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Mother's Day gift ideas to help Mom celebrate during a pandemic

Portland businesses are getting creative to help you give your mom the Mother's Day she deserves, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Credit: Chelsii Gregory

PORTLAND, Ore. — Yep, it's time for another holiday in quarantine. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10.

Either you've been hanging out with your mother for this whole pandemic, or you haven't seen your mom since this crazy time began. Either way, you can celebrate your mother from near or far while still practicing social distancing.

Portland businesses are getting creative to help you give your mom the Mother's Day she deserves, even during a pandemic. Well, what your mom really deserves is a pandemic-free world... But she'll have to settle for these awesome gifts for now.

Here are some Mother's Day gift ideas to help mom celebrate while social distancing, no matter what she's into:

For the mom who loves tea:

Pix Patisserie had to cancel its annual Mother's Day afternoon tea event. But don't worry, the restaurant will send a tea party to your door instead! The menu includes your choice of tea, and a selection of sweet and savory bite sized treats, like French macarons, raspberry almond teacakes, and bacon wrapped dates. You can even add on a bottle of champagne, if your mom is into that kind of thing.

Details:

Pick up option is $40 - pick up on May 10 (orders due May 8)

Shipping option is $46 - order by May 5 to get your delivery on May 9

For the mom who loves brunch:

Waffles, bacon, mimosas... What else can you want on a relaxing Sunday? Zupan's Markets are offering two different brunch options, depending on how much effort you want to put in. You can get a brunch box filled with premade foods, including cinnamon rolls and quiche. Or you can get the make-your-own brunch kit, with waffle mix, bacon, sausage, and more.

Details:

The brunch boxes will be available for curbside pickup - orders start Friday, May 1

Zupan's is also selling a variety of flowers for mom, too. You can beautify her home quarantine with a custom flower arrangement, or a hanging flower basket.

For the mom who loves to cook:

This one can really be a gift for many people in one. It’s for your mom, but if she’s cooking for you (or with you!), it’s a gift for you too. And it can even be a gift for someone you’ve never met before. Lauren Chandler is a local chef and culinary instructor, and she is now offering virtual kitchen sessions, so you can get some personalized cooking advice. You can learn some new skills, or just learn what to do with the random ingredients left in your pantry. And she’s partnering with the Northeast Emergency Food Program, a Portland nonprofit, to gift lessons to food insecure families.

Details:

45-minute kitchen visit is $80

For $150, you can get a 45-minute kitchen visit and gift one to someone in need

For the mom who doesn't want to cook this time:

Why cook on Mother's Day, when you can pick up dinner instead? Or brunch... Or just some extra wine. The Porter Hotel has a full Mother's Day menu, including pre-made brunch, and take and bake dinner kits. Wine pairings are also available to take your meal up a notch.

Details:

Pre-order by 3 p.m. on May 7 - call 503-306-4825

For the mom who's craving alone time:

Aren't we all these days? Let your mom escape to wine country and have some time by herself, while still practicing social distancing. The Vintages, a trailer resort in Oregon's wine country, is open for safe 'glamping' experiences. For Mother's Day, the resort is offering moms 20-percent off, and they'll throw in a free bottle of The Vintages signature pinot noir. Each trailer comes with lush robes and slippers, and some even have a soaking tub. The resort is still open during the pandemic, offering remote check ins and space between guests.

Details:

Check availability and book mom's visit here

For the mom who loves plants (and wine!):

How about a cute little plant to say "I love you" to your mom. Well, you can say whatever loving words you want, in the handwritten note the Plant Doctors will include in the delivery. For Mother's Day, the Plant Doctors will deliver (contact-free, of course) a new potted plant, with a note. And if you want to go one step further, you can include a bottle of rose from Brooks Wines

Details: 

Messenger plant delivery is $30-$45, depending on your zip code (check here to see where your address falls)

Wine and plant delivery is $55-$70

Order on their website here by Thursday, May 7

For the mom with a green thumb:

Many people have been gardening a lot since the stay at home order began. But if you or your mom need some tips to take your home garden to the next level, Growing Gardens can help. The nonprofit is now offering virtual one-on-one gardening consultations. You can have a 30-minute video chat with a local expert, to learn how to start your own home garden, or get tips for the garden you already have. There is also an option for kids gardening, so it could be a mother-child activity!

Details:

Consultations are donation-based on a sliding scale, so give as much as you can and want

Fill out the short questionnaire on the Growing Gardens website, so the experts can tailor your lesson to your needs

For the mom who loves a good cocktail:

If your mom is a fan of a quarantine happy hour, help her up her mixologist game with a DIY cocktail kit. Quaintrelle's bar manager, Camille Cavan, has created two kits that include everything you need to make some of the restaurant's most popular drinks. Each kid includes a drink recipe, syrups, garnishes, citrus, even big, square ice cubes - everything except the booze, you have to provide that yourself.

Details:

Each kit is $20 and comes with enough to make four drinks

Order here for pickup

For the mom who loves wine

If your mom has been craving a wine tasting adventure, you can bring it to her at home! Sunshine Mill in The Dalles is now selling at-home wine tasting kits for Mother's Day. You and mom could share if you're quarantining together, or if you're separated, you could order a kit for each of you, and toast each other virtually. Either way, you can enjoy the wines while the tasting room manager leads you through an in-depth tasting, virtually.

Details:

Available for shipping in Oregon and Washington

Tasting kit includes a flight of five varietals in 2-ounce tasting pours

Buy your kit and book your virtual tasting session here

Bonus: Sunshine Mill is hosting drive up movies on Friday and Saturday nights, so see what's playing for a family outing, complete with social distancing.

For the mom who wants a little bit of everything:

Abbey Road Farm has put together care packages for mom, including wine, homemade apple pie jelly, biscuit mix, and a hand-painted card.

Details:

Care package is $75 - includes 3 bottles of Abbey Road Farm wine, 2 wine glasses, apple pie jelly, a pack of biscuit mix, and a hand-painted card

Order here

And more for the mom who likes some variety:

Credit: Green Zebra Grocery

Green Zebra Grocery has Mother's Day bundles available, full of all kinds of delicious and beautiful things for your mom. The bundles are available for contact-free curbside pickup, or delivery.

Details:

Bundle is $29.99 - includes a beautiful Hill Tree Garden bouquet of flowers, a Rifle Paper Mother's Day card, and Moonstruck Brunch Cocktails truffles

A vegan option is also available, including a bouquet, a card, and a Cocacao bar with hazelnuts and sea salt

Order here

For the mom that you just don't know what to get:

If you've ever walked into Tender Loving Empire, you know the store is full of all kinds of fun things, to gift yourself or someone you love. Items made by local makers, so you can be sure mom won't get the same gift from anyone else. Now you can shop for the same jewelry, perfume, art, records, wine, cards, and more, virtually.

Just sign up for a 15-minute virtual shopping session, which comes with free shipping. Or just skip the shopping part and buy mom one of TLE's Mom Care Packages (each one comes with a free card!).

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

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Cassidy Quinn is the host of Tonight With Cassidy on KGW. But right now, like many of you, she is working from home, trying to focus on the happier things going on in the world. Tonight With Cassidy is currently on hiatus, but you can watch previous segments from the show here, and follow Cassidy on Twitter @CassidyQuinn. Oh, and if her mom is reading this, I LOVE YOU, MOM!