NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Anyone can buy mom flowers for Mothers Day or send her on yet another trip to the spa.
But for those searching for something slightly more, the options are truly endless if you know where to look (and money is no object).
One option to consider? A fun, unique or new experience.
"We have research from American Express that says 72% of all consumers would rather spend money on experiences then on things," says Trevor Traina, founder and CEO of IfOnly.com. "I know a lot of people these days who only gift experiences -- like a cooking class or travel-related gift. Experiences create memories."Here are several choices, and experiences, to consider if roses and pedicures are not among your go-to items this year. The cooking class and dinner-for-12 package
Is your mom a foodie? This may be just the thing. This gift from IfOnly.com involves an intimate cooking class in New York City with Michelin-star chef April Bloomfield, who will demonstrate dishes from her cookbook A Girl and Her Pig. Mom and guests will savor amuse-bouche paired with Maschio Brut Prosecco before feasting on four courses prepared in the classroom. Wines from Banfi Vintners will be poured throughout the class, including Montauto Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva. In addition to the memorable experience, mom and her guests will get a hand-signed cookbook to commemorate the evening. "Giving mom an experience is a really cool idea," Traina says. "And being able to share that experience with the whole family and having a souvenir afterwards that will endure is really special, rather then giving mom a sweater. This isn't something that goes into a drawer. This is something that will be savored and remembered." The cost for the evening is $5,000. If your mom isn't in New York City, not to worry; IfOnly.com offers similar experiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Paris.
Does your mom have a deep love (read: addiction) for chocolate? You can indulge her with chocolate and bubbly while spending quality time with her to boot with a gift that is only $70 -- taking mom to Perugina's legendary Chocolate School at Eataly NYC. On Saturday the school will host a class led by special guest instructor Viola Buitoni, a sixth-generation member of Perugina's founding family. Class participants learn about and indulge in all things chocolate, including learning how to create homemade Baci, examining the nuances between milk, dark and white chocolate and exploring the process of tempering, molding and making chocolate. All this while sampling two classic desserts and learning about the history of chocolate, the love story behind the iconic Baci chocolate kisses and sipping a glass of Prosecco.