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A lot of kids, fathers and other outside audiences don’t always see what us moms have to deal with day in and day out. They aren’t being mean-spirited or willfully ignorant, they simply don’t know or understand what it takes to be a mom.
But we can see it.
We can see the turmoil on your face when you have kids touching everything in the store and then wailing when you tell them “no”. The frustration is present during every tantrum, spilled drink, and skinned knee. Exasperation overtakes us every time the repetitive “Mom” call happens.
Mommies: we love our kids and our lives (most of the time), but every now and again we need a break! It may not be possible to take a whole day off, but even a half-hour or an hour can help us regain our sanity!
Even more than these is the loneliness. I know I’m not the only one who feels lonely among my child’s constant chatter and noise. Being a stay-at-home-mom can be very isolating, especially when your husband is working so hard to provide for you (meaning he’s gone, A LOT). We have to actively find activities to do with our kids, with other moms, and friends so that we don’t go insane (I’m serious)!
AND, let’s talk about the humility and selflessness of mothers. SERIOUSLY. This isn’t about tooting our horns, but speaks volumes of how much mothers do for their children and families. And most of the time, this comes without a single thought to herself and what she needs.
My mother is one of the most selfless people I know because she is all about her family’s needs first. There are not many hours in the day that she has to recharge or spend by herself. I want to do something for my mother and fellow mommies as a reminder that they need to take time, however brief, to reset themselves and care for their needs.
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I have often thought of putting together little baskets or packages for moms I know around the country as a reminder that they are not alone. There are so many little things most would not think of as necessary for a mother, let alone, anyone. But it really IS the thought that counts.
All of this to say: I have a well thought out list for you of gift ideas a mother will really appreciate. Get your creative juices flowing and make a theme box or basket, or put in a little gift she gets to open everyday of the week. The variations are boundless!
We need to support each other. This is part of the “it takes a village” process, and it is very important!
This may not appeal to all moms out there, so make sure you know your giftees. They may love doing there nails, and they may not! Stop at your local Target, Walmart or drug store to collect a few must have pedicure items. Your list could be quite extensive so maybe stick with the basics. Find a good manicure clipper set and emory boards and buffer blocks. Next, look for a good quality nail polish and top coat like Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel. Finally, look for some Vitamin E-rich cuticle oil and natural foot creme.
(All of these items are great finds on Amazon if you would rather send a gift that way.)
I’m sure there are plenty of moms who would prefer to go to a nail salon to get a pedicure. So there’s an idea! If you live close, take your mom friend out to get your nails done.
Gift cards might sound like a cold and unfeeling gift, but if you aren’t a creative-type or you really don’t have to time to find little gifts to put in a basket, buy a gift card. Remember, it is the thought behind the gift.
Nowadays, gift cards are hanging off of every aisle in the store and there are endless places to buy them online. You may want to purchase a few different cards to give your friend a variety. Or, you may want to purchase one gift card with more money on it so your friend can really spoil herself. Either way, good for you!
Does your friend like the movies? Fandango Gift Card for her because you can use their services everywhere whereas a lot of theaters are local or regional.
After they see a movie, they may want to eat out. I suggest buying a large, chain restaurant unless they live near you because so many restaurants are local or regional like movie theaters. Olive Garden, Applebees, Chili’s, or Red Lobster restaurants are usually in most cities and states around the country. If you know your friend’s favorite restaurant, call them up to see if you can purchase a gift card and have it sent to them that way.
Finally, the almighty COFFEE GIFT CARD! I am pretty sure I get a Starbucks gift card at least once a year from a family member or friend. It may not be a meal, but us mommies love our coffee or even tea! A nice treat in the afternoon or a pick-me-up in the morning, all we need is someone to spoil us a little with a treat. 😉
There is little doubt that someone has never heard of Groupon. It’s a great place to find cool gifts, restaurant deals, and my favorite way to find great prices and new massage places to try. You can sign up for an account, and get updates sent to your email or phone when there are new deals you may want to look at. This is a great place to find gifts for family or friends, especially massages. AND, you can look up by city or area so that you could purchase a nice massage for a mommy friend who doesn’t live near you! Everything is done online, and for some purchases, you are able to mark it as a gift and simply email it to them.
4–Box of Sunshine
I have done this project a few times, and they were so much fun to get together. Maybe you know a mommy friend who is having a hard time, or you are just so sweet you want to do this for someone you care about. The only rule or guideline, if you will, is that everything inside the basket or box has to be yellow. Other than that, you get to be super creative in finding thoughtful or even random gifts for a worn out mom. A dollar store or dollar sections at Walmart or Target are the best places to find unique and inexpensive items to put in A Box of Sunshine. I try to find yellow or even gold tissue paper to add an extra pop to the box. The last thing is adding a nice card or note to extra-brighten their day!
This last gift is not something you can buy in a store. You can still give your mommy friends your time, even if they live far away. Be active in trying to setup up a time for a phone call or Skype chat. Sometimes, us mommies need someone else who is going through the same things in life to simply listen to us vent. If you don’t have extra money for a gift, take a little time to write them a letter. Even though “snail mail” takes a while, I still LOVE getting mail (that’s not junk). The thought really does count for mommies, who need the loving arms of support from other moms sometimes more than anything else. Be on the lookout for your mommy friends’ feelings and needs so that you can try to say or do something encouraging. Lovingly embrace them the next time you see each other, and especially let them know you are there for the support they may need.
These are only a few of the many gifts someone can get for their worn out mommy friends. If you have done other things, let me know below!