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A lot of Mother’s Day gift guides include things like spa days, bath bombs, or massage gift cards.
I never felt that those were relevant to my mother.
Because my mother isn’t the type of mother who could sit down and enjoy a massage for 60 minutes.
My mama is constantly on the go. She’s cleaning up dishes while she’s entertaining. She’s cooking a five-course meal while simultaneously cleaning up her kitchen. My mama is juggling five million things at one time. And, though a lot of people tell me I should offer my mom a spa day to “escape from it all,” I don’t think – practically speaking – that she’d ever use it.
In fact, I’m pretty sure there’s a Massage Envy card that has been sitting in her closet – untouched and collecting dust – since 2008.
So this is a gift guide for those mothers that are very much like my own.
The mothers who try to do it all, never rest, and are constantly on the go.
1) A Fitbit
She’s always moving, always grooving, and doesn’t let herself sit down for longer than 10 minutes at a time. So give her something so she feels rewarded for being such an active go-getter. My mom gets a real kick out of seeing her step goal crushed each night. She even makes sure to tell everyone she didn’t work out. She just gets 14,000 steps by being a mom-on-the-move.
2) Amazon Echo
Moms always have a million things to keep track of. The dentist appointments, dance recitals, doctors’ check-ups, tennis matches, grandparents’ eye appointments, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The list can go on and on. My mom’s always been a post-it note gal. She’s got them laying on one corner of the kitchen counter and it’s an organization system that works for her. But for other mamas who have a difficult time keeping track of all the appointments in their brain or have had it with the post-it notes cluttering their counters, the Amazon Echo is a really helpful gadget to have at home. It’s pretty much an extension of their brain. So they don’t have to hold all those important dates in their mind anymore! They simply have to tell “Alexa” to put something on the schedule and she’ll store the information and remind them of the appointment when the date is getting closer!
One of the things that happens with Mamas is that they start to become a little forgetful. (Only because they’re trying to remember everyone ELSE’s things). They can remember where their husband’s purple tie is, their daughter’s cell phone case is (that she lost two weeks ago), and she knows exactly where you left your dirty socks. But she can’t remember where she put her own cell phone or her car keys. Tile is a great Bluetooth tracker that makes every Mama’s life a little bit easier! 🙂
If your mom is anything like my mom, she likes to know your whereabouts. One time, during my first year of teaching, I ended up staying a bit later at school to finish setting up for the following day. I hadn’t picked up my phone because it was tucked away in a drawer somewhere. 21 missed calls and 32-text messages later, I learned my lesson. Always tell Mama where you’re going to be. (Or give her access to your whereabouts so she knows you’re safe and sound).
I can’t remember my life before my Amazon Prime membership. (I probably had a lot more money back then). Guaranteed 2-day delivery. With just a few clicks, your mom’s got everything they need. Right at their front door.
These sneakers are so comfortable and versatile and keep Always-On-Her-Feet-Mom a happy camper all day long. They’re easy to slip on, water-resistant, and have a foam-insole.
Audible is accessible from your computer, tablet, and your iPhone. It’s connected – through Bluetooth – to your Amazon Echo. So, for the mom that needs to constantly be moving and doesn’t actually know how to relax and curl up with a book on the couch, this is a great way to give them the gift of reading!
This is a helpful accessory to add to Mom’s purse. She’s so rarely at home and she’s constantly bouncing between one place and another. This will ensure that her phone will never run out of battery.
This little gadget makes it easier for Mom to find items in her purse. The proximity sensors utilize energy fields from your hand to activate the light without any need for buttons. Once activated, the light will stay on for 10 seconds before turning off.
The portable charger – hidden away in Mom’s purse – can be for Mom. This multi-USB car charger is likely a necessity to charge the entire family’s devices. (If you’re anything like me, you’re that gem-of-a-person who unplugs your Mom’s phone to plug in your own. This way, nobody needs unplugging).
Question of the Day:
- Does your Mama like spa days?
- What would you add to this list?