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What to Get a Boston Mom for Mother's Day

This Mother’s Day, don’t forget to give your mom boss a little gift or token of appreciation. You can’t go wrong with giving her a sweet bouquet of her favorite flowers or a box of delicious candies. If you want to think outside the box and give her a more unexpected gift, take a look at our list of ideas below.

A day of pampering at one of the best spas in Boston

There are plenty of spas in Boston that can fit your budget and your mom boss’s preferences. If she’s been daydreaming about getting a massage or a facial, treat her to some time at Le Visage spa in the Financial District. If skincare is a priority for her, get her a gift card to Back Bay Skincare & Spa. Not sure if she’d like a manicure, a massage, or both? Buy a gift card to a place that offers multiple services, like downtown’s RelaxSation Massage Therapy & Nails.

A gift card to her favorite brunch spot or coffee house

Does your mom boss rarely treat herself? And when she does, you know it’s a weekend brunch with her family or friends at Tatte, or a gourmet cup of joe at Thinking Cup. Show her that you remember what she likes with a gift card to one of her favorite food or drink places. If your mom boss is an adventurous foodie who loves to try up and coming restaurants, pick one from this list of the best brunch places in every Boston neighborhood. When it comes to a good brunch meal, it’s hard to go wrong.

A prepared picnic basket for a weekend with the family

If your mom boss is down-to-earth and outdoorsy, she’ll love this thoughtful gift. You can prepare a picnic basket for her during the week and leave it for her on Sunday. (If she already has plans Sunday, it can even be used early on a Saturday outing with the family). Put together a picnic with her favorite snacks and drinks in it. Stumped for picnic food ideas? You might include potato salad or potato chips, rotisserie chicken or fish for protein, snackable veggies like carrots or cucumbers, summer produce like peaches and cherries, and an easily edible dessert like cookies or brownies. Lemonade or fruit-infused water are perfect warm weather drinks. If you want to make it even easier, these Boston restaurants offer picnic packages that can be bought and enjoyed nearby in picnic spots like the Boston Public Garden or along the Charles River.

A neat and clean house (with the kids’ help)

One thing moms really want on Mother’s Day is rest and a day off from the “mom routine.” No dishes, no laundry, no tidying up. Give mom a break and have the kids pitch in to help you tidy up the house for Mother’s Day. Have them put away their toys and straighten up their rooms. Everyone can help clean up the common areas, like the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms. Light a few candles when you’re done (as long as they’re in a kid-safe spot) and ask the kiddos to keep everything neat until Mom gets home. As a bonus, you might take on the grocery shopping for that weekend, or prep dinner ahead of time so she can enjoy a little more time with the family.

A handmade gift from her children

She’ll treasure the gifts her kids made forever. These kinds of gifts are inexpensive and fun for the kids. You can frame a drawing or comic strip that the kids have made, making it easy for Mom to hang up as art. If she has a favorite photo of the family that she hasn’t gotten around to framing yet, do it for her. You can even have the kids decorate the picture frame first.

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