Even though there are parts of life that are somewhat back to normal, your typical Mother's Day celebration—Mother's Day breakfast or brunch, a spa day, or that long-awaited in-person visit—still may not be a viable option this year. So what's a doting, long-distance—or socially distanced—daughter or son to do to honor the most important woman in their life?
If you want to go beyond a simple and expected Mother's Day card or Mother's Day gift, there are still tons of creative ways you can connect with Mom or Grandma at home. A phone call is sure to brighten her day; a video call is even better. Watch her cheeks turn her signature shade of "flushed" as you and your siblings toast her with "mom"-osas during a virtual happy hour. If she loves to garden, embark on the world's best garden tours from your sofas. Nowadays, you can take a virtual painting class, and you'll both come away with a keepsake that will remind you of each other. Even the little ones—from toddlers and preschoolers to elementary aged kids—can get in on the action with their own masterpieces!
Whatever you choose to do, take heart that your mom will find joy in feeling appreciated and loved. Browse this list of things to do with Mom on Mother's Day to make her special day the best, most memorable it can be.
Schedule a fun-loving "crafternoon," and pick a simple project, like this heart-shaped rag wreath, that both little ones and grown-ups alike will enjoy. For this craft, wrap strips of soft flannel around a heart-shaped foam wreath form to create a soft statement piece that says "I love you!" We bet she'll keep it up year-round!
If your mom has been a long-time fan of design magazines and all things pretty, gift her with a virtual interior design class taught by the one and only Kelly Wearstler. Her 17-class series covers it all, from sources of inspiration to design heroes.
Songwriters have long been writing touching lyrics about mothers and daughters. Make her a playlist of best Mother's Day songs to remind her just how much you appreciate her.
Chances are, you've spent plenty of time parked in front of the television, so why not do it "alongside" your mom? If you want to go the extra mile, mail her, in advance, a mug and a cozy pair of socks, along with a proposed tune-in time of a favorite movie—extra points for one featuring mother-daughter dynamics—then arrange to chat via phone or FaceTime as you quote favorite lines and discuss things like: "Dylan McDermott just gets more handsome, don't you think?" and "Did you know that Shelby's house is now a real-life B&B?"
Mother's Day falls during that magical time of year when the weather is pleasantly warm (but not hot) and the trees and flowers are blooming, so why not move the party outside with a garden tea party—either together or remotely. Send along a snack-filled Country Living gift basket, or even better: Order one basket for yourself, and send one to her, and you can nibble on lemon shortbread cookies simultaneously from pretty al fresco settings, even if you can't be in the same place.
Get the family together from all corners of the country with a virtual happy hour. Send out a fun mimosa recipe in advance and call 'em "mom"-osas! If you want to elicit a chuckle, challenge each family member to show up to the "party" with a fun Zoom background. We prefer one of these dreamy Country Living scenes.
If your mom's an avid gardener, call her up and invite her to "join" you on a virtual tour of some of the world's most stunning gardens, including Claude Monet's garden in Giverny, Normandy, England's famed Kew Garden, and the Keukenhof in Amsterdam (50,000 tulips!). You could even follow up your tours by planting sweet containers of her favorite blooms.
More time at home means more time to sort through family photos. Head to a site like Artifact Uprising or Shutterfly to create a custom photo album highlighting favorite moments together from the past—think family vacations, birthday parties, holidays, and more. Order a copy for yourself and your mom, then flip through it together in-person or on the phone and relive those blissful times. (Besides, aren't extra photos of grandkids exactly what she needs?)
If your love of baking comes from your mom, enjoy one of your favorite activities together by baking a gorgeous cake for the whole family to enjoy. We love this strawberry limeade cake with cream cheese frosting—and if you go berry picking too, you can even use those strawberries you collected.
Put your artistic abilities to the test...with the help of a little vino. There's no shortage of art studios nationwide that offer painting and wine pairings, and now some are offering to-go kits you and your mom can do at home.
Use a website like My Free Bingo Cards to play a traditional game with Mom and the rest of the family, or you can play a custom Bingo game that revolves around her favorite things.
Select your list of bottles and varietals in advance (so everyone can stock up accordingly), or try a service like VineBox, which delivers a flight of wine to your door. Set up a Zoom call so that you can all sip together and compare notes.
If your mother hen's the crafty type, print out some Country Living cross-stitch patterns, order the supplies, and embark on a new hobby together.
If your mom is less "tea and crumpets" and more "beer and barbecue," fire up the grill and celebrate the leading lady in your life with a laid-back lawn party featuring our best grilling recipes. If you can't be together, coordinate with dad on dueling menus that you can enjoy "together." You can even go in on a group sibling gift with a backyard cornhole set.
So there are still a lot of places you can't go, but you can surprise mom by taking a spin in a car she's always dreamed of driving.
Mom won't mind getting her hands dirty when it's in the name of beautiful art. No matter what her skill level, she'll love creating something to commemorate the special day. Tune in to an online class on mug-making from Brooklyn potter Helen Levi.
Spend the day volunteering for a cause close to both of your hearts, like preparing care packages for organizations in need. Helping others will fill you both with a warm and fuzzy feeling.
(Hint, hint: We know a good one!) But seriously, there's something that's just leisurely and relaxing about thumbing through a magazine, and you and your mom can do that over the phone as you discuss whether you should paint your kitchen the color on page 81 or whether you should start collecting Cornishware. If she doesn't already subscribe, you can surprise her with a Country Living gift subscription here. Download a gift subscription certificate to let her know it's coming.
Considering Mom probably taught you your way around the kitchen, prepare a favorite family recipe at home on a video call as she does the same in her kitchen. Even better: Enlist the kids to help, too, so they can see, live in action, how Grandma crimps the dough or ices the cake. (Don't forget a cute apron!)
Now's a great time to have your son or daughter interview the woman of the hour, either in-person or on the phone. No doubt they (and, maybe you too!) will learn all sorts of new things about the woman they love, whether it's stories about her childhood, first job, wedding day, or hidden talents. Head to StoryCorps for all sorts of tips related to documenting your family's stories and oral history.
Kick off Mother's Day on a healthy note by trying a new workout class together. Not only is this an incredible bonding activity, but you'll both feel energized and ready to tackle the day head-on.
There's nothing more exciting for collectors than discovering that one-of-a-kind vintage find. Since traditional "antiquing" may not be an option, send her a gift card to a vintage emporium like Chairish or Everything But the House, then hop on the phone to browse together and wade through all the treasures.
Start off Mom's special day by ordering up a tray full of her favorite breakfast goodies and having them delivered right to her bed.
Get outside and enjoy some fresh air with your mom leading the way. Whether you go for a long hike or a short walk, it will feel great to get out and get moving—especially before you enjoy plenty of Mother's Day desserts.
Set up Mom's craft room with new supplies to surprise her and spend the day creating memories and art to last a lifetime.
Who wouldn't love waking up to the smell of a delicious brunch made just for you?! Recruit the rest of the family to help make a fabulous brunch spread that will be sure to impress your mom.
Visit the local nursery and have Mom pick out some new flowers or vegetables for her garden, then help her plant them. Pitch in with weeding or watering while you're at it—she'll appreciate the gesture.
If Mom enjoys a glass of Merlot every night, consider scheduling a visit to your nearest vineyard for a day of sipping vino, or seek out virtual winery tours.
Freshly filed nails and a flawless new polish color will make her feel like a million bucks.
Most places that offer horseback riding have Mother's Day deals, so consider going for a country ride with mom.