With Mother's Day less than a week away and social distancing preventing big celebrations, you might be at a loss for a gift idea for your mom — especially one that will be shipped and delivered in time.
Well, lifestyle expert Tommy DiDario rounded up five virtual experiences you don't have to leave your home to purchase and your mom doesn't have to leave hers to enjoy. Plus, most of them don't require any shipping — last-minute gifts for the win!
1. Virtual Cooking Class: New York City Food & Wine Festival…At Home
Cook with some of your favorite chefs, cooks, mixologists & culinary personalities (including Rach!) — from their kitchen to yours!
Price: $20 per person
PLUS, Rach is hosting one on Saturday, May 23rd, at 11am ET — a brunch cook-along!
Have you ever wanted to cook with your favorite culinary personality? Now you can! Cook with some of your favorites as they broadcast live from their homes and connect with you during interactive cooking demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions. They will also be giving away one complimentary annual subscription to the Food Network Kitchen app during each class as an added bonus! The best part? Proceeds from these ticketed online events will support the newly established NYCWFF Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, a campaign to help restaurant workers hit hard financially by the COVID-19 crisis.
2. Virtual Matcha Workshop
Learn how to make lattes, detoxifying green shakes & pesto, all with matcha, by Hawaii’s famous Laka Mama!
- 30-day supply of Laka Matcha
- 16-day supply Tahini C Drip
- Interactive Matcha Workshop via Zoom
If you can't go to your favorite café, bring the café experience to you! Matcha, a fine green tea powder that comes from crushing the tea leaves, has become all the rage. In tea, aside from it being packed with antioxidants and having a ton of great health benefits, it provides you a steady stream of caffeine throughout the day without causing any sort of crashing effect that coffee might cause. And when made properly, matcha lattes are absolutely delicious! With cooking, it's an ingredient that adds such a delicious flavor to anything you are making. Join Hawaii’s famous Liz Smithers, creator of Laka Mama, as she guides you through an instructional Matcha Workshop. Learn how to make a matcha latte, a healthy beautifying and detoxing matcha green shake and a delicious matcha pesto.
3. Virtual Paint Class: Paint & Sip Painting Classes At Home
Price: $15 without supplies, $45 with supplies included
The Paint Place in New York is now offering their famous Paint and Sip classes from the comfort of your own home! Pour yourself your favorite drink, grab a snack & get creative with live classes or pre-recorded classes that will give you and your family or girlfriends (in a virtual hang) something fun to do while stuck at home.
The Paint Place is hosting a LIVE Mother's Day painting session this Sunday via zoom for $15. They provide the suggested supply list or you can use whatever you like. The painting class will be of Van Gogh’s White Roses. Otherwise, The Paint Place has many other pre-recorded options available — either with supplies (for $45) or without (for $15).
4. Virtual Trip Around The World: Chèvre Cheese Master Class (With Wine Pairings)
- Cheese kit + 2 wine bottles
- Master Zoom class on July 5 at 8pm ET
Mom can virtually travel around the world with world-renowned cheesemonger Lee Salas from Chèvre for a cheese master class — with wine pairings. (Cheese kit and wine bottles included!) And sure, the class is a couple months away, but it's sure to give mom something to look forward to.
5. Virtual Dance Class: Get Dancing At the WORLD FAMOUS Broadway Dance Center — online, for the very first time!
Price: $12 per class
NYC’s famous Broadway Dance Center is now offering Livestream classes. Mom can take class anywhere with the BDC Faculty for the very first time. All styles and levels of dance available from beginner to intermediate to advanced, so whether she wants to learn how to groove in a beginner class or brush up on some skills in an intermediate class, why not grab some friends (virtually) and have a dance party?! This may be the only time that everyone around the world can experience the world famous BDC, so it's quite the unique gift!