Is Mom picky? Has she reached a point in her life where she doesn’t need anything? We get it, but it’s no excuse, because we’re here to help. For our Mother’s Day Gift Guide, we focused on things that were more unusual, luxurious and/or high on thoughtfulness (like Mom). Many ideas involve the gift she values most of all: your time.
High Tea for two, $130-$170, depending on the menu. Price typically includes tip.
Check to see if there’s a local tea room or a high-end hotel that offers high tea in your area. An elegant ritual, it’s all about fancy tablecloths, scones, dainty sweets, petit fours, superb tea and your company — Mom will be in heaven.
Feminine Holland watches by Kate Spade, $195
Sure, Mom probably already has a utilitarian or even a fancy watch. But does she have one like this? As always, Spade has managed to design this to be trendy yet classic. Stainless steel, yet water-resistant. Up side? Mom will be the envy of all her friends. Down side? She'll look at it so often, she's sure to notice when you're late for dinner.
Painting and Wine night for two, around $70 (wine extra)
Does Mom like art and/or wine? Did we really need to ask that, lol? In many cities, venues have sprung up that host a night of painting with all the materials supplied, including Painting With a Twist and Paint Nite. No painting expertise needed; the canvases are pre-drawn and there’s an instructor to guide the class. Wine is BYOB or served for an extra charge. This gig is only fun with company, so go with mom and leave with some wall art.
Does Mom find it hard to sleep because she gets hot? Is she having any neck issues? Reverie brings the ultimate in science to a truly luxurious pillow. Firm support for her neck and a soft zone to cradle her head. Core is made of naturally derived Talalay latex with a cover made from moisture-wicking CoolPlus™ fiber.
Cooking class for two at Sur La Table, $90-$200
Being a foodie is all the rage, and many culinary schools and upscale cookware retailers offer classes. The schedule at Sur La Table is extensive, and some classes are listed as “hands-on,” meaning instead of just a demo, you and Mom get to cook. At Sur La Table, classes are available most nights and weekends. If you can wait to book until the date gets close, you may be able to fork over significantly less cash.
Sony Waterproof Walkman. Available at Best Buy or online. $99.99.
Does Mom like to swim, walk or work out? These user-friendly wireless MP3 player/headphones set her free from annoying cords and can even be worn in the pool. Eight long hours of battery life, 4GB capacity and several beautiful colors.
Dinner for two, $75-$150.
And only you. Trust us, there are few things mom values more than spending quality time with you. So leave your significant other and the kids at home for a change. Make a reservation at a nice restaurant that isn’t noisy, with comfortable seating and where the staff won’t rush you. At the end of the night, you’ll feel like it was a gift to yourself, too.
Elation™ bed speakers from Reverie, $399
High-performance speakers designed to provide a surround-sound experience from your bed. The speakers attach to the bed legs, so they’re out of sight while delivering better acoustics for movies, music or gaming, if Mom’s into that. The system is also Bluetooth®-enabled, so it can be programmed to turn on or off automatically. Four high-end speakers and one subwoofer.
One-hour professional photo session, about $350-$750. Amateur, about $150-$250.
Even if Mom doesn’t like having her photo taken, she’d probably make an exception for some great photos of her with your kids. Engage a professional photographer to take some. Prices vary wildly, but you want these to be special, so avoid the portrait studio at the mall. This would also be a great gig for an amateur shutterbug with a DSLR; ask for some recommendations on Facebook.
3-day package at Lake Austin Spa Resort
One person, around $2500, depending on which weekend and package you choose
If money is no object, send Mom to Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas. Located on Lake Austin, it’s one of America’s finest resorts, with high-end spa services, a five-star restaurant and cozy rooms with porches and zen gardens. Most packages include exercise classes and activities throughout the day, endless kayaking, meals and a spa allowance. At night, guests wander up to the indoor pool in their bathrobes for a late-night swim or to the spa. Significantly less-expensive deals than what we’ve listed here are available with free extra nights, etc., for guests who visit during off-peak days.
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