The best Mother’s Day gift ideas, for quarantine and beyond

Whether you’re far away from your mom or together more than ever, make her special day memorable with a unique Mother’s Day gift.
Cassidy Dawes Graves
Cassidy at SmartGift
April 30th 2020Apr 30, 2020

Mom’s done a lot for you over the years, and it’s likely she hasn’t gotten enough thanks for it. Mother’s Day, which falls on Sunday, May 10th this year, is the perfect occasion to show your mom how much she means to you. But you may have to celebrate this Mother’s Day differently, due to social distancing measures and the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe you can’t go out for breakfast like you always do, or take the train home for the weekend to spend time with her. Maybe you’re quarantining together, and you’re spending more time with your mom than you have in a while.

Whatever your situation may be, Mother’s Day can still be a beautiful time for celebration and connection. Here are some thoughtful, fun Mother’s Day gift ideas, plus ways to send them remotely, so you can show your mom (or stepmom, or grandma, or mother-in-law) how much you care. Plus, SmartGift’s instant digital delivery makes gifting a breeze.

As a tried and true gift, flowers are a classic Mother's Day item. Plus, your mother figure is getting a gift that will add sweetness to their home for days to come! Go big and colorful with a overflowing arrangement, or give something delicate and simple with collection of soft blooms.

If bouquets aren't her thing, treat Mom to something she can take up during the stay at home order. This seed kit will let her explore gardening with sunflower and strawberry seeds, and she can send you progress updates every week. Or send her something that will bloom forever with a lasting pink rose.

Smile Farms® Seed Kits
Smile Farms® Seed Kits
There’s fun for everyone in our grow-your-own seed kits! These unique, coloring book-style paper bags let you easily produce fresh berries or sunflowers. Our Alpine strawberries are plump & sweet (and make great houseplants after all the fruit has been picked). Our mini sunflowers are a French dwarf variety that’s easy to grow on any sunny windowsill. Available individually or as a set of two, it’s the perfect gift for gardeners of any age to nurture and feel proud of. Choose Alpine strawberry seed kit, mini sunflower seed kit, or set of two. Strawberries: the woodland-like sprays of these delicate but easy-to-grow plants produce delicious, aromatic red berries about twice the size of wild berries; they bear fruit in the second year, although in some cases fruit may appear in the first fall; they’ll stay compact and produce few runners so they make excellent houseplants even when they aren’t producing fruit. Dwarf Sunflower (Helianthus annuus): getting its Greek name from a resemblance to the sun, this beautiful plant was originally domesticated in the Americas; it is an important agricultural crop today. Each kit includes: Grow material Leak-proof coloring bag Coconut husks for drainage Garden stake Instructions Each bag measures overall 10"H x 6.5"W. This item is part of our special BIRTHYAY! gift collection. For each item purchased from this collection, we will donate 20% of the net proceeds* to support our signature philanthropic partner, Smile Farms. The mission of Smile Farms is to provide developmentally disabled adults with meaningful employment opportunities. When “Smile Farmers” work on farms, urban gardens, greenhouses and farm stands, they are able to grow and sell flowers, plants and produce in their local communities. Smile Farmers are truly enriched by their work, and the daily routine it provides makes all the difference in their quality of life. *“Net Proceeds” shall be defined as the gross sales price of the product less any and all taxes, service charges, shipping and handling charges, discounts, gift certificates, promotional gift certificates, promotional offers (e.g. airline miles, points, e-money, etc.) credits, rebates, chargebacks, refunds, credit card processing fees and gift certificate cancellations. Smile Farms Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, EIN: 46-5360466.

Moms work hard, and now even harder with the children at home with online school and work being from home as well. Add a bit of luxury to her routine with some wellness or spa products. Whether it is everything she needs for a relaxing afternoon or just some nice perfume to have her feeling glamorous, gift a bit of pampering and selfcare.

When mom gets her gifts, find a time to get share some R&R and get dolled up together—either at home or over video chat.

Though it’ll still be a while before anyone can have a night out at restaurants or enjoying live music, your mom will still appreciate a thoughtful accessory for her favorite outfit or to dress up her cozy leisurewear. She can still dress up and feel fabulous for family zoom calls or for running to the grocery store for the essentials.

Send Mom your gift link with a fun iMessage effect, and ask her to take a picture when she wears her new gift.

And of course with mom being home, she might enjoy being able to try some new recipes and make some comforting treats. Mom might show you these gifts, but she probably won’t share!

Need more gift inspiration for mom? Shop our Gifts for Mom collection.