Mother’s Day is less than a week away, and we think you deserve a chance to pamper yourself. If a full day at the spa isn’t in the cards for you, don’t despair. We have six great ways to indulge for $50 or less.
Six Ways to Pamper Yourself for Less Than $50
1. Indulge in a Facial
A facial may seem like a real splurge, and it’s true that you can spend well over $100 on a treatment. However, there are some great options that clock in at under $50 that you can pamper yourself with. It’s a spa treatment that you can do on your lunch hour, and that will leave you looking and feeling great. Our favourite? The Quickie Facial from Skoah, which costs just $40. Why not share the love and invite a mom friend along? We bet you know someone else who could use a little pampering, too.
2. Get a Manicure
Another affordable spa treatment that will let you pamper yourself for less than $50 and won’t take all day is a manicure. We’ve noticed that nail art has really taken off again, so update your own look for spring as you indulge in some beautification this Mother’s Day. You can also bring a friend along, or even your daughter if she’s old enough. Then ask your partner to wash the dishes for you – after all, you don’t want to ruin your manicure.
3. Splurge on Soap, Shampoo or Lotion
One of the fastest, cheapest and easiest ways to pamper yourself is to splurge on a high-quality, great-smelling soap, shampoo or lotion – or all three. If you want to go green, you can choose something that’s cruelty-free, and free of artificial colours and fragrances. Stop by a local spa and buy some great products that you’ll feel good using. It only takes a few minutes to buy something, and you can incorporate it into your daily routine. The only difference is that you’ll feel that much better when you’re washing your hair or applying lotion, because you’re using something you love.
4. Take a Yoga Class
There’s a reason that so many Vancouver moms love yoga. It’s the perfect combination of workout and relaxation, that can help you de-stress and leave you feeling calm and refreshed. A drop-in yoga class typically costs around $20, making this a very affordable way to pamper yourself. Some yoga classes also offer childminding, and while there may be a fee, it’s still an affordable way to do something nice for yourself. You can even consider a “mommy and me” yoga class, if you don’t want to leave your baby with someone else while you stretch, and you can bond with your little one and enjoy some yoga at the same time.
5. Drink an Amazing Cup of Tea or Coffee
Have you ever found yourself debating over which tea or coffee to buy, and opting for a more affordable option even though you really wanted something more indulgent? You can find high-quality tea and coffee for well under $50. Then pamper yourself by taking the time to brew it properly, and drink it while it’s hot. If real cream is your thing, use real cream. Don’t skimp on sugar if you like it. You can even spring for a pretty new mug to drink it out of. Or, if you don’t want to make it yourself, visit one of the many amazing cafes around Vancouver while the kids stay home with your partner.
6. Read a Great Book
This last idea can be free if you borrow a book from a library or a friend, but even if you buy a new paper book, it’s an affordable indulgence. If the only books you’ve read lately are Goodnight Moon and Green Eggs and Ham, you’re overdue for an escape into a great book for grown-ups. Pamper yourself by taking your book into the bath and locking the door. Some moms we know also put the little ones in the car and drive until they’re asleep, then park in a lovely spot with a view to get some reading time in during the day. Need a book recommendation? We heart Goodreads.
What about you – what are your favourite ways to pamper yourself for less than $50?
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.