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    Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you haven’t started thinking of how you’ll celebrate that special lady in your life (or ladies), then it’s definitely time to.

    Of course, you could always go the traditional route and phone it in with some flowers or chocolates, but let’s face it: This year was a challenging one — especially for moms. Why not take it up a notch and make the gift match the work?

    Need help doing just that?

    Try these outside-the-box Mother’s Day gift ideas

    1. A friendship lamp.

    If your mom’s far away (or you’re still socially distanced due to COVID), a friendship lamp can be a great way to stay in touch. These cool little gadgets are connected — you get one and your mom gets one — and when one of you taps yours, the other lamp lights up, letting them know you’re thinking of them.

    2. A gift box or subscription box.

    Happybox is one of those great Mother’s Day gift ideas because you can surprise mom with all kinds of treats and trinkets. Just pick your design, browse the various self-care and indulgent products, and send it off. The best part? All products come from women-owned companies, so you’re supporting other moms out there too.

    You could also go the subscription box route. Ipsy is great for makeup-loving moms, or there’s Fab Fit Fun for moms who are more into fashion, fitness, and self-care. You could even go the meal box route and save your favorite mom some valuable time in the kitchen.

    3. A Skylight or Portal.

    Is your mom always asking for more photos of the kids? A Skylight or Facebook Portal can be a smart move. These digital photo frames can be controlled remotely, so you can easily upload photos no matter where you’re located. Throwing a birthday party for little Sally? Snap a pic and send it instantly to mom’s frame. Sending the kids off for their first day of school? Share a snap with mom before hitting the road.

    4. A tasty surprise.

    Forget chocolates this year when it comes to Mother’s Day gift ideas. Instead, up the ante, and send a giant fortune cookie instead (you can even customize the message inside). You can also send warm, freshly baked cookies with Tiff’s Treats, or even just use an app like Door Dash or Uber Eats to send mom dinner for the night. (To be honest, we’d all like a night off from cooking!)

    5. A good pampering.

    Last but not least, the “mother” of all Mother’s Day gift ideas: consider sending mom off for some good old “me” time. It could be a night away in a posh hotel, a mani-pedi appointment, a pre-arranged brunch with the girls, or just a trip to the hair salon. Think about what self-care activities your favorite mom might have been putting off while caring for others, and make it happen.

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