What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

This Sunday, May 13th is Mother’s Day, and chances are you have yet to get her gift! So here are some gift ideas perfect for the mom in your life, who you want to know how appreciated they really are. Note, you will not find any jewelery or flower bouquets options in this list!

  1. A Day Off!
    Ideally this would take place away from home, in a nice hotel, with room service!
    This doesn’t mean we don’t love our kids and family, but we need a break from putting everyone else first, and sometimes even WE do not realize it! The chance to just do “you” is one of the most rewarding gifts a mom can get. I say this from first hand experience, as it made me a happier momma afterwards.
  2. A Spa Day
    This one should be a little obvious but in case it isn’t, here it is! There are so many options to choose from here too; Mani-pedis, facials, massage, hair treatments, Hammam, steam room, ALL OF THE ABOVE! If you’re on a budget but want to treat the mom in your life, get a Groupon, she will not mind. I promise you.
  3. A Day to Herself…
    In her own home. Think about it, when was the last time Mom got to spend the day, alone, in the house, without the expectations to clean it, or organize or prepare for something. To hang out, lounge, watch an entire series on Netflix, read a book, sleep, dance naked… whatever it was she used to do before being a mom? The best part about this gift, it doesn’t cost you a thing! All you need to do is take the kids to a grandma’s for at least 5-7 hours!
    Bonus: That’s a great gift for Nanna. Because chances are she wants her grandchildren to visit more often than they do. In fact the ideal gift for Grandmother’s on Mother’s Day is your time and more of it. Be it a cooked meal with her or take her out, just the two of you or with the kids. The key difference between Mother’s Day gifts for Moms and for Grandma’s is time to themselves vs time with you and her family.
  4. A Guilt-Free Day or Evening Out with Friends
    That means not worrying about nighttime duties, nor getting the kids ready for bed while she’s also trying to get herself ready. Not worrying about waking up after a late night for all those nighttime feedings (for those who are still nursing. And if you know you can sleep through a tornado, let alone baby cries, set yourself a damn alarm to get up every couple of hours); and most importantly, getting to SLEEP IN.
    Now that may take some extreme precautions and ninja-like stealth skills, but you can ensure that everyone is quiet (or out of the house) so Mom can wake up when her body wants and needs to!
  5. A Clean House!
    That she didn’t have to partake in. But more-importantly, cleaned to her standards or liking. This will take time and effort, especially that extra attention to detail, but it will not cost any money (unless you hire outside help. That’s a personal choice, but knowing you put the effort in yourself, is definitely a little extra icing on the tidy-home cake!), and it will be appreciated by everyone in the family, for as long as you can keep it up.
    And if you’re anything like me and my family, that’s about max 24 hours. But perhaps you can all work together and extend it to 48!

Whatever you choose, try to remember that these gift ideas do not have to be reserved for only once a year!

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Happy Father’s Day! Need a Gift Idea?

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To all the papa’s out there and the partners and children that love them, Happy Father’s Day! May your family love and appreciate you, and let you pick the movie, restaurant, “toy” or gadget you just can’t live without!

And to the momma’s out there who are still working on last minute presents, because let’s face it, they won’t mind if we’re a little late, as most of them needed a little reminder for our day last month! Am I right? Or am I right?!? Here is a list of some easy, fun, and welcomed gifts that I’ve been working on:

– A watch. You can get it engraved, perhaps even with your little one’s birth date (if you have the time! See what I did there? Two puns in one!).
– A Powerball. It’s a gyroscope that you power yourself with a flick of the wrist. I think it’s ridiculous, but men love it.
– A Photobook. Gather a collection of photos of baby and dad and make a photo book. This is a gift that you know you’ll enjoy making, and daddy will appreciate it even if he isn’t the sentimental kind.
– A Day with the Babe. On average, we momma’s spend the majority of our time with our new babies, and dad’s can sometimes feel left out. So, let him have a day (or half a day) to hang with his little Prince or Princess. Pump or prep the formula, pack a simple light diaper bag, and set the clothes out for him. Bonus: You can to have some solo time too!
– Charcuterie! Men love meat! (Vegan and vegetarian men aside), so take them to a BBQ themed restaurant (Barque in Toronto is a good example), that charcuterie restaurant you’ve been meaning to try or treat them to a charcuterie plate at home.
– BBQ. Back to meat. Pick up as much meat as you believe he can eat, marinade it and let him BBQ it. Men love to feel needed, and they love BBQ. Nothing seems to compare to that masculine charge of standing over a fire, grilling meat.
– Breakfast in bed. I mean, who doesn’t love to be pampered, especially when food is involved, and hello?! Bacon!
– Paint project! If your kids are old enough, of course let them create something unique for their #1 Dad. But for those little babes you need to get a little more creative. Grab a canvas, squirt your desired paint colours on it, and slip it into a Ziploc bag. Now let baby smoosh that paint all over, hands, face, feet, whatever they choose to use. Best part? No clean up!
– A Book. I purchased Be Prepared: A Practical for New Dads for my love last year, and it is filled with dad friendly tips and advice.
– Take him to a movie. A war movie? Action? Documentary? Whatever he’s into. Jurassic World just came out, and who doesn’t love dinosaurs?
– Have a shirt made. Let Dad strut around showing off that he’s Number 1!
– Matching Daddy and Me outfit. You know he wants one, and you know you want to take a photo of the two of them in their matching outfits together… It’ll be a perfect shot for next year’s photo book!

Have any additional ideas you want to share? Comment below!