6 Decadent Gifts for Mom This Mothers Day

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.

An afternoon at Perugina's chocolate school
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.

Send mom on a luxury vacation
Here's another alternative to cliche gifts: A fabulous trip for mom and her girlfriends from VacationHomeRentals.com.

When you rent mom one of these luxury properties she can indulge in such perks as in-house movie theaters, breathtaking beachside views and private swimming pools and hot tubs.

There are thousands of vacation homes to choose from, including in Ojai, Calif.; Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; Miami Beach; and Scottsdale, Ariz. Prices for property rentals range from $2,250 to $7,600 a night.

Is that too much to pay for the person who works hard all year taking care of everyone else?

The Mosi Bicycle
Give mom the opportunity to take a break from her busy schedule and enjoy some time cruising around on the coolest bicycle in the neighborhood.

Mosi's sustainable, chic transportation cost from $1,199 to $1,599 and ooze vintage European-style. Go ahead, make mom the coolest bike rider on the block.

Ethically sourced, eco-friendly jewelry
No gift list would truly be complete without including at least one (or two) choices for the mom who still likes to open a more traditional gift on Mothers Day. If you're going the more standard route of buying something for mom that she can keep and look at for years to come, why not give her an ethically sourced, eco-friendly bauble?

That's the story behind the gems sold at Brilliant Earth. In honor of Mothers Day the jeweler is partnering with Maternity Worldwide and donating a "safe birth" to an expectant mother in Africa for every piece of jewelry bought now through Sunday.

"We always donate 5% of our sales to nonprofits," Brilliant Earth's Celeste Perron says. "And we focus on Africa, the continent where mining has had most destructive impact."

This is the first time Brilliant Earth has partnered with Maternity Worldwide for what Perron describes as a truly meaningful gifting option.

"This is a luxury mothers can really feel good about, this donation. It connects them to mothers in other parts of the world who aren't as lucky and it honors mothers worldwide," Perron says.

Sapphires and pink diamonds
One last over-the-top gift, because we couldn't resist. For the mom who truly has everything but is always pleased with another luxe addition to her jewelry box, check out the glittering baubles from Wixon Jewelers in Minneapolis.

The jeweler has among its collection a 10-carat Ceylon blue sapphire ring that makes a gigantic statement -- for $250,000. Accented with almost two carats of diamonds, this ring will be hard to miss.

"I think this a great Mothers Day piece for anyone, but of course not everyone can afford it," says Wixon Jeweler's Jessica Gylsen. "It's meant to be enjoyed everyday, regardless of who the recipient is. It's something that can be worn. It's a daily heirloom."

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