Most will agree that the best, most meaningful gifts are those that create memories. In Forbes’ exploration of consumption habits, “the thrill of purchasing things fades quickly but the joy and memories of experiences, from epic adventures to minute encounters, can last a lifetime.” So while material gifts provide transient joy, why not escape the consolatory “it’s the thought that counts” this Mother’s Day and give mom a beautiful experience? Better yet, give her something you can experience together.
L.A. Scenic Helicopter Tour
When else will your mom see all of Los Angeles in 45 minutes? If she is the adventurous type, a helicopter tour of Los Angeles is perhaps the most worthwhile gift of all. Board right before sunset and watch the vibrant colors of day melt upon the coastline, Malibu mountains, Hollywood sign and everything in between.
For an unforgettable artistic and cultural immersion, gift your mom a ticket to LACMA. The largest art museum in the western United States is right in your backyard and offers some of the most exciting seasonal exhibits in the world. View their calendar and reserve tickets for an event or exhibit that best fits her interests.
Castle Green Tea & Tour
Transport yourselves back to the 1890s and delight in tea and pastries while amidst one of the oldest standing historic landmarks in Los Angeles. While Castle Green is not typically open for tours, Mother’s Day is the ultimate exception. Treat your mom like a queen and explore the stunning gardens and Victorian architectural that comprise the fabled grounds.
Reserve tour tickets here.
*Photo courtesy of Castle Green
The Huntington library, gardens and art collections are more than enough for a day’s worth of exploration — maybe a week. Founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, the Huntington is a private, nonprofit institution offering four separate art collections, one of which hosts changing exhibitions, 120 acres of breathtaking botanical gardens and a magnificent library housing approximately 6 million items including some of the most rare books of Anglo-American civilization.
Gift tickets are available here.
*Photo courtesy of The Huntington
One of the newest attractions in Downtown L.A., Skyspace let’s you stand 1,000 feet above Los Angeles, without any distractions. Located in the US Bank Tower, one of the most recognized buildings in Downtown’s skyline., this entirely-glass-clad floor drinks in 360-degree views and offers an exhilarating ride on Skyslide, a 2-story slide that wraps the exterior of the building.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time here.
*Images courtesy of OUE Skyspace
Tour some of the most iconic buildings in the history of Los Angeles and learn the storied foundation of our city. Book tours of various locales including Downtown L.A., featuring The Arts District, Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall and The Broad museum, and Hancock Park, featuring classic mansions, theatres and art deco shops.
Make a reservation here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.