Mother’s Day is right around the corner, which means moms all over the world are bracing for another year of breakfast in bed, a Hallmark card and a box of chocolates. There’s nothing wrong with any of these gifts – in fact, many moms revel in the annual tradition – but if you really want to show the mom in your life how much you appreciate them, you have to think big!
If you could, you would give your mom all the finest things in the world. The only problem is, as you probably know, the finest things in the world often come with the highest price tags. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can give mom big, flashy gifts this Mother’s Day, without having to break the bank.
Here is a list of four swanky gift ideas that sound pricey on paper, but are as affordable as a couple boxes of chocolate.
A Spa Day… From the Comfort of Your Own Home
A spa can be exorbitantly expensive, with surcharges on just about every service (as if mud really costs $150!), but you can give mom the same experience at home for just a fraction of the price. Draw a bath, complete with bath bombs and/or salts, light a few scented candles and chill a bottle of Chardonnay by the bathtub. Find her favourite book or TV show, and set mom up for some serious relaxation time.
Millions of Dollars… On an Online Ticket
It would be wonderful if you could just give your mom millions of dollars, but, for most people, that’s not really an option. The next best thing you can do, then, is to buy mom a few Powerball tickets. Choose numbers that are significant to her (her birthday, her lucky number, etc.), go online to learn how to play the Powerball in Canada and then pre-order tickets. You never know: with Powerball jackpots regularly reaching over a half-billion dollars, it might end up being the most valuable Mother’s Day gift in history.
A Trip to France… Via a Cooking Course
Imagine living in Paris, poking your head into the downstairs patisserie and grabbing a buttery morning pastry to enjoy with your coffee. C’est la vie! Rather than spend a thousand dollars on the plane ticket, book mom in for a French cooking course through a local cooking school, restaurant or community centre. It’s one of those gifts that will certainly pay off for the whole family!
A Personal Assistant… Virtually
A personal butler doesn’t come cheap. You need to feed them, house them and pay them a daily wage. Luckily, in this modern age, you can get a digitized version of a personal assistant for an affordable one-time price. Sure, the Amazon Echo and Google Home can’t do the laundry or wash the dishes, but they can be of assistance in reading recipes, setting reminders, answering questions, playing music and a whole host of other functions.
While you may not be able to afford a spay day, a bundle of cash, a trip to France or a personal butler, with these four gifts you can get pretty darn close. This year, ditch the box of chocolates and give mom the big gift she deserves!