The winter holidays are behind us. School is back in full swing. The house that was turned completely upside down has now been restored to order. It’s time to tell Mom thanks for making it happen. Send her away on a relaxing trip just for her or maybe with a best gal-pal. She deserves it.
You might think she’s shopped-out from the winter gifting season. Not true. Inventory sales and New Year’s resolutions go together like cake and ice cream. Send Mom on a shopping trip to put together the guest room that seems to always be a laundry folding station. Maybe she’s committed to organization and wants to visit some great furniture outlets. Send her to North Carolina where the Piedmont meets the Mountains: Hickory, the furniture mecca of the south-east. Outlet malls, factory stores, and discount furniture warehouses all come together to give Mom the best deals on the best craftsmanship. After a hard day of shopping, she’ll enjoy relaxing by the water in this lake front cottage. Perhaps she’ll be inspired by the herons and other wildlife easily viewed from any room in the house.
Did Mom meet her fitness goals and deserves a whole new wardrobe to show off her rockin’ bod? Send her to some of the world’s most famous shopping: the Mall of America in Minnesota. This adorable Victorian home is a great landing strip for her packages. Cozy and classically decorated, she’ll be transported to memories of the Victorian influenced stories and tea parties of her childhood: think Anne of Green Gables and feel-good horse novels. Overall, this trip is a great way to remind Mom to celebrate herself. The home has three luxuriously furnished bedrooms, so send her with friends.
With all the mundane necessities of life that Mom handles, it’s easy to forget that she really enjoys creative time to herself. If she’s been stuck writing shopping lists instead of poems, touching up the kitchen paint instead of working on her canvases, or clipping coupons instead of trimming her scrap book, send her on an artist’s retreat. Send her on a really special one. A beach front villa in Bali is what she deserves to get her creative juices flowing. She’ll be perched high above the surf in this villa. The veranda overlooks the beach and she’ll have a small village to visit during the day. With porch space like this, she’ll sure get her projects finished in style.