At the top of my list for any gift-giving occasion — birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day — is a gift certificate for a massage. I love being rubbed. I’d much rather have an hour of bliss on a massage table than a new pair of earrings or a kitchen gadget.
I’ve also appreciated gift certificates to local restaurants and a nearby hotel for my wedding anniversary. My husband and I enjoy getting away for date night (or overnight!) without the kids. Again, I’m all about the “experience gift” rather than material things.
That’s why this website caught my eye. At Excitations, you can purchase all sorts of different adventures and activities for the loved ones in your life. A wide range of experiences includes hot air ballooning, personal fitness training, tandem skydiving, wine tasting, trapeze lessons, NASCAR ride-a-longs and, yes, spa treatments.
Granted, these “experiences” are currently only available in and around certain metropolitan areas of the United States, such as New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver. But if your summer travel plans call for vacations in any of the applicable cities, or you live nearby, what a super-cool adventure for Mother’s Day gift to either a) ask for or b) give your wife, mom, sister or best friend. I’m betting any mom you know would love opening her mailbox to one of these nifty turquoise, blue and white boxes with a super-special gift certificate inside!