I look forward to Mother’s Day.
It’s the one day a year when your family (should) acknowledge/s your efforts and sacrifices.
I think that’s what the day is really about – what most days should be about really – acknowledging and being grateful for those around you that contribute to your health, happiness and well-being. Whether it be your Mom, your kids, your husband or even the grocery clerk – all anyone really wants, deep-down in an ego-emotional area of your brain or heart – is acknowledgement and a little appreciation.
Having written that, I am a huge fan of gifts as well, and having a holiday specifically for me is the equivalent of a second birthday – so I TOTALLY milk it. If it was up to me, I would buy myself the jewellery I saw when I was browsing sites like lintonjewelry.com. I love necklaces and statement pieces so much that I would actually do this. Let’s hope someone gifts me with these items. But when I think about it, it isn’t always about gifts, although we do all love getting something special.
I did an informal survey of 20 women last week and asked them what they really wanted for Mother’s Day and I was surprised (although I shouldn’t have been) at what they asked for.
What it boiled down to Dads, was a responsibility-free day where someone else picked up the slack.
Mother’s Day gift ideas – Let me show you some answers:
- One day of no distractions and a clean house
- Meals prepped for the week
- Sit and read a book guilt-free
- Dinner with Mom, Grandma and family
- Family time – have breakfast together and then go for a bike ride or a family outing
- To sleep in uninterrupted, with my usual morning tasks done for me
- Breakfast made and cleaned up
- Time to just rest and relax
- Lots of hugs and kisses from the kids
- Family picnic on the beach
- No cooking
- A meal with the kids with lots of laughter and wine
- Screen-free family time
- Clean house
- “You are the best Mom” moment from the kids
What struck me was that all of the Mom’s surveyed still wanted to be with their kids. No one said “I’d like to punch out and go to the Hilton for the weekend” – which quite frankly has tempted me as a gift request.
Every single Mom wanted to be with their family – but wanted the opportunity given to them (without outside responsibilities, guilt or chores) to actually BE with their family. To enjoy a family dinner without having to make it, listen to the whining over “I don’t like it” and then clean it up afterwards. To have the time to play a game, or go on a bike ride without worrying that the house is a mess or the laundry needs to get done.
Responsibility-free time. Guilt-free time.
Okay, we’re not all saints – there were a few tangible Mother’s Day gift ideas mixed-in there as well like:
- Spa package – pedicure, massage, head massage
- Basket filled with my favourite lotions
- Redbud Tree – because it blooms near Mother’s Day
- Family necklace with initials and birthstones
- Fitbit Alta (what sick woman wanted that?!)
- Something homemade with the child’s sense of humour, love and talent
- Yoga retreat
- Rockwell Bladerunner X2 (truthfully, someone really did ask for “that saw that Shelly has“)
- Flowers (not roses)
- Entry in their Mother’s Day Journal.