When I was growing up, anytime I asked my mom what she wanted for any occasion, she always answered, “Peace and quiet.” I used to roll my eyes, but now as a mom myself, I totally get it. Sure, a book or a new pair of PJ pants would be great (family and friends take note), but the one thing I crave that’s priceless is “me” time. A few more minutes to sleep in. An hour in the house ALONE. Time to read that new book in my new pair of PJ pants. So if you’re looking for something to get your wife or something from the kids for Mother’s Day and don’t want to deal with the crowds at the mall (or shipping and handling), know that you can do something thoughtful for the mom in your life without lifting your wallet.
Can't wait for Mother's Day. Jed makes a mean Eggs Benedict.
1. Homemade gift certificates. OK, so these can be cheesy, but so are Mother’s Day cards. And we’re not talking the “good for a free hug” kind here. We’re talking about a “morning duty” coupon that Mom can pull out of the nightstand, slap on your forehead, and you’ll shoot out of bed at 5am with the baby, no questions asked. Or a coupon from an older child that says he’ll do the dishes or put away his clothes, whine-free (the “no whining” is key here).
2. Do your Honey Do list. Contrary to popular belief, moms don’t like to nag. We do it because you’re not doing either what you promised you would (installing those bookshelves) or what you should (hunt and gather). So husbands and life partners, dig back into the recesses of your minds–or think back five minutes–and recall those things that your better half has been nagging pleasantly reminding you to do and (gasp) do them!
3. Leave. No, not permanently. But after you’ve had a nice family breakfast, take the kids out for a few hours and give Mom the gift of time. Time to take a bath, read a book, watch bad reality TV, do that workout DVD that’s been sitting on top of the TV for weeks, or dance around in her underwear. Time is never more precious than when you all of the sudden find yourself with none.
It’s not that moms don’t love flowers, cards or spa gift cards (we love the spa!), but you don’t have to spend money to show us how much you care. We are very easy to please. Just go away:)