Make This Mother's Day An Experience To Remember

by Charlene Flanagan
Sure, you can resort to store-bought presents for Mother's Day if you're short on time, but we'd love to suggest something different. According to an informal survey done by Forbes in 2010, when women were asked what they wanted for Mother’s Day, the resounding response was to spend time with their loved ones. In fact, more and more people have been gifting their moms picnics, vineyard visits, or mommy-daughter spa vouchers. These gifts, that are all about quality time spent together, promise to resonate on an emotional level long after the day has passed. 

This year, make it an experience to remember for both of you with these thoughtful Mother's Day gifts:

Pamper Her With An At-Home Spa Experience

While booking your mother a day at one of the best weekend spas is a great gift, it could come with a rather hefty price tag. Instead create a custom at home spa experience —or, present her with a collection of skin care products made from scratch. Just buy fancy glass containers, load up the contents, and slap a love note on the jar. We promise it will be the biggest 'Awwwww' moment of her day. 

Here are some recipes for a trio of oatmeal concoctions you can try together: 
  • Oatmeal Face Cleanser: Warm 2tbsp whipping cream, either on the stove or in the microwave (don’t boil it). Stir in 1tbsp honey and 3tbsp finely powdered oats (pulse in a food processor until finely ground). Add 2 drops of your favorite essential oil, we like 4 drops of lavender. Mix it all together and place in a re-sealable jar. Once ready, use as a cleanser apply to a moist and massage in circular motion before rinsing clean and patting dry with a cool towel to tighten the pores. *note: store remaining cleanser in the refrigerator and keep tabs on the expiration date of the whipping cream—that’s how long the cleanser will last.
  • Oatmeal Hair Mask: The oatmeal hair mask hydrates the scalp while regulating sebum (oil) levels and acting as a protective sealant for damaged hair. Mix 1tbsp oatmeal, 1tbsp fresh milk and 1tbsp almond oil to make a paste. Ensure hair is free of knots before applying directly to the roots of the hair at the scalp. Leave for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

A Mother’s Day Soul Jam

Taking your mom to a movie is passé. While there’s no denying your mother may enjoy going to the cinema, perhaps you could surprise her with some concert tickets. The trick is to rummage through her high school yearbooks, photo albums and music collection to get a better idea of exactly what she might like. From music of the ‘80s, gospel music or retro to jazz or maybe even new age, we’re sure there’s something to suit her musical taste; just log on here to find the right show!

Side note: Tickets to a stand-up comedy or booking her into a wellness retreat for the weekend (take your pick here) are great options, too.

For The Fitness-Loving Mommy

If your mom is a regular at your local gym, or has been commenting about those extra pounds she’s gained over the years (because of all the stress she endured while you were growing up! JK), consider a fitness-inspired present you can take advantage of together. While participating in an activity with your mother (like a group fitness class) can be a great way to spend some down time together, it could also be the start of a great transition as she finds herself hooked to a new activity or feels inclined to try other forms of fitness.

Alternatively, you could sign her up for a month-long pass to your favorite fitness class (aqua cycling, paddleboard yoga, or even a dance workout) to give her a taste of how you like to stay fit. Our favorite? A belly dancing class for mommy and daughter to have some fun doing an activity that doesn't necessarily feel like a workout. 

In the end, the idea is to get innovative. Create a memory that you can't put a price on. It’s easy to get away with store-bought goodies, but a little thought and effort can go a long way. 

So, what are your plans for Mother’s Day? Write in and let us know!
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