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Find the Best Gifts for Mother's Day With These Apps

The perfect food, spa, and entertainment gifts for Mom are just a click away with these apps.

Apps in this Guide

Sure, moms say that they just want to see their kids on Mother's Day, but that's hardly payment enough for all that your devoted matriarch has done for you over the years. Is the guilt working?

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Sure, moms say that they just want to see their kids on Mother's Day, but that's hardly payment enough for all that your devoted matriarch has done for you over the years. Is the guilt working?

As a mom, she has to work around the clock. So on Mother's Day -- which falls on Sunday, May 13, 2018 -- you can repay her for her TLC by taking on the mothering.

We're thinking outside the box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers, with our ideas for Mother's Day gifts, from spa treatments and prepared meals to entertainment. And while you may, of course, prefer to spend the day with your mom, we know that's not always possible. That's why many of our Mother's Day ideas can be delivered if you need to show your appreciation from a distance.

Massage Therapy Services

Soothe

Soothe

She tended to your aches. Return the kindness and book her a massage for Mother's Day. You can arrange for a massage therapist to come to your mom's place. Soothe, for example, lets you schedule an in-home massage.

Zeel

Zeel

Zeel is another great choice for scheduling an in-home massage. You can choose the type of massage mom would like best, from deep-tissue to sports. The masseuse brings the massage table and other supplies. All mom needs to do is relax.


Yelp

Yelp

If you think mom would like more of a spa treatment, check Yelp for recommended spas in your area.


Entertainment Service

Sling TV

Sling TV

How many times did mom sit through the Spy Kids movies with you? Give her a subscription to an on-demand video service, such as Sling TV, so she can binge-watch something more age-appropriate, like HGTV.

Hulu

Hulu

Or Hulu. But maybe not The Handmaid's Tale.


Kids Driving Services

Zum

Zum

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How many soccer practices does she have to drive to? Get mom out from behind the wheel by signing up for Zum, a driving service for kids using vetted drivers.

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HopSkipDrive

HopSkipDrive

Or try HopSkipDrive, which can ferry kids around, individually or as part of a carpool.


Kango

Kango

Here in the Bay Area, we have Kango for scheduling rides for kids, using drivers who have passed background checks.


House Cleaning Services

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit

She made your bed for years, but is there any one task moms dislike more than cleaning? (Not my mom.) Through TaskRabbit, you can hire a cleaning service to come over and scrub, wipe, vacuum, and dust. Prices are based on the size of the apartment or house. You can arrange for a single visit or schedule weekly, biweekly, or monthly cleanings.


Meal and Grocery Delivery Services

Instacart

Instacart

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Cut out her grocery-store trips with Instacart. The service lets mom place a grocery order and receive it the same day -- even in an hour, Instacart boasts.

For more, check out Chowhound's look at meal-delivery services and ideas for Mother's Day meals.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron

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How many lunches did mom make for you? To trim mom's time in the kitchen, look to a meal-delivery service. With a subscription to Blue Apron, for example, you can have meal kits delivered right to mom's door, with all the ingredients needed to whip up a dinner.


Drizly

Drizly

If mom's more interested in dulling the pain of parenthood, consider Drizly, which delivers wine and other adult beverages from partnering stores without a price markup.