Jot it in your diaries. Mothering Sunday is celebrated on 14 March this year, and spoiling mum rotten will look a little different. While we can’t be together, there are still Mother’s Day online activities to ensure that mum knows she’s the number one woman in your life. We’ve found the best Mother’s Day online gifts that can be enjoyed from a distance, including some quirky gifts that are only possible because of this strange year.
Virtual hugs won’t make up for the real thing, but (we say with relentless optimism) at least the annual mad rush to make brunch reservations is off the cards this year. With everything going online, we’ve collated the best Mother’s Day online gifts to (safely) bridge the gap the social distancing has created. It might not be the celebration we had in mind, but let’s make it a day of appreciation - even if we can’t spend it together.
It’s hard to recreate the classic afternoon tea experience with restaurant doors firmly shut. Food hampers, chocolates, a bottle of wine - these are all classic food gift ideas for Mother’s Day, but we have a few other tricks up our sleeve. There are still plenty of creative gifts for food lovers that offer a pinch of sophistication and stand a cut above the rest.
If you thought wine tasting was a thing of the past, you thought wrong. Mum will receive six 150ml bottles of red, white and rosé wine from around the world and experience a bit of culture even when stuck indoors. She’ll also receive an invitation to a guided wine tasting session conducted by an expert on Zoom, so it’s an enjoyable evening packed with the opportunity to interact with fellow wine lovers too. Check out our Red Letter Days discount codes for 15% off the booking.
A day out is off the cards, but if you can’t bring mum to afternoon tea, we say bring the afternoon tea to mum. Packed with teas and freshly baked treats, the Piglet’s Pantry afternoon tea set can be delivered straight to her door for just £19 from Groupon. Choose the vegetarian hamper option for planet-conscious mums deserving of a Mother’s Day treat. New customers can get 20% off with our Groupon discount codes.
From tea to toilet roll, It seems like everything comes with a subscription these days, but this is something we can really get on (cheese) board with. The three-month cheese subscription from Red Letter Days contains four types of cheese, biscuits, and homemade relish, as well as recipe ideas and a free gift. Cheese connoisseurs will love this fresh seasonal cheese delivery every month - it should keep her fridge fully stocked until at least June. Don't forget to apply our 15% Red Letter Days discount.
Moments of cabin fever have become part of our daily ritual, and it can sometimes feel like the world has narrowed to the size of our living rooms. Luckily, some creative people have designed amazing online experiences to keep curious minds active. We’ve put together our favourite virtual Mother’s Day gift ideas to breathe a bit of excitement back into our lives.
Whilst escaping our homes may be off the table, escaping a virtual prison is very much on with an online escape room. The best thing about this experience is that you can book for up to 6 players from the same household or across multiple households and devices. You’ll play as Sherlock Holmes or Sir Cadogan as you attempt to unravel the mystery together. Ideal for lovers of logic and old detective fiction. It's worth adding something extra to your order because you can get £10 off orders over £39 with our Buyagift discount codes.
We’re all missing adventures, but there are plenty of interesting travel tours and experiences that can be enjoyed without leaving the sofa. From authentic Moroccan cooking to an archaeological tour of Pompeii, Airbnb has some incredible experiences to choose from. We love the Rio Carnival experience, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the carnival hosted by the Grande Rio samba school.
This experience boasts hundreds of five-star reviews and some enthusiastic testimonials - perfect for those interested in experiencing some culture from home. Hosted by a Tokyo local on Airbnb, she’ll explore tourist spots in a virtual tour of Tokyo and the nearby countryside. The tour has been beautifully put together by a host passionate about Japanese culture and cuisine. She’ll be planning her post-lockdown trip before you can say sayōnara.
We’ll have to replace in-person celebrations with a virtual affair, but Mother’s Day 2021 can still be one to remember. If you need an excuse for a party, there are plenty of online experience gifts to choose from when looking for Mother’s Day ideas at home. We’ve rounded up our favourite ideas for dancing the night away that you’ll be able to enjoy as a mother-daughter unit.
Sashay the night away with a drag cocktail class streamed directly from Lisbon. It’s an extravaganza chock-full of live performances, costumes, and interactions with people from all over the world. Saturated with sangria and creativity, it makes a perfect evening for a proper celebration. Choose from a selection of timeslots and check out the multiple five-star reviews on Airbnb.
Spend time together with an interactive private online cocktail making class for up to 6 separate households by Red Letter Days. A touch of luxury, she’ll be taught to make three cocktails by an expert mixologist, all while getting to mingle (virtually) with her favourite people. It’s both fun and informative, and she’ll soon be an expert at whipping up delicious cocktails.
How about an online dance class with a professional tango instructor? Each class has a maximum of four participants, so you can book as a small group for an authentic tango experience. At just £11 per person on Airbnb, it’s the perfect experience for beginners looking to try something new. You’ll learn a bit of culture and some of the basic steps, and maybe enjoy a little drink or two as you go.
Looking after ourselves inside and out should be our first priority right now. Encourage mum to do the same with a thoughtful gift to spark reflection and creativity. Thankfully, she won’t need to leave the house to experience new things and learn how to put herself first. Here are our favourite Mother’s Day online gifts for taking care of mum.
It’s hard to avoid moments of anxiety these days, so this meditation course at Red Letter Days could be an important gift for worriers. Meditation can teach practical ways to manage stress and uncertainty: a skill that could prove valuation for years to come. We also love the meditation with a Japanese Buddhist Monk experience on Airbnb, which costs just £11 for one hour.
Self-expression is so important, and dabbling in the arts is one way to significantly improve mental health. Encourage her to get creative with an online art class at Virgin Experience Days designed specifically for beginners. She’ll receive all the materials (including paints, brushes, and canvases) plus a bottle of prosecco in the post. It’s interactive, accessible, and, who knows, maybe she’s a Georgia O'Keeffe in the making.
There are thousands of gift packages and Mother’s Day hampers on the market, but we love the Sleepy Head care package at Buyagift. It’s compact enough to fit through a letterbox, so she won’t even need to answer the door to receive her hamper. This self-care kit is full of lavender wax melts and other treats to promote relaxation and a peaceful night’s sleep. It contains everything she’ll need for some TLC on Mother’s Day. We recommend adding something extra so you can save £10 on orders over £39 with our Buyagift discount codes.
Our take-home message is that there are plenty of Mother’s Day presents you can purchase online that are both interactive and lots of fun. We’re suckers for a classic food gift box, but there’s also a whole scope of interactive online experiences that could make a really thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Another bonus is that online gifts are immune to dreaded last minute dash to the shops, so you can buy on the day without breaking a sweat.