If you’ve been with me for a while, you may remember a Mother’s Day gift ideas post I did a while back where I talked about how one year my husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day and my son replied, “she just wants to be by herself”! Yes, it’s true “getting nothing’ is the best gift for me. Gifts of service for moms
Now before you become outraged, when I say ‘getting nothing’, I’m referring to tangible things you can touch, feel, hold, purchase in a store, etc.
The things that many women love to receive as gifts, perfume, makeup, handbags, candles, clothes, things like that aren’t things I want.
I prefer practical gifts, gifts that I need and will use.
I don’t wear much makeup, I hate candles and perfume, I have a rotation of clothes I work through each week with a few extras just in case, I’ve had the same handbag for a few years.
I think you get where this is headed. I don’t need to add more stuff to the house. I’m the first person to admit that our house is one big clutter pile. Meaningful gifts for moms are where it’s at!
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What Is Your Love Language?
Have you ever read The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman? A friend recommended it to me years ago and it was pretty interesting. I’m not a religious person at all so some of the things mentioned didn’t resonate with me however, at a conceptual level, it all made sense.
We all know that every person has different motivations and values different things.
It’s been more than 5 years since I read the book so I don’t remember all the details but I do remember after reading it, it was super easy for me to figure out what my love language is and what my husbands love language is.
The gist of the book is that each person feels valued and appreciated based on their love language.
Gifts of Service For Moms
My love language is acts of service which means at a basic level, I feel loved and appreciated when people do things for me so that may mean my husband:
- cooks dinner
- grocery shops
- cleans the house
- does laundry
- takes the dog to the vet
- chauffeurs our kids around
- takes the kids to the pool
- stuff like that
My husband’s love language is physical touch which is pretty self-explanatory. He’s super affectionate, which I am not.
I guess opposites really do attract.
What About Kids Artwork and Stuff?
Back when the kiddo’s were little, they would come home from preschool with funny questionnaires the teachers had done in the class and handmade gifts, which, let’s be real, when your kid is 2, there’s not much they’re personally making there.
The teachers always did a great job and I truly appreciated it.
All the meaningful gifts for mom that everyone always talks about.
I know kids love to give mommy and daddy gifts and are proud of their work and I get that, I do truly appreciate it so don’t get the wrong idea and think I’m a horrible mom. There are a gazillion other reasons to think that, why are we all always so hard on ourselves…a topic for another time.
Anyway, yes, the artwork and writings are sweet to receive and I do love them but then they go in a box never to be seen again.
Meaningful Gifts for Mom
This year for Mother’s Day, my husband and kids gave me the gift of time and it’s exactly what I wanted!
Well, time and watching someone clean the bathroom.
While I didn’t go away by myself or curl up alone in a corner with a good book, ha, who am I kidding, with my iPad, I did get to sit back while someone else cleaned.
This allowed me time to do something else.
Why is this so meaningful? It’s meaningful because it gave us the opportunity to teach our kids that sometimes the gifts that mean the most don’t come with a price tag.
Tell me in the comments below what kinds of gifts you like to receive for Mother’s Day.
Make it a green day!