Minimalist Mother's Day Ideas: Santa Barbara Style

Minimalist Mother's Day Ideas: Santa Barbara Style |

I was inspired to approach Mother's Day differently after reading The Minimalists' article regarding gift-giving (read it here). It was simply based on the fact that "many of us give material items to attempt to make up for the time we don’t spend with the people we love" and that many feel obligated to give without thinking twice about WHY we were giving.

  1. What’s the purpose behind giving this particular gift?
  2. Will the recipient find value in this gift?
  3. Is this something they need?
  4. How could I make this more meaningful for both of us?

The Minimalists noted some important questions that we all should ask when considering purchasing a gift for a loved one:


So, in case you guys were scrounging for some last minute ideas: I came up with a solid list of ideas you can use to plan a special Mother's Day for your loved one: SANTA BARBARA STYLE. I wanted to honor the city I've been living in for the past two years by dedicating a post to the amazing local businesses here. Check out the list of mom profiles below and the ways you can plan a successful Mother's Day for her in Santa Barbara!



Schedule a styling appointment at your mom's favorite shopping destination to pick out the perfect outfit for Mother's Day Dinner.


Plan a full glam day getting your hair, makeup, and nails done at the ONLY oceanfront salon in Santa Barbara: Salon Del Mar.



Support a local business in SB! Order a set of project bags and accessories for all your mom's crafting and DIY needs from Chic-a. By the way, they're having a Mother's Day Special online until May 9, 2016. Spend $50 or more and get $10 off your order! COUPON CODE: MD050816

Take a knitting or crochet class at the Cardigans Knit Shop.
All skill levels welcome!




Sign up for the Santa Barbara Tasting Tour and learn about the local history and food scene.  "This culinary experience offers an intimate food walking tour of the mid-State Street area of downtown Santa Barbara and gives guests an up close and personal look into the local food scene."

R&D at Vom Fass...whiskey tasting anyone? #vftvta #whiskey

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Take a cooking class with Market Forays, which features a guided shopping tour at the harbor & farmer's market, a hands-on cooking class in a private home, and a five-course meal paired with premium wines.



Roam the Spanish halls, check out the mural room, and hike to the top of the bell tower at the Santa Barbara Courthouse! Here's a photo below that was taken in one of its beautiful hallways.


Enjoy a night of painting & wining at The Painted Cabernet, "a paint & sip studio."




Take a yoga class on a beautiful
Santa Barbara beach with Salty Yoga.

Schedule a session at Salt Santa Barbara, a salt cave,  for a Himalayan Salt Scrub & Hot Stone Massage.

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Beach yoga !

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