Call Your Mom: The Riot Fest Mother’s Day Gift Guide
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. While your brunch might not be in-person this year, there’s still tons of way to hang out with your mom over a video call—as for getting her something, you might want to order ahead of time. Not to worry: you can keep your distance and simultaneously show your appreciation with any of the excellent gifts we’ve collected below. Just remember to CALL YOUR MOM this Sunday.
CUSTOM “I’M THE BEST CHILD” SOCKSFrom FaceSocks
You’ve never stood still enough to get that one good picture for your mother. This is your redemption arc. Assert your status as the best child by putting your face on a pair of these custom colorful socks—or, be nice and include your siblings, the family dog, or anyone else worthy of Mom’s new footwear. Just make sure they’re in her favorite color.
ICE CREAM DELIVERY
From Van Leeuwen
Van Leeuwen is one of the best ice cream brands happening right now. They do their fair share of exotic flavors and unexpected ingredients—like passionfruit and ube coconut cookie—but they also do simple well. If you want a crazy good basic-ass strawberry ice cream that’ll blow your mind with its straightforward strawberriness, they’ve got you covered. Until now you had to be in New York City to get in on VL, but they’ve just launched nationwide shipping, so now you can have their full line of packed pints—including their unbelievably good oat milk vegan offerings—sent straight to your sweet-toothed mom (or you).
VIRTUAL “BREAKFAST IN BED” GIFT BASKETFrom Barred Woods
Breakfast in bed is a staple Mother’s Day tradition, so why not make it virtual this year? Breakfast via mail isn’t the easiest/cheapest type of food to ship (especially now), but these gift boxes from Vermont’s Barred Woods touts an excellent maple season going into their assortment of syrup, sugar, truffles, and pancake mix. Bonus points if you actually eat breakfast with her over a Mother’s Day video call.
ORGANIC SOAP/HAND SANITIZERFrom Bathing Culture
Who knew that soap and hand sanitizer would become such a big part of our lives? Help your mom keep safe and clean in comfort. Bathing Culture’s organic soap is full of ingredients to keep skin soft and smelling like a California redwood forest. On May 7 they roll out hand sanitizer with the same blissful scent so your mom can keep her hands germ-free without having to smell like she’s been drinking gas station vodka.
RACING BABIES 4-PACK
From Archie McPhee
You’re not a baby anymore, so why not offer up these vastly-improved babies with wheels as a replacement? Wind them back, make an obstacle course, or just park them wherever you’d like. Either way, these precision-tuned plastic infants are an excellent choice to remedy stay-at-home boredom and make your mom laugh.
INSTANT CRAFT COFFEEFrom Verve Coffee
Making a really good cup of coffee is an art. Not everyone wants to wake up in the morning and be an artist, though. If your mom’s got a taste for craft coffee but isn’t inclined to mess around with complicated brewing equipment, Verve Coffee Roasters has her covered with their selection of instant options. Just add water and she can enjoy a cup of legitimately delicious black gold so far away from the bitter, flavorless instant coffee we all know and detest that you might suspect there’s some sort of witchcraft at work.
ZERO-WASTE PLANTABLE SEED CARDFrom MarissaKayApothecary
As nice as the gesture is, simple handwritten cars often end up in the trash and are more wasteful than you might think. These eco-friendly cards are not only waste-free, but are filled with seeds that will sprout into various wildflowers when planted under ⅛ inch of soil. You basically just got your mom cards and a flower all in one.
MONTHLY TEA SUBSCRIPTIONFrom Sips by
One thing all moms need is a stash of many sorts of teas in their kitchen cupboard. It doesn’t matter if they ever drink them; like plundering Vikings of yore with their treasure, the point is to collect as large a stash as possible, in as many different exotic types as they can. The amassed hoard, which could take up an entire shelf that might otherwise be used for something people in the house actually consume, is where moms derive their power. Boost your mom’s tea stash with a subscription box that every month delivers four new types of tea selected by a personal tea curator that she can admire, untouched, for years to come.