Whether divided by long distance or social distancing, you and mom may not be able to see one another face to face this year. But that doesn't mean you can't still make it special.

By Kait Hanson
April 27, 2020
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Nothing about everyday life is untouched in a pandemic. Certainly, holidays in the time of COVID-19 have had to adjust as much as we have. Birthday dinners are all about celebrating and dining in, not making reservations and taking weekend trips. Many had to largely eschew tradition at Easter and Passover because of limits on crowds and gatherings.

But not even physical distance can separate the love we have for our parents. This year, Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 10, and most states will still be under active social distancing and stay-at-home orders. So whether you're keeping your social distance or you live towns (or even states) far apart, here are six ways to celebrate mom from afar this Mother's Day.

1. Host a virtual happy hour.

Gather your siblings and your favorite wine or spirits, and host a virtual happy hour to celebrate mom. To make things easier for her, have all the necessities delivered straight to her door. Services like Drizly allow for DIY-cocktail ingredients (think liquor and mixers) to show up at her door, while Winc promises the finest selection of wine made to match mom's palate. Brainstorm what she might like best, order it for delivery right to her doorstep, and send a calendar invite mom's way. Cheers!

2. DIY a book club.

If mom is a bookworm, consider trying out a new book together. This is an opportunity to read something she might enjoy, choose a genre that is new to both of you, or consider a selection that comes highly recommended from famed book clubs like TODAY or Reese Witherspoon. Some large online retailers make book delivery a snap, or you can order in from a local bookstore that may even deliver right to you. If audiobooks are more mom's speed, consider loading her favorite account with the surprise book selection. Set a discussion date and let the page turning commence!

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3. Try a new recipe together.

If you're in a situation where in-person meals cannot happen, consider trying a new recipe together or cooking an old favorite through video chat. This might also be a great opportunity to have her teach you a family favorite from the recipe box. Sweeten the deal by having mom's groceries delivered ahead of time with a service like Instacart or Shipt to save her any hassle in going to the store. Set up a time that works best for both of you, and get cooking!

4. Order up a flower delivery.

Treat mom to a surprise delivery of her favorite flowers using FTD, where options are broken down by both flower and color. Interested in gifting your favorite lady more than once? Use the Bouq's subscription service to have monthly flowers shipped her way.

5. Write her a letter.

She probably still has the letters you sent her from camp when you were 12, but it isn't often she gets hand-written letters from you today. Grab a sheet of paper, and let mom know how you really feel — without the keyboard and printer. Detail your favorite memory together, a holiday that stands above the rest, a certain time you felt loved, a funny anecdote from childhood — anything that might make mom smile. Up the ante by penning it on stationery mom might like (or make your own using markers, crayons, or colored pencils) and send it off in time for a May 10th delivery.

6. Create a photo book.

What mom doesn't love a homemade memento that holds their favorite memories? Create a photo book using construction paper and printed photos, or a professional service like Snapfish, which allows users to customize printed books. Make a theme for the book (think: a recent family vacation) or simply use all your favorite photos for a sentimental walk down memory lane. Either way, this one is sure to make mom tear up!

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