Ask a working mother what she wants for the holidays and the answer inevitably relates to time: more time with the kids, or for herself, and less time doing mundane chores. Even the occasional mom who (jokingly) would give anything for a chance at a time-travel machine.
Pampering mom is an obvious gift choice (although how she'll carve out an hour or two for herself is anyone's guess). And while pedicures, massages and facials are all good options, a special lady deserves a special day, maybe even an overnighter. Sign her up for one of the Coeur d'Alene Casino's many packages and remember to include a few bucks for a meal and a glass of bubbly. Better yet, add some money to do a little gambling and maybe Mom'll win big enough to quit her job. $160-$285 • Coeur d'Alene Casino Spa Ssakwa'q'n • 37914 S. Nukwalqw St., Worley
GLAM IT UP
Something lacy, a little makeup and mood lighting will help remind Mom that she's all woman. Then, let professional photographer Kelly Tareski do a tasteful boudoir photo session, including a free consultation, wardrobe planning and multiple backdrops to capture Mom's dynamic personality. $300, add hair-and-makeup session for $150 • Kelly Tareski Photography • 17810 N. Bank Rd., Nine Mile Falls
It's not just the cooking, but also the shopping, prep work and cleanup that takes time away from working moms' schedules. Let meal services do most of the work with healthy meals — breakfast, lunch, dinner, even dessert — delivered to your door, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Order individual meals, or subscribe to get five meals weekly. $30-$61 • Pantry Fuel, pantryfuel.com
Since time travel still isn't available, how about a temporary trip to the land of bliss? Most cannabis shops are all too happy to share their expertise with newbies and some even have online ordering. Billifer's hard candies are a no-fuss way to shed the stress of being everyone's go-to (and Mom knows to use responsibly, of course, 'cuz she's Mom). $25 • Sativa Sisters • 10525 E. Trent, Spokane Valley ♦