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Indulge Your Mom with Self-Care This Mother’s Day

A young woman and her mother doing an at-home spa day.
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If you’re looking to give your mom something special this Mother’s Day, here are some great ideas you can pull off, even if you’re spending the day apart.

This year’s been a bit weird, to say the least. Spa bookings and dinner reservations are going to have to be replaced by more creative ideas this Mother’s Day. But don’t worry—we’ve rounded up some ideas you can easily personalize and share from afar.

An At-Home Spa Day

If your mom can’t go to the spa, bring the spa to her. Order a bunch of good-smelling bath salts, milks, bombs, or body butters. Get some moisturizing face masks and candles, and organize an evening of pampering.

Start by making a relaxing cup of tea mom can sip while reading her favorite book. Light the candles and put on some relaxing music to transport her to a Zen state while you prepare her bath.

Make a mix of mineral salts, bath milk, and relaxing essential oils, like lavender and rose. Drop in a bubble bomb when the bath is half full, so it really foams up. Let your mom completely relax, and bring her a glass of her favorite juice or wine.

After she’s dressed in a fluffy robe, put on her favorite movie or spend the evening talking and laughing—no drama allowed!

Just because you can’t offer her a trip to a Zen location doesn’t mean you can’t re-create one at home. All it takes is a bit of imagination and determination.

Be Her Personal Chef

Relieve her of kitchen duties for the day and be her personal chef. If you’re kitchen savvy, you can start by preparing a detoxing green smoothie for breakfast. Follow that with a healthy, hearty salad for lunch, and an elaborate Dutch oven dinner.

If cooking isn’t your forte, there are plenty of meal delivery subscription boxes, such as Green Chef, Purple Carrot, and Hello Fresh. They come with all the ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, so you end up feeling like a true professional.

If you don’t want to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen, you can always order in from mom’s favorite restaurant. There are also pre-cooked meal delivery boxes, like Sakara Life and Splendid Spoon you can try. You just take the meals out, heat them up, and enjoy!

No matter what you choose to do, your mom will be more than grateful you surprised her with a full-on breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Food is a language of love, and we’re sure your mom will appreciate the gesture.

Fluffy Comfort

A woman wearing a comfortable bathrobe in a spa.
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Few things in life are better than getting dressed from head to toe in something incredibly comfortable and soft. Wearing a fabric that hugs your skin makes you feel warm inside, too.

Give the gift of that feeling to your mom this Mother’s Day! Get her the fluffiest clothes you can find, like this luxurious UGG bathrobe, a super-soft Lululemon sweatshirt, or a cozy Snowe blanket she can curl under while relaxing in the evening.

A Fitness Class

If your mom is a Jane Fonda fanatic, surprise her with an at-home workout and be her sweat buddy! You can motivate and inspire one another until the last rep.

Set up your training station, get her a good activewear set and a pair of resistance bands, and get ready to “werk.” Make your legs burn with one of Whitney Simmons’ famous workouts. Tone it up with Blogilates or improve your flexibility and mobility with a challenging yoga flow. End with a breathing technique to calm your minds, and then enjoy a protein-rich recovery meal.

It feels good to move, and there’s no better way to do it than laughing with your mom by your side. People who regularly go to Pilates classes or the gym definitely need some ecstatic post-workout feels right now, so bring the classes to your mom’s living room.

Better Sleep

Making sure your mom’s sleep is on point is one of the best self-care gifts you can give her this Mother’s Day. Plus, there are tons of products out there that can help her achieve it.

From sleep masks and earplugs, to silky-smooth sheets and meditation apps, there are lots of different ways to help your mom improve the quality of her sleep.

white noise machine or essential oil diffuser might also help her fall asleep faster and slumber more peacefully.

If You Can’t Spend the Day Together

Whether it’s due to distance or the current pandemic, it might be impossible for you to spend Mother’s Day with your mom this year. However, you can still plan something that will make her feel loved.

Send her a care package with instructions for how she should spend her afternoon. Have flowers and a cake delivered to her doorstep with a special message written in frosting. Order a weighted blanket for her, so it’s easier for her to relax.

Don’t forget the power of coordinating with people who live near your mom. Talk to your dad or siblings, and ask them to treat her like a queen for you.

Don’t Forget the Card

Always accompany your gifts with a personalized card, so you can put your feelings into words and tell her how much she means to you.

Cards are a simple item we all tend to keep. We pin them to boards or save them in memory boxes. Then, we can always reread the sweet, thoughtful messages people have given us over the years.

No one on Earth loves sweet, heartfelt cards more than moms, so you can’t go wrong with this one!


Mother’s Day is a great time to reach out to your mom and, with the world as turbulent as it is, send her a little extra love, support, and a relaxing gift or two.

Karla Tafra Karla Tafra
Karla is a certified yoga teacher, nutritionist, content creator and an overall wellness coach with over 10 years of international experience in teaching, writing, coaching, and helping others transform their lives. From Croatia to Spain and now, the US, she calls Seattle her new home where she lives and works with her husband. Read Full Bio »

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