Still, you can do something nice for her: Local shops and artisans offer a wide variety of thoughtful gifts, and mom will appreciate that you’re supporting small businesses during a difficult time.
For the crafty mom
The D.C. Has My Heart embroidery kit ($35) by the Other Cat Creations is an on-point choice for embroidery lovers. It comes with a six-inch hoop, needle, hand-painted fabric and everything else needed to stich a lovely ode to the District. Tell mom the brilliant red heart in the center is from you. shopmadeindc.com.
Before subscribing mom to Marni Manning’s Watercolor Club ($14-$17 per month), make sure she has enough white space on her walls to display her creations. Every month, she’ll receive a kit that includes a brush, paint and an outline on watercolor paper, plus access to tutorials to finesse her skills. marnimanning.com. — A.H.
For the literary mom
Mom is always recommending a new book, but libraries and most bookstores are closed. Let Capitol Hill Books be her lifeline. Fill out a quick form telling the staff what she enjoys — say, English murder mysteries or colonial American history — and how much you want to spend, and they’ll assemble a care package pulled from the shop’s vast collection of used books (prices vary). capitolhillbooks-dc.com.
If mom is spending more time in the kitchen these days, she’ll appreciate the Cooking Care Package ($50) from Old Town Books: A Short Stack Cookbook, which features recipes from award-winning chefs based around one ingredient, paired with a printed cotton towel and a literary-themed spice. oldtownbooks.com
For the mom with a green thumb
Give mom another being to love and nurture, like a leafy green philodendron monstera delicisoa ($29.99) from Rewild. The tropical plant will grow a manageable 6 inches tall and isn’t particularly difficult to care for. Rewild repots all plants into planters free, so pair it with a stylish terra-cotta egg or a hanging clay pot. rewilddc.com.
For the mom who needs some relaxation
A little aromatherapy is definitely appreciated right now. Amina Ahmad of Handmade Habitat whips up her candles with earth-friendly ingredients such as soy wax and essential oils, and wicks made of braided cotton and recycled paper. Send mom the Aloe + Green Tea scented candle ($20) to set a calming tone in any room, or splurge on a $50 pack of four mini candles in fragrances like lavender vanilla or lotus blossom. handmadehabitat.co.
For the foodie mom
Flour can be as tough to find as toilet paper at the grocery store these days. Skip the hunt for ingredients with a DIY cupcake kit ($22) from vegan D.C. bakery Sticky Fingers, stocked with everything you need to decorate cupcake masterpieces. Each kit includes six cupcakes in either vanilla or chocolate (or a combination), and your choice of rainbow sprinkles and frosting in flavors like peanut butter or mocha. stickyfingersbakery.com.
For the stylish mom
Ama Schulman’s joyful bandannas feature patterns from West Africa and D.C.-inspired prints alike, in bright doses of color — as seen in All Very Good’s graphic pink bandanna ($22) inspired by traditional Ghanaian kente cloth and the famous quilters from Gee’s Bend, North Carolina. Schulman is also giving away a mask with every purchase on her website. allverygoods.com.
For the mom who loves her morning caffeine fix
Sisters Lisa and Melissa Gerben of Rako Coffee Roasters have built relationships with small coffee producers in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Burundi and Sumatra and the company is proud to give back: 10 percent of sales go to the International Women’s Coffee Alliance in each country of origin, and 10 percent goes to chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s Power of 10 Initiative. Beans ($16-$18) are roasted in Lorton, and shipping is free within the Washington area. No matter mom’s level of coffee expertise, each package arrives with a brewing guide for getting the most out of the coffee, whether she uses a French press or a pour over. rakocoffee.com.
“How can we help you heal today?” is the standard greeting from baristas at Calabash Tea & Tonic, and the sentiment is especially welcome right now. Help mom soothe frazzled spirits with samplers of relaxing teas: The Nervous System Support ($23.33) features a trio that includes lavender and chamomile, while the two Chai Classics collections ($28.95) bring comfort in a mug. calabashtea.com.