10 Unique Experiences for The Mom Who Has Everything

Unique Experiences For The Mom

Who Has Everything

Sure, there are dozens of guides out there with gift ideas for your mom for Mother’s Day. But what if your mom has enough stuff, and instead you want to give her a special experience? These are moments she’ll never forget – that you can experience together – and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Spiritual Awakening

A session with Celebrity Psychic Medium and Spiritual Life Expert, Erica Korman  Erica works with people all over the world to help people connect with loved ones who have passed as well as has the ability to help people see into the past, present and future. She does phone or Skype sessions.

Reach For The Stars – Literally

Treat her to one of Sky Zone’s Skyfit Classes. With over 180 locations nationwide, this all-walled trampoline park fuses fun and fitness by also offering a killer workout! A true HIIT workout, moms can burn up to 1,000 calories by combining calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics while having a blast. The catch? The class all takes place atop a court of connecting trampolines. Feel that oh-so-rewarding burn in your legs, arms, and core over an hour of fitness disguised as fun. It’s one of the most dynamic, effective and enjoyable workouts you'll ever have. If your mom is into fitness (especially unique workouts), a pack of SkyFit classes is the way to go!

Go Grilling

Who says grilling is a skill that only men can master?! Just in time for the summer weather and great for the Midwestern mom, an interactive grill class would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift! The original grill experts, Weber Grill Restaurant teaches Grilling Classes throughout the Midwest — in Chicagoland, Indianapolis, and in St. Louis at their St. Louis Grill Academy, a custom-designed learning facility dedicated to the art and skill of grilling. One might expect to see the following 2 to 3 hour classes priced at $50 to $85 per person: - Grilling on the Bourbon Trail (Bourbon-focused grilling with pairings) Steaks 101, Surf & Turf Grilling, New American Barbecue, Gourmet Burgers, Ladies Night, Parents & Kids Cooking Class.

Each class has a theme, all centered around the ins and out of charcoal grilling.

[Photo Courtesy of Weber Grill Restaurants]

Go On A Tropical Adventure

Pura Vida Adventures is a  surf and yoga retreat in Malpais, Costa Rica. Tierza Davis founded Pura Vida Adventures in 2003 when “yoga” studios weren’t on every street corner and the word “retreat” wasn’t used for a vacation you were taking this year. In 2002, she went to Costa Rica and the natural beauty, the culture, and the amazing surf made her want to share her experience with others.  Nestled between the tropical rainforest and sandy beaches Pura Vida Adventures offers the perfect mix of  Tranquil beachside spa amenities.

Take A Walk In History

23andMe is an item that brings families closer together, and a gift of learning where they come from and where they’re going! Your DNA can tell you a lot, and 23andMe’s at-home DNA kit gives consumers a comprehensive understanding of their own genetic ancestry and health. In fact, 23andMe is the first and only genetic service available directly to consumers with FDA authorization that offers two personalized services:  The Ancestry Service provides a breakdown of global composition ancestry by percentages, reports on Neanderthal ancestry, inheritance tracing and the experience to connect with DNA relatives. ($99) The Health + Ancestry Service offers an even more comprehensive understanding of your genetic makeup, with over 75 reports about Genetic Health Risks including late-onset Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, Carrier Status, featuring 40+ reports, including Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anemia and Hereditary Hearing Loss; Wellness Reports, including deep sleep, lactose intolerance, saturated fat / weight, sleep movement and muscle composition; and Traits Reports, including information, such as hair color and texture, bitter test perception, dimples and freckles.  ($199)

Go For A Scuba Together

For the gift of a truly unique experience, you can gift mom a PADI eLearning Gift Pass (starting at $179), and get her one step closer to her scuba certification.The PADI eLearning Gift Pass allows first-time divers to begin their scuba certification with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) at their own pace and schedule, since we know Moms are busy—she can log in from the comfort of her snuggie, whenever and wherever and begin. Once she’s completed the eLearning, she’ll be ready to visit her local or destination PADI training center (or book that girls getaway she’s been dying to go on) to complete the certification process. No two dives are ever the same; so with over 6,500 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts located around the world, her PADI scuba certification will be a gift that inspires her for years to come. NOTE- a PADI scuba certification is accepted world-wide and does not expire.

Go Painting

Muse Painbar is a paint and sip studio with 27 locations up and down the east coast (Tri-State area, Mid-Atlantic, and New England). Mother's Day is one of their most popular holidays at Muse because you can either make handmade, unique gifts for mom or you can take her (and the whole Family) in for a memorable session where everyone creates their own masterpiece!

Commune With Nature

The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in  Manchester, VT is nestled among Vermont’s Green Mountains, The Equinox offers unparalleled resort amenities, including onsite falconry school, a golf course, tennis, fly fishing, clay shooting and a Land Rover driving experience, as well as access to world-class skiing and hiking. The historic, luxury resort is the perfect destination for those looking for both year-round relaxation and adventure. Green Mountain Falconry School – These fascinating classes with Master Falconer Rob Waite, include hawk identification, training, conditioning and hunting methods, the falconers’ furniture (equipment), and a rich history of the amazing sport. The Green Mountain Falconry School offers a variety of experiences from introductory lessons and hawk walks to an exclusive combination of both programs for both individuals and groups. Orvis Fly Fishing (Available mid-April to mid-October) – Guests can take up the classic pastime of fly fishing with the expert instruction from Orvis Fly Fishing School. In just two short days of classes, the Orvis Fly Fishing School help guests set up the rod, fly selection and knots and safely releasing their catch. Classes are held in the brand-new Orvis schoolhouse directly across from the Orvis Flagship Store, on the fully-stocked casting ponds, and out on the famed Battenkill River.

Go Fishing

At Hotel Viking in Newport, RI try Catch & Cook (Available mid-May to mid-October) – In partnership with Big Game Fishing, a top charter service in Rhode Island, Hotel Viking offers private excursions for guests to experience both inshore and offshore light tackle adventures. The staff at Big Game cleans and filets any fresh catch in preparation for Hotel Viking’s Executive Chef Simone Ferrara to create a special meal back at One Bellevue, whether it be grilled or sautéed and then paired masterfully with locally sourced ingredients.

For The Pasta Lover

If your mom loves to spend her Sundays cooking a family dinner, join her for the experience and bring a little fun to the equation. Sfoglini, the all organic American grain, Brooklyn-made pasta served by some of New York’s top chefs and available nationwide, is the ultimate gift for foodie, pasta loving moms everywhere – Sfoglini’s Pasta of the Month Club is the gift that keeps on giving! For foodie moms, the moms who always made you dinner, or the Italian mother (or grandmother) – Sfoglini’s Pasta of the Month Club. Treat mother all-year long with a special monthly delivery of Sfoglini’s all-American grain organic boxed pastas. Each month, she’ll receive one signature pasta (think whole grain radiators, rye trumpets, durum semolina penne) and one seasonal specialty pasta made from unique ingredients from local farms (like sriracha fusilli, hemp rigatoni, porcini trumpets), along with recipes from the chef behind Sfoglini plus pairing suggestions. Purchase online, and you’ll receive a certificate you can print and stuff inside your Mother’s Day card. It’s available for three months ($65), six months ($120) and a full year ($225).

Aly Walansky

Aly Walansky is a freelance lifestyles writer based in New York City, who contributes regularly to iVillage, SheKnows.com, xoJane, Huffington Post, and The Fashion Spot as well as many other print and web outlets.

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