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5 Mother’s Day Gifts That Aren’t Things (or Flowers)

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How many times have your heard “I don’t want anything for Mother’s Day”? Maybe you’ve even said it yourself.

The truth is the best gifts, of course, aren’t things.

In my current season of life, the kids are busy in sports and on any given night scattered at different fields, and this year all I want for Mother’s Day is a quiet night at home with Thai takeout while watching a family-favorite movie together. 

In the spirit of gifts that save time, help her relax, and show you care, and that don’t involve buying a bunch of stuff she really doesn’t need, I have put together a list of practical gifts mom will actually use and love.

Stitch Fix, Gift Of Her Own Stylist!

Give a gift that will help Mom look and feel her best. A Stitch Fix gift card is the perfect gift to get her started with her own personal stylist. Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. You get the latest styles hand-picked just for you and shipped right to your door. Simply fill out a personal style profile online, and then the Stitch Fix stylists send you a package of five items she thinks will look great on you to try on at home. This may sound overly dramatic, but Stitch Fix has changed the way I view fashion and clothing trends. Also, Fix delivery day feels like mini-Christmas. I can’t wait to see what my stylist sent!

Hello Fresh Meal Delivery

I love Hello Fresh! These meal kits are fun, delicous, and if you happen to be in the midst of a dinner rut, Hello Fresh can help lift you out of it, by changed dinner time from a daunting task waiting for us at the end of a long day to something we look forward to . All the meals I have had from Hello Fresh are typically quick and simple, in a reasonable calorie range, and there’s so little prep time that you start cooking right away. Everytime someone asks me what I’d like as a gift I say “HelloFresh gift card”!

A Gift Certificate to a Spa Service.

Nothing says “take a break” like donning a soft cushy robe, and spending some time in the relaxing atmosphere of a day spa ro 5-star resort, while getting pampered. The Rochester area has many options available if you want to give mom some time to relax and unwind while being treated to her favorite spa services. I’ve heard amazing things about the spa at Del Lago Casino in Waterloo, The Spa at the Del Monte in Rochester, and RELAX The Spa in Victor.

A New Experience or Skill

Would she prefer a yoga class or a paint and sip class at at a local winery? Practicing a new skill that requires creativity can be a wonderfully enriching experience, and can refresh and recharge mom. Consider buying 2 tickets and joining her, spending time involved in a new activity can make for great, lasting memories.

Book of the Month Club Membership

I debated about this, because books are things, but you know how I feel about reading! Taking time to read is one of my favorite “Me Time” activities. Getting lost in a good book is the perfect way to give mom break from her daily tasks and responsiblities, and not to mention if she’s a reader, a brand new delivery of books provides hours of enjoyment and pleasure. Every month mom can pick a book from five options picked by BOTM’s panel of judges —but she can always skip a month if she’s a little behind on their reading. Plans available are $45/3 months; $84/6 months; $144/year

InstaCart Gift Card

Some times all mom wants is a break from the mundane tasks that are timesucks she doesn’t really enjoy. Shopping for groceries is a chore for anybody, but for a mom who is juggling a busy schedule, and shopping with young kids in tow, a break from the stress of a weekly trip to the grocery store, can be feel like a indulgence, as mundane as it might seem.


What’s the best gift you’ve ever received as a mother, or given to a mother? Please share.

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