As a stay at mom of two, I can tell you, there are certain things I need. Most of the time, I don’t even care about what I want. But, I don’t spend much throughout the year, especially on myself. I sacrifice a lot of what I need and want to the needs of my children and husband. Aside from not wanting to spend the money, I also don’t want to spend the time shopping with a cranky baby in tow. After I’m done shopping for the kids, I don’t have much left in me to shop for myself.
My experience with receiving gifts, since becoming a mom, is significantly changed. I’ve been lucky enough to be spoiled by my husband as well. And, I can tell you that, while some people have told him his gift choices aren’t “appropriate,” they’re SO wrong. Let me share what a real mom of two actually needs, wants, and will truly appreciate.
Holiday Gifts for Mom
[tweetthis]Real moms want gifts to help them work less #momlife[/tweetthis]
“Me Time” for Mommy
Because mommy probably isn’t very good about taking time out for herself, I highly recommend helping her with this one. And, if mom likes wine, I selected these funny wine glasses for moms that will surely delight!
Adult coloring books
If you’re a man reading this, get your head out of the gutter. I mean, if she’s into that sort of thing, go for it. But, really I mean giving mommy something less juvenile to help her relax. Adult coloring books are quite popular these days and won’t break the bank. “Splurge” a bit and spring for some colored pencils while you’re at it so mom doesn’t have to worry about sharing the crayons either.
A day at the spa
Understandably, she may not actually be able to break away for an entire day, but a gift card for spa services of her choosing is quite appropriate. Moms have a hard time letting go of their obligations to divulge in some self care, so give her a little nudge. And dads … this should mean you’re on daddy duty for the day.
Household Items to help her work less
A mom’s work never ends. Well, unless the kids sleep well at night. But, while you’re watching TV or playing X-Box, you’re probably oblivious to the fact she’s still in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner and preparing the kids’ lunches for tomorrow. Give her some tools to take the load off.
At the touch of a button, or on schedule, this robot vacuum will save mom a lot of time. Since owning one myself, I can honestly say I only find myself using the real vacuum about once a month, or for larger jobs that need to be taken care of right away. The only downside is that she’ll have to clean out the tray roughly every other day (my experience with 2 kids and a dog).
KitchenAid Mixer and Accessories
Does mom spend a lot of time in the kitchen? One of the coolest things I’ve ever been given and cuts down on a lot of time spent on dinner prep, has been the accessories to my KitchenAid Mixer. Slicing and shredding take little to no effort.
Give mom the gift of personal development. Maybe she wants to learn yoga, take a parenting class, or even learn something more professional? Perhaps she’s mentioned starting a mom blog? Udemy has tons of great courses she can take online, at her own pace. I love Udemy for just this reason. Mom can take courses on her computer or take them with her on her phone, too!
Really, your aim this year should definitely be to give a mom something to allow her to focus on herself. Heck, go ahead and hire a maid for the week!
[tweetthis]Dear hubby, my wishlist: maid for a week + these other ideas[/tweetthis]