How to celebrate Mother’s Day in 2020

Rather than focusing on what’s not currently possible, let’s look at what we can do to help mom feel the love, albeit from afar.

By Vanessa Vallon & Kayla Whitney


It goes without saying that this Mother’s Day will be pretty different from years past. Brunch with the whole fam at a crowded restaurant? Probably not in the cards this year. But just because it’s different, doesn’t mean it has to be sad.

Rather than focussing on what’s no longer possible, let’s look at what we can do to make sure mom feels the love, albeit from afar.



Singing Telegram

Wow her, delight her, embarrass her in front of the neighbors. A singing telegram is highly zany, very unexpected, and inherently social distance-approved (fear not for multiple reasons: they won’t come in the house). It’s also a great way to help a local musician/gig worker.

Check out GigSalad, Thumbtack, or The Bash to find the right fit for your mom. Whether she’d be into a serenade from Elvis or a pink gorilla singing 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” you can rest assured there is a singing telegram out there for her.

Drive-By Parade

We imagine you’ve seen the videos by now: birthdays, graduations, veteran love, doctor appreciation. You name it, there’s been a neighborhood parade for it. But just because it’s been done, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be very fun and flattering to be the recipient of a DBP, especially featuring the most familiar faces. Call up your close and extended fam and get behind the wheel.

Cooking Class

Although we’ve all been cooking a lot, it’s still fun to learn and taste something new. Elevate the home-cooking experience with a fancy (but doable) recipe and some expert help courtesy of an online cooking class or tutorial. For extra points, arrange for delivery of the ingredient’s direct to mom’s doorstep, and carry out the cooking process in parallel (and of course on camera) so you can ask each other questions, laugh at each other’s gaffes, and show off your culinary masterpieces.

Netflix Party

Living in different locales? You already know the drill: embrace technology. Fire up one of your favorite films on Netflix Party and watch right alongside mom. Pick something light and funny (even if not intentionally comedic), so the chat feature is entertaining rather than annoying because we all remember the pain of mom interrupting the best parts of the movie to ask what we want for dinner (although that sounds sort of nice right now).

Virtual Happy Hour

Have mom pick her poison and make an event out of it. Whether she’s a wine, beer, or cocktail gal, you can create an elevated experience by finding a craft cocktail class to execute in tandem, dialing up a sommelier-led virtual wine tasting or hitting a virtual taproom to catch a buzz while staying safe. 


Great as a standalone option or as the follow-up to your drive-by parade, hit your favorite scenic parking lot and bust out your picnic baskets, coolers, grills and boomboxes for a good old-fashioned tailgate. Be sure to heed local regulations and adhere to social distancing measures to avoid sassy NextDoor complaints.

Spa Day

Since you can’t send her to the spa, send mom the tools she needs for an at-home spa day: bubble bath, scrub, a face mask, and nice lotion. Maybe consider throwing in a bottle of bubbly she can sip in the tub. More health-minded? Join her for a virtual yoga or meditation class to cleanse the spirit alongside the body. Better yet? Do both, there’s nothing like a little post-plank flute of prosecco.

Visit a Historic Landmark or Museum, Virtually

Can’t whisk mom away to Europe this year? Join the club. Let her experience the wonders of the world from her couch through a virtual tour. You can roam through the grand rooms of Buckingham Palace, poke around the Vatican, traipse around Versaille, and even trek Mt. Fuji! Not into the touristy stuff? Head out on a virtual art walk, experience wildlife or get a close up look through a zoo’s live animal feed.




You just can’t go wrong with coffee. With so many different roasts and types, a coffee subscription is a great option to try them all! One of our favorites is Atlas coffee. Atlas explores flavors from all over the world and gives you a different blend each month. Each bag is paired with a postcard and info card from wherever the coffee is from! There are tons of other amazing coffee subscription services as well: Trade, Purity Cofee, and Blue Bottle.


Consider giving mom the joy of getting lost in a good book. Many book subscription services allow you to choose genres, which ensures you’ll get something up your alley. Services like OwlCrate and The Bookworm Box even throw in extra booky accessories and goodies. There are SO many choices when it comes to book subscription services; Once Upon a Book, Book of the Month, and Once Upon a BookCase are just a few!


Most mom’s had a phase of yelling at their children to brush their teeth. Return the favor of oral hygiene with a unique toothbrush subscription service. Quip, for example, allows you to personalize the delivery frequency of new heads that fits their ultra-sleek handle, which is sent on the first shipment. The toothbrush even comes with a holder you can mount on the wall or bathroom mirror. Other services to consider: Burst, Boka, and Goodwell Co.


Maybe it’s no minor coincidence that Mother’s Day is in Spring. Plants are a great gift idea that go beyond the classic bouquet. There are a few options when it comes to planting subscription services. Many will send already bloomed plants. Such services include The House Plant Box and My Garden Box. Others – like Easy Come Easy Grow and Urban Organic Gardener – come with seeds and materials to get started with your sprouting.