Can't be with Mom this Mother's Day?

May 4, 2011 at 1:10 p.m. ET

We all try our best to be with our moms for Mother's Day, but sometimes it's just not possible. Maybe you're traveling over Mother's Day weekend or will be spending the day with your own kids. Or, like many people, maybe you don't live near your mom and can't make it to her to celebrate. Here are five gift ideas for making Mom feel special, even though you can't be with her this Mother's Day.

Mother's Day Gifts

1Surprise her with her local faves

This idea will surely get you a phone call from your mom asking "How did you do that?" Get on the phone with all of Mom's local favorites -- the coffee shop where her book club meets every Monday, the plant nursery where she loves picking up flowers for her immaculate garden, the salon where she's been getting her hair done for years -- buy gift certificates directly from them via phone or website, then send your mom on a little Mother's Day scavenger hunt to find her gifts. The stores will happily mail them to her as well!

2Pamper your mom

Is your mom the one who instilled in you the value of a good mani-pedi? If so, this gift idea is for you! Treat your mom to some luxury with gift sets from the new collections at Julep -- they have gift sets for every mama, from dark polishes like "Catherine" for the super-hip mom to sweet sets like "Jennifer" for the mom who keeps her nails simple. (We love that Julep names their polish colors after real women!) Even better, include a gift certificate to her favorite nail salon.

3A book she hasn't discovered yet but is sure to love

We know that it's usually your mom sending you boxes filled with well-thumbed books to read, so turn the tables on her this Mother's Day and surprise Mom with the hottest new release that she won't be able to put down. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio was just released last week (to rave reviews and numbers!) and we are certain that your book-loving mama will be entranced with this story of love, mystery and heartbreak, set in the 1940s. Pick up a copy at your local bookstore and make a package with a copy of Violets, one of these sweet new monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie and tea.

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4A virtual Mother's Day

If you live far away from your mom and aren't able to visit often enough (as she reminds you), consider setting her up on Skype this Mother's Day so that you can visit face-to-face! Find out what kind of webcam Mom needs to work with her specific computer (if she doesn't already have one built in), set up her Skype account in advance and get on the phone to walk her through it step by step. Skype is such a user-friendly service that it will be easy for even the most techno-challenged mom to handle it. Major bonus points for you if there are grandkids involved -- your mom will adore being able to see them virtually on a regular basis.

5Go beyond the bouquet

Mother's Day and flowers go hand in hand for good reason -- moms love them! If you were going to be with your mom for Mother's Day this year, you might be able to get away with just a simple bouquet of her favorite blooms, but since you'll be away, that just won't cut it. Try giving your mom a flower subscription to make up for your absence -- sites such as Pro Flowers offer programs where you can have fresh flowers delivered to your mom once a month for three months, six months or even a year. Try checking with a local florist as well -- chances are they'd be happy to do something similar.

Whatever you do to celebrate your mom this Mother's Day, above all, make sure you do something that will make her feel loved and cherished!

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