Like a good daughter, I called my mom and asked her what she wanted for Mother's Day. I was expecting the requisite "Oh, nothing. It's enough being your mom." That's the lie all moms tell.
Instead, I received a response that was much different. "I want something indulgent, just for me," she said. "I don't want something sensible."
As in, no kitchenware, household cleaning gadgets or anything else that she might have to use as a chore. Which, honestly, makes perfect sense. A new pot holder does not say "Mom, I love you."
With her request in mind, I headed to the luxury spa aisle, where I found several gifts for the woman who gave me life.
Making a long soak in the tub even more enjoyable, the DeLonghi Bathroom Heater and Towel Warmer is a must for moms who need a few minutes of me-time. The warmer chases away the chilly after-effects of a getting out of the bath by keeping your towel and the bathroom nice and toasty. Completely bathroom-safe, it features splash-proof protection, a 24-hour programmable timer and two heat settings to adjust the level of desired warmth. Retailing for $99.99, the warmer is sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Turn Mom's shower time into a daily spa experience with the Spa Serenity Complete Shower System. Taking only 15 minutes to install, the system features a shower head with four settings: pampering spray, calming mist, revitalizing massage and invigorating full spray.
The adjustable, multi-directional body jets, combined with body jets from the shower head, give full body coverage. Bottles of shampoo and soap can be organized and kept in reach with the attached shower caddy. Retailing for $129.99, the aluminum-finished shower system is sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
While she's enjoying bath time, add in her favorite tunes with the Aquadock MP3 docking station and AM/FM radio. A locking lid keeps MP3 players dry and a hanging bar makes it ideal for shower sing-a-longs. All iPods and most MP3 players are compatible with the water-proof dock. Retailing for $29.99, the dock is sold at Stein Mart and select home stores.
Keep the relaxation coming outside the bath with the Homedics Foot Pleaser Ultra Deep Kneading Foot Massager. The counter-rotational massage action relieves worn muscles with thumb-like pressure, and infrared heat provides soothing heat therapy. Retailing for $39.99, the massager is sold at Linens N' Things and Sears.
If she wants an all-over body rub-down, give Mom the iJoy 100 Robotic Massage Chair. It looks like a recliner, but it delivers a spa-like experience, employing rubbing techniques often used in professional sports. The chair can deliver a complete body massage, or it can be customized to pinpoint a certain muscle group. An additional support pillow and a hand control are included. Retailing for $599, the chair is sold at Linens N' Things and Target.com.
Anna Ferguson is a Lifestyle writer for the Daily Post. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.