Make it a Special Mother’s Day

Make your mom feel special this Mother’s Day with a thoughtful gift or memorable escape. Don’t forget your Mama this May 14 as mothers deserve mega-appreciation. We rounded up some of our favorite products and services and local getaways to help you honor the matriarch in your life. Here is the LaLaScoop for Mother’s Day ideas.

Celebrate MOM with a great cause

How about a virtual hug from one of The Gentle Barn cows — one of six different cows who spread the love, empathy and healing of The Gentle Barn, an organization with locations in L.A., TN, and MO. This national non-profit animal rescue and sanctuary lets you send a virtual “cow hug” to that special someone for a donation as small as $15. 

These special “hugs” support the Gentle Barn’s innovative cow hug therapy program which helps trauma victims, veterans, at-risk youth, and many other people de-stress and find emotional solace and healing in a safe place. Learn other ways to share the love with your mom.

In return, you will receive a digital card with a photo and greeting from your cow of choice. The card comes ready to print on the paper of your choice and will be addressed to the recipient from you. Your Virtual “Cow Hug” will be delivered to your named person on Mother’s Day morning (6 AM Pacific), as well as you will be able to download it within 3 – 5 min of placing this donation from a link provided on your receipt.

Wow her and give back with the Mama necklace from gorjana jewelry

Purchase jewelry from our favorite California jewelry store. Now the “Mama” necklace can be found at a variety of Gorjana stores in L.A. (Glendale, Pasadena, Century City, Venice, and Manhattan Beach), across California, or online. Launching just in time for Mother’s Day, this giveback moment is the perfect opportunity to celebrate mothers while supporting children in need as Gorjana is proud to announce its 2023 partnership with Baby2Baby, a national nonprofit that provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.

Starting May 1, gorjana will start a one-year donation program, giving 10% of online and in-store sales of its new 14K “Mama” necklace directly to Baby2Baby. Gorjana plans to donate over $50,000 to Baby2Baby.

Beautify a mom-to-be with Versine Skincare

For the beauty lover who adores products and wants to try out the latest skincare but is looking for safe options to use during pregnancy, look no further than Versine Skincare. This experience of finding vegan skincare during gestation led the owner (and former lawyer) Jennie Gao on a journey to develop true “all natural” high-quality skincare products that address fine lines, dull skin, and breakouts that are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and (of course) any other time. 

Backed by Three Experts (an OBGYN, a dermatologist, and a Master Aesthetician) and powered by clinically-proven active and effective ingredients like Vitamin C, Azelaic Acid, Kakadu Plum Extract, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Squalane, check out Versine’s products for acne prone skin or dry/sensitive skin. Learn more about skin and mom health here.

Spoil her with uber comfy lounge undies from Woxer

Soft and thin, these undies from Woxer are meant to be lived in. Light, breezy, and moisture-wicking for long days in the sun or just lounging around the house, Woxer’s Boxer Briefs and Bralettes are softer than cotton and made with a sustainable Lenzing Modal material for all the eco-conscious vibes as the material is made from the pulp of sustainably farmed beechwood trees, uses up to 20X less water than cotton production and uses less land per ton than cotton. Plus, the eco-conscious mom will love the minimal waste packaging – and never want to get out of these undies for all shapes and sizes.

Help her sleep with Sunmed Gummies

Help your mom catch some ZZZ’s with Sunmed Nighttime Blueberry Vegan Gummies, the proprietary CBN formula that features a botanical blend of valerian root and lavender essential oils with linalool at the center of its terpene profile. These functional ingredients, as well as the CBN, help provide a systemic approach to sleep and relaxation that gently achieves impact.

We all know how important it is for a busy mom to get her slumber. Try a starter pack. To help Mom relax, order a Sunmed Organic Full Spectrum Tincture too as the organic formula will help calm her and recenter her without leaving her groggy. The proprietary CBD blends help lift the fog and find your mom bliss.

Amp her ride with CarLashes

Choose from black, pink, rainbow, ombre, and more colored eyelashes for your car! LOL. Bring Miles of Smiles to not only your mom but everyone driving around her with this turbo fashion trend that easily attaches and will not damage the paint.

Pamper her with the ultimate facial and massage at Palm Spring’s new thermal Spa at Séc-he

Thanks to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, this 73,000-square-foot Spa at Séc-he in the heart of Palm Springs is the ultimate day of pampering for mom. The ancient healing waters on Indian Land have been tapped for your enjoyment bringing up the 12,000-year-old pooling underground waters to the surface for 22 private thermal mineral baths.

Take advantage of the entire property for a day-cation, only two hours away from the bustle of L.A. Book her a massage or facial like the JetPeel (we recommend facialist Jennifer) where serum is infused into the deep layer of skin after a cold pressurized air treatment, lymphatic massage, and chemical exfoliation. Followed by a hand and foot massage while the serums soak, your mom is sure to feel whole again. Schedule her a 15-minute soak in one of the private thermal mineral baths with 104-degree waters – good for joints, muscles, and skin. Afterward, join her at the thermal pool outdoors over a healthy bite or mango smoothie from the outdoor cafe.

You can spend all day here! The grounds include numerous pools, whirlpools, a menthol dry sauna, a eucalyptus steam room, a cold shower, halotherapy salt caves, a salt flotation pod suite, a cryotherapy chamber, a fitness center, and various rooms for relaxing treatments like a grounded room to remove EMFs and heated massage chairs complete with headphones with meditative tunes called the acoustic wellness lounge. One thing is certain – you’ll want to join mom too!

Spa gift cards are available too as an in-person-only purchase at The Spa at Sèc-he where the recipient will receive a card nestled in a beautiful box. The gift card can be used for individual treatments or a day pass for The Spa at Sèc-he ($150) which includes the one-of-a-kind sacred healing tradition Taking of the Waters. Luxury cabanas or nesting day beds can be rented. A full-service salon is also on site that offers almost 2-hour mani-pedis for $150.

Send her the Breakfast in Bed Box by Eleven Madison Home and Devocion Coffee

For his newest collection of plant-based essentials, Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park has created Eleven Madison Home. This Mother’s Day, Eleven Madison Home and Devocion have teamed together to create the Breakfast in Bed Box ($75), an indulgent gift set that is sure to delight all the moms in your life. 

This unique collection includes some of Eleven Madison Home’s most beloved signature breakfast items – Buckwheat Pancakes Mix, Peanut Snacking Butter, Eleven Madison Park’s renowned Apple Cranberry granola and their signature coffee blend from NY-based coffee roaster Devoción. With deep notes of cacao and cherry, this bespoke coffee has hazelnut, plum, strawberry, and maple highlights. Pre-orders are being accepted now with shipping beginning May 1st. 

Make dinner reservations at Rosewood’s Ama Sushi in Montecito

For a meal mom will be talking about for the year to come, book dinner reservations at Ama Sushi at the Rosewood Miramar Montecito for an indoor omakase at the bar to watch the chef in action or a 5-course prix fixe meal taking guests through traditional Japanese flavors. We recommend dining outside under the heat lamps flanked by a lake and the property’s grandiose sprawling lawn to the ocean. The hotel’s luxurious east coast-esque vibe makes for a memorable mom visit.

Recently included in the 2022 Michelin Guide, start with miso soup and tender slices of the freshest sashimi (from bluefin tuna, amberjack, and king salmon) elegantly presented moving into sushi rolls of bluefin tuna, softshell crab, or yellowtail. Don’t miss the succulent course of sliced warm red Creekstone Farms Prime Filet with Mochi Cake and Yuzu Cheesecake as a sweet finale. Add a sake pairing or sip a signature sake cocktail like Tsukimi with toasted coconut sake, dry vermouth, banana liqueur, mandarin essence, and roasted nori frozen into the imprinted ice cube. You never know who may be seated next to you – from Rick Caruso to reality stars and Hollywood elite.

Brunch Mother’s Day style at Hotel Casa Del Mar or The Rooftop by JG at The Waldorf Astoria

Bring mom and the whole family to classy Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica for a spectacular Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14 for $125/person. Start off with an appetizer such as Dry Aged Bluefin Tuna Crudo or Baked Brioche French Toast, then savor your choice of an entrée like Lobster Eggs Benedict, Cooks Venture Chicken, or Gigli Truffle Pasta. Finish the meal at the dessert table where you’ll find an ice cream cart and mini pastries station.

Hotel Casa del Mar and Shutters on the Beach are also bringing a little extra magic to Mother’s Day with a colorful collaboration featuring Magical Blooms of Redondo Beach! Magical Blooms will be creating bouquets inspired by these two iconic luxury hotels. These beautiful fragrant creations will be available exclusively at her pop-up shops at each of these beachside hotels during Mother’s Day between 10 AM and 4 PM. For every bouquet you purchase, you can enter mom’s name in a drawing to win a 1-night stay, breakfast, and a 60-minute signature treatment at the hotel of their choice, Shutters on the Beach or Hotel Casa del Mar!

Mother’s Day dining experiences at The Rooftop by JG and Astor Ballroom at Waldorf Astoria (one of Los Angeles’s most luxurious hotels) on Sunday, May 14 will range from pre-fixe menus to chef-led action stations, live entertainment, surprise performances, and more!

Learn about the brunch and dinner options here and HERE.

Escape L.A. to Oxnard’s new beachfront Zachari Dunes

Less than an hour from Malibu, the drive up the Pacific Coast Highway alongside the pounding surf is worth the trip alone, but take mom to brunch at Oxnard’s newest secret, the beachfront resort Zachari Dunes in Oxnard. As part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach received a recent multi-million dollar remodel that turned this modern Hacienda style resort with 250 rooms into a pleasing getaway not just for kids, but for adults too.

Find Ox & Ocean Restaurant at Zachari Dunes dishing up sensationally satisfying brunch options like Strawberry Smoothies, Jalapeno Corn Fritter Benedict with house-made bacon and chipotle hollandaise, Lemon Marscapone Pancakes, and a Mexican Chorizo Burrito fully loaded with eggs, potatoes, caramelized onions, Oaxaca cheese, avocado, and more – all beautifully presented and prepared. Chef Damien Gilberti is behind the hotel’s exceptional dining program that executes fresh creative dishes inspired by the bounty of the Oxnard Plain and coast as the chef likes to marry flavors from the same area because he mentioned, “If it grows together, it goes together.”

Take the whole family for a weekend getaway to celebrate Mom on this rugged coastline. The suites are more affordable than any LA staycation and with more than 600 square feet with separate bedrooms and living space including two bathrooms, a stay here on the sand is a world away from city life. Oceanfront rooms are nestled on a stretch of coastline with rugged creamy sand beaches edged with sand dunes – perfect for making sand castles or testing out the water toys in the surf all in view of the Channel Islands and offshore oil rigs. 

This “playground” resort offers an expansive pool and large whirlpool along with tennis and basketball courts. An on-site shop is filled with “toys” or recreational activities from Henry’s Gear Rentals that can be used for two hours a day, like boogie boards, surfboards, hoverboards, skateboards, tennis rackets, record players, Go Pros, beach chairs, and more. Make S’mores at one of the outdoor firepits, try out a telescope set out on the lawn, or rent beach cruisers to pedal to the peaceful Channels Islands Harbor. The options are endless to entertain your Mom.

Take mom on a European river cruise she’ll remember for a lifetime

Viking offers many European river cruises that are the perfect way to travel together – as each port offers a new day of exploration and once aboard you don’t have to schlep your belongings from one location to the next. The small Viking ship feels like a floating boutique hotel. Surprise mom with a river cruise in Europe, Egypt, or America because the memories you make are priceless. Learn how my own mom and I became closer on a Viking river cruise from Paris to Normandy.


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