Mom may get some 'me' time when she runs errands on her own, but she deserves some time away from home that is a bit more about her.
- Spa day: Buy her a gift certificate for any number of services, such as a mani/pedi, massage or skin treatment, because what mom doesn't love getting pampered?
- Yoga or Pilates: If your mother likes to stretch her muscles and practice the art of breathing—something that comes in handy as a mom—get her a gift certificate to a local studio.
- Time out and about. Give your significant other the chance simply to get out of the house and do something she enjoys. Perhaps she'll head to her favorite coffee shop or go see a movie on her own. The point is, she's able to spend a few hours away knowing that you're taking care of the family.
Think inside the box. While offering to do some of the chores she typically does is always welcome, here are a few Mother's Day gift ideas that allow her to pamper herself in the comfort of her own home.
- Tea set. Or coffee, depending on what she likes best. This can include a gift basket of her favorite tea or coffee, a new mug or tea pot, as well as a few food items to go along with her favorite drink. You can never go wrong with chocolate.
- Aromatherapy. The right scent can relax and calm. Perhaps buy her a few lavender-scented candles or a scented bubble bath.
- Bath gift set. Speaking of baths, there are so many different gifts that you can get that will allow Mom to pamper herself at home behind her bathroom's locked door. Create a unique gift basket tailored to her, and include such things as bath salts, a loufa, sea salt scrubs, body washes and body lotions. For good measure, also toss in a bottle of wine or two and a copy of that new book she's been wanting to read. Many bath and body stores also offer pre-arranged packages that follow a theme, or scent, of sorts.
- Massage at home. Bring the spa to Mom, either with an in-home massage with a licensed professional, or with a massage chair. The perk of the chair? She can use it whenever she wants; it's the gift that keeps on giving.
Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she's scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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