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13 Mother’s Day gifts when you can’t be there in person

Mother’s Day is the only day of the year dedicated to the woman who devotes all her time to you, so be sure to celebrate her this year, even from the oceans. If you don’t live close enough to be there in person for Mother’s Day, there are still so many thoughtful gifts available to make your mom feel special. It may not be the same as being physically there, but it goes a long way in letting your mother (or Grandmother) know how much she means to you.

Sure, there’s the old vigils like flowers And cards, but how about a cute gift for the sentimental mom, or something practical that will make your mom’s life easier? To help you find the right gift for your distant mom, we’ve put together a list of the best Mother’s Day gifts for when you can’t be there in person. These thoughtful and unique gifts will show that your love can truly go the distance.

Learn more: 9 affordable gift ideas for Mother’s Day

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If your mom loves Disney but hasn’t tried Disney Plus yet, give her the gift that keeps coming: all the Disney she can watch. Your mom can watch popular shows like The Mandalorian and finally see what it’s all about with Encanto. We’ve rated Disney Plus as the best streaming service for kids at heart, so if your mom loves nostalgia and wants to stay up to date with the latest releases, she’ll love Disney Plus.


When you can’t be with your mom in person, a personalized photo book of all your moments with her can fill the void. Mixbook, one of CNET’s top photo books, lets you create the ultimate giveaway by uploading photos from your phone, computer, or social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, and from there, create your book, your calendar and more in just a few steps.

The threshold

The Sill is a plant market with a wide variety of fantastic plant choices for plant parents of all kinds. The Easy Care Bundle is the best gift for a mom who loves plants, but prefers a low maintenance option. In this bundle, she will receive the pet-friendly peperomia obtusifolia and a drought-tolerant, low-light ZZ plant. Plus, as one of CNET’s best places to shop for plants online, your mom will love how great this gift is.


The Kindle Paperwhite is our best all-around ebook reader for a reason. It features warm light settings, longer battery life, and is completely waterproof. For a better viewing experience, this edition of the Kindle Paperwhite sports a 6.8-inch screen, perfect for a virtual book club.

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Cuddle Clones

If you have a mother who adores her pets, consider getting her a stuffed animal as a constant reminder of her affection. You start the Cuddle Clones process with the name of the animal, then you continue with the type of animal and finally the breed. After that, you go through a sequence of simple questions and image uploads, and voila, your mom will have a fuzzy version of her pet in eight weeks.


This ArtPix 3D photo crystal is another cool way to keep a special image, but in 3D. This is accomplished through the use of laser engraving which brings any photograph to life. You can fully customize this gift by font, size, background and more. And this gift can be enhanced even further by including a base and LED lights, but the crystal itself is enough to convey your affection.

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There are a variety of ways to express gratitude to your mother, but a candle (accompanied by a handwritten letter) is a wonderful touch. This candle measures 13.75 ounces and will burn for approximately 60-80 hours. Created with a natural blend of soy wax that includes notes of bergamot, lavender, sage, jasmine and other fragrant aromas, this candle will brighten her day.


Does your mom love jewelry and keep all your old childhood handwritten papers? Why not combine his two loves with this customizable handmade bracelet in gold, rose gold or silver. Once you’ve decided how you want it engraved, you can write the message and choose an image that matches how you want it to appear.

Uncommon Goods

If you want to let your mom know you’re thinking of her in real time, this is the gift for her. No matter where you are, this lamp will work like a charm by lighting up and giving it a colorful glow when you touch it.


The Eufy RoboVac 25C is ranked CNET’s Best Affordable Robot Vacuum. It has powerful suction that is effective on hardwood floors and carpets. Pet hair and other small piles of dust are easily picked up by it. And while it’s not the most advanced robot vacuum, it’s more than enough to let your mom relax while something else cleans up the mess.

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Making coffee should be as easy as possible, but to do it right, you’ll need the perfect coffee maker. The Editors’ Choice winner, the Oxo Brew Eight-Cup Coffee Maker is our favorite drip coffee maker. This machine will make your mom a cup that will rival any coffee. The Oxo Brew has a one-cup filter basket, precision settings for better water temperature, a double-walled vacuum, and it’s small enough to fit on your mom’s kitchen counter.

Read our review of the Oxo 8-Cup Coffee Maker.

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the million roses

Show your mom how much you love her with a box of long-lasting roses. These real roses can last up to three years! Although they can be expensive, these beautiful flowers are well worth the money. They come in a variety of colors and bunch sizes.

On holiday

Give your mom the gift of America’s favorite pastime – that’s right, a personalized pickleball set. On Holiday’s Personalized Pickleball Set is ideal for any active mom or mom looking for a new hobby. For $144 you can choose two paddles, a set of balls and a bag. All paddles have unique designs, so you can choose the one that best suits your mother’s personality.

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