Mother’s Day 2020 may not offer the usual opportunities to take mom to brunch or a spa, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go above and beyond to make her feel special. It’s actually the perfect excuse to treat her to a gift that transports her, in a way, to sunny California—whether that’s to wine country, the beach, or even the happiest place on earth.
In some cases, you can even lock in a future hotel or spa getaway, since many California hotels and resorts are offering tempting deals for future stays. Here are 11 ways to give mom a Golden State–themed Mother’s Day that will last well past May.
The plush Sonoma County resort has an irresistible deal: Buy an e-gift card, and get an extra 20 percent gift card—for free. Use it on a hotel stay or spa services—after all, its famed spa is fueled by the property’s own ancient thermal mineral waters. Don’t dawdle: These gift cards are only available Wednesday, May 6 from 2–5 p.m. EDT.
Rosé, Pennyroyal Farm, Boonville
If mom is the rosé-all-day type, she’ll love the delicate pink wine produced at this Anderson Valley winery that also creates lovely Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and creative goat- and sheep’s-milk cheeses. Like a lot of California wineries, it’s offering great deals, too, such as penny shipping for cases and discounts for multi-bottle or wine-and-cheese orders.
Camellia Coffee Beans, Sacramento
Sending flowers to mom is great, but an excellent coffee gift with a floral theme will last longer. This Sacramento roaster, located in the WAL Public Market, is named after the camellia flower, which has been blooming in the capital city since the Gold Rush. The roasters’ Cerrado Cooparo coffee has chocolate and almond notes, while its Ethereal Espresso Blend charms with hints of berries and caramel.
Sweet California Gift Box, Happy Girl Kitchen, Pacific Grove
This goodie box includes a selection of California-made jams such as strawberry-lavender and Big Sur Marmalade. Something to note on the gift card: Happy Girl Kitchen was a favorite of Reese Witherspoon and the stars of Big Little Lies when they were filming the TV series in Monterey County.
The luxurious L.A. County hotel is offering two nice ways to lock in a future stay now. You can book now to get 20 percent off rates through Dec. 31, or you can book a bed-and-breakfast package for a later date (through Jan. 31) as part of the Buy One, Give One offer. If you choose the latter option, the hotel will donate a complimentary stay for a healthcare worker through the American Nurses Association. A dozen California hotels are participating in the Buy One, Give One program, including Estancia La Jolla, Ventura’s Clocktower Inn, and Paséa in Huntington Beach.
California Quail Sculpture, Orient & Flume, Chico
A nature-loving mom will love Orient & Flume’s bright-blue rendering of the state bird, or equally enchanting takes on a snowy owl or cardinal. The art glass studio in Butte County makes timeless, charming pieces—some of which have ended up at the Met and Smithsonian. The gallery also produces striking vases, paperweights, and perfume bottles—and all online purchases are 20 percent off for Mother’s Day.
Vino Lux Deluxe Bath Gift Basket, Grapeseed Company, Santa Barbara
This Santa Barbara–based company upcycles the by-products of the winemaking process, turning grape seeds into bath products, candles, and even hand-sanitizing spray. This package includes rosé and pinot lotions, bath salts, and mini bath bombs.
Dooney & Bourke Satchel, Disneyland
For the Disneyland superfan mom, this bag looks like an elegant everyday bag—and it is, though it’s also embossed with images of the Fantasyland Castle, Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell, and more. For cheekier mom-friendly options, consider a Mary Poppins t-shirt or perhaps the Maleficent Horns Pendant Necklace.
Chez Panisse Cafe Bowl, Heath Ceramics, Sausalito
Show mom that you consider her cooking to be world class with an elegant piece inspired by Alice Waters’ legendary Berkeley restaurant. This bowl, perfect for mom’s morning yogurt parfait or evening ice cream, is part of the Chez Panisse tableware line from the Sausalito ceramic studio. Some proceeds go to Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project, which helps supply schoolkids with daily lunches.
Beach Fashion, Everyday California
If mom is dreaming of a long beach walk, give her the look now. Everyday California’s Her Work From Home Bundle includes a hoodie, t-shirt, and hat that will look right at home for a morning beach stroll. Proceeds support the L.A. organization Food Forward, which helps feed those in need. Everyday California also sells vintage-style beach towels and timeless surfer-girl flip-flops made from vegan materials—also great gifts.
Mini Bonsai Garden, The Huntington
Let mom pick up a new skill and create her own thing of beauty—a tiny California juniper bonsai—with this little kit that includes a pot, seed packet, and mini-shears. It’s all crafted in the spirit of the sprawling estate outside Pasadena that’s home to its own mansion-turned-museum and manicured gardens.