recipes might give you ideas for your vegetarian wedding menu.
Make your mom feel like a top chef with Blue Apron's extensive selection of recipes. The ingredients are fresh, responsibly-sourced and come pre-portioned. Follow the step-by-step instructions and enjoy the yummy dish via video call.
Take a Trip to The (Virtual) Spa Together
While you may not be able to go to a spa together, you can turn her home into a spa. Use this as an opportunity to escape from wedding planning stress (or wedding postponement stress). Video chat her, slather on your own products and join in on the fun. You can also tap experts to lead you through facial massages or at-home manicures. If you want to go the extra mile, throw in a plush robe ( we love this one by Pact) and comfy slippers (like these adorable waffle spa shoes).
Set mom's paws up for success with Olive & June's Everything Box. It contains every tool you need (think: nail clippers, nail file, buffer cube, polish remover, cuticle serum, clean up brush), their signature Poppy polish bottle handle, plus six polishes of your choice. With this kit, mom will be able to keep her nails looking perfect in between your wedding events.
Olive & June The Everything Box, $80, OliveAndJune.com
Wedding planning—especially during a pandemic—can stress skin out. This adorable gift box contains luxurious products formulated with soothing rose. The set contains face wash, toner, moisturizer and a face mask all packaged up in one beautiful box.
Fresh rose deep hydration set, $65, Sephora.com
We love these rose gold under eye masks because they stay in place no matter what you're doing (like enjoying a cocktail on a video call, for example). They also contain a blend of hydrating and soothing ingredients that will nourish her complexion.
Wander Beauty Baggage Claim $25, Sephora.com
Planning a destination wedding? Transport her to a tropical destination with this luxurious hand cream. Made from nourishing ingredients like cupuacu butter, acai and coconut oil, this formulation will instantly hydrate her hands—and the sweet scent will brighten her day.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian hand touch cream, $15, Sephora.com
This top-rated candle will fill her home with the lovely scent of tropical fruits and mountain greens. Ask her to light it before you start your self care routine for a lovely ambiance that will make her feel like she's at a high-end spa.
Capri Blue Volcano iridescent jar candle, $32, Anthroplogie.com
If your mother loves tropical scents, gift her this Lanai candle. With an intoxicating mix of coconut, pink peppercorn and orange blossom, it'll make her smile instantly.
Boy Smells Lanai, $36, Amazon.com
Transform her home into a tranquil space with the help of aromatherapy. This essential oil contains a soothing blend of woods, herbs and florals that promotes a deep sense of calm. Plus, she can keep using it as the wedding planning continues on.
True Botanicals Stress Relief, $36, TrueBotanicals.com
If your mom is into nail care, she'll love the non-toxic manicure kit from Sundays. It contains essential manicure tools like a file, clippers, a buffer, a wooden stick, a cuticle eraser, nail polish remover and cotton pads. The set also comes with the studio's signature cuticle serum, hydrating base coat, top coat and quick dry oil. The kit will keep her nails healthy and happy before the wedding day.
Sundays Non-Toxic Manicure Kit, $80, DearSundays.com
Enhance Your Homes By Crafting Together
If your mom loves DIY projects (such as DIY wedding favors), take this time to craft together. Consider knitting together over the computer camera or doing a DIY spray-painting project at home to refresh your respective spaces. It's a crafty (get it?) long-distance Mother's Day present that allows you to socialize too.
This chic chunky scarf comes with a PDF knitting pattern so you can easily download instructions and print them out. It could be the perfect accessory if you have a winter wedding in your future.
Rams Girl Design chunky scarf knitting kit, $40, Etsy.com
Order this adorable blanket kit for both of you and work on it together. The matching blankets will serve as a sweet memory of this year's Mother's Day.
We Are Knitters Kilim blanket, from $110, WeAreKnitters.com
Get crafty with this adorable candle making set. Perhaps a test drive for your wedding favors?
Craftzee complete DIY candle making kit, $62, Craftzee.com
If your mom enjoys a quiet night in, plan a virtual movie night for her special day. Stream trending picks on Netflix or Hulu or throw it back to your childhood years by playing a classic on Disney+. We reccomend your favorite wedding-related flick to get in the spirit. Make the event special by gifting her cozy loungewear and popcorn.
This soft, swingy hoodie has trendy bell sleeves and is made of cozy ribbed fabric. It'll look chic with her yoga leggings, favorite pair of jeans or sweatpants.
Lululemon Retreat Yourself hoodie in Heathered Core Light Grey/Nimbus, $138, Lululemon.com
These light gray joggers look low-key, but they're made of a luxurious cotton cashmere blend that's super-soft (and sustainable). She'll enjoy slipping into these before your movie night.
Naadam everyday jogger in Light Gray, $135, Naadam.com
These cozy joggers, which have over 200 five-star reviews, are made of buttery-soft fabric. They have a relaxed fit and on-trend tapered look, so your mother will look stylish whenever she rocks them. Pairs well with her favorite glass of red wine.
Lou and Grey signature soft plush Upstate sweatpants in Black, $70, LouAndGrey.com
Give your mom something to snack on while you watch your favorite romantic comedies together. This gift set comes with three different kinds of kernels and five types of seasoning.
Sur La Table movie night popcorn set, $20, SurLaTable.com
Of course, she'll need something to make the popcorn. We love this streamlined one because it's the perfect combination of modern design and old-school kernel popping (particularly great if you and your mom love to geel out over your vintage wedding theme).
Cuisinart hot air popcorn maker, $40, CrateandBarrel.com
Or, give her pre-popped kernels. This petite variety pack features three kinds of gourmet popcorn. It's the perfect addition to whatever favorite wedding-related movie you end up streaming together.
Garrett Popcorn petite variety pack, $25, GarrettPopcorn.com
Thanks to alcohol delivery services, you can both share a delicious drink together online. Whether you want to plan a special wine tasting together, create a craft cocktail or make the perfect cup of coffee, here are fun ideas you can enjoy together. Cheers!
Send your mom and box of surprise wines perfectly curated to her taste. Gift her a subscription to Winc, a wine delivery service that chooses shipments based on what she loves. Once she gets the shipment, she can set up a tasting with her new wines (you can do the same with the wines you have in your house).
If your mom would rather have a cosmo, organize a virtual cocktail crafting class. Order the necessities from Drizly (an alcohol delivery service), choose a recipe, and lead her through it. Or, sign up for a mixology class on Airbnb Experiences. Talk about signature cocktail inspiration.
Give her an adorable cocktail kit she can use during the mixology class. We love this trendy copper set!
Williams Sonoma copper bar set, $80, Williams-Sonoma.com
If your mother cannot live without her morning coffee, consider Airbnb Experiences. You can learn how to make the perfect cup of joe with a professional coffee taster.
Take your coffee masterclass to the next level by giving her an assortment of delicious blends. It will come in handy during those late-night wedding planning sessions.
BeanBox world coffee tour box, $90, BeanBox.com
If you and mom never miss a bootcamp or cycling class, gift her a subscription to a fitness app she can use at home or send her fitness essentials (weights, bands and other necessities). Sign yourself up for a class you can conquer together while on a video call. The combination of endorphins and quality time is sure to bring a smile to your mother's face.
If your mom is constantly mixing up her workout routine, consider giving her a subscription to Aaptiv. It provides customized workouts based on what you like to do. Choose from running, yoga or strength training.
Hop on the Peloton bandwagon and purchase a subscription for mom. It will keep her entertained until she can return to her favorite gym or studio safely.
Does your mom love to bust a move? Give her a Zumba experience at home with Obé, an app filled with dance cardio workouts. The best part is that the workouts are all under 30 minutes, so she can fit her daily exercise into her routine no matter how busy her schedule may be.
Host an Interactive Game (Winner Gets Wine Delivered)
If your mom loves hosting game nights, plan a fun activity for her. Pick up matching puzzles (one for you and one for her), send her an adorable set of playing cards or send her your favorite board game and play together. Or, take it one step further and get her a personalized board game.
This adorable set of playing cards are the perfect personalized gift. One side of the cards has numbers, while the other has a reason why you love her. The end result is a deck of 52 cards filled with 52 reasons why you love her.
Tangible Kisses 52 Reasons Why I Love You Deck of Cards, Etsy.com
Create a game for your mom filled with all of your best memories and inside jokes. Bundle, a company that makes personalized virtual games, will take all the information you send and package it up into a fun and entertaining game you can play online.
Improve Your Indoor Gardening Skills Together
Sign up for an online flower arrangement class so you can create something beautiful together. Or, ship her a brand new plant she can add to her indoor garden—and walk through the care of it so she can keep it growing. Of course, you can also give your mother an arrangement of blooms that's almost as beautiful as she is with the help of flower delivery services for an extra-special touch.
UrbanStems offers a variety of uniquely gorgeous flowers and plants that will look stunning in your mom's home. They also offer fun add-ons like luxe candles, yummy candy and pretty vases. Added bonus: the company works with Rainforest Alliance Certified Farms, which are focused on sustainability.
Whether she's a full-on plant mom or indoor garden newbie, The Sill has everything you need for a memorable Mother's Day gift. The company offers subscription services and gift packages—plus the adorable pots they come in are incredibly photogenic.
Support local businesses with Floom, a flower delivery service that connects you to top florists in your area. Pros in the system are encouraged to create unique arrangements, so your mom will get a one-of-a-kind gift. Psst: if you haven't booked a florist yet, this is a great way to check out local talent.