Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and, as a mother myself, I know all too well how important this day can be. There is no reason to turn this day into a Christmas-like affair with over-the-top gifting (but if that’s your thing, I’m sure the mom in your life won’t mind), but if you’re tired of the ol’ “fragrance and flowers” schtick that all moms seem to get on this day, maybe you should leave this page open on your browser so your family members will get the hint, right?
I thought for a while about what I would put on this list that would stand out from the usual suspects, and I tried to pick items that are sometimes forgotten about when it comes time to give gifts. Has the mom in your life been eyeing a new handbag every time you go to the mall? Does your wife love photos of her kids on all the things? What about the mom on the go who loves a new gadget just as much as the guys do? Here are some distinctive items you may not have thought to gift the mom in your life for Mother’s Day:
1. Apple Watch
3. Area Rug
As you can see, this list is just a small sampling of gifts you can give that would be different than the rest, but there is always room to expound upon the ideas that I have given you. If you don’t have the time, or the funds, to purchase something on her wishlist this year, here are a few things that all moms want, regardless of their age or station in life:1. Your time. Moms, especially the young ones, are worn. out. Like, yesterday. It’s equal parts tiring on moms who work outside the home, inside the home, and moms who work by staying at home with their children to be “on” all the time. Our days are long, and, sometimes, we just want to spend time with someone that is not the 4 year old (or we may even need some alone time!). Take the mom in your life OUT. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Help her put the kids to bed and sit out on your porch with nothing more than a drink and some long overdue conversation. Tell her to take the night off and go to dinner with friends. Heck, tell her to take the night off and get sushi to-go and give her space to watch that Netflix show she’s been wanting to binge on. Time is valuable to moms, and they’ll appreciate having some for themselves any way they can get it.
2. Your help. You may never hear her ask for this, but trust me, moms want your help. And it’s the little things that give us joy, too. We don’t need extravagance (yes, I’m repeating myself). We need you to take out the trash. We need you to read bedtime stories. We need you to empty the dishwasher when it’s full. We need you to decide what to have for dinner. Every now and then, it is really, really nice to have someone else do the mundane tasks of life that keep a household running. I, personally, am never more happy than when I see an empty sink and dishwasher.
3. Your appreciation. Don’t limit this to Mother’s Day, please. Make it a habit to thank the mom(s) in your life for all they do. So many of us sacrifice a ton to do what we do. Let them know you notice their sacrifice and appreciate it.While the three things I listed above are great, I don’t think they should be limited to Mother’s Day. Moms are superheroes, and they need to know it! If you already do most of these things for the mom in your life, good for you! If not, maybe it’s time to start thinking about the small ways in which you could show moms your gratefulness for all they do. Who are you planning to thank this Mother’s Day?