If you’re stuck for a Mother’s Day gift idea, this next sentence is going to solve all of your problems: All mom really wants is to spend time with her kids.
That’s it! Forget the bracelet charms and teddy bear holding a heart that says “mom.” She wants time well spent and new memories made—and fine, a bouquet of tulips won’t hurt. Below are experience gift ideas mom will cherish. Bonus: Some are fun enough to be a gift for you too.
Ask for the (Edible) Family Secrets
Mom’s recipes are sacred—but showing interest in making them is bound to melt her heart faster than the pound of butter in each one. To pull this off, ask for a favorite recipe in advance and stock all the ingredients. Since this is meant to be a gift, let your mom sip mimosas (and get the good champagne!) and watch you from the dining room table as you knead, stir, boil, broil, or what have you. When you’re done, enjoy it together—and get her feedback. No one makes a better taste-tester than the master chef herself.
Throw a Mother’s Day Movie Marathon
Sometimes all mom wants is a no-frills hang out with her kids—which makes a Mother’s Day movie marathon the perfect gift. Just remember this isn’t some random Tuesday night. It’s her day. Put in some effort by picking a theme (based on her favorite actor, director, etc.) and getting all her favorite snacks. This idea also comes in clutch for unexpected weather.
Moonlight as Her Biographer
Mom’s always asking you things like: How’s work? When are you going to bring home a date? But how often are you reciprocating? As a Mother’s Day gift, go beyond the weekly phone call and ask for a coffee date to do an in-depth interview. Ask about everything from her childhood to her career, and get into deeper subjects like her fears and favorite moments. Push the idea a step further by writing it down.
Test Your Teamwork
Some moms opt to spend their day off at the mall, while others prefer an adrenaline-pumping activity. (Though, who ever said a good deal on candles doesn’t get the blood flowing?) If your mom is the adventurous type, test your teamwork at an escape room. As you’ve probably heard, the idea is that the entire family is voluntarily trapped—yes, trapped—in a room until you solve an elaborate puzzle. Of course, there’s a time limit and a panic button (but never doubt your mom’s ability to handle a challenge).
Hit Up a Concert
Why do all moms love to remind their kids how “hip and cool” they once were? Probably because she’s over the annual Mother’s Day brunch and craving something that makes her feel that rush again. It’s your call to answer! Take mom out for a night on the town—complete with cocktails and an exciting concert you’d both actually enjoy. No doubt, she’ll love having the chance to catch a favorite act live and make memories with you..
Luxuriate the Damn Day Away
A simple-yet-effective experience, a spa day never fails to delight mom. Not to mention, it’s a gift for you too. Book any combo of massages, facials, and pedicures and you’ll quickly earn the title of both “favorite child” and “cleanest pores.”
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