Best Gifts for Mom 2021: What Moms Really Want This Year

What do moms really want for Mother’s Day this year? The answer is simple. It is perhaps even the easiest year ever. She wants time. Time for herself. Time alone. Time when she isn’t supervising virtual learning, working from home, managing the home, cooking multiple meals a day, or checking off the endless list of things on her to do list. So if you are looking for the best gifts for mom in 2021 — start with giving her the gift of time.

Of course she loves you, she loves her kids, and she loves being with you all. But seriously, in the last year, are you really lacking for family time together? I don’t think so. So whether she can get away for an hour or a weekend, here are some ideas to treat her to some well-deserved time alone.

Best Gifts for Moms that Want to Get Away

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For Moms that Love Nature

Unique luxury treehouse with wrap around deck outside Asheville, North Carolina
Unique luxury treehouse with wrap around deck outside Asheville, North Carolina. Image courtesy of Glamping Hub.

For moms that love the outdoors and enjoying time in nature, treat her to a glamping getaway this Mother’s Day so she can enjoy some time alone (or with a friend.) Book her a trip in a luxury cabin, beautiful treehouse, or unique tiny home to give her space to breathe and enjoy a night or two doing the things she likes. Sleeping in the heart of a forest, breathing the fresh mountain air in the morning, all while still having a warm bath or shower at the end of the day is something that only a special glamping trip can offer.

A unique getaway experience, away from people and responsibilities is just what mom needs this year. Not sure where to start? Glamping Hub offers over 26,000 unique glamping accommodations across the globe to choose from. Can’t decide? Buy her a travel gift card to allow her to choose her own dream getaway. You can also get her some new hiking gear for her glamping packing list. I’m in love with these Koen pants from prAna for hiking, lounging, and travel.

For Moms that Like to be Pampered

Spa lavender bath salts from Canva

Self-care is something that many moms have neglected this year. Whether it is a mani-pedi, facial, or massage; salons and spas have been reopening safely and ready to make mom feel special again. Whether you book her a service locally or set her up with a day spa or overnight stay at a spa hotel, she is going to appreciate a little pampering.

Not sure where to book? You can always give her a SpaFinder gift card, with locations worldwide. Or in the United Kingdom, a Spa Seekers gift card covers a hand-picked collection of hotels, day spas, and venues. In Canada, WaySpa has hundreds of top day spas and destination spas available.

For Culture-loving Moms

Providence skyline and river

With theaters, museums, and many cultural attractions closed in the last year, getting a culture fix has been more challenging. But things are reopening and honestly, the museums and indoor attractions that are open are generally doing a fantastic job of safety and crowd control with timed-entry tickets, one-way traffic, and enhanced cleaning and distancing protocols. Of course there is much to be enjoyed outdoors too.

Why not book mom on a local staycation or give her a gift certificate to book her own getaway? Then book her a city or attraction tour on Viator, or maybe she would prefer exploring on her own with a CityPASS.

For Moms that Love the Beach

View of Gulf of Mexico and pier from above

If Mom is most relaxed with her toes in the sand, listening to the calming crash of the ocean surf, it is time for a pre-season getaway to the coast. You can find the perfect beach house or condo rental on vrbo. You may want to book one big enough that she can invite some friends along.

While you are at it, gift her one of these cute packable sunhats for her trip!

For Foodie Moms

Is the mom in your life a foodie? She may love the opportunity to get out and explore locally through a food tour. If she is not quite ready to be around others, book a virtual cooking class with LocalBites (receive 5% off with code We3Travel) and she can learn from locals around the world how to make their most popular dishes.

Or, bring restaurant-quality meals home with meal kit deliveries from top restaurants and celebrity chefs via Goldbelly. This is how we made Valentine’s Day special this year without all the work or going out to a restaurant.

For Moms that Love a Good Road Trip

flat road in New Mexico heading towards mountains

Plenty of moms love a good road trip. Of course they are fun to do with family, but sometimes a solo road trip or a girlfriend getaway is just what she needs instead. Instead of organizing the trip around family interests, she gets to pick where to stop and when to pull over for the next rest break. Plus she gets to listen to her own music this time!

Every good roadtrip requires a lot of planning and that’s why we’re offering Roadtrippers Plus FREE for 30 days!

Sign her up for a subscription to Roadtrippers Plus to find all those fun and quirky road side attractions, great photo spots, and other pitstops along the route.

For Photography Buffs

Woman in woods holding camera in front of her face from Canva

If Mom is always behind the camera, she may enjoy a chance to get in front of the lens for a change for a family photo shoot with Flytographer. While these are fun to do on vacation, it can be lovely to get professional photos in your hometown too.

But if she would like some time away to sharpen her skills, sign her up for a MasterClass in photography, or consider signing up for a photo tour and workshop through Airbnb Experiences. I did one of these in Fez and learned a lot about street photography. Cap it off with a new camera bag — because if she is anything like me, she is always looking for that perfect bag for her camera gear and Nomatic is my current top pick.

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Publish Date: April 26, 2021


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