Mother’s Day Gifts Mom REALLY Wants

The scramble to find something memorable for Mom on Mother’s Day is as old as the day itself (founded in 1908, that means 111 years of macaroni necklaces). This year, don’t fret or fight the crowds on Saturday. Instead, set Mom up with an experience to replace the bauble that will inevitably land at the back of her underwear drawer (never to be seen again until the kids move you into a retirement home).

And, while most moms would agree a chance to simply sleep-in tops their list, offering up a nap might not be quite enough to honor the woman who birthed you or your kids. Instead, I’ve compiled a few last-minute, but wholly worthy, ideas to try out this year. You can thank me later.

Causebox allows Mom to blend social consciousness with style.

The Gift That Celebrates Mom Year ‘Round
Though subscription boxes have become this century’s fruit-of-the-month-club, there is something to be said about receiving a gift that reminds you of your value throughout the year, and not just on Mother’s Day. For moms who are voracious readers, Amazon Kindle Unlimited Books provides access to more than 1-million titles and thousands of audio books for just $9.99 per month. Voracious readers who also love coffee will cozy up to the My Coffee and Book Club, which sends a 12-oz bag of hand-roasted coffee and two hardcover books from the recipient’s fave genre for $32 per month. Moms with a sweet tooth will go wild for the monthly boxes from Dylan’s Candy Bar, starting at around $31 per month for a 12-month subscription, while beauty junkies will enjoy the sample-filled boxes sent by Birchbox starting at just $13 monthly.

More substantial boxes are offered quarterly by a variety of online companies, including FabFitFun, which ships 8-10 full-size items every three months for $179.99 annually, and even lets members pre-select certain items. For a quarterly subscription box with a conscience, Causebox sends ethically-made products every three months for less than $200 per year, while one of the more luxe boxes – Mostess – sends six or more full-size, curated home and hosting goods starting at $120 per box.

Create as many mandalas as time allows at The Paint Mixer’s “Moms, Mimosas and Mandalas” class on May 11.

How ‘Bout Some Art (a Picasso, not a Garfunkel)
Tapping into her inner Monet (and the chance at a kid-free afternoon), The Paint Mixer, located on lower Main Street in Old Town, offers “Moms, Mimosas and Mandalas – Rock Painting,” on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. However, if she wants to paint with her wee ones, sign her up for “Mother’s Day Painting – Colorful Elephant” on Sunday at 1 p.m. Even better, send Mom up the street to Aura Spa for an eco-conscious treatment while Dad and the kiddos create one-of-a-kind masterpieces for the most important woman in their lives.

Mom can experience mountain mindfulness at Sundance Resort.

Speaking of Spas …
Living in a resort town places some of the best spas in the country at our fingertips, so deciding where to send Mom on Mother’s Day comes down to personal style. For the Minimalist Mom, Knead a Massage offers a no-frills rubdown starting at $50 for a 30-minute session, while Massage Envy provides a 60-minute massage session for just $60, or a package of three facials for $150. On the swankier side, each of the area’s luxury hotels boast in-house spas with world-renowned treatments, including the Waldorf Astoria SpaSpa Montage Deer ValleyRemède Spa at the St. Regis Deer Valley, and The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge. For a rustic lodging and spa experience, head down Provo Canyon to Sundance Resort for their “Journey to Wellness” package, which includes a private mountain cottage, daily meditation and yoga, breakfast, a spa treatment, and a complimentary Art Studio class.

Tupelo’s biscuits (shown here with honey butter) have been named some of the best in Utah.

Lest We Forget … Brunch!
A post on Mother’s Day experiences would be truly lacking in a town chock full of culinary options, so I’ve culled a few of the highlights. On the high-end, Riverhorse on Main is always a winning bet, while Tupelo brings rich southern traditions to the Rockies, including chicken & biscuits and cheese fritters. For a healthy vibe, head to Five5eeds and enjoy breakfast all day, or chill out on the patio at Windy Ridge Café. If a Sunday drive is on the menu (and you’re not in a rush), enjoy the scenery on the way to Woodland and indulge at the now-famous Woodland Biscuit Company. Two new options in Redstone at Kimball Junction – Bartolo’s and Hearth and Hill – are definitely worth checking out for their super-fresh takes on breakfast classics.

Never forget the value of the simple things. Unlimited hugs and kisses are ALWAYS welcome.

Special experiences to share with friends and family are just a few of the many reasons to Choose Park City. You can, too, by calling Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visiting her website by clicking here.

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