SILVER SPRING, MD, May 9, 2014 — Mother’s Day is just around the corner and finding the right gift for Mom can be tricky. Whether it is your mom or the mother of your children, here are some suggestions that are sure to fit the bill. If you are running short on time, do not worry, many of our suggestions are available online and are available on short notice.
Day spa gift certificate
What woman does not like to be pampered, even if for a day? While many moms try to pamper themselves at home, there is nothing like being able to take a little time for yourself and have someone else pamper you. Whether it is a massage, a pedicure, or the full spa treatment, giving mom a gift certificate to her favorite spa, will be happily accepted with anticipation of using it.
Babysitting service for “me time”
Babysitters for a night out may be a regular occurrence or it might be a special occasion, but for the stay-at-home mom, her children are her full-time job and time without at least one child in tow. To really say thank you to a mother that normally does not get a daily escape from children, pre-pay the family babysitter for a block of time to be used by mom for herself. This can be during the week to go shopping, going to the salon to have her hair done, going to a museum or concert, or hanging out with friends.
Entertainment service subscription
Give mom the gift of an escape, or escapism. While plane tickets to a far off place may be out of your budget, you can give mom the ability to escape into movies or her favorite television series. If you have a mom who enjoys spending her evenings unwinding in front of the television, try giving her a subscription to an entertainment service like Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, or Netflix.
Home delivery for groceries
In many homes mom is responsible for doing the grocery shopping, which can be a real time suck. Even during a slow shopping time, a trip to the grocery store can take an hour, not to mention the drive time to and from the store, loading and unloading the grocery from the car, or the time to put away the food once home. Why not help mom gain a little extra time by paying for a grocery delivery service or giving a gift card to such a service like Peapod.
Peapod allows shoppers to select their groceries online, offers a wide variety of delivery times, and use coupons. There is even a app so mom can do her grocery shopping from her smartphone or tablet at her convenience rather than trying to find two hours or more to carve out of her schedule.
Slim Purse Organizer
A purse is many things. It is an object to store and carry possessions, it is a woman’s preparedness kit, and it can be fashion statement. However, while a purse can be a woman’s life line, it can also be a disorganized mess. Not all purses have the best internal organization, and sometimes a purse is just so large it could use a little more help. A good purse organizer also allows mom to switch purses quicklyto whichever one is right for the occasion or is the perfect match for the outfit. The Slim Purse Organizer from MochiThings.com fits the bill perfectly. It is slim when empty, but large enough to accommodate a tablet. It has multiple outer pockets that are set up in a tiered manner to allow for easy viewing of the contents. Available in a wide variety of colors, this is a versatile gift, and if you think it needs some company in the gift bag, you can always wrap it in a new purse as well.
Online class from Craftsy
If the mom on your list is a hobbyist crafter and loves learning new things, you might want to consider a class from Craftsy. Their online classes offer instruction from basics to advance techniques in a wide variety of crafts including knitting, crocheting, quilting, cake decorating, sewing, jewelry making, photography, cooking, fine art, paper crafts, weaving and embroidery.
Once purchased, craftsy customers own their classes forever, and can re-watch them in entirety or only parts as much as desired. Classes allow for bookmarking areas of the class of special important, take notes in conjunction with the video play, and online forums with other students and instructors. Craftsy also sells all the materials needed to their classes, so students can be sure to get the right products to get the same end result as others. Gift Any Class cards are available in 1 class ($30), 2 classes ($55) and 3 class ($75) options. Cards are redeemable for any class regardless of normal retail price.
Stitchfix Gift Cards
Having a personal stylist and shopper is something many fashion conscious women would love to have, but few can afford. However, Stitchfix is an online service that gives mom her very own stylist without having to pay huge fees. With Stitchfix, customers fill out a style profile then receive a box with five items in it. Each item comes with styling tips on how to dress the item up or down, and anything that the customer does not like they simply send back with free return shipping. Over time, as customers keep and reject pieces in their shipments, the stylists get a better sense of individual style and the selections become even more tailored to the tastes of the individual customer. Gift cards are available in limited denominations ranging from $20 to $1000.
Wine of the Month Club is so last century. Club W is much like the wine version of Stitchfix. With Club W, customer fill out a taste profile and wines are suggested. A minimum order of 3 bottles is required per purchase, but with Featured Wines at just $13 a bottle and Curator’s Choice wines starting at $14, that is an easy minimum to accept. Unlike many other wine clubs, Club W does not stick customers with wines limited to standard fare of Chardonays and Merlots. Albariños, Chenin Blanc, Pinots, and blends are included in their selections among other varieties. Gift Certificates here are delivered on embossed cardstock in a wax sealed inner envelope making a chic presentation.
Mother’s Day is the one day out of the year specifically dedicated to saying thank you to mom. This year you do not have to give the same old boring mall-purchased gifts that everyone else is giving. Choose a gift to match her personality.