Find out what she really wants for Mother’s Day this year and give her the best day ever. You can even do this if you are on a strict budget or if you are short on time.
This is going out to all the husbands and Dads out there looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day this year. You are going to save yourself a lot of time this year by following this guide for finding out what she really wants for Mother’s Day.
Spoiler Alert: all of us moms want the same thing. And we want it every year. And if you want to be really sweet, follow this same plan in all throughout the year for a great “just because” gift. We will tell all our friends that we have the BEST husband.
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What She Really Wants for Mother’s Day
These ideas work for anyone with kids ranging from infants to toddlers to teens. It is simple but it is what we need. What we want. What we crave.
Are you ready for the secret to what she really wants for Mother’s day this year?
She wants time.
Time? Are you searching Prime right now looking for some time in a bottle? Don’t worry, I will explain.
Think about what your wife does everyday for your family. Maybe she works outside of the home all week to help your family monetarily or she may stay at your house raising kids, teaching and clearing messes 24/7 (never getting a real break). She is changing diapers and preparing meals. Giving your kids love, tending to boo boos and singing baby shark more times than she cares to admit.
Reading books that have five words per page for the 800th time. Waking in the middle of the night to reassure that the bad dream was just a dream. Cleaning cheerios out of the car. Making her 600th peanut butter and jelly of the year. Dealing with a temper tantrum in the middle of Target while it feels like the world watches.
Grocery shopping for the family with a kid or two in tow as a personal shopping assistant. Picking up blocks and legos and the 2000 small pieces from that toy that your kid just had to have. Driving to football or ballet practice. Doctor appointments. Dentist appointments. School car line.
Finding the lovey or stuffed animal that can’t be slept without. And the missing shoes. And just finding all the things!
Homework, oh the homework.
Washing all those baby clothes or if she is beyond baby stage, washing those 22 outfits that your teenage daughter tried on before she left for school. Or those nasty baseball pants. Fixing problems. Nurturing. Worrying.
It doesn’t matter if she is the mom of preschoolers and toddlers or teens, she is spent. Each stage with kids is different but the one constant is that mom is always on the go. Always doing things for other people. She puts the kids and even you (yes, you hubby) ahead of herself. And she just wants a little time for herself.
So Where Do I Buy Time?
It may be a tad more complicated than that but I get it. You are busy too! You have a business to run or a meeting to conduct. A physically demanding job or one that takes your time away from the family. You need easy gifts for your wife that show how much you love, value and care for her and the job that she does as a mother.
And speaking of jobs. Motherhood is a job! It is a fantastic job but it is work. Work that offers no PTO. Would you take a job with no vacation time? Nope. But when we enter parenthood, that is just what we do. So this year, give her some paid time off.
It will take a little elbow grease and effort on your part, but I promise she is going to love it. A refreshed wife and mommy is the result of this gift and what she really wants for Mother’s Day this year.
The Plan for Mother’s Day
Don’t mistake the gift of time as an invitation for a lack of effort on your part. You can’t wake up on Mother’s Day and tell her “congrats you get time today” and expect her to be happy. You need to prep, make it special and think through what your wife enjoys.
I will help you drill down to that & make it easy for you with some Amazon shopping too.
So what exactly do we do to execute a time gift? Here you go, here are a bunch of ideas of things to do for her this year. I would recommend doing a combination of at least several of these ideas and if you have the means a gift or two.
Gift of Time for Mother’s Day
- Let her sleep in. I mean really sleep in, until she wakes naturally without a crying infant or a chatty 5 year old waking her.
- Coffee. Give her all the coffee AFTER she wakes up on her own without anyone bothering her. If she likes a special drink from a coffee shop go grab her one. Or just make her a cup at home and take it to her in bed. Repeat after me: “She does nothing while she drinks it except maybe watch some tv.” She gets to drink her coffee hot today.
- Plan every meal for Mother’s Day. Make her breakfast in bed, pick up takeout, take her to her favorite place, make her a PB&J. I don’t care, just feed her and feed the kids so that she doesn’t have to think about it. Don’t ask, just do.
- Send her to do something. Get her a mani/pedi gift card or a massage. Those pampering gifts and quiet time are invaluable. Would she rather shop? Send her to Target or even an Amazon gift card. If you do Amazon, send her to a quiet area of your home and let her have some time to shop without any kids talking to her!
- Do her chores. Watch her on Mother’s Day. She won’t take the day off. She will be changing diapers, making breakfast for the kids (if you didn’t follow tip #2), folding clothes etc. Whatever she starts to do. Stop her. Tell her it is Mother’s Day. Go sit on the couch, I will do it.
- Pamper her at home. If you want something in a gift bag to give her, pampering items are always welcome! I love all of these 100% all natural bath products. Wrap up a couple of bath bombs, a specialty bar of soap and some lotion. Then give her an hour to take a bath and relax. She gets to lock all children out!
- Read! You can do this while she is in the tub ^ or as a separate experience. Grab a gift card so that she can get something new to read on her kindle. If books are not her thing you could grab her a magazine at the grocery store.
- Day of Quiet. So I am a smidge crazy and all year I want a day to myself but then on Mother’s Day I want to be with my kids and my husband. Call me crazy but if your wife is the same, here is an option for a delayed Day of Quiet. You can print this coupon book at home. Gift it to her and then be prepared to honor it on Mother’s day if she wants or if you want to take her to lunch as a family, tell her that her day of quiet can be scheduled next Saturday. Literally schedule it and make her take it. This isn’t a coupon book that is getting stored in the junk drawer never to be touched again. Rent her a hotel room, let her have the house and you take the kids out for a day. However you want to do it, she gets a full day of piece. Like multiple hours. At least 8-5. A day off.
- Movie of her choice. You can do this at home in bed or take her to the theater. She gets to pick. No Frozen or The Incredibles. Her choice.
- Plan a Date for her. Here is a cute card to tell her about your plans. You find a babysitter. Make dinner reservations or buy tickets to a show. You could even do a date night in a box. Dress this up as much as you want to. Buy her some jewelry from her favorite place or give her a gift card to go buy a cute outfit. She gets to go shopping alone.
- Wine, Chocolate and Peace. Pour her a glass of wine in a cute cup, give her a special chocolate treat and give her the night. She can go to the bedroom and shut the door. No kids. No chores. Just wine, a treat and probably some Netflix.
So you probably have a good idea of what she really wants for Mother’s Day by now. It is simple really. Just give her a day off.
You can spice it up with some treats and gifts but that time is what she deep down wants and needs. Motherhood is hard. She deserves a one day break, don’t you think?
Here are a bunch of Amazon gift ideas for her if you want to add some products to that gift of “time” that you are going to give her this year. If you have any questions on how to pull off the best Mother’s Day gift ever, drop me a note in the comments & I will respond and try to help!
I don’t think I’ve ever read a blog so true!! Just give me a dayyyyy! On MY day to not be a mom for the day. Handle everything for me, then in the night take me out. Yes, I love this! Great suggestion.
Well you made me cry! It’s so true. Last Mother’s Day my husband sent me out to lunch by myself. Maybe some people would think that was weird, but I was in heaven 🙂 let’s hope a lot of husbands see this!
Stacy Craft says
Sounds like you got a good one! Time completely to ourselves is so hard to come by!
Love this! I am blessed with a hubby who now recognizes my need for time. It wasn’t always that way, but I sure appreciate that it is this way now. 🙂
Chris McGinn says
Yes! Great advice. I am fortunate to get time now that my boys are older but it is always appreciated!
Hope readers take your advice!
This is a wonderful list. The flowers and chocolate are nice but sleep and quiet would be wonderful!
YES! All moms need more time! Wonderful list of ideas for the guys in our lives.
Kami | Life with Kami says
Yes, Yes, and Yes, this mama of 3 needs time. Also the important part: Alone Time for some self care.
Megan Beaver says
This is great. As a mom that never has enough time these suggestions are awesome.
I totally want all of this! But I could also totally see myself having a hard time sitting on the couch while someone was folding laundry lol. I would have to be sent out of the house <3
Sarah @ Sweet Miles says
Yesss love this so much!! The older I get and the busier I get with motherhood, the less I want materialistic things!