Let’s face it: Mother’s Day is one of the most tired, cliché holidays out there. Plenty of us have given our moms the Crabtree & Evelyn gift set or the eggs benny brunch, and yes, those are very nice. But they’re not exactly original — or whiz-bang impressive. This year, take your Mother’s Day to the next level by gifting Mom with an experience: The truly unique Mother’s Day gift ideas ahead are bound to be remembered for years to come.
Forget mud masks and bath bombs; take your mom out for an afternoon of Shinrin-Yoko, or forest bathing, which is a Japanese practice of taking in the healing atmosphere of simply being in the woods. Go for a calming walk, breathe the fresh air, and feel the soft moss growing on rocks. The concept of forest bathing was developed in the 1980s and has become a hugely popular way to mellow out.
CBD is the new trend in spa treatments — and, well, seemingly everything else these days. CBD is a non-psychoactive marijuana-derived product that many massage therapists love for its anti-inflammatory benefits, making it perfect for a soothing rubdown. Besides, how cool will your mom feel telling her friends she tried a CBD massage?
For the ultimate in relaxation, try an isolation or sensory-deprivation float tank session. Mom will float in a tank of salt water that is set to skin temperature and is both lightless and soundless. She’ll feel like she is floating in space without being disturbed by anyone. Float tanks are extremely beneficial to the brain and contribute to a heightened sense of creativity and relaxation.
Yes, you can actually use oxygen recreationally — and it is actually fun, although the science community is still out on the claims that oxygen bars provide a variety of health benefits that may include boosting energy, stress relief, and perhaps even an escape from headaches and hangovers. Sessions can range from a few minutes up to 20 minutes, and the effects last for hours, or so say devotees.
Hot air balloon ride
Talk about cool, right? Take mom on a fabulous tour her own backyard but from way up above in a hot air balloon. You’d think this extraordinary experience would be too expensive to ever try, but there are hundreds of hot air balloon ride packages from companies across the country for as little as $150 per person.
This really exists, and it’s both elegant and awesome. Book mom a ticket for a train tour through wine country. She can ride in style while being served elegant meals and copious amount of amazing wines.
Goat yoga — one of the strangest wellness trends of recent years — is still really flipping adorable. Mom can stretch out in a downward dog while baby goats climb on her back. And before you laugh, know there are thousands of people who swear that this is both fun and relaxing. It is definitely memorable!
Take mom to get matching henna tattoos. The ink is temporary, and the designs are incredibly beautiful. Make her feel like a badass with her hands and arms decorated with flowers and geometric designs. Or hey, if you want to go all-out badass, get matching actual tattoos.
Why not? Although this may sound goofy and way outside the box, it’s definitely more fun than a mimosa on the patio. Spend an afternoon dreaming about future riches and adventures with a psychic reading.
Whipped cocoa bath
If you’ve got your heart totally set on the spa thing for Mother’s Day, why not go for a totally one-of-a-kind spa? Mom can literally bathe in chocolate in, of all places, The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
So this year, save the mimosas for a regular-old Sunday and take your mom on a wild adventure instead. Happy unforgettable Mother’s Day!