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    33 Mother’s Day Gifts For When You Can’t Be Together

    Distance doesn't mean you can't still show your love.

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    1. A magical customizable music box that'll be there for your mom whenever she's missing you.

    wooden music box with wind-up crank on side, engraved with message "You Are My Sunshine"
    WhatIsInTheBox / Etsy

    The music box has a wind-up key on the side. Crank it and listen to the sweet sounds of "You Are My Sunshine." You can also customize the box with the Mother's Day message of your choice!

    WhatIsInTheBox is a small biz that sells all kinds of customizable music boxes.

    Promising review: "From day one when my kids were born I have sang to them every night 'You Are My Sunshine.' I have been wanting to do this for years however I never found the right box. Right here is the right box. The beautiful sound was perfect! Upon opening the box I found an extremely heart warming note from you all. I cannot describe in words how it made me feel. You all are amazing! Thank you and thank you for your gift!" —brazeleric56

    Get it from WhatIsInTheBox on Etsy for $17.95+ (add $2 for a personalized message).

    2. A retro-looking cassette tape player so she can travel back in time to the '80s and '90s. Add in your fave music so she'll think of you! Maybe Taylor Swift?

    the tape player
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "So cute and better quality than ever expected! So happy with my purchase" —jadiefaye

    Get them from Urban Outfitters: the tape player for $40 (available in two colors), and Taylor Swift cassette tape for $12.

    3. A mason jar indoor herb garden if she's always dreamt of growing her own herbs but lacks time, or, well, an actual garden. No need for her to go outside now! These planters use a passive hydroponic system, meaning she doesn't even have to worry about whether the soil has the right amount of water. Soon, she'll have her own cilantro to garnish meals with.

    the mason jar planters with different herbs
    Uncommon Goods

    Plant the seeds of your choice, put water in the reservoir, place the jar in a sunny spot, and that's it! The self-watering jar options include all organic geneovese basil, cilantro, mint, Greek oregano, flat leaf parsley and sage. This is designed for year-round indoor use. The plant food doesn't expire! You can also find instructions and tips here.

    Promising review: "This was a Mother's Day gift and Mom absolutely LOVES it! She was excited to plant the seeds even before she realized it is hydroponic. Now she's absolutely thrilled with this basil planter jar. I also gave her the parsley jar, which she loves just as much." —Kim

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20 (available in four herbs).

    4. Or if she does have the space and wants more than herbs, a Bloomin' Bin subscription box to cater to her inner gardener. She can finally start that garden she's always dreamed of. And you get cute veggie pics!


    What they'll get: organic, in-season seeds, instructions, gardening tools, and everything she needs to growing her own fruits, vegetables, and flowers!

    Promising review: "Really love this box (I have both seeds and the big box — like I said, I really love this box). You can't go wrong with either one. Everything is labeled and they give you great instructions. I have had almost 100% sprouting of my seeds. I like packages that people seem to put a lot of thought into. Thank you for the different gardening ideas and pushes. Love them all so far." —Anna

    Get it from Cratejoy for $7.75/month (available in four types).

    5. A movies scratch-off poster with 100 iconic movies ranging from Casablanca to Jaws as a bucket list for the two of you. Virtual movie nights will be a blast as you get through each title and scratch off the panel to reveal the surprise image underneath!

    the poster framed

    Promising review: "Really nice to give as a gift to anyone who even remotely watches movies. It is a good challenge for film lovers to complete, as some of the movies on here are different from the classic best movies lists. Movies are also from all genres so it promotes something for everyone." —Anastasia B

    Get it from Amazon for $19.45.

    6. A delicate book locket that'll hold two photos and an actual personalized secret message! Even when you can't talk to her for a while, she'll always have a memento reminding her of your love.

    SilkPurseSowsEar / Etsy

    The locket is made of solid brass and has a working hinge and clasp that you open to reveal the message. It also fits two tiny photos inside!

    SilkPurseSowsEar is a small independent jewelry shop based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They specialize in personalized necklaces, engraved photo lockets, zodiac gifts and earrings using vintage materials and animals like birds, foxes, and horses. All packaging is made from recycled and biodegradable materials.

    Get it from SilkPurseSowsEar on Etsy for $37.49+ (available in three lengths and with or without photos).

    7. A private one-to-one virtual cooking class with expert chefs from all around the world to turn her next night in into a global adventure! She can learn to cook a yummy dish from the country of her choice, whether that's okonomiyaki from Japan, kebabs from Turkey, or empanadas from Peru — all from the comfort of home.

    thechefandthedish, thechefandthedish / Via

    The classes are held live via Skype and there are group options too so you can take the class with her and Skype from two different locations! The classes range between two to three hours. You get step by step coaching with a chef who will cook alongside you, a meal of three or more dishes, a recipe booklet to recreate the dishes again after class ends, and a personal kitchen assistant to answer your questions.

    Book one from The Chef & The Dish for $299+ (available in 70+ country cuisines and classes and a dinner party option for larger groups) or buy her a gift card.

    8. An amazing pair of long-distance lamps so when you tap one to turn it on, its corresponding partner will light up too, no matter where it is — it could be in a whole other country! It's a lovely way to let your mom know you're missing them or even just surprise her. You can assign colors so each person gets their own special shade too!

    Uncommon Goods

    Each person has to set up their lamp with Wi-Fi. It has a rainbow of colors that you can assign so when they tap their lamp, yours lights up with their shade and you'll know exactly who tapped it.

    The lamps have a default timer to fade in 1.5 hours but you can set it fade in half-hour, 1.5 hours, 8 hours or 24 hours. Learn how to set it up here.

    Get them from Uncommon Goods: the box shape for $170 and the spiral shape for $198.

    9. OR these Bond Touch bracelets you and your mom can wear everyday to give each other a subtle sign whenever you're missing or thinking of the other! She'll be overjoyed when her wrist lights up as she's going about her day.

    Amazon / Via, Amazon

    Here's how it works: Slip on the bracelets, sync them with the Bond Touch App, and you can send touches (aka the bracelets light up) if you can't physically be together.

    Promising review: "My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I don't live with my parents so the amount I got to see her decreased even more. My mom and I have always been best friends, so I wanted to go to her radiation appointments but since the pandemic started no one could go with her so I got these as a Mother's Day present to let her know I'm always with her. She'd be at her appointment and I'd be at work when I'd feel a buzz on my wrist and I'd buzz her right back. They have helped both us so much. I'd text her and I'd get in trouble because you shouldn't use your phone while working so it has made it so much easier to say hi or I love you. I would absolutely recommend it to mothers/fathers and their kid because sometimes we feel alone and a simple buzz can change everything. Also it's fun to create like your own little codes with it. —Lari

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $108.

    10. A beautiful plant-themed growth journal — she can track her goals both big and small. With its whimsical full-color illustrations of florals and botanicals, just opening this will get her inspired!

    Boygirlparty / Etsy

    This journal is structured in phases through the process of making life changes:

    Section 1: SEED: Setting Goals

    Section 2: SPROUT: Growing Your Efforts

    Section 3: BLOOM: Nurturing Momentum

    Section 4: THRIVE: Reflecting on Growth

    Boygirlparty is a small biz that designs wearable and whimsical art and gifts. Susie Ghahremani, a San Diego-based illustrator, runs and hand-makes objects featuring original artwork inspired by animals and nature!

    Get it from Boygirlparty on Etsy for $15.95.

    11. A heart-touching Winnie the Pooh vintage-style art print that'll bring tears to your (or your mom's) eyes, because he just says the darndest sweet things. It's a great way to tell your mom you'll always be there for her even though you're apart! How can you not put a hand to your heart and sigh, reading this?

    the print, which shows Pooh and Piglet walking in the woods
    DeWoozles / Etsy

    The quote says, "If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever."

    DeWoozles is a woman-owned business based in Poland. It sells children's classic posters, illustrations, and art prints.

    Get it from DeWoozles on Etsy for $9+ (available in four sizes and two styles).

    12. A sweet "Why I Miss You" fill-in-the-blanks book that'll let you get personal with cute and simple prompts. You can say all the things you can't in person. Be funny or be sappy — whatever you do, your mom will love reading through this on days she misses you back. It'll become a treasured keepsake for sure.

    the cover

    Promising review: "I got this as a gift for a friend that lives away from me and I had a smile on my face the whole time I was filling it out! She absolutely loved it." —Kristi

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    13. A gorgeous personalized bracelet in your own handwriting. Your mom will always have a piece of you with her, no matter the distance!

    silver bracelet with message "always love you"
    Vintage Branding Co / Etsy

    You can engrave the inside of the bracelet, the outside, or both. Choose from a variety of different fonts for your message, or, for the most personalized touch, attach an image of your handwriting by clicking on the "Message Seller" link.

    Vintage Branding Co is a small business based in Indiana that sells engraved personalized jewelry, keychains, and more.

    Promising review: "Love Love Love! I can't express how perfect this is. They were so helpful and answered all my questions promptly and I had a lot of questions. I love how it came out. I had my kids write a message to my mom so this was a custom bracelet order with my kids handwriting and names. I will definitely be purchasing again from this shop. The package also came early. This is the perfect gift and I highly recommend." —hkirkland00

    Get it from Vintage Branding Co on Etsy for $35+.

    14. A birth month flower kit so Mom can literally grow her own birth flower! The two of you can follow its growth on your daily video calls. It's perfect for some-bud-y who enjoys things like birthstones, astrology, and even just flowers.

    the kit with three grown flowers
    Uncommon Goods

    What's included: Your chosen birth flower's seeds, a glass bottle, a soil-less growing medium, instructions, and info about what your flower symbolizes are all included. Once the flower has grown, you can wash the bottle and use it as a vase! It has a cork lid that doubles as a coaster.

    Promising review: "There is absolutely no downside for anyone. I can't think of anyone who would not like it. It would be appreciated by any recipient. Most people would enjoy the simple do-it-yourself aspect of planting flowers and the beauty of watching your flower grow. Additional bonus that it adds color to one's space." —Libra

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34 (available in 12 styles).

    15. A fresh eucalyptus shower bunch to give her a spa-like experience when she needs to unwind from the day since you can't actually take her to the spa right now. The aromas not only refresh but also can help destress, and can provide some relief for colds and allergies.

    hanging eucalyptus bundle in shower
    TheBlumBar / Etsy

    You can also add lavender to your bundle for added relaxing effect.

    The Blum Bar is a woman-owned small biz based in Dallas that specializes in selling natural lavender products.

    Promising review: "Just AMAZING. Put a bundle of just the eucalyptus in the small shower. It was great. Used eucalyptus/lavender in the large shower. With the radiant heated floors etc, it makes the whole room like a steam bath. I absolutely love this. Hope it's available often. Thank you so much." —Shirley

    Get it from The Blum Bar for $22+ (available in three sizes and different quantities).

    16. A clip-on selfie ring light — she can finally have some star-quality lighting on your scheduled video calls together! No more shadowy, murky screens.


    Promising review: "Great product and works as described. Light has three settings that gradually get brighter as you click the power button. Definitely makes a difference in your pics." —eryckahvii

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    17. A monthly Japanese snack box if she's always wanted to go to Japan. Now, she can explore and experience Japan in not one, not two, but six ways with a taste of everything from anime-themed snacks and fun drinks to DIY kits and Japanese Kit Kats! Everything comes straight from Tokyo and it's super affordable too.

    Tokyo Treat

    What you get (depending on your choice of box): 17 full-size items including a Japanese drink, a party pack, an anime snack, five popular Japanese snacks, three Dagashi, a DIY Japanese candy kit, and a Japanese candy guide book.

    Tokyo Treat is POC-owned and aims to spread the love for Japanese candy, snacks, and soda all over the world. They want to show people Japan's bizarre and unique tendencies through the snacks' distinctive packaging, showmanship, and aesthetics. They handpick ones you'd be hard-pressed to find at your local grocery store.

    Gift it from Tokyo Treat for $31.50+/month (available in four plans and two styles).

    18. A small block sign that'll tell her distance doesn't matter when it comes to love! This'll be a cute reminder no matter where you both are.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "Very cute item and my mom loved it. I got it for her as an addition to her Christmas presents, and she thought it was neat. She always told me "love you to the moon and back" when I was little, so I thought it would be something that would spark good memories. My only complaint is it is much smaller than expected. I wish it had been bigger. The quality is good though, and the color and printing is good too. Would recommend if you're looking for a small, meaningful gift for someone." —tm13

    Get it from Amazon for $11.87.

    19. A scratch-off world map for a fun way to mark your past family trips together and your future ones (once all this *gestures vaguely* is over, of course). Have your mom scratch off the places she wants to go to!


    Reviewers love how detailed the map is!

    Promising review: "OMG I LOVE THIS MAP! Upon receiving, I was surprised by the quality of the packaging and even more impressed by the actual map. This thing is heavy-duty and looks like it will last on my wall for years! I love coming home and seeing this map on my wall. It makes me look forward to the places I have yet to scratch off and reminisce about the places I have." —Karen Humphrey

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. A hands casting kit that'll capture every line and fingerprint from your interlocked hands and provide a super sentimental gift for her to treasure always!

    Reviewer and partner show real hands next to moulded white hand sculpture
    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I ordered it for my dear friend who was at the end- of life care and her husband. It's the best memento anyone can have. I ordered another one with a same day delivery. I want to do it with her son also, hopefully it'll come before it's too late. I'll definitely buy more for friends and family! Please don't hesitate in getting this product, you'll never regret it. it's easy to use and instructions are very clear." —Jane

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    21. A vegan Starbucks candle that will have her whole house smelling like her favorite coffee. These candles will remind her of your coffee trips together in the past. She'll love this — especially with the cute recycled bottles!

    two of the candles
    MoonstoneMC / Etsy

    MoonstoneMC is a California-based business that sells handmade candles and other upcycled home goods.

    Promising review: "I loved them! I ended up gifting one to a friend and keeping one for myself. They smell amazing and were shipped way faster than I expected! 10 out of 10 recommend!" —Nancy ambrosio

    Get a set of two from MoonstoneMC on Etsy for $30.

    22. A Chocolate and Book subscription box that'll keep her company with a book, a yummy hand-selected chocolate, and a hot drink. It's the perfect combo to help her unplug, get comfy, and lose herself in a cozy experience. Chocolate just makes everything better!

    A book and a bar of white chocolate with strawberries

    What you get: a book from the genre of their choice (young-adult, thriller, sci fi/fantasy, romance, chick-lit, award-winning, bestseller, or surprise/hidden genre), hand-selected chocolate, and a hot drink (choose from coffee, tea, or hot chocolate).

    Promising review: "I've been subscribed for a few months now and I love it! The box always arrives around the same time each month and I am always looking forward to it. The chocolate is special and always a little different compared to what I usually get in the store, which makes the experience a bit more exciting each time (in a good way!). Every book I have been sent so far was an exciting and/or heartwarming/entertaining/great read and I can only recommend this box! So yeah, if you like chocolate, hot chocolate and cocoa-drinks, and good books, this is the book box for you! —Samantha

    Get it from Cratejoy for $18.49/month (£14.67 GBP).

    23. A moringa flower body butter because it feels rich and lovely on skin and smells absolutely heavenly. Your mom deserves to be pampered even if she's far away!

    the body butter
    The Body Shop

    This is non-greasy, gives 24-hour hydration, absorbs quickly, and leaves behind a fresh floral scent that'll have everyone trailing after you! I know this because I use this all the time after showers and love it. It sinks right in and leaves my arms — and legs soft and silky). My family's always mentioning how good I smell after applying. I don't even need to put on perfume.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.80+ (available in two sizes) and The Body Shop for $21 (available in one size).

    24. A height-adjustable laptop desk if she works from home or if she just doesn't want to get out of bed while FaceTiming you. No more precariously balancing her phone or laptop on the couch edge! This fits a laptop along with snacks, tea, books, and more!

    the laptop desk

    Promising review: "I really loved this laptop desk. It has the cutouts for the vents on my laptop and it doesn’t overheat anymore. It still has place for notes and coffee. The small drawer is very handy to store external drives. The table is easy to adjust and the material really seems durable. There are three different heights, so it's perfect for different size of people. I definitely recommend it." —Mi.Ka

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    25. A fancy red tower filled with gourmet cookies, brownies, sandwich cookies, and coffee cakes to surprise your mom and indulge her foodie side or sweet tooth! Or, if a cake's more their thing, this coconut cream cake hits just the right spot (or tastebud).

    Bake Me A Wish

    You can customize the occasion and choose your delivery date!

    The tower comes with a gift card and one dozen gourmet cookies in different flavors, one dozen brownies in different flavors, four deluxe sandwich cookies, and three coffee cakes in different flavors.

    The cake includes a greeting card and a gift box.

    Bake Me A Wish donates 5% of your order to give back to goodwill programs and nonprofits.

    Get them from Bake Me A Wish: the tower for $90 and the cake for $52.

    26. A compact heated massager to spoil her limbs and relieve cramps and tight muscles after a hard day of working. You can ensure she takes care of herself with this!

    the massager

    My colleague loves this too! See what she has to say below:

    "I recently purchased this bad boy as a birthday gift for my momma and after plugging it in and letting it get to work on her shoulders — which she's complained about having pain in for months — she immediately said her shoulders felt lighter. I tried this on my feet and honestly, it's sooooo relaxing! It feels like rolling your feet across tiny lacrosse balls but BETTER because all you have to do is sit there and let this contraption do all the work for you." —Jasmin Suknanan

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    27. A tea subscription box so she can try loose leaf tea from all around the world without having to leave home. The teas are hand-packaged, have different varieties of flavor, and come with reusable linen tea filters. Why should her exploration of tea stop at her grocery shelf?

    the subscription box with all its contents, including four teas, the packages, the pouches, the notecard and the box
    Simple Loose Leaf Tea

    Simple Loose Leaf is run by three siblings. Their mission is to enrich people's lives through new tea flavors and blends.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49/month (available in four styles; the box renews at $12.99/month), Cratejoy for $9/quarter, and Simple Loose Leaf Tea for $13/month+ (available in four styles and three delivery schedules).

    28. An elegant and beautifully minimalistic personalized portrait art drawing of her pet. Choose from over 150 cat and dog breeds, your fave design and color, and even add her pet's name! It'll be a thoughtful gift for sure.

    Animalist Art, @animalist / Via

    Animalist Art is a Swedish small business that aims to celebrate your pet and how much better they make your life through beautiful modern art. They also offer free express shipping worldwide!

    Get it from Animalist Art for $68+ (available in over 150 dog or cat breeds, three sizes, two art forms, and six colors).

    29. A Cardalloon that's part card and part balloon if you want to upgrade your standard card game! Your message goes on the box, she presses the magic button, and bam! The balloon of your choice magically inflates! Whether you go for I Miss You or I Love You, it's sure to be a surprise she won't soon forget!


    Your Cardalloon should be delivered 4-9 days after the day it ships.

    Get one from Cardalloon for $39.95 (available in nine styles).

    30. A Glossier makeup set to revamp her daily makeup routine! The set includes the famous Cloud Paint blush and the other cult faves that are perf for everyday use, including Boy Brow brow gel and Lash Slick mascara. Have her show off how it looks on her during your next call!


    Promising review: "You need this set in your life. I spent aaaages deciding if I would purchase this set but I am so glad that I went for it! Boy Brow is the perfect my-brows-but-better look. I've tried other brow products like this and none have been as good. Lash Slick is so much better than I thought it would be and it gives you a perfectly natural-looking finish, again, your lashes but better. Perfect for minimalists. Cloud Paint — was very pleasantly surprised when I put it on; it looks so natural and not at all as pink as I thought it would be. Love it. You only need a tiny bit." —Rachel

    Get it from Glossier for $40 (Boy Brow available in five shades, Cloud Paint available in eight shades).

    31. An Instant Pot to make cooking easier for her. This will help her whip up yummy meals in no time at all, making cooking simple and saving her time when you come visit for her homemade cooking!

    An Instant Pot surrounded by food

    Read our full review of the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "I’ve used it almost every single day since I’ve gotten it! It’s my new favorite cooking device! It takes so little time to prepare just about anything!" —bayleaw2

    Get it from Amazon for $63.94+ (available in three sizes and styles).

    32. A beautiful hummingbird 3D card guaranteed to make her smile when she opens up your message.

    the open card
    Lovepop Cards

    For five dollars more, you can upload a printed photo and message to make the card extra special.

    Get it from Lovepop Cards for $13 or browse their Amazon storefront for lots of colorful options, like this tattoo heart or this cherry blossom tree.

    33. A luxurious spa day bundle that includes fancy soap, a scrubber, bath salts, and other goodies for the perfect self-care day.

    the items in the bundle
    Knack Shops

    It also includes a wooden soap dish, mini-matches, and a hand-poured ceramic candle! Knack Shops ships all its gift boxes in a luxury re-usable box that you can also customize; your gift will even come with its own webpage where you can upload a sweet voice message.

    Get it from Knack Shops for $103.

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