My mom isn’t a beauty fiend like me. I think the love of cosmetics must have skipped a generation because I always think of my grandmother as a super stylish lady—she used to have her foundation and powder custom mixed just for her when my mom was a kid! Wow. So, for me, Mother’s Day means having the whole family over for brunch (thankfully, the ability to whip up a decent meal has been passed through all the women in my family). However, if I were to buy my mother something girlish and cosmetic-based for mother’s day, here are three gifts I’d consider:
- Spa Day! What mom could resist a few hours of pure pampering? There are so many day spas and high end salons out there, and they all sell gift certificates. Whether mom just wants a quick mani-pedi, or a day filled with massages and mud wraps, there’s sure to be something for everyone. To find spas in your area, check out spafinder.com. If you’re in a major metropolitan area, go to yelp.com and type in the name of a local spa to get user reviews (I love yelp!). Hey, while you're at it, spring for a mother-daughter spa day so you can benefit from this Hallmark holiday as well!
- Put the FAB back in Prefab. Yes, it IS okay to buy mom a gift set from your favorite cosmetics company. You know what I'm talking about: companies throw a bunch of matching products together in a basket or bag with a cute bow on top. This could be a cheesy cop out gift, but if you focus on high quality products from a cosmetics company your mom thinks is too expensive to try using her own cash, you're on the right track.
- Teach Mom a Thing or Two. Moms don't always have time to devote to updating their look, so schedule a makeover at a department store like Nordstrom's or Macy's. (Bobbi Brown always seems to have some sort of "in-store event" going on!) Since makeovers are usually free, you could buy mom a few new products that were used during her makeover. Just tell her ahead of time so she won't feel the stress of being pressured into buying something from an over-zealous beautician/sales girl.