Holiday shopping is stressful! And especially buying gifts for a mom that has everything.
What moms want most aren’t items you can buy at Target or Amazon. Gifts moms really want are your time and energy – our most precious resources.
So if you’re ready to blow mom’s mind, here’s a list of the 25 (mostly) free gifts moms really want this holiday season that will put you in great standing.
When it comes to gifts moms really want this is number 1.
Declare a day each week or a specific time during as mom’s alone time forever.
For example, every Saturday is my time off. I normally lock myself in my office and work on blog posts, call friends, shop online, and whatever else I choose. My partner takes care of the kids and recognizes that I’m not available that day.
Give mom a day off regularly so she can do whatever she chooses and refresh herself for the week. Don’t you think she earned it?
TAKE OWNERSHIP OF A HOUSEHOLD TASK
Take ownership of a household task so mom can check it off her invisible workload forever.
For example: unloading the dishwasher, cleaning the kitchen after dinner, taking out the trash, etc.
Whatever the task is, own it from now on.
EMPTY HOUSE FOR THE DAY
My daydream is to be alone in my house for 3 days. I know the possibility of that happening is slim to none but I can dream, can’t I?
Even if you can’t give mom 3 entire days in an empty house, a full afternoon would be nice, wouldn’t it?
Take the kids out for the entire day so she’ll have the entire quiet house to herself.
While you’re at it, bring home takeout for dinner on your way home.
RECURRING TAKEOUT NIGHT
This brings me to recurring takeout night.
Choose 1 night per week/month that makes the most sense to be takeout night.
Mark it on the calendar that every Tuesday (or whenever you choose) is takeout night. Everybody is normally thrilled about this one.
WORDS OF AFFIRMATION
Who doesn’t want to hear why their family loves them? Little kids will especially love this gift since it’s so simple to give and kids don’t hold back.
Tell mom why she’s so special to you and let her soak in your kind words.
The true gift moms really want is to be recognized for all the work they put in day in and day out.
So a simple handmade gift is a perfect way for us to feel appreciated because it uses your most precious resources – time and energy.
Handmade gifts from partners and kids are memories moms can keep forever.
FAVORITE TREAT OR DESSERT
Who doesn’t want their favorite treat or dessert?
Bake a pan of the incredible fudgy brownies she loves or pick up the decadent cupcakes from the bakery down the road. Everyone wins with this gift.
Ready for the waterworks? Write mom a handwritten letter.
Better yet, make this a tradition every year so she can keep the letters in a special place for future reading.
Declutter some of your household items while mom is enjoying her day off.
Clothes are usually a wonderful place to start. Make piles for donating, selling, and trash.
CHANGE AND WASH THE SHEETS
I don’t know about you, but I’m not vigilant about changing our sheets. So this makes a substantial gift.
Strip the beds, wash all sheets, pillows, and comforters from start to finish. This includes sorting, washing, and putting away.
PREPARE AND CLEAN UP AFTER A MEAL
Cook mom’s favorite meal and clean up afterward. If all goes well, suggest this becomes a regular occurrence and put it on the calendar!
MOM'S TV TIME
Let Mom have the TV by herself! Leave the room so she can indulge in some Bravo TV therapy or classic The Office episodes.
LAUNDRY FROM START TO FINISH
Laundry time! Roll up your sleeves and sort, wash and fold the laundry all in 1 day.
Because it’s not much of a gift if you still leave mom with the laundry to fold and put away (everyone’s least favorite part).
Look around the house and find a few small things to repair.
CLEAN OUT HER CAR
A clean car could make anyone happy! Clear out everything from her car, throw away the trash, and bring random items back into the house.
Then arm yourself with microfiber cloths and a car vacuum and get to work. Don’t forget to beat the floor mats!
A LONG HUG
A long, tight hug is completely free and can boost your mood immediately. Try to give as many of these to mom as you can.
DEEP HOUSE CLEAN
Hire a cleaning company to come once and deep clean her home so she can move onto other things.
REGULAR HOUSE CLEANING
Or make a house cleaning service a regular thing! It may surprise you how affordable a cleaning service can be.
Especially if you find a cleaner to come twice per month instead of weekly. This is a great way to get a regular cleaning reset and focus more on maintenance than regular cleaning.
Obligatory suggestion for a spa day.
Send mom for few nights alone in a hotel or to take a trip to see friends or family by herself. Make this a yearly gift and mom will be over the moon.