When it comes to Mother’s Day, one major trend that has emerged in recent years in terms of gifting is giving the gift of experience and time, rather than stuff.
Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has had a huge impact on our culture, sparking a mass purging movement where people are learning to love living with less. Giving mom chachkes for Mother’s Day gifts may not gain as much appreciation, as it becomes just one more thing to add to the clutter.
So this year, consider giving mom the gift of an experience.
One thing we know all busy parents need more than anything else, is time. Between work, driving duties, and domestic chores like cleaning, grocery shopping and cooking, the greatest gift for most modern parents is time.
Gillian Behnke, a local mom who has been on a wellness journey over the last few years, has created a retreat designed for busy moms that she thinks would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Earlier this year, she launched Mom Camp – a blog and online education platform – and the community has been growing steadily. Members of the Mom Camp Community are exploring wellness, healthy habits, and self-care for themselves, recognizing that they are cornerstones of their families and they must be physically and mentally fit in order to fulfill their challenging roles.
There was a desire for a real-life version of the online community, so Behnke has created a retreat weekend in the Squamish Valley that would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift.
“Mom Camp was created to help moms to connect, and to help them eliminate the overwhelm,” says Behnke. “We help moms create a life where they have energy, happiness, health, confidence, and the time to enjoy it. Combine that with an awesome girls’ getaway and you have Mom Camp: The Camp.”
The Camp will feature presentations from experts on time management, health and nutrition, body positivity, and parenting challenges. There will also be fitness classes, an axe throwing workshop, relaxation, campfires and of course, wine! Much like the traditional sleep-away camp experience, campers will sleep in cabins, eat in the Dining Hall and sit around a nightly campfire enjoying s’mores.