Virtual Mother’s Day ideas – unique ways to celebrate

Wondering how to make a virtual Mother’s Day special from afar? This well-deserved celebration of mums has become a staple in many of our calendars.

Unfortunately, lockdown restrictions make it a little difficult to commemorate the day in person this year.

Even if you’re not quarantining with your mum, or your kids are away from home, there are still plenty of ways to share the love virtually! We’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day online.

How to celebrate a virtual Mother’s Day online

Cook together

Preparing a meal together is a great way to bond. While you might not be able to do this in the same kitchen this Mother’s Day, you can still make it work.

Got a special family recipe you want to learn? Now’s the perfect time! Ask your mum to show you how to make one of her signature dishes. She’s bound to be flattered. Likewise, showing your kids how to make their favourite childhood dish is a great way to virtually spend time together.

This will require a little advance preparation, as you’ll need to get an ingredient list together before the big day. Once that’s done, just add FaceTime, your drink of choice and a little bit of patience!

Alternatively, try something new together. We’ve an abundance of delicious recipes for you to try online. If you fancy something that’s easy to follow, Farmdrop’s Recipe Kits are fantastic. Get a kit for each of you and follow along together. Choose from delicious options like One Pan Tuscan Tortelloni and Venison Steaks with Port and Juniper Sauce.

Have a movie night

Love watching movies together with the family? Enjoy a good old-fashioned movie night from afar.

Teleparty, formerly known as Netflix Party, makes it easy to watch a movie online with a loved one. This clever browser add-on lets you synchronise whatever you’re streaming so you can both watch in real-time. It also has a handy chat function.

Sound too techy for you? Simply get up Facetime, Zoom or Skype on your phone and press play on the movie at the same time.

P.S. A little forethought will make this extra special. Gift your mum her favourite bottle of wine or box of chocolates, make yourselves a relaxing face mask and enjoy!

Take a virtual tour

Chances are you’ve had travel plans dashed in the last year. Well, now’s your chance to remedy that!

Know of somewhere you really want to visit as a family? A virtual tour can make that happen, regardless of travel restrictions. From The Vatican to the Grand Canyon, lots of world-famous museums and heritage sites offer free virtual experiences, where you can click through pre-recorded videos and 360-degree photos.

Even better, a number of providers have started running livestreaming tours too. Wish you could enjoy Mother’s Day in Amsterdam? This tour of the city from ToursByLocals will show you its famous canals, speciality chocolate shops and more.

We also love this Online Helsinki Experience run by Urban Adventures, which gives you a taste of ice swimming from the comfort of your own home.

Get creative

From sewing to painting, lots of creative activities are typically done solo. This makes them great options for when you can’t be together.

Embroidery-themed options like cross-stitch have grown increasingly popular during lockdown, and are a good choice for Mother’s Day. With kits to suit a range of tastes and levels, The Happy Cross Stitcher has thousands of designs to choose from.

One benefit of doing Mother’s Day virtually is that you can take classes from experienced instructors all over the world. Airbnb’s Online Experiences are fantastic for this. Whether you want to learn to collage with a Barcelona artist or become an expert in hand lettering and modern calligraphy, there’s sure to be something suitable.

Alternatively, try your hand at flower arranging. Blooms really have the power to brighten rooms and lift our mood. We love these gorgeous DIY kits from Botanique Workshop.

Painting is another excellent option, since most of know us know a thing or two about it from our childhoods. Plus, whether you want to take a virtual class or find a tutorial online, there’s lots of ways to join in!

Brush and Bubbles is the place to go if you need a little more guidance. The brand’s Art Kits contain everything you need to get started – including fizz – and there are tutorials available on their YouTube channel. You can also book a private party with them if you prefer – virtually, of course.

And last but definitely not least, making candles together is a great option. Liz is a big fan of True Grace’s fantastic Home Candle Workshop.

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Enjoy a virtual wine tasting

Virtual wine tasting has boomed in popularity during lockdown. We particularly love the offerings from exclusive wine club, 67 Pall Mall. Choose your online event, order the corresponding bottles of wine and relax with a fascinating discussion from international experts.

Alternatively, enjoy our Liz Earle Wellbeing Organic Wine Box. In collaboration with award-winning drinks maker Vintage Roots, this carefully curated box includes twelve of Liz’s favourite reds, whites and more. You’ll also receive access to a pre-recorded wine tasting event with Liz.

Take a dance class

Virtual dance classes are a great shared experience for Mother’s Day. From ballet to salsa fusion, Edinburgh’s National Centre for Dance, Dance Base, has a host of exciting classes on offer. Choose a one-off session or commit to a longer course if you want to spoil your mum.

If dancing isn’t in your blood, try a fitness or yoga class instead. We reveal some of our favourite online fitness classes here.

Host a cream tea

Mother’s Day is prime cream tea time. Luckily, the show can still go on despite lockdown and a virtual afternoon tea can be just as fun.

This Cornish Cream Tea and Biscuits Hamper from Devon Hampers contains all the ingredients needed for a delightful afternoon. Feeling fancy? Add champagne.

Simply order your hamper of choice – or make and safely drop off your own – and join in on FaceTime, Zoom or Skype on the day. Make it a real occasion by setting a dress code. We all want an excuse to dress up right now!

You can even create a virtual invite on Paperless Post to make the day feel extra special.

Make something heartfelt

An oldie but a goodie, a homemade gift is sure to bring a smile to any mum’s face. Feel like bringing out your inner child? Craft a card! Or, if you want a more adult version, write a thoughtful letter.

You could also try your hand at making a scrapbook, photo album or even a home video using old footage. A carefully curated Spotify playlist is sure to go down a treat as well.

See more easy-to-send gift ideas here.

Time for a spa day

Everyone loves a pamper, and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to treat your mum to one.

Complete with all the tools needed to transform her bathroom in a relaxing oasis, this Seychelles Hamper from The White Company is a luxe choice. However, making up a basket yourself is another fantastic option too.

Not only does this potentially cut costs, but you can also choose the items she really loves, whether that’s bath salts, candles or something else. Think she’d love a mani-pedi? This nail kit from Ruby Hammer is a great choice. Use LIZLOVES for 15% off at Ruby Hammer.

If you’re feeling creative, you could even whip up some of the items yourself. See our guide to making bath salts here. Plus, learn how to make a homemade soap, foot scrub or even facial mist too.

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Words: Tilly Alexander