6 Ways to Make Mother's Day Special, Even From a Distance

Celebrate the holiday while staying home.

Every Mother's Day, we look forward to participating in our favorite family traditions, but like last year, our plans look a little different than most years. Although many places are gradually re-opening and we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the pandemic is far from over.

Whether you're separated from your mom due to social distancing, or you simply live far away and don't feel comfortable traveling yet, it can be tough to find creative ways to celebrate her when you can't visit in person. But, that doesn't mean you can't celebrate her at all.

Even though we won't be planning a trip to a mother-daughter vacation spot this year, there are still plenty of ways to make your mom feel special. Thanks to video calls, you can strengthen your bond through learning new skills, having a virtual game night, and chatting together. Try a few of our favorite gift ideas and activities for a meaningful Mother's Day, even while you're apart.

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Send a Gift Basket

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Andy Lyons

Mom will feel extra loved on her special day when she receives a thoughtful gift basket filled with a few of her favorite things. Order one online or if you live nearby, add an assortment of her favorite snacks, beauty products, or other small goodies to a pretty basket. Leave the gift on her front porch (or mail it to her doorstep) and add a Mother's Day card to express what you can't say in person.

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Host a Virtual Game Night

Get the whole family involved in the Mother's Day celebrations with a virtual game night.

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Take an Online Class Together

diy sewn craft bag with blue yarn and sewing needles
Jacob Fox

There's no time like the present to learn something new, and who better to learn with than your mom? Since a lot of businesses are offering free online classes right now, it's the perfect time to pick up a new skill, from beginner-friendly quilting tips to digital Ivy League courses. Or, try one of these at-home activities so you and Mom can FaceTime while you craft or cook.

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Send Her Flowers

A fresh bouquet of her favorite blooms will really brighten Mom's day. With online flower delivery services, you can send a meaningful arrangement from just about anywhere. For a longer-lasting gift, give Mom one of these gorgeous dried flower bouquets as a constant reminder of how much she means to you.

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Make a Photo Album

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Steven McDonald

Reminisce on all the ways your mom has changed your life with a homemade photo album. Pick out your favorite pictures of you and Mom through the years, then arrange them in an album or hang them on a frame and send it to her as a Mother's Day surprise. This personalized gift will remind her of all the special memories you've shared.

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Make a Handmade Gift

Give your mom something with a personal touch by DIYing your gift. Try an easy sewing project to make a gift Mom can use over and over again, or give pounded flower art a shot to preserve her Mother's Day bouquet for years to come. Either way, it's a great way to pass the time while also creating a meaningful gift your mom will love.

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