Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift is always difficult. Finding one for my wife is even harder. Every year she says, “Don’t worry about getting me anything for Mother’s Day. I just want to spend time with my family.” While I know that spending time with family is important to my wife, I also know that I would be in hot water if we didn’t honor her in some way on Mother’s Day. I had to learn this lesson the hard way.
One year, I decided to call her bluff. I didn’t buy her a gift, nor did I take the kids to buy her gifts. Yes, I know. BIG MISTAKE! I got the cold shoulder for a whole week until she finally revealed the cause of her anger.
“You guys didn’t even get me a card for Mother’s Day,” she said. “That was the least you could have done.” Actually, I did the least I could have done. That’s what got me in trouble.
I started to say, “Buy you said you didn’t want anything for Mother’s Day.” Fortunately, I held my tongue and promised to do better next year.
Over the years, my kids and I have managed to give my wife great Mother’s Gifts and make her feel special (there was one crawfish debacle, but we’ve moved past that). This year, we decided to do some online research to find gifts that my wife would appreciate. According to an online survey conducted by the Merry Maids, two-thirds (67 percent) of moms say the best Mother’s Day present they could get would be having someone clean the house for them. Additionally, according to the survey, more than one third (34 percent) of moms stated that hiring someone to help clean the house is actually more of a necessity than a luxury.
After reading this information, my kids decided to Be a Merry Maid for the Day. They printed a book of coupons that included common household tasks such as vacuuming, unloading the dishwasher, taking out the trash, and others. These coupons turned out to be the perfect gift because we were planning to have a huge Mother’s Day dinner at our house with my mother, sister, sister-in-law and their families. My wife always gets stressed out and goes on a cleaning frenzy when we have company. Just as she was about to grab her scrubbing brushes, cleaning products, and vacuum cleaner, the kids and I led her into the living room.
“Have a seat,” I said. “The kids have a Mother’s Day surprise for you.”
She sat down with a puzzled look on her face. “What are you guys up to?”
The kids smiled and handed her the coupon book. My wife flipped through the pages and laughed.
“Thank you so much,” she said. “You must have known that I would need some help today.”
“We’re giving you more than help,” I said. “We will take care of all of the cleaning and cooking.”
“Are you sure?” She asked.
“Of course,” I said. “It’s your day to rest and relax.”
My wife tentatively accepted and went to our bedroom to take a nap.
With my wife taken care of, I rallied the troops. My 14-year old daughter took care of the dishes, my 11-year old son took our the trash and vacuumed, and I prepared the meal.
“What can I do to help?” Asked my 7-year old son.
“I have the perfect job for you,” I said. We went outside and I handed him the hose. “Water the lawn. Mommy will appreciate that.”
Everything came together perfectly. The house was spotless and we had a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration with our extended family.
Later than night, my wife gathered us all together.
“I have one more coupon to redeem,” she said. She handed me the coupon that read: HUG.
“Thanks for a great Mother’s Day,” she said as the kids and I embraced her.
Join the conversation: What do you consider to be the best Mother’s Day gift?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Merry Maids. All opinions are my own.