The Best Virtual Gifts + Activities to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Last Update: July 5, 2024

Mother’s Day may look a bit different this year—but if there’s one thing we can learn from social distancing, it’s that our ability to connect doesn’t go away just because we’re unable to share physical space. You can show the mother figure in your life just how much you love her in simple, heartfelt ways. We’ve rounded up ideas on how we’re celebrating Mother’s Day this year—from easy gifts, if that’s accessible to you, to virtual parties—all based on your mom’s unique interests.

We will be referring to, and using the phrase, “your mom” throughout this blog post. We understand that the term “mom” means something different to each of us—and we honor and celebrate anyone whom you consider a mother figure in your life! We also recommend you take a look at sustainable flower delivery in your area. You don’t have to lift a finger!

If your mom loves music and art

Spotify Playlist

Create a custom playlist of songs that remind you of your mom. These could be songs from your childhood, that you hear her listen to all the time, or songs that you think she would like. Be sure to include a note or anecdote about why you chose each song in the playlist.


Create a collection of custom-designed messages and photos from friends and family with Boombox. Simply invite collaborators to your custom Boombox, design a card layout or use a template, and your gift will be shipped directly to your mom. If your mom is really missing her friends and family, this is the perfect gift.

Virtual Museum Tour

Take your mom on a stroll through The Louvre in Paris, The Vatican Museum in Rome, and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Many museums across the world are opening up their virtual doors for free tours.

If your mom loves the spa

Virtual Mani/Pedi

Do virtual at-home manicures and pedicures—pick your colors, grab some wine, and have a good time! If you’re able to plan ahead, you might also consider sending your mom matching nail polish.

At-Home Face Mask + Facial

No, not that kind of face mask. We’re talking about spa-style face masks that promote skin hydration, wound healing, and an overall glowy complexion. Whether you have a face mask you already love at home or want to try a DIY recipe, having a good laugh with your mom while wearing a face mask is always a good idea. Looking for an easy face mask recipe? Try mixing two teaspoons of Manuka honey with one teaspoon of cacao powder for a hydrating and gentle exfoliating face mask.

If your mom loves fitness

Virtual Workout

Have a yoga flow you love? A pilates routine you swear by? A walk outside that’s been making you happy? Share it with mom! Take her through your go-to workout to incorporate some gentle movement into your Mother’s Day celebration.

Online Fitness Subscription

Since most of our fitness routines have gone indoors, treat your mom to a new online fitness class subscription! Corepower Yoga, Obé Fitness, and Pure Barre have great options for every mom.

If your mom loves creating in the kitchen

Send Her Your Go-To Cookbook

Sending your mom your favorite cookbook is a great way to inspire her in the kitchen, while also supporting your favorite chefs, cooks, and small restaurants. For a personal touch, you could even send her your own copy with specific recipes and handwritten notes.

Virtual Cooking Lesson

If you would normally cook a special family recipe on Mother’s Day, you still can! Teach your mom a new recipe virtually and enjoy eating it “together” to celebrate.

Virtual Cooking Challenge

Send mom (and yourself) a curated box of produce, such as Farm Fresh to You or Imperfect Produce, and see who can create the best meal using what’s included. She might just become the next star chef.

If your mom loves learning

Virtual Walking Tour

Explore a new city together on a virtual walking tour. Read about the history of your chosen destination ahead of time and check out the monuments, parks, and sights.

Develop New Skills

Give your mom the gift of education. Now is the perfect time for your mom to learn a new skill, since she may have more time available. Skillshare offers classes for all hobbies and interests.

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Lily Comba

Lily Comba has never met a baked good she didn't like. When she's not baking, you'll find her writing, taking a Pilates class, or collaborating with the editorial and social team as a Senior Content Writer at Thrive Market.

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