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The Best Virtual Mother's Day Gifts of 2020

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It's safe to say that Mother's Day is going to be a little...different this year. With many of us trapped far away from our moms, and our moms stuck inside, we're dreaming up some creative solutions. Because moms deserve to know how much we care, especially amid all of the fear and uncertainty of this year. Remember to shop early (#SaveUSPS) and if one of these ideas seems cute, but not quite right, try shopping local. Ahead, we rounded up some virtual Mother's Day gift ideas to share your love from a socially appropriate distance.


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A Fragrance
Ralph Lauren sephora.com

All moms have that special scent, but the question is, do they have a signature scent? You know the kind, when you're browsing the department store, stumble upon a bottle, spray a sample and heave it in as a montage of your mother forms in your head. If no, you've never experienced this may I introduce you to Ralph Lauren Romance. It's been one of their best-selling scents for 20+ years and combines a blend of a Rose Damascena, delicate Jasmine and Pink Pepper essence all in one. You'll love smelling it as much as she will love wearing it. 

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Embroidery Kit
Purl Soho purlsoho.com

If there was ever a time to pick up a new hobby, now is it. An embroidery sample kit doubles as both an artsy finished gift and an activity to keep mom busy while she's stuck indoors. If she's a proficient knitter or crocheter, try ordering a pattern and set of skeins (tons of yarn stores are offering free shipping these days!).

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Brunch Cookbook
Amazon amazon.com
$14.99 (40% off)

So maybe you can't make mom breakfast in bed this year, but you can give her all the inspiration she needs for a yummy Mother's Day brunch. If she's more of a pancake or frittata person, try calling your local bookstore for recommendations then ordering directly from them. Take this idea really over the top by cooking the same breakfast yourself, then eating together over Zoom or FaceTime.

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Louis Vuitton
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A Luxury E-Card

This year, Louis Vuitton launched a customizable e-card experience for Mother's Day—no purchase required. Make your mom feel like she's living a life of luxury with one of these cute e-cards, which feature iconic LV products like the flower trunk, monogram bag, and mascot.


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Yoga Class

Your local gym or yoga studio is probably out of commission right now, but have you checked their website? Odds are that they’re probably offering online classes instead (and if not, you can find a full list of online workout classes here). Call mom before class starts to roll out your mats and warm up together, stay on FaceTime during the class, then check in again after you're done.

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Dutch Oven
Williams Sonoma williams-sonoma.com

To be fair, your mom may have been baking sourdough since before it was a trend. But, this is as good a time as any to get her a beautiful Dutch oven if she's been wanting to make a proper loaf.

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Birth Month Flower Grow Kit
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

There's no need for flowers to sound cliche this Mother's Day because, let's face it, they're a classic. This year, give mom the tools to grow her own bouqet--and enjoy your sweet smelling gift even longer.

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Coffee Date

You may have moved your weekly happy hour to Zoom, but you probably haven't started chatting with your parents online yet. But there’s nothing like the gift of time. Put on the kettle (or Keurig) and schedule a virtual coffee date to catch up with mom. She’ll definitely be glad to hear how you’re doing.

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Spa Gift Set for Mom
Etsy etsy.com

Okay so a spa day is definitely out for the forseeable future, but you can bring the spa to mom with a feel-good, small-batch, self-care set. If there was ever a Mother's Day for pampering, this is it it.

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Personalized Family Puzzle
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

The board game section at Target might look like a warzone, but there are still plenty of options for the mom who loves game night. A personalized family puzzle is the perfect combination of mom's hobbies and a little extra family love.

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Wine-of-the-Month Club
Wine of the Month wineofthemonthclub.com

If your happy hour has moved inside, odds are your mom's has too. Just cause she'll have to wait to check out that new wine bar doesn't mean she should have to wait to try some new wines. 

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Global Gift Basket
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

Mom's travel plans are probably on pause for the moment, but with a little creativity you can still bring the world to her. Consider a pre-selected global gift basket, or do the selecting yourself and shop for souvenirs she might have brought back from her favorite destinations.

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Feminist Book Club Subscription Box
Feminist Book Club feministbookclub.com

Start your own little book club with mom this Mother's Day with a feminist book club subscription box. It's probably a good idea to cool it at the bookstore for the forseeable future, but you can make sure mom still gets the best feminist reads (and cute extras) with a monthly subscription.  

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