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    Mother’s Day is coming up fast. However, with stay-at-home and social distancing measures in place, you’re going to have to put a little more thought into your mom’s gift this year. With that in mind, we wanted to share five ways that you can still make a socially-distanced Mother’s Day special for your mom.

    Read them over, see which one she would like the best, and get planning. In these trying times, your mom deserves to know that she’s at the forefront of your mind, even if you have to stay at least six feet away.

    Plan a virtual Mother’s Day brunch

    Luckily, thanks to technology, you no longer have to be in the same physical space in order to spend time with your mom. You can use a video-chatting platform to enable you to catch up with her from a distance, so plan a virtual brunch to help her enjoy her special day.

    To pull this off, you’ll want to first search online for any stores that are delivering food items. Sending her a basket of muffins or another type of pastry will take the cooking out of her hands and make sure that she has time to relax. Then, simply set a time to eat together over the internet. For bonus points, you can order yourself the same basket of brunch goodies so it feels like you’re eating the same meal.

    Host a remote movie night

    If your mom isn’t all about brunch, you may want to consider hosting a virtual movie night instead. Here, the principle is the same. You pick a movie to watch together, press play at the same time, and video chat so that you’re able to enjoy the experience together. Make sure to pick one of her favorite films as a way of honoring her.

    If you want to take things to the next level, you can send her a “movie basket” a few days in advance of when you’re planning on watching the film. Carefully take a trip to the grocery store and make sure to stock up on plenty of popcorn, plus her favorite movie theater candy.

    Write a letter

    Often, with Mother’s Day gifts, it isn’t the dollar value of what you get her that matters, it’s the thought that counts. If funds are especially tight this year, think about sitting down and handwriting her a letter to show her how much you care.

    Keep in mind, that we’re not talking about just mailing her a Mother’s Day card that has your name scrawled at the bottom. In this case, we’re talking about really writing down how much you appreciate all that she has done for you over the years and how much you care about her. It has to be heartfelt and sincere.

    If you pull this off the right way, odds are you’ll create a keepsake that she’ll cherish forever and you’ll be able to do it all for just the price of an envelope and a stamp. The one caveat here is that you’ll want to be sure to mail your letter early enough that it arrives in time for the big day.

    Create a video tribute

    If you’re more comfortable working on a computer than with a pen and paper, you may want to consider creating a video tribute to your mom instead. In this case, you can record a video of you telling your mom how much you care and overlay with one of her favorite songs. If you happen to have photos or videos of the two of you from when you were growing up, be sure to include those as well.

    The only thing to watch out for in this case is you’re going to want to be certain that your mom has the necessary programs to open this video on her computer and the technological know-how to make it work. Since you won’t be able to run over there to fix her computer issues for her, you need to be sure that she’ll actually be able to play your gift.

    Send a sweet treat

    Lastly, if you’re not a fan of any of the above ideas, you can always send her a gift. However, we’d encourage you to think beyond the gold standard of a bouquet of flowers and a card. Not only is it a plus to be more original, but right now, you want to make sure that your mom knows that she’s more than just a line item on your to-do list.

    With that said, if you’re going to send her something, make it count. Seek out a specialty item that you know she loves like a decadent dessert from her favorite bakery, a take-out meal from her favorite restaurant, or a refill on her signature perfume. The thoughtful edge to your gift will let her know that you put effort into seeking out something special that you knew she would enjoy.

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