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In life, one thing’s for sure: Moms work hard! Between careers, PTA meetings, soccer practice, volunteering and cooking up a storm, it’s amazing what moms are able to accomplish. But after all that running around, it’s safe to say that moms deserve a little time to kick back. But if your mom is anything like mine, she’ll need a bit of encouragement to take some time to herself. So why not treat her to a gift basket that she’ll not only love, but surely appreciate when she need a little quiet. Here’s how to put together the perfect basket for the superstar mom (or grandma, aunt, BFF or sister) in your life.
Step 1: Find the perfect spa goodies
A truly special gift basket should include everything for a relaxing day at the (home) spa. This means everything from bath bombs for a relaxing soak to candles and reed diffusers to really set the mood. You can even whip up a few spa treatments at home for that extra special homemade touch. If you need a few ideas to get you going, check out our picks below.
Luxurious CandlesIf you're going to settle in for more than a few minutes of pampering, set the stage. A quality candle with a delicate scent will really make all those face masks and moisturizers feel a bit more luxe. To keep Mom happy all year long, sign her up for Vellabox, a candle subscription box that delivers handmade candles right to her door. Shop Now
Outrageously Comfy SlippersAnyone can appreciate a great pair of slippers, but especially a hardworking mom. Go beyond the basic department store pair and treat Mom to these plush slides from UGG ($85). We promise the slippers are just as cozy as their famous boots. Shop Now
Bath SoakWhat a better way to start off an at-home spa day than a relaxing bath soak. This bath tea ($25) is made of natural herbs, flowers and essential oils—like calendula and lavender—that help you really unwind. Shop Now For even more ideas, check out these Mother’s Day gifts for every kind of mom.
Breathable Nail PolishAt-home manicures are a great way to take a moment for yourself. Try a breathable polish like this one from Orly ($10) is better for your nails than traditional nail lacquer. Try it in Fairy Godmother—a gorgeous shade any time of year but particularly the holidays. Be sure to protect your nails and wear dish gloves. Shop Now
Exfoliating ScrubRough hands and elbows? Forget about them with this floral body scrub ($36). With coconut oil (seriously a pantry superstar), it leaves skin feeling soft, like you just left the spa. Shop Now
Dyson HairdryerLooking for a real bit of luxury for Mom to add to her routine? Upgrade her hairdryer to a Dyson Supersonic ($399). This dryer is super quiet and works quickly to dry hair and leave it silky and smooth. Shop Now
Sheet MasksSo trendy and incredibly fun. Sheet masks in all sorts of formulas—brightening, moisturizing, calming—are a great way to sneak in some at-home spa time (even if it's just 10 minutes at a time). Try this brightening mask from Burt's Bees ($4) for a radiant complexion. Shop Now
Plush RobeA good robe can make even the earliest mornings feel a bit more relaxing. This one ($130) is particularly plush and comfortable. Think how cozy it would feel while sipping a cup of hot chocolate. Shop Now
Bath BombsTake your comforting bath to the next level with fizzy bath bombs. These fun additions bubble up the second they hit the water and melt into all sorts of soothing scents. Try options from Lush ($8 each), a beauty company with a serious bath bomb following. Shop Now
A Good BookWhile some folks like to kick back and just let those sheet masks and bath bombs do there work, others enjoy a good book while they relax. Since we're foodies at heart, we recommend this fun novel ($10) about a woman and her bakery. And of course, this cover already has us craving these coconut treats. Shop Now
Decadent MoisturizerAfter a long soak, lock in all that moisture with a rich, buttery moisturizer. This one from The Body Shop ($21) is ribboned with a light rose scent and brightening ingredients for that post-spa glow. Shop Now
Foot BalmLet's face it, feet need a little extra TLC from time to time. This soothing peppermint balm ($8) does wonders for overworked feet. A mix of different oils helps melt stress away and moisturize tired toes. Shop Now
Silk Sleep MaskAfter all the work of running a bath, moisturizing and settling in, a silky sleep mask is just the thing to tie a homey spa day together (and it's great for a post-spa nap, too!). We love this luxury silk version from Slip ($50). Shop Now
Essential Oil DiffuserAdd a relaxing blend of essential oils to a diffuser to set the mood at home. This mini diffuser ($20) changes colors to set the right vibe for your surroundings. Shop Now
Step 2: Make it a presentation
Once you’ve assembled all your giftables, you want to be sure to tie them all up with a bow so to speak. Find a pretty and functional basket and fill it with tissue or decorative paper shreds and arrange all those wonderful gifts inside. This presentation not only looks great for gifting, but it can look great waiting to be used on the vanity.
Step 3: Let Mom know she’s loved
After creating this specially curated gift basket, be sure to include a note to let your loved one know how much she’s truly appreciated and how much she deserves to be pampered.