The definition of a mother is a beautiful, selfless, amazing creature that keeps the world going ’round, but even the best moms can be a little picky when it comes to gifts they receive, especially on Mother’s Day. The one day a year when they are publicly acknowledged and treated as “Queens for a Day” also brings a little bit of anticipation of what wonderful gifts (or lack of) their children and/or spouse will wrap and give her as she repeatedly and humbly tells them their love is more than enough of a gift.
The truth is that after a year of figuring out where poop smells are coming from, washing clothes that have hidden themselves away awaiting the laundry fairy, making a dollar stretch further than humanly possible, ducking tantrums and dealing with in-laws that must be God’s little joke on you, all mothers stay at least a little hopeful on Mother’s Day. This is usually where husbands say either “this is a Hallmark holiday” or “she won’t like what I get anyway.” Nice try fella, but here are three gifts that will save you from being in the doghouse the day after. Easy gifts that even the most picky woman will at the very least appreciate because it really is just about you making an effort.
1. A picture of the kids (include a frame). You’d think with dealing with little monsters cleverly disguised as beautiful children every day a mother would turn her nose up at a simple picture. Just think about it, when are your kids the cutest and all the things they’ve done to drive you insane go away? When they’re sleep, right? And why? Because this is when you can truly appreciate how beautiful and wonderful they are without having the desire to tie them up or trade them for magic beans somewhere. A picture is the same idea. You can stare at it for endless hours and not here one peep. Reason why this is a safe option? Even if she hates it, she can’t really complain…at least not out loud or she’d come off a bit “Mother Dearest.” Additionally, it has brag-ability. Gifts always get extra points if they can be flaunted.
2. A handmade card. Fellas, this should be perfect for you if your excuse is you don’t participate in Hallmark holidays and refuse to give the powers that be your money since that was the whole reason for such a holiday. It’s easy, cheap (if not free), and so corny it’s cute. A woman can’t deny that you put time into the gift. Even fetching paper and a pen took enough time you have to get some credit. There’s two ways you can do this. You can go for the “loving” factor by actually putting time and love into it. (Cheat: you can Google actual e-cards to get sayings, poems, etc., that would be on a actual store bought card add a little of your cologne and voila!) or you can go the “cute” route and delegate it to the kiddos. No matter what they do, it’s cute and she can’t possibly be unappreciative.
3. Flowers. Most women say they don’t want flowers, they just die, don’t waste your money…blah blah blah. Lies, all lies. Women want flowers. They’re the ultimate “look at me, someone loves me” gift. Anytime someone gets flowers in the office, all women turn to look first with hopefulness and then once the recipient receives her flowers, the non-recipients look with jealousy, envy, or just plain anger. Flowers are a must. Your wife cannot be the only one that does not receive flowers Yes, Mother’s Day is on a Sunday and even moms that work probably won’t be at work on Sunday. No worries, that’s what social media is for. She will take a picture and show her family loves her. Here’s a helpful hint about flowers: Roses are not as loved as you’ve been led to believe. Roses symbolize the lack of thought you’ve put into the flowers. It’s boring and been done over and over again. Carnations are not a good go-to flower either. They just seem cheap. Good “fillers” but that’s about it. Try tulips, orchards, lillies, something less common.
Avoid jewelry unless your wife has pointed out something specific she wants. What you think is beautiful, she probably won’t. Also, avoid money and gift cards. She may be initially happy about it, but it ends up being spent on you and the kids and then she’ll resent you for it. And no matter what, do not get her a cleaning or cooking appliance. Even if she’s hinted that it’s something she’d like. Hold off for another day.
Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day!