Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What Every Mom Wants For Christmas


When it comes to parents (moms specifically), ideas for gifts can be rare. We spend 365 days a year thinking of and providing for others. We rarely take time for ourselves, or to think about (realistically) what we want.

We know what we really want. A week-long cruise with our significant other and childcare provided far, far away. We want children that don't wet the bed or spill their milk on our carpet. We'd really like a baby that likes to snuggle, but not interrupt our sleep.

Are you in the business of being able to give those things? If so -- you're set. Get those things. 

But, if you're like most people, you aren't. So what are some realistic ideas you can give to the mom of littles in your life.



Maybe she's a sister, friend, or distant relative whose name you drew in the gift draw. What could you get her? She says "oh, I don't know. Let me think about it..." 

We both know she was doing 14 things when she said that and will, in fact, not think about it. 

She's busy. You don't want to bug her. But you don't want to waste your money on a craptastic gift she'll be annoyed by. 

So, here a few suggestions I've come up with-- and just a couple items to avoid. (Not because they're horrible, but just because they're overdone.) 

Let her know you put some thought into he this holiday season! 

GIFTS TO AVOID: 

things designed for her to relax: 
I can't speak for everyone, but I'm quite over "bath" things for me to "use to relax". It's mostly just a reminder everyone thinks I'm stressed (I'm not) and also that I don't have the time to take relaxing baths anymore. 

Jewelry: 
Most likely her daughter will claim it as hers and she will find it in the dress up bin five months later. Just being honest.

Restaurant gift cards:
Unless they provide take out (delivery is best!) we don't go there. Restaurants are breeding grounds for temper tantrums and judgemental bystanders. 

Appliances. 
No. Not a toaster, a juicer, a fun blender or a vacuum. Unless she specifically asked for an appliance, do not get her one. Unless, of course, you've found an appliance that folds laundry. (Send me that link, by the way!)   

DO CONSIDER: 

A massage:
WITH childcare provided. That may be you, or that may be you providing a sitter and making the arrangements. Do the childcare portion though, because a massage is worthless if we don't have anyone to watch the kids. 

A gift card to a cleaning service:
WITH a note attached saying you're not implying her house is messy, you just want to see her have a break from the daily chores! Obviously word that how it is appropriate for your relationship, but let her know you don't think she is a stressed out slob. 

A gift card for interior car detailing: Same rules apply as house cleaning. 

A gift card to a clothes place:
Not Target, because she is practical and will most likely use it for diapers or groceries. A place where she HAS to buy something for herself! Most moms don't update their wardrobe frequently. Making them do so is sometimes necessary and always appreciated. Bonus points if you can watch the kids while she shops! 

A series of great movies:
I'll let you determine what she would think is great, but Moms spend a lot of nights "in". Refreshing her movie collection is a fun way to help her pass the time! Make it a combo pack with popcorn and some sweet treats! 

I hope some of these items give you some ideas for the lady you are trying to buy for! 

Do you have any other ideas? Have you given (or received) an amazing gift that should be added to the list? Let me know!