5 Extravagant Mother's Day Gifts She Actually Wants
When it comes to Mother's Day, it's the thought that counts. Right?
The average person is expected to spend $152.52 on gifts for mom this Sunday, according to the National Retail Federation. That adds up to over $18.6 billion -- up more than $2.3 billion from last year.
With expectations like that, a grocery-store greeting card just isn't going to cut it.
Nearly half (48%) of all moms who replied to the survey said that they wanted a day at a spa. Flowers (38%) and jewelry (36%) closely followed, and 30% of moms said they'd enjoy a tablet or smartphone.
However, two out of three moms agreed that they would ultimately prefer a meaningful gift over an expensive one.
A Week With a Live-In Private Chef
What mom wouldn't love a week free from planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning up? A reputable private chef does all this and more, giving mom the luxury of not having to lift a finger.
Depending on what you're looking for, hiring a private chef can cost about $3,000 for the week. Find listings for personal chefs in major cities at Private Chefs, Inc.
Reality Check: It may be cliché, but there is nothing wrong with good, old-fashioned breakfast in bed. In fact, celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Christina Ferrare said they plan on celebrating their moms with a delicious breakfast.
The key here is to clean up after yourself. Moms will enjoy those chocolate chip pancakes so much more if they don't have to worry about cleaning batter off the ceiling that afternoon.
The Best Jewels Money Can Buy
Mom will be the talk of the town when she's dripping with jewels like the ones found in this 13.8 carat diamond necklace ($65,000 from Tiffany's). A gold-and-diamond Omega watch is also a classic choice.
Reality Check: After flowers, jewelry is the go-to gift for mom. The National Retail Federation's 2012 Mother's Day study says Americans are expected to spend $3.7 billion on jewelry for the holiday. That may seem like a huge amount, but even in 2009 -- the height of the recent -- consumers still managed to spend $2.3 billion on Mother's Day jewelry.
Luckily for you, retailersMother's Day specials on jewelry. Not sure what to get? A quick glance through her jewelry box is sure to give you a hint of what she likes. And kids can never go wrong with giving something handmade (preferably with macaroni).
A 5-Star Spa Vacation
Let mom relax the way nature intended her to -- at a luxurious ocean-front spa. The Setai, an exclusive five star resort in Miami Beach, is a two-hour Mother's Day special for $300. Ocean view suites are available for $2,050 a night.
Reality Check: Instead of sending Mom away for the week, pamper her with a relaxing day free from interruptions.
Certificates to the local spa/salon are always appreciated, as are prepared baskets filled with beauty-related goodies (think sugar scrubs and purifying loofahs). Just be sure to stay away from anti-aging creams, unless they've been specifically requested.
A Gallery-Worthy Piece of Art
Who wouldn't want a Warhol or Picasso hanging on their wall? International auction house Christie's currently has prints and paintings from both artists available for online bids. Prices range from $15,000 to $150,000.
Reality Check: Being surrounded by people you love is one of the greatest feelings you can experience. A framed family picture is a simple, yet thoughtful gift. Pottery Barn has a nice collection of wood and silver frames priced between $20 to $50.
Of course, handmade frames and art are great alternatives. And nothing says "you're special" better than taking the time to send a handwritten note.
Ultra-Snuggly Cashmere Pajamas
Mom deserves the absolute best, including the epitome of luxury sleepwear -- cashmere pajamas. With comfort like that, she can look forward to an incredible night's sleep, like the kind she enjoyed before she had kids.
Reality Check: If you want mom to experience the utmost in comfort, go for a nice pair of cashmere socks or slippers with a super-soft lining. They'll still crank the cozy factor up to 11 but won't empty your wallet.
You can find a wide array of cashmere accessories with a quick Google search. Barney's New York has a great pair of cashmere socks available for $45.