Mother’s Day is approaching but this year it might not be possible to celebrate the holiday in person with your mom. This is a tough time for many of us, as we’ve had to isolate ourselves from some of the people we care about the most. It’s unprecedented, and we’re all figuring it out together.
Yet, if there’s a silver lining to be found during this time it’s that we’ve learned to appreciate just how much certain people in our lives matter to us – not the least of which are our mothers. And, with the technology we have today, we are still able to celebrate our own mothers, new mothers, grandmothers, and other important mother figures in our lives from afar.
This guide is an homage to the special mommies in our lives. Whether online or in-person, near or far, show them how much they matter to you by sending a gift that carries an important message of love, hope, and joy.
Gifts that say, “You’re a badass”
Jane Park, CEO and Founder of Tokki
“I love this karaoke machine so much that I’ve given one to my mom and another to a girlfriend for her 40th birthday. The Bluetooth connection makes it easy to play songs off of your phone (we use the KaraFun app), and you can also use it as a PA system to make announcements at picnics or as a wireless speaker (lasts for several hours).”
2. An Online Workout Subscription Like barre3
Just because we’re all inside doesn’t give us an excuse to get lazy with our fitness! An online workout subscription like the option from barre3 is perfect for any fitness level and is a great way to help your mom, grandma, or a new mommy in your life keep their body moving.
Not only will it help their body, but regular fitness clears the mind and enlivens the spirit – very important things during this time of social distancing. Pair the membership with one of these yoga mats from Suga. They’re 100% recyclable and made completely from wetsuits.
Gifts that say, “I wish I could be with you”
1. Netflix Subscription with Your Favorite Mom Movies Queued Up for Quarantine
If she doesn’t have a subscription already, get her the streaming service, and load a playlist with some mom-focused movies. From feel-good films to tear-jerkers, you and your mom can hit play on your separate TVs at the same time and watch together-but-separate style.
Some of our fave options: Little Women, Bad Moms, Lady Bird, Terms of Endearment, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Boyhood.
Bonus: Make it a movie-and-beauty night with some sheet masks and spa water while you’re watching the films.
2. Mother-Daughter “Social Distancing” Book Club
Another fun way to celebrate and stay connected is to start your own long-distance book club. Make a list of books you’ve both wanted to read, set a time to chat, and have your book club meetings via Skype or Zoom.
Some titles we like: The Joy Luck Club, The Poisonwood Bible, A New Earth, and anything from the Reese Witherspoon Bookclub. Get all the matriarchs involved by creating a club that includes moms, teens, and adult kids, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers.
Bonus: Small businesses need our support during this time so consider ordering from your local bookshop. Hard-copy books, not your thing? Try an audiobook subscription that supports local bookshops like this one from Libro.
3. Mother-Daughter Wine Night
When stuck inside for long periods of time the answer is: wine. Send your mom or mother-in-law a bottle of wine you love and buy yourself a bottle of the same and then share a glass while catching up on FaceTime or over the phone. Make it a new tradition by taking turns picking a new bottle to share every other week or so. (Okay, okay, maybe every week. We won’t judge. 😉 )
4. Tokki’s Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Set – Wrapped, Personalized, and Shipped
We created this gift set to make it easy for you to send your gratitude and love to the Mom in your life. The here’s to your unconditional love candle allows you to send her a special message that will make her gift truly memorable. The 3 ultra-hydration facial sheet masks and jar of gourmet milk chocolate caramel bites allow you to pamper her from a distance.
The best part? This entire gift set is wrapped in a reusable tokki gift wrap and tokki gift tag. We wrap, we ship. You customize it with a digital message. And suddenly you’re there when she opens her gift.
If this gift set doesn’t quite fit the mom in your life, check out all of the tokki appreciation candles for different messages. All can be wrapped in a reusable tokki gift wrap, personalized with a digital gift message, and shipped.
Gifts that say, “Here’s something to help take the edge off being my mom”
Let’s be honest, if it makes Oprah react like this, we’re in. It’s ideal for an expecting mama, a new mom, or your grandma. If they have to be in self-quarantine, they might as well be in foot-massage bliss. You may not be able to resist picking one up for yourself, either, once you hear from them how incredible it feels.
2. Ugg Slippers
Ultra cozy slippers like these are a must, must, must for long days spent lazing around the house. These slippers have a sturdy sole and encase the whole foot, so they provide stability, while still being comfy, fluffy, and warm. Have them sent right to her door and boost her lounge attire game to a whole new level.
Who else but a child would give this to their mom? CBD is buzzing in the media these days – and it’s not fake news. This hemp-based powder makes a calming elixir and promotes peaceful, deep sleep. She might be skeptical at first, but once she tries it, our guess is it’ll become a nighttime staple for her. For an extra special gift, consider wrapping in a reusable tokki wrap, size small and personalize with a digital message on the included tokki band. An added bonus: for every tokki wrap that is gifted, we plant a tree.
Gifts that say, “Thank you for all the family memories”
Puzzles are a great way to pass the time, stay focused, and create a peaceful, clear mind. Trade a standard puzzle for a custom puzzle of your own creation for her to put together.
Upload an image of your family, extended family, or just the two of you and have it shipped directly to her door. You can choose from four different puzzle sizes – anything from 60 pieces to over 1,000 pieces – based on what you think she’d enjoy.
We love this one for new mommies. Surprise her with a custom board book she can read to her new little one over and over again. Organize some mommy-and-me photos (you might need to enlist the help of other friends and family for this) and work with Pint Size Productions’ online application to build a book from a variety of templates.
This is one gift she won’t see coming but will love long after her kids are grown.
Have a custom bar necklace made for grandma with little birthstone gems to represent her children and grandchildren. These pieces are sweet, simple, and can be worn with anything. She can wear it every day to remind herself of all the beautiful people in her family that love her.
Gifts that say, “I see how hard you work”
1. A Pampering Kit
- A Dry Brush – perfect to keep the blood flowing and to improve lymph circulation.
- Any of these bundles from Primally Pure – basically bliss in a box.
- A purifying charcoal face mask – because being indoors is no reason to neglect those pores.
With a kit like this, you’re a shoo-in for the “Best Daughter of the Year” award.
She would probably never think to buy these for herself, which is exactly why they’re an ideal gift for a busy mom who could use a little TLC. These towels are plush, quick-drying, and completely free of synthetic dyes or chemicals. For a mom who works as hard as yours does, these are a must-have.
This is great for moms and grandmas whose wrists and shoulders may not like the twist-and-pull motion of a regular wine bottle opener. This baby pops bottles quickly and with more ease than the regular manual openers. It’s also sleek and stylish, so it’ll look great on her bar or counter.
Gifts that say, “You are the bouquet of flowers in my life”
No matter what climate she lives in, these drop-in kits allow her to grow something special. She can start the kit in her home, and move it outside when the time is right. Choose from options like popcorn, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, sunflowers, or pumpkin.
Even the box is a gift with this one. These adorable little succulent gardens come packaged in their decorative box and are ready to display as soon as it arrives at her door. This is such a sweet, simple way to add some brightness and joy to her home.
DIY gifts that say, “I want to help you the way you’ve always helped me”
1. Two Hours of Tech Support
Help her troubleshoot a computer problem, teach her something new about her iPhone, or walk her through downloading some useful apps for her tablet. Even just a couple hours on the phone with her can transform her technological world.
2. Deliver Groceries or Make a Home-Cooked Meal to Deliver
Does your mom live close? During this time of social distancing, and especially with moms and grandmothers over 60, delivering groceries is a beautiful way to help them stay healthy.
The less they have to go outside right now the better, so coordinate with them to develop a full list of yummy groceries and then do their shopping for them. You may not be able to give them a hug when you get to their door, but the bags of fresh groceries will show them just how much you love and adore them.
Gifts that say, “I know you love your furbaby just as much as you love me”
This test allows the furbaby mama in your life to learn about the potential health risks of their dog before they become a problem. The kit involves just a simple swab, and then they send the test off to be analyzed.
Breed, ancestry, traits, health, and even relatives (that’s right, the test can locate puppy brothers and sisters) are discovered through Embark. This is an invaluable gift for any dog-lover.
Mother’s Day is on May 10th, but National Dog Mom’s Day is close behind on the 11th. Help the dog mom in your life celebrate in style with these matching mommy-doggy shirts from Dog Threads. Ethically made in Ukraine, and 100% cotton, options like this cute coastal sweater give her the chance to take all the selfies with her pup this Mother’s Day.
For the one who is low-key in love with her cat, get her this chic minimalist cat print from City Art. The muted oranges and block colors give us Rothko vibes, but with a little feline flair thrown in.
Bonus: Have the print custom framed so it’s ready to be hung as soon as she receives it.
Last-minute gifts that still say a big, “I love you, mom!”
The lotus flower represents perseverance, fortitude, and grace under pressure. The flower presses its way through the mud before it reaches the surface where it can bloom into the stunning blossom we’ve admired for thousands of years.
A vase inspired by this hopeful, brave flower is a thoughtful gift for your mom during a time in our history that is filled with so much uncertainty. It’s a gift that says, “it’s going to be okay. In fact, it’s going to be better than okay.”
2. Schedule a FaceTime Happy Hour
What your mama probably wants most of all is some one-on-one time with you. Even over the video, quality time is invaluable. Whether you share a long-distance meal, a glass of wine, or watch a movie, an afternoon spent together over FaceTime will be a gift full of memories you both can look back on fondly even years later.
Mother’s Day Gifts with Meaning | Tokki Sustainable Gift Wrap
Tokki is here to help you give your mom a gift wrapped in love. Our eco-friendly, limited edition wraps are meant to be regifted and our Tokki bands let you keep a digital album of your fondest gifting memories. To celebrate your Tokki purchase, we will plant a tree in your honor.
Let this Mother’s Day be the one that brings you and your mom closer than ever – even from far apart.