20 great escape gifts for the mom that needs a vacation
These alone-time gifts will give Mom the break she needs
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It’s been a long year. Mother’s Day is upon us and all of us moms could really do with a vacation. While it’s likely you aren’t able to send us on an all-expense paid trip to Bali (alone… we’d like to go alone), there are lots of ideas for gifts that can give Mom just the retreat she craves, even if it’s for just a few minutes a day.
Whether Mom is a bookworm, a sommelier-in-training, or she’s in desperate need of a spa treatment, these little gifts are guaranteed to give her the escape she needs, at a slightly more affordable price point than a tropical vacation.
1. A kit that screams self-care
This Black, momma-owned business is one that "gets it." It's all the good stuff for a day of escape in one beautifully assembled care package. Pour yourself a glass of rosé or Prosecco (non-alcoholic options are also available), while you indulge in a face mask, a rose-scented bath bomb, and a deliciously decadent mandarin and clove coconut wax candle. Finish off with luxurious body butter and a decadent botanical oil roller in a fragrance blend blooming desert florals. Beginning to end, this is the escape Mom needs.
2. A single-serve wine subscription
There is no greater escape than a delicious glass of wine. Nail Mother’s Day this year with a monthly wine subscription to Usual Wines. Each month Mom will receive a selection of 12 single-serve bottles of delicious wines to sample that are styled and suited to her taste. The best part of this service is it’s by-the-glass, so mom can retreat into her wine without needing to finish off a whole bottle—and without being expected to share.
3. A hammock, for at-home glamping
For the mom who loves to glamp, make the back yard, deck, or patio the retreat she craves with this elegant, solid wood hammock. This one is spacious enough to share, if she’s in the mood, or just she can have it all to herself for some much-needed “me time.”
4. Meal kit that she doesn’t have to cook
Here's the thing: Mom doesn’t want to cook for you. If you’re a dad reading this, she doesn’t want to cook for you either. Give her a break from the question of “what’s for dinner” with a premade meal kit that takes nothing but a press of a microwave button to get dinner on the table.
Our testers tried six different premade meal subscription kits and Freshly won out for its taste, presentation, and ease of getting each meal from box to table. They minimize processed ingredients and added sugars to make a delicious, ready-made meal that’s as tasty as any leftovers—maybe tastier, since she didn’t have to make them herself.
5. An acupressure mat and pillow
Acupressure and acupuncture have long been used to treat stress and the muscle tension associated with it. This acupressure mat and pillow set mimics the ancient art of acupuncture by gently touching pressure points to release endorphins to enhance an overall sense of well-being. Reviewers tout this set for being just the relaxing escape they need, and say it’s helped them reduce stress, minimize muscle aches, and get a better night’s sleep.
6. Tea from around the world
Give Mom a tasting trip around the world in a soothing cup of tea. This set of 10 single-estate, loose leaf teas will have her exploring a world of flavor from the comfort of her favorite spot on the couch. The set includes exotic brews like Long Jing green tea and mix of bancha tea and roasted rice found in Genmaicha. It also includes an accompanying book of background information on each of the teas she receives as well as specific brewing tips for the most perfect cup.
7. A globally-minded book subscription
The greatest escape is within the pages of a good book. This subscription box is all about connecting readers to faraway places. Every three months a box will arrive that’s themed after a different country from around the world. The box includes a novel centered in the chosen country, accompanied by ethically sourced pieces like chocolates, jewelry, and home goods. She may not be able to take a trip to a far off locale, but this subscription will send her back from her literary escape with all the best souvenirs.
8. A candle that lets you know when she needs her alone time
We're the first to admit it: Sometimes we just don’t get the hint. Try as she may to politely express her need for alone time, we probably need to hone our listening skills. Don’t make Mom shout. This candle is all she needs to do the speaking for her.
9. A spa in a box
You might not be able to send her on the tropical getaway she craves, but this getaway box is a good start. Featuring a luxurious and hydrating coconut soak, a natural sea sponge for exfoliation, a hand-poured soy wax candle with reusable vessel by Paddywax, and a faux succulent to set the mood, this thoughtful gift box is like a mini vacation delivered to her doorstep. She may not be able to actually get away for the retreat she needs but this kit will help her imagine herself there.
10. A dreamy face mask
Maybe she isn’t able to take the restful retreat she needs, but she'll look like she just returned from a relaxing vacation after she uses this highly-rated and award-winning overnight mask. This mask that’s dubbed by reviewers as “sorcery” promises to hydrate, plump, and brighten with such power ingredients as THD ascorbate (vitamin C), antioxidant-rich superberries, squalane, and hyaluronic acid.
11. A facial steamer that's a full spa in a portable package
Sure, Mom could probably use a pot on the stove with a towel over her head, but will that really give her the ritual of alone time that she wants and requires? This 3 in 1 ionic facial steamer combines traditional steam with an ultra-sonic vapor which propels tiny water droplets into the air to make for an extra-hydrating steam experience. Also, this steamer comes with three settings to give the ultimate, full-on spa experiences. One machine to steam her face and unclog her pores, humidify a room, and warm up small towels for an ultimate home-spa experience? Genius.
Please note that this has a 30-minute steam time, so leave Mom alone for at least an hour when she's using this gift.
12. A relaxing and meditative new hobby
Coloring isn't just for kids anymore—in the past few years it’s emerged as a relaxing pastime that’s perfect to relax and unwind with. This mindfulness-focused coloring book is filled with soothing waves, calming mandalas, and hypnotizing geometric patterns that can give Mom just the meditative moment she needs.
- Get the Mindfulness Coloring book at Amazon for $6.49
- Get the Covacure 36-piece colored pencil set with travel case at Amazon for $15.99
13. A heated foot massager that feels like real hands
It’s been a long year. We could all use a massage. This Shiatsu foot massager will give Mom just the relaxing respite she craves with a little bit of extra TLC. While there are lots of foot massagers to choose from, this one has heat, air, and Shiatsu massage functions and garners rave reviews for its adjustable functions that allow for the most personalized foot massage a machine can give. As one reviewer says, “Feels like my toes are being massaged by human hands.”
14. A beginner’s yoga kit for some solid “me” time
Let Mom know that you respect her need for self-care with this yoga starter kit. This kit has all of the essentials needed to get her yoga practice off the ground, including a yoga block for proper positioning and support, a yoga strap to help with lengthening stretches, a guided workout program, and a special mat with guides that help with alignment. Whether she’s looking for a new workout challenge, or just wants to improve her flexibility, this kit is just what she needs to ease into a daily yoga routine.
15. A weighted blanket
A good weighted blanket makes you feel like you’re wrapped in a soothing hug. They can help calm a restless body, reduce feelings of anxiety, and improve sleep after a long stressful day. This blush colored beauty from Target’s in-house wellness brand Casaluna will be a stunner for Mom to unwrap and will give her soothing nights ahead.
16. A calming collection
Everyone could do with a night of more restful sleep. This collection is a blend of meditative and stress-regulating lavender, chamomile, and lemon tea tree, designed to stimulate the vagus nerve, letting your body know it’s time to dial it down and relax. The mist is meant to be spritzed on linens right before bed, while the oil is meant to be used in high-anxiety situations to help you re-regulate. It also comes with a helpful book that helps demystify the vagus nerve and gives tips and activities for improving an overall sense of calm.
17. A journal for a daily dose of introspection
Studies show that journaling helps reduce stress and can even boost our immunity. Gratitude journaling is a great start and an easy way to give Mom a daily moment of calm-inducing self reflection. This journal pick is filled with gratitude-inspired prompts to help get the pen flowing and assist Mom at looking at the positives of each day. Throw in a pretty fountain pen to make that alone time feel extra special.
- Get the Kaweco Perkeo fountain pen at Amazon for $19
- Get the Harvest Cruise gratitude journal at Amazon for $16.99
18. A potted plant to create an oasis
Indoor plants are noted for their stress-relieving properties and for helping to purify the air to create an environment of calm. Plus, they are just so darn pretty to look at. The Sill is a plant service that delivers beautifully potted plants right to your door (no more tossing dried up bouquets once Mother’s Day has passed).
If Mom doesn’t have the greenest thumb (but wishes she did) a monthly subscription to The Sill will keep her surrounded in green with attractive, low-maintenance plants and will help her keep them vibrant and healthy for a long-lasting gift that will last years. As the slogan says, Can’t kill it. Just try.
19. Soothing eye stones from prehistoric Finland
If cucumber slices feel good, imagine how relaxed she’ll feel with these, cooling and weighted eye stones. Made from 2 billion year old Finnish bedrock, the gentle compression brings relief to tired eyes and helps to minimize puffiness. Chill them in the refrigerator and apply on or under eyes for a rock-solid spa experience that Mom can enjoy from home.
20. A calming app with some pretty sexy story times
We don’t know about you, but just thinking about hearing a bedtime story read by Harry Styles sounds like the ideal escape from a crazy day. For a moment of guided mindfulness, gift Mom with the app that will have her favorite celebrities taking her through stories and meditations to calm the mind. From the soothing Irish brogue of Cillian Murphy to the southern drawl of Matthew McConaughey, the celebrity story-telling will whisk Mom off to far off places.
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