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Let’s be honest. Moms this year are tired, tired of being tired and ready for a break. Like many others, Moms have endured a pandemic, anxiety, loss, uncertainty, and career transitions.
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A recent survey by @parents on Instagram asked mothers what they really want for Mother’s Day and the results aren’t that surprising. The top two items on the list? Sleep and some time to themselves.
|What do moms really want?|
|Day off or time alone||30%|
|Spa day or massage||11%|
|Night or weekend alone in a hotel||5%|
Whether it’s a weekend trip to see girlfriends, visit family or spend time alone here are some ideas to treat your mother or special someone to some quality time to herself.
For The Power Napper
Give her a night out with her BFF or babysit the kiddos so she can enjoy a night to see her favorite band or dinner and a movie with her Plus One.
For The Sun Lover
A couple of nights at a hotel with a pool or a weekend girl’s getaway to soak in some Vitamin D might be just what mom needs. Include a copy of Reese Witherspoon’s Book of the Month so she can lounge by the pool and read a good book.
From a luxury ocean-front resort to a budget-friendly marina hotel, here are some local options for a short staycation.
- Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Enjoy beachside luxury, stroll along the Santa Monica Pier and soak up the sun near the pool with an ocean view.
- Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey. Escape LA traffic and stay by the water in a five star hotel without paying beachfront prices.
- Catalina Island Inn. Just a hop skip and jump across the water to Catalina Island.
Take in brunch or lunch at the American Girl Doll Café at The Grove. Enjoy a four-course meal on the patio or in their café. The menu has options for all palates and is Insta-worthy in its presentation. Kids and moms alike get treated like royalty. Reservations fill up fast so don’t wait!
For The Zen Mom
Check out the Triency personalized candles and get her a unique scent based on her birthdate and Zodiac sign. Take the kiddos for a night so she can soak in a bubble bath, with her special candle and some bubbly. Or remind her to take it on her yoga retreat!
For The Single Mom
One of the hardest things for some single mothers is that they don’t ever get a mother’s day gift unless someone takes her kiddo shopping or she buys something for herself. Consider flowers, a meal (that they don’t have to cook!) or babysit so she can get a well-deserved night out.
Moms need one thing more than anything else in 2022. Look inside to find the best Mother’s Day gift mom could use at home or on the road.
For The Adventure Seeking Mom
Take a short drive to Corona for a zip lining experience at Skull Canyon Ziplines. They offer price points for every thrill-seeker and have lessons for beginners. If mom wants to relieve a little stress, try a hatchet-throwing party at LA Ax in Hollywood.
Maybe she wants to experience a theme park to herself without waiting in line? Splurge for the VIP pass at Universal Studios Hollywood so she can choose whatever SHE wants? Throw in a room at the Universal Hilton and she can have a view of the attractions and walk to the park.
Whatever her style there are numerous ways to show your appreciation for your mother.
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If an “experience” isn’t her thing, consider something sentimental to show your appreciation. Custom canvas prints, a handwritten note, or incorporating a family treasure can be an inexpensive and meaningful present such as this family recipe printed onto a ceramic tile or trivet.
One of my favorite artists, Lauren Scott, makes custom watercolor prints from photos. These prints come in a range of sizes and can be reproduced from a family portrait or photo of a favorite lake cabin or loving pet.
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If all else fails and you want to give something practical, try a membership to a monthly coffee delivery service like Atlas Coffee or a fun subscription to receive a monthly Ipsy glam bag that includes 5 high-end beauty products in a cute travel-size toiletry bag.
Don’t underestimate the value of a hand-written note in a card. According to a National Retail Federation survey, flowers come in right behind greeting cards for the most popular Mother’s Day gift items so don’t forget to pick up a card to accompany your special gifts!
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