Like everything else right now, Mother's Day is going to look a bit different this year, but you can still treat Mom to a lovely day despite social distancing. Mothers with youngsters at home will definitely appreciate something special to recognize their extra efforts, and moms of adults who aren't able to physically visit right now could use a sweet reminder that their grown children are thinking about them and can't wait to spend time together soon. So, we rounded up some ideas to make your mom feel the love, whether you live under the same roof or have to send your love from afar.
Surprise her with a gift card for Afternoon Tea or Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Jefferson Hotel
We bet your mom would love to have something fabulous to look forward to when the stay-at-home order is lifted, so treat her to Afternoon Tea or Sunday Champagne Brunch on a future date. The Jefferson's afternoon tea service is scheduled to resume on Friday, July 3, and brunch service will resume on Sunday, July 12, so go ahead and book a reservation now, then send Mom a gift card with a note telling her to save the date for the special occasion! She'll be so excited to put a fancy foodie date on her calendar! (Photo credit: The Jefferson Hotel).
Give her a gift membership to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
If your mother enjoys gardening, flowers, or strolling through beautiful scenery, treat her to a year’s worth of extraordinary moments with a Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden membership. We're all itching to leave our homes right now, so getting outside and admiring the luscious vegetation and meticulously landscaped gardens at Lewis Ginter will be exactly what Mom needs when the Garden reopens.
Pick out something special from a local retailer
From Richmond and Virginia themed gifts to home decor, cute clothing, fun accessories, collegiate items, popular brands like Scout, Lilly Pulitzer, and Mud Pie, and so much more, Tweed is a favorite spot to find unique Mother's Day gifts. They are currently offering a Tweed Smart Shop service, where you use your smartphone to schedule a personal virtual shopping experience at Tweed. You can also just peruse their website and order online for contact-free curbside pickup, free delivery within a 10-mile radius and free shipping on purchases of $50 or more. (Photo credit: Tweed).
Order takeout from her favorite Richmond restaurant and have it delivered to her doorstep
Give Mom a break from cooking and support a local restaurant at the same time. Win win! Check out Takeout RVA for a current list of restaurants offering takeout and delivery. (Photo credit: Casa del Barco).
Help her pass the time at home with a jigsaw puzzle from a local shop
It's no surprise that jigsaw puzzle sales are skyrocketing right now while we're all spending extra time at home. If your mom is the patient type that enjoys working on puzzles, consider sending her one from the VMFA Shop or World of Mirth, both of which are offering online ordering.
Send her a Discover Richmond Box from River City Food Tours
If your mom enjoys supporting local purveyors and trying regionally-made products, she will be delighted to receive a Discover Richmond Box on Mother's Day weekend! River City Food Tours has curated a collection of food items from local makers, featuring a variety of savory, sweet, and hearty items, as well as a bag of coffee or tea. You might even help her find a new favorite she didn't know about before!
Wow Her with a Fabergé Egg Pendant from the VMFA Shop
Is your mother an alumna of JMU, Virginia Tech, UVA, VCU, University of Richmond, VMI, VUU, VSU, William & Mary, ODU, or Mary Washington? If so, help her show-off her school spirit in style with a Fabergé Egg pendant from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Shop. Plus, your purchase helps support the collections and exhibitions of the VMFA! (Photo credit: VMFA)
Send her some melt-in-your-mouth truffles from Chocolates By Kelly
Sweeten Mom's day by gifting her a custom box of handmade chocolates by Master Chocolatier Kelly Walker of Chocolates By Kelly. While the Short Pump store is currently closed, they are taking orders for shipping, delivery, and pre-scheduled pick ups.(Photo credit: Chocolates By Kelly)
Go the traditional route and send flowers from a local florist
One thing that hasn't changed during the current situation is the ability to send flowers to a loved one's home. In addition to floral arrangement and bouquet deliveries, Strawberry Fields Flowers and Finds offers gift sets, terrarium kits, and tickets to future floral arranging workshops, all of which could make great gifts for Mom! Strange's and Vogue Flower Market are also still offering floral deliveries. You can also send her a gorgeous, locally grown orchid from Chadwick & Son Orchids. (Photo credit: Strawberry Fields Flowers and Finds)
Bask in the beauty of Maymont's outdoor spaces
If you live under the same roof as your mother, consider taking her for a socially distanced stroll through the Maymont grounds and gardens. You could even pack a picnic or grab takeout from a local restaurant to enjoy together. Just be aware that plenty of other folks might have the same idea, so take the necessary precautions to stay at least six feet away from other visitors.
Indulge her inner gardening goddess with plants or tools from a local garden center
For the mom with a green thumb, gardening gifts are both meaningful and practical. Show that you support her hobby while also giving her something new to plant. Most garden centers, including The Great Big Greenhouse, Sneed's Nursery, and Strange's, are open for in-store shopping with social distancing practices in place, so feel free to pick out something you think she would like and drop it off on her doorstep. If you're unsure, send her a gift card so she can pick out her favorites. (Photo credit: The Great Big Greenhouse)
Happy Mother's Day to all of the amazing moms out there!