Published on May 1, 2020

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the maternal figures in your life by spending time with them and treating them to something special—a nice meal, a beautiful bouquet, or maybe an extra-personal present. This year, however, the holiday looks different, and if you won’t have the chance to hang out IRL, your typical traditions might be hard to maintain. But you can still plan an activity you can enjoy together if you’re in different cities, states, or time zones.

Sure, a traditional Mother’s Day gift is a nice touch, but if you’re separated from the ones you love, a virtual alternative can help close that distance. These options are sure to make the day a success.

Have a wine and cheese tasting

Wineries all around the country have started to offer at-home wine tastings that include Zoom sessions with experts. Napa Valley’s Bouchaine Vineyard has three different “experiences” that come with specific bottles, and you can also see if a wine producer near you offers a similar kind of virtual tasting. No wine tasting, of course, is complete without a good cheese plate. With Cheese Care Package, a new service from upstate New York’s Old Chatham Creamery, you can send mom an array of crackers, cheese, and jam and get a package for yourself, too, with a discount of $60

Re-create your favorite restaurant

You might not be able to visit your usual Mother’s Day spot, but you might be able to enjoy it at home. Goldbelly offers nationwide delivery on tons of dishes from highly regarded restaurants. So you can send over banana pudding from Magnolia, lobster rolls from The Clam Shack, bagels from Russ and Daughters, and more.

Enjoy a DIY spa experience

It’s time to get into facial massage, and Face Gym can teach you how to do it. The beauty brand now offers virtual “workout” sessions on Zoom. Book for a group and you can master the relaxing art of skin-plumping gua sha once and for all. Just make sure you order your tools ahead of time. 

Assemble a floral arrangement

A bouquet is a lovely gift, but making your own is even more exciting. Flower School offers weekly classes on Zoom and includes a shipment of high-quality Dutch flowers you’ll work with—enough to make at least six arrangements! If you have access to flowers at your local grocery store, you can also sign up for a less-expensive Zoom-only option. Make sure you sign up both yourself and your mom so you can experience it together.

Meditate—with special guests

Airbnb’s virtual experiences offer a wide range of tours, Q&As, and classes, but none may be as soothing as a meditation session with sheep. Owner Beccy works in healthcare, specializing in treating anxiety, and her daughter, Rivkah, is a well-being coordinator—so with their adorable herd of sheep, they’re well suited to host one very relaxing Zoom call.

Sip and paint online

Getting creative with a canvas is always calming, but if you want a little more guidance, an instructor is invaluable. Now you can take a guided painting class online through Yay Maker—just sign up for a specific session, make sure you both order your supplies in advance, and pour your drink of choice. 

Take a themed cooking class

Sure, breakfast in bed is a great treat, but so is learning how to make a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own space. That’s why Haven’s Kitchen’s online cooking classes make a perfect Mother’s Day treat, whether you opt for a session on that exact day or at a later date. Just book now if you want to join the May 10 brunch, where you and your mom will learn how to make a spring grain salad with a poached egg and chocolate-hazelnut meringues for dessert. 

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