mother's day 2022

The Best Gifts for Long-Distance Moms

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers

Most moms, in a way, are long-distance moms. But some distances are farther than others, and those miles can feel palpable (especially after the past couple of very difficult years). Whether she lives across state lines or on another continent, a thoughtful gift will of course remind Mom of you whenever she turns to it, which is always the next best thing to being there. To help you find that special something, from gadgets that’ll make FaceTime sessions easier to mementoes that’ll remind her of good times you’ve shared, we’ve rounded up 24 gifts (many we have written about before) for every type of long-distance mom, no matter where she may be.

For the mom who FaceTimes you every day

Apple AirPods Pro
$180

If your mom keeps in touch with you and the rest of the family via video chat, she deserves the best and easiest-to-use headphones. We’ve tested plenty of them, and AirPods are always a safe bet for smartphone use.

For the mom who emails you every day

Blue-light-blocking glasses are thought to help prevent headaches and migraines that come with too much screen time. If mom has been Zooming and FaceTiming with you more than ever before, she might appreciate these stylish tortoiseshell frames, which are also “the most comfortable pair of blue-light blockers out there,” according to Amazon reviewers.

For the mom who sends you TikToks every day

This superlong, ten-foot charging cable is one of our most reliably life-changing gift recommendations, and it means Mom’s Instagram and TikTok sessions will never have to end.

For the mom who doesn’t do Instagram

From $176

If she’s lucky enough to be off social media, here’s a digital frame that will keep mom up-to-date with family photos — you and your siblings can contribute images through an easy-to-use app.

For the mom who prefers physical photos

If she’s tech savvy but nostalgic, we’re big fans of this delightfully clunky photo printer, which turns smartphone photos into old-school Polaroids.