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15 Mother’s Day Ideas That Don’t Require a Trip to the Store

This Mother's Day, give mom a thoughtful present with a personal touch—without a drive to the store.

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Mother’s Day this year is on May 10

It’s going to be a bit tougher than ever to score a traditional gift to show the mom in your life how much you care due to safety protocols and store regulations resulting from the novel coronavirus pandemic. While you may not be able to bring mom flowers or spoil her with a fancy brunch at her favorite restaurant, you can still get her a meaningful gift without taking the risk of going to a store. Here are thoughtful presents mom will love that you don’t have to get at the store.

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A video from family members across the country

Since your extended clan can’t be together to celebrate the wonderful moms in your clan due to social distancing, a Mother’s Day greeting video from everyone is a fun personalized way to make mom feel loved and appreciated. Create a group chat with your siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins and ask them each to send in a thoughtful short video sharing a special memory with your mom, what they love about her, or other heartfelt greetings.

If you’re not super tech-savvy you can easily use Tribute to collect videos and compile them into a love-filled video montage to give as a gift to mom. Don’t worry if your family is a bit camera shy—they can record voice messages instead. Use WavHello’s SoundBub and VoiceShare app to have family members record messages for mom from their iPhone or computer. Learn the surprising history of Mother’s Day.

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Send mom an e-card she’ll love

If you can’t make it to the store to buy a card or don’t have stamps to send a DIY one, the safest option is to send a digital greeting card. Evite Premium Cards has beautiful Mother’s Day cards with loving messages that can be customized and include a personal video. Many e-cards from 123 greetings are animated with music and visuals that are sure to delight mom. Find out if you should be disinfecting your mail.

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Treat mom to a future spa treatment

When social distancing is no longer required to flatten the curve of COVID-19, your mom can treat herself to some TLC thanks to the voucher you gave her for a spa treatment. Support your local day spa and massage parlor by inquiring if they offer gift cards—many are offering discounts now. If you can’t find a locally-owned business, purchase a gift card from a national spa franchise such as Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, which has over 450 locations in the United States and Canada. Or consider sending mom these products she needs for a relaxing spa day at home.

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Feed mom a special meal on Mother’s Day

If you can’t be with mom to prepare her a meal yourself consider ordering her favorite dishes from a local restaurant or using a meal delivery service. Go fancy with the Michelin-star chef Aliya LeeKong designed RealEats ready-to-eat meals which use non-GMO, farm-fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients. The farm-to-table meals are dietician-approved and can be prepared in six minutes or less. Choose from the green goddess chicken, miso salmon, peppercorn-crusted short rib, and more. Discover more of our favorite meal kits.

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Digitize mom’s favorite recipes

Many handwritten recipes that have been passed down through many generations eventually start to fade or have damage from spilled liquids while cooking. Digitized Recipes will help you preserve the instructions for your mom’s favorite family dishes forever by typing and uploading the recipes to a website. Mom will be easily able to search by ingredient to find the dish she wants to make. To make this gift even more personal use Jumprope to make how-to videos of mom’s favorite recipes. She’ll love feeling like you’re with her in the kitchen when she’s cooking.

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Use old photographs to create a photo album

Now that you find yourself with some extra time on your hands, why not finally make a digital album of cherished childhood and family memories to give to mom on her special day? Mom will love taking a trip down memory lane. If you have access to family photos on negatives and slides you can digitize them with the Kodak Scanza that lets you scan, view, edit, convert, and save old 135, 126, 110, and Super 8 negatives and slides. If you have 35mm film negatives or slides use the Kodak Mobile Film Scanner to digitize them easily on your smartphone. Once your pictures have been digitized, use the Photo Books from Google Photos to create a personalized photo album with the custom text tools. You could also purchase a digital Aura Frame and upload photos in advance including a welcome message for mom. Here are more ways to preserve old photos for eternity.

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Convert old VHS tapes to digital formats

If your mom always had a video camera at special events, vacations, and ordinary days during your childhood she’ll love having the film digitized to revisit those sweet memories whenever she’s missing you. Preserve precious memories before they’re lost to time and technology by converting them. Legacybox makes it easy to transfer your old VHS, VHS-C, Beta, and other analog format videos and photographs and slides to digital formats. The company is currently offering 50 percent off on Mother’s Day orders.

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Make a montage of treasured memories

Curate a montage of videos and photos of special moments with mom to share with her on Mother’s Day. Kapwing is very easy to use. Just upload your images and videos. Then arrange them in your desired order. Add a song that mom loves and accompany the visuals with text and stickers. Create a highlight reel of special memories from throughout the years and end the montage with a message of hope that you’re looking forward to making many more beautiful memories together soon. Consider reading one of these beautiful quotes about motherhood in a video snippet.


Create a playlist of mom’s favorite songs

It’s simple to make mom a playlist of her favorite songs on Spotify. It’s a gift that will keep on giving. She’ll feel understood and loved when she hears the list you’ve curated of her favorite tunes and sweet melodies that make you think of her. Be sure to add one of these 13 Mother’s Day songs that will definitely make her cry. Or, if she’s a huge Harry Potter fan, clue her in to Spotify’s Harry Potter at Home programing. Each week from now until mid-summer, a recorded chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be released and it will be read by a celebrity, including the likes of Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, and Eddie Redmayne. The first chapter, “The Boy Who Lived,” read by none other than Daniel Radcliffe, is available now.


Help mom practice a new language

If you’ve been bonding with mom long-distance by learning a new language together and are day-dreaming about traveling someday to the country where the language is spoken, get her a translation device to help her make sure she can communicate. Pocketalk Voice Translator is a two-way voice translation that will help mom if she forgets a few words or phrases in the language she’s been practicing. The device supports over 70 languages with a speech-to-text engine that even understands slang. Mom can start practicing now by using it to translate words she doesn’t understand from songs and movies she’s watching in the language she’s learning.

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Cultivate calm for mom with meditation

Get mom a subscription to Glo, an online yoga, meditation, and pilates platform. Glo features a library of professionally-filmed on-demand classes taught by world-class teachers. Mom can search by the length of time she has available, type of workout she’s looking for, and the type of practice she seeks such as energizing, stress relief, and grief management. Get yourself a subscription so that you can meditate with mom from a distance by doing the same course together over a video call on Mother’s Day.

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Go wine tasting virtually with mom

A favorite outing for Mother’s Day is wine tasting and while it may not be possible to take mom to a vineyard this year, you can have a similar experience virtually. Send mom the Mother’s Day Trio of wine from The Vice Wine and enjoy the virtual personal wine tasting session with winemaker and sommelier Malek Amrani who will guide mom through tasting notes and pairings. Sunshine Mill is also bringing the wine tasting experience home with a flight of five different wines in 2-ounce tasting pours and a virtual in-depth tasting of the wines in their tasting room. These are the types of wine you should be sipping according to a sommelier.

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Help mom make an herb garden

Whether mom lives in a small urban apartment or in a home with a yard, you can help her cultivate her green thumb with Urban Leaf. She can grow fresh herbs on any windowsill with its herb starter kit that includes basil, mint, oregano, and more. These are 12 of the easiest foods to grow at home during quarantine.

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Send mom plants instead of flowers

Plants are an excellent Mother’s Day gift as they last much longer than bouquets and add a touch of nature to any environment. This is especially necessary as we’re all spending more time than usual indoors. Costa Farms is one of the oldest growers of houseplants in the country and has a collection of covetable tropical plants. Outside In offers a variety of houseplants and moss art that are packaged sustainably and plastic-free. To gift mom a premium plant, browse the selection at Leon and George—each plant is potted in high-end ceramics. Find out 100 more of the top gifts for mom.

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Preserve priceless artwork

Those crayon drawings of rainbows and hearts deserve a special place on the wall—and a way to be preserved for years to come. Order a box from Artkive and let her collect her favorites, plus a few photographs, too. She’ll get back a beautifully framed 26-inch by 26-inch framed mosaic of these priceless memories. Next, read on for the best Mother’s Day gift for every type of mom.

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Lola Méndez
Lola Méndez is an Uruguayan-American freelance journalist and writes regularly for Reader’s Digest Culture and Travel sections. Her work has also been published in CNN, Architectural Digest, SELF, ELLE, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Parade Magazine, among other publications and her responsible travel blog, She earned a BA in Marketing from LIM College and is a 200-hour trained yoga teacher. Méndez has appeared on NBC and spoke at the Georgetown Women in Leadership summit. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn