RTD: Giving Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Coming!

Mother’s Day is in less than a week and that means it’s time to do a better job finding the right gift than we did last year.  So let’s turn off that pragmatic brain that says, “The Vacuum is broken, so I should get her a nice new one” and even ignore that voice that says, “Flowers and chocolates are what every mother wants on Mother’s Day” and really take the time to put some real thought in to what we get our wife this year.

I am horrible when it comes to giving gifts, and this year we will be celebrating two major things on the same weekend.  This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day, but the day before is my wife’s graduation ceremony for her Master’s in Counseling Psychology degree.  She is very excited because it is the culmination of the two busiest years either of us has ever experienced.  So we have graduation and Mother’s Day, and I am horrible at picking out gifts.

I have only begun to be better at it because of the growing popularity of Pinterest.  Over Christmas she made a Pinterest Board, or list, I was able to pick from.  This helped me for Valentine’s Day, her birthday, and also the upcoming weekend.  I am now fairly confident that I will pick out a gift she wants and will enjoy.

One Day is Never Enough

Every day I watch my kids with all the things my wife does for our family and for our kids.  With all the sacrifices, tough choices, and long days she puts in, one day each year cannot be enough.  Mother’s Day gifts should just be a token of your appreciation, but we should be showing these women how much we truly appreciate them throughout the year.

The best gift you can receive is Motherhood itself

I don’t say that as a way to get out of giving a meaningful gift.  Mother’s Day is meant to be a day dedicated to showing how much we appreciate mothers; the ones that raised us and the ones that raise our kids.  For many who are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, becoming a mother is all they can ask for.  Just this year I have one friend who hoped and prayed that their unborn baby (diagnosed in utero with Spina Bifida) would be delivered as healthy as possible.  We also have another friend who was not as fortunate with their pregnancy.

I remember just praying for a healthy baby and a healthy wife.  

What is the Best Mother’s Day Gift?

What do we get the woman who gave us children?  How do we set a limit on the amount we owe them after having their bodies turned inside out?  Do we shower her with flowers, cards, and balloons?  Do we get her newer tools to keep being mom?  Do we show her how much we appreciate her motherhood by giving her a day to escape at a spa?  What has been the best, the worst, and the strangest gift you’ve given or received for Mother’s Day?

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~JB

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  1. I really connected with this post as you painted the picture of what our own moms and the mother of our children mean to us so damn well.

    ” How do we set a limit on the amount we owe them after having their bodies turned inside out?”

    “Just this year I have one friend who hoped and prayed that their unborn baby (diagnosed in utero with Spina Bifida) would be delivered as healthy as possible. We also have another friend who was not as fortunate with their pregnancy.”

    Very close friends of ours finally had their first baby last year after trying for so long to not only get pregnant, but also had to overcome multiple occasions where they lost the pregnancy after conceiving. Our first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage and after that we discovered how expansive the underground “miscarriage club” is. It was mind-blowing. What moms have to go through to bring us the miracle of children is in no way representative of a single day of celebration.

    But, that doesn’t mean we ignore the day and all we can do is try our best to make it as special as possible. Great post and I look forward to collaborating all week with the DadsRT crew so that we all can do exactly this.

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