the best kind of gifts

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jeans: old navy
jacket: old navy
booties: forever 21 (similar)

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I’ve seen a lot of really adorable gift guides on my fellow blogger’s instagrams and websites.  I’ve been loving their picks and was going to make a post of my own with cute accessories, jewelry, tech gadgets, ect. but then I stopped.  As much as I love all of those things and picking out gifts for all occasions, my favorite gifts of all are experience gifts.  There’s nothing better than spending time with someone you love, doing something you both enjoy.  These are my favorite gifts to give and receive.  This year for the actual day of Mother’s Day, Bryan and I are going to be out of town so we celebrated a week early.  It just so happens that there was a wine & art fest in our town, so we thought it would be the perfect gift.  First, we invited our parents to brunch at our house and fed them lots of yummy carbs, coffee, an mimosas (the essentials) and paid for our moms tickets in to the festival (unlimited tastings—what could be better?)  The dads were DD but I’m sure they’ll get their turn on Father’s day…lol We had such a great day with lots of laughs and quality time together.  So in light of this occasion, I’m rounding up some experience gift ideas for mother’s day below:

Start with groupon…

If you are unsure how to begin looking up experience gifts, start with groupon.  You can search by location and  “things to do.”  This will help narrow down things going on in your area….plus tickets are discounted!

For the Mom who needs relaxation….

Spa day anyone? Moms tend to take care of others before themselves. Check out local spas and see what specials they have going on!  Services could range from a pedi & mani to a facial and message.  You could even spend some time in the sauna relaxing and catching up.

For the sports fanatic Mom…

Take her out to the ballgame!  May is baseball season and hopefully the weather is warming up wherever you are.  Baseball is a great family friendly atmosphere where you can still have great conversation and be into the game at the same time!

For the Mom who loves to wine…

I got lucky that a wine festival happened to be so close to Mother’s day! If you can’t find an entire festival to attend, check out local wineries near you (don’t forget to check those groupon tasting prices).  A lot of wineries and vineyards have great outdoor seating where you can bring your own snack and enjoy your favorite bottle!

For the active Mom…

Nothing says bonding like an outdoor activity!  Check out your local parks for hiking trails, canoe or kayak rentals. You could even end your outdoor activity with a picnic or a healthy dinner out.

I hope this post gave you some inspiration for an experiential mother’s day gift! Let me know your other ideas in the comments below!

Carly

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