8 Ways to Spoil Mom

You owe her...big-time

Your mom has put up with a lot over the years. (Hell, she carried you in her womb for nine months.) And while flowers and cards are thoughtful and lovely, we know you’re more creative than that. This year, show mom how much you love her with a unique gift that’s all about the experience.

A Plane Ticket

There’s nothing your mom loves more than well, you (awww). So treat her to a plane ticket to come visit!

A Cooking Class

Whether she’s the next Julia Child or the queen of takeout, she’s still got something to learn. Sur la Table and Williams-Sonoma offer classes like pizza making and sushi rolling, nationwide.


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A Local Museum Membership

Treat your mother to 365 days of art and culture with a yearly membership for two. (Note: This means you get to go with her to that Matisse retrospective.)


A Day Trip To The Spa

Do we even need to explain this one?


A Byob Painting Class

Help your mom channel her inner Picasso by setting her up with a paintbrush, an easel and a bottle of her favorite wine.


An E-book Subscription

We love Scribd ($9 per month) and Oyster ($10 per month), both of which offer unlimited access to thousands of titles. If she doesn’t already have an e-reader, wrap one up as the icing on the cake.

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A Food Tour Of A Local Neighborhood

Send mom on a guided, walking food tour of a local neighborhood rich in culinary history (think: the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue or San Francisco’s Chinatown). Viator is a great way to find one in your area.

Housekeeper Credit

Nobody likes scrubbing a bathtub. Surprise mom with a housekeeper credit that she can use the next time she’s feeling overwhelmed. Whenever she needs help cleaning the house, watering the plants or doing the laundry, she'll thank you for giving her the afternoon off.