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Spa gifts: Give Mom the pampering she deserves
Spa gifts: Give Mom the pampering she deserves

Could Mom use a little pampering? A perfect gift might be a spa certificate. You could buy one either locally, for a specific spa or through an online service such as SpaFinder.com, which offers certificates accepted at spas nationwide.

Make sure the spa is exactly what she'd want and expect, warns Hutt.

"There's a day spa in our area where everyone walks around in the nude. That may not be an atmosphere your mother wants," Hutt says. She suggests you get recommendations from your mom's friends, or try the spa yourself.

Spa gift certificates can be for a monetary amount (such as $100 for any spa service) or for a particular service (a facial or half-hour Swedish massage). Remember, Mom will need cash for the tip, which is rarely included in the certificate.

As in all gift certificates, note whether there's an expiration date. "Moms will often put off getting pampered, and sadly sometimes the gift certificate can expire before it gets used," says Hutt.

And if the spa goes out of business, your mother may be out of luck. "She'll have to wait in line with all the other creditors to get the money," Hutt notes.

 

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