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How to Make Mother’s Day Special When You’re Unable to Celebrate Together

Mother’s Day can be one of the loveliest holidays, a time to take a pause from the hustle and bustle of life to express appreciation and love for the person who raised you. But what if the woman you’re celebrating lives hundreds (or thousands) of miles away? When distance is involved, it’s more important than ever to find thoughtful ways to make the holiday feel special.

Chief amongst the ways to create a day she’ll remember is to consider what you’re gifting. Most presents spark excitement when they’re unwrapped…and are promptly forgotten when they’re out of sight. That might not seem like such a big deal if you’re lucky enough to live close enough to enjoy each other’s company frequently, but it’s a missed opportunity if you’re far away. Choose a present that will continuously convey how much you appreciate everything she’s done for you, then pack the day with little surprise touches to make her smile.

Here, five ideas for making Mother’s Day feel special even if you’re not spending it together.

Pick a gift she’ll wear every day

Pandora studs

When you’re celebrating Mother’s Day apart, pick a gift she’ll be delighted to receive and will enjoy far beyond the time it takes to unwrap. Timeless, elegant jewelry is a forever winner as it’s classic enough to be worn daily and will remind her of your special bond every time she puts it on. We love these 14k gold and sterling silver Pandora studs for the high-shine touch and the sweet symbolism of two hearts being together.

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Send her something she can toast with

Good clean wine image

Taking mom out for a meal is an easy celebratory move when you’re local but much harder when you’re far apart. Re-create that special moment as much as you can by sending something she can eat—or sip. Consider setting up a time when you can share a meal or a drink over Zoom, too (don’t forget to toast her!).

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Give her more than just a card

Letters to my mom

In light of not being able to say “I love you” in person, consider stacking the deck. Send her an oversized envelope in advance of Mother’s Day that contains different notes with suggested read times (like at breakfast, lunch, and before bed). If you need help dialing in on what to say, pick up a thoughtfully crafted collection of prompts and get writing.

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Remind her about favorite memories

Pandora heart charm

It’s easy to reminisce about special moments from the past when you’re casually sitting around together, but when you’re states apart? It’s so much more difficult to wander down memory lane. Give her the gift of remembering favorite times together by sending special charms that mark something that happened in the past, and the gratitude you have for her today.

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Say goodnight in style

J. Crew pjs

Let her know you appreciate all the years of goodnight kisses and assurances after nightmares by sending her something special to add into her own bedtime routine. A matched pair of pajamas is a timeless look that can also feel like a luxury. Remind her she’s worthy of the finer things, and send a chic set her way.

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This post was created by SheKnows for Pandora Jewelry. 

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