9 unexpected Mother's Day gifts that are exceptionally useful
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- Due to the lack of free time, sleep, and requirements of baby proofing, moms with young kids often can't enjoy gifts traditionally associated with Mother's Day like candles and flowers.
- As a husband to a mom, I've learned that gifts that can help a mom navigate busy days with ease and comfort can bring more pleasure than gifts that call for a break in the routine.
- And since young kids tend to be ever present, items that are safe to have around the house make great gifts too because they don't add to what a parent already worries about.
It's ironic that for the first few years of motherhood, moms can't really enjoy many of the gifts so commonly associated with Mother's Day.The lack of me-time, constant fatigue that comes with 24/7 parenting, and destructive and demanding nature of little kids render many potential gifts poor choices. The open flame of a candle isn't a wise idea around a preschooler, that vase of thorny roses is almost sure to be upset by a toddler, and no mom wants to wake up with even the mildest hangover when there's a baby to care for, so that bottle of G.H. Mumm Champagne might be more of a tease than a nightcap this year.
So what to give a mom caring for young kids this Mother's Day? In short, anything that will make her life easier. Anything that provides added comfort, efficiency, or removes a challenge presented by childcare will be a welcome gift. And if you can gift an evening of babysitting and an appointment for a massage, she'll definitely appreciate that too.
This list was actually inspired by gifts I've given my wife in the past six years (we have a five- and one- year-old) that were actual hits. While I've used these ideas for a couple of Mother's Days as well as birthdays, holidays, and so on, every one of them was a hit precisely because it made her life as a parent that much easier and more enjoyable - and because all of them are kid-safe, too.
Also, it goes without saying that chocolate is a requisite for all occasions - or no occasion at all.
Read on to find the best Mother's Day gifts for moms with young kids:
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