Are you looking to for experience gift ideas for Mother’s Day this year? You’re on the right track.
According to National Retail Federation statistics, moms really do want “gifts of experience.” Nearly three in 10 moms want tickets to a concert, a hot air balloon ride or another experience gift idea. This is up from last year.
If you are focusing on experience gift ideas this year, you’ll definitely stand out from the typical Mother’s Day gifts. In case you didn’t know, those are buying mom a greeting card (78 percent) and flowers (69 percent), and/or taking her out for a meal (56 percent).
I love the idea of gifts of experience or experiential gifts. These are gifts that create a memory through an experience versus something that you end up putting on a shelf or cluttering up your house. Sure, there is a place for those kinds of gifts. But for the person who has everything or for a mom living in a small space, an experience gift is a gift that won’t leave her saying, “Now what am I supposed to do with this?”
Here are six experience gift ideas to give mom for Mother’s Day 2017. Note: portions of this story originally appeared on Parade.com.
Spa Experience Gift Ideas
As someone who enjoys a regular massage, I believe the gift of a spa treatment never gets old. That’s why if your mom is like me, giving her a Spafinder gift card allows her to go to the spa on her terms. Right now you can save 10% on Spafinder gift cards when you purchase $100 in gift cards.
Ancestry DNA Gift
Has your mother always wondered about her family’s heritage? Here’s an experience like no other–allowing mom to have her DNA tested. Two companies offer DNA kits. They are Ancestry.com and 23andMe.com. You can get free shipping on DNA kits when you use code FREESHIPDNA. 23andMe has a special too: This Mother’s Day, celebrate her DNA story. Order DNA test kits today at 23andme.com. Save $20.
Perhaps the best gift I ever gave myself was the gift of a personal stylist. The best part is you don’t have to live near a big city or be rich to use such a stylist. Everything occurs online. My three favorites are Stitch Fix, Trunk Club and Dia&Co. This blog post tells you everything you need to know about working with an online stylist.
Meal Kit Gift Ideas
If you can’t afford to get mom a personal chef, at least you can help make meal planning easier for her. Just sign her up for a meal kit subscription like HelloFresh. Our family has been cooking with HelloFresh meal kits since January and we love them. We get three meals a week, which is the right amount–enough to make dinner interesting a couple nights a week but not too much to be overwhelming. Right now first time users can save $40 on their first two boxes.
Experience Gift Ideas from Gilt City
Gilt City is perfect for last minute experience art gifts for mom this Mother’s Day! They offer deals on local experiences in the Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC markets, and national online art deals as well. These range from wine tours and cooking classes to one-of-a-kind art pieces.
Sign Mom up for a Monthly Club
MonthlyClubs.com offers unique gift ideas for Mom that will be remembered long after the special occasion. Since 1994 Monthly Clubs has served as the premium gift of the month club site featuring the highest quality wine, beer, cheese, cigars, chocolate and flowers for all occasions. Right now there are special discounts of up to $25 off.