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Ideas That Show Mom the Love When You Can't be Together

This Mother’s Day, honor that special woman in your life—be it your Mom, aunt, or another caring influence—even if you can’t be with her in person. Here are eight fun ways to deliver the love, long distance.

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The amazing women who helped you become who you are deserve some celebrating, and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to do it. While it’s not always possible to get together in person, there are all kinds of ways to treat Mom—or any other important woman in your life—to something special, even from afar. Here, a range of Mother’s Day ideas, from food gifts to online experiences to creative projects, that will bring the smiles to any location.

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Enjoy a Sunset Together 

Pick a day to watch the sun go down, and then connect on the phone or virtually during that twilight time. If you’re not in the same time zone, choose one person’s sunset and watch it together over video. Optional: Make it (a distant) happy hour. Beforehand, send Mom the materials to make a favorite cocktail or cup of tea— then toast to each other. 

Make a Favorite Food Together Online 

As a long distance Mother’s Day gift, choose a recipe to make together, like this simple sourdough focaccia—a fun way to use those bread-making skills you may have been fine-tuning this past year. Or try a new dish like this steak sandwich from Hawa Hassan and get transported to another country. Or re-purpose our three-course Valentine’s Day menu for Mother’s Day. Another idea: Sign up for the same virtual cooking class. Before the main event, send Mom a new cooking utensil or a set of baking tools.

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Gift Mom with Homemade Treats

For moms, friends or aunts who live nearby, drop off a special delivery of homemade chocolate chip cookie dough or ginger cookie dough that can be turned into fresh-baked cookies right away (or frozen, so she can make homemade treats whenever the mood strikes). Store the dough in an airtight container with the baking instructions written on a strip of tape or note-paper stuck on top. A cookie scoop makes a handy companion gift. 

Create a Mom-vent Calendar

Fill little bags or mini storage containers with small gifts for Mom (candies, bath salts, candles), and label each one for a different day, beginning May 1 and going through Mother’s Day. Ship them to your gift recipient, for a fun collection of sweet somethings to look forward to every day.

Take a Walk “Together”

If you miss those times when you could take long walks together and talk about anything on your mind, recreate that experience no matter where you happen to be. Each of you can choose a favorite stroll or hike, grab your phone, and keep each other company while you walk.

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Order Mom Her Favorite Local Meal or Dessert

Who doesn’t love impromptu pie? Surprise her with a delivery from a local restaurant or bakery on Mother’s Day, along with accessories that’ll make the meal feel even more memorable: new napkins or a tablecloth to brighten the table, fresh flowers, and maybe a cookie press or a coffee maker so she can make her favorite after-dinner treat or try her hand at latte art.

Pamper Mom with an At-Home Spa Day

The side-by-side massage chairs may have to wait, but in the meantime, send Mom a bliss-out box for a spa day at home. For a rejuvenating bath, fill an airtight container with ½ cup of Epsom salts, a few drops of essential oils like lavender, citrus zest or flower petals, and a scoop. Include her favorite facial product, or send DIY face mask ingredients: A couple of spoonfuls of honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon mixed together and warmed slightly in the microwave make a calming paste for skin. (Apply to the face and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse.) And finally, Mom’s favorite tea along with some tea supplies will let her sip something soothing while the masks work their magic.

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Have a Virtual Tasting Party 

These days, many shops are hosting virtual tastings, but you can also create your own. Before the event, select three to five wines, cheeses or chocolates to sample (enough so it’s fun but not overwhelming). Choose items you can both easily get a hold of so you can try the same ones. Online, find and print out free tasting templates that’ll walk you through and let you both take notes about the different items. As a bonus, send out a related gift like an ice bucket or a cheese slicer. Set up a virtual meeting and let the tasting begin. 

Have some open bottles of wine left after your tasting? Here are seven great ideas for any wine you have left over.


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