Are you thinking of a quick but messy breakfast for Mother’s Day? Or perhaps an appliance? A handmade gift maybe? Mother’s Day is around the corner, and year after year, it seems to be the same thing. Although thoughtful and sweet gifts are surely welcomed by most of us, what do moms really want? Here are 5 gifts you probably didn’t think of that most moms would really appreciate.
1- Take a chore off of mom’s list FOREVER.
Yup, you read correctly. FOREVER. Most moms, have a ton of chores and errands they have to take care of day to day. Choose one chore from their list that they hate or complain about the most. Laundry? Cleaning the bathroom? Dishes? This is the gift that will keep on giving. Don’t just take it off of the list for a day. Split it with siblings or children to make it easier.
2- Every time someone says “mom!” dad steps in instead.
For the entire day, whenever someone says “mom”, dad (or someone else) has to step in. As a mother, I hear “mom!” hundreds of times a day. It would be magical and heavenly if some of those requests were taken by someone else.
3- An appliance that will make life easier because mom will never have to use it.
Okay, so I used to think gifting an appliance wasn’t romantic or sweet at all. But as I have gotten older, there are some appliances that make me happy. I know, weird…I don’t want to get into it. Anyway,moving along. Buy mom an appliance that will make life easier…because mom will NEVER use it! I know, what?! Perhaps a Robot vacuum that will clean up messes so mom doesn’t have to. A dishwasher that someone else will load and unload maybe? Find something that will make mom’s life easier by taking away a responsibility or at least make it easier.
4- An un-mommy gift.
Listen, I’m grateful to be a mom. And my heart melts whenever my daughter makes me a handmade gift. But all the mom mugs, t-shirts, and accessories can become too much. They are welcomed, but what about a un-mom gift? Every mom feels like a mom all the time. It’s 24/7. What about something that celebrates mom as a whole? Perhaps a day to indulge in a hobby they don’t really get to enjoy often anymore? A subscription to a service that isn’t focused just on motherhood like a beauty or book subscription.
I bet you didn’t see this one coming. It’s traditional for people who celebrate Mother’s Day to show support, love, and appreciation for their mother’s. There are thank you cards, flowers, phone calls, and handmade gifts. But it can be triggering to receive so much support on one single day but to lack that much needed support the other 364 days of the year. True appreciation and gratitude should go beyond one single day of celebration. Hold yourself accountable. Is there more you can do? Are there ways you can step up, step in, or help? Most mother’s, when asked, just want to feel seen and heard. Most people will tell you, even in their own unique ways, exactly what they need. Have you been paying attention?
What do you want for Mother’s Day? What should be on the list?