Of course every mom loves her children, but absence makes the heart grow fonder (as we all know). Flowers and breakfast in bed might be classic Mother’s Day gifts, but if you want to give her a present she actually wants, nothing beats an hour or two of babysitting; especially if you let mom chose the day and time.
Whether she decides to spend the time getting her hair done, grabbing lunch with a friend or just taking a nap, it is a gift that is worth more than money itself.
Nothing says “I love you” like a gift that is specially tailored to the recipient. If you’re mom isn’t the conventional type, she will surely see the thought behind an unusual gift.
We were lucky enough to be gifted a weekend of babysitting a few weeks ago, and I had the opportunity to try out The Pee Pocket, a single use product that helps you to go, On the Go. We were driving through the mountains with no rest stop or gas station in sight, but there were plenty of trees to choose from. Instead of popping a squat and hoping not to get too much splash-back, I decided to try out The Pee Pocket. I’ve used other “female urinary devices”, and this one tops the list. I was able to stay standing, avoid my feet and toss it into the recycling bin when we got home.
If your Mom loves to travel, I’m sure she would appreciate The Pee Pocket.
A Moment Alone
Even if you’re not in a position to offer babysitting, watching the kids while Mom gets something else done at home is still a golden ticket to her heart. Whether you are making play-dough sculptures or reading books, a moment of respite to take a bath or fold laundry (without a toddler unfolding it in turn) is better than a bouquet of flowers.
Ecocentric “Mom Box” Subscription
I have always loved opening presents and if the mom in your life is the same, you might want to consider a gift that keeps on giving. While a house plant is one option, a subscription box is a great choice that doesn’t ask for anything in return.
Once you subscribe, your loved one will receive a new package periodically, based on the company. For the Green Mom, I recommend the Ecocentric Mom Box, which arrives every other month filled with healthy, non-toxic, eco-friendly, safe products. They choose natural, organic and ethical items for each box, and each shipment includes a wide range of products, some full size and some sample size and all of them gentle on her body and the earth.
Pulling weeds, making dinner, doing a load of laundry or dishes, or vacuuming the house are just a few chores that come to mind. While a box of chocolate might taste like heaven going down, checking a few items off the to-do list are an even better Mother’s Day gesture. Since the point is to recognize all the hard work and dedication it takes to be a good mom, doing a little grunt work will surely show her that her efforts are appreciated.
Perhaps better than doing an every-day chore is a tackling a project that has been on the to-do list for ages. So trim those hedges or clean out the garage and earn some serious brownie points without spending a dime.