It’s been a crazy first year for that first-time mother you call baby mama. From enduring almost 10 long months of carrying this child; to braving the scary-as-shit event called labor; to battling through the first months of sleepless nights, breastfeeding and whatever other insane moments that parenting brings to the table, she deserves a parade down Broadway.
Instead, she’ll get a day in her honor. One day. 24 hours.
Granted, this one day is pretty big business in this country, to the tune of almost $21 Billion per year. That’s a lot of brunch and flowers and jewelry, my friends – all of it well deserved. By the way, for those scoring at home, Father’s Day brings in a respectable $12.5 Billion annual. Not bad, my friends.
The tricky part is for that first-time mother celebrating that very first Mother’s Day. See, the baby is too young to do some cute crafty thing, make a card, bake a cake or even buy a present. So really this first mother’s day gift falls entirely on you. It’s like a second birthday present or (better yet) a mulligan on that push present you fucked up when the baby was born.
Here are 10 affordable, thoughtful, outside of the box Mother’s Day Gifts that are sure to please that new mom on her first Mother’s Day experience:
1) Cook A Feast for Mom: Or at least breakfast in bed
We’ve discussed the importance of knowing how to cook at least one meal. This is a bare minimum. Well, this is great opportunity to flex that culinary muscle and get in the kitchen to throw down on some gourmet level excellency. Make some breakfast. Produce a feast for dinner. Just don’t forget to pair it with a good wine, too.
2) Give Mom a Break: Take the kids for the day
The first year of parenthood flips your entire world upside down and basically destroys whatever semblance of a social life you once enjoyed. Instead of sleeping in and hanging out and doing things that normal people used to love pre-kid, you’re now stuck spending most of your waking hours with this new little person. Mother’s Day is a nice chance to provide that baby mama with a day to get away, if she so pleases. Hint: you may want to give her at least a heads up that this is going to happen so maybe she can make some plans for this alone time.
3) Let Mom Sleep In
Perhaps there is no better gift than the gift of a few extra moments of sleep. Take on the early morning tasks of getting the baby up, changed and fed while mommy sleeps in and enjoys a morning of peace and tranquility. Hopefully, you’ve already done this a few times during the first months of parenthood, if not, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to start. Just make sure this isn’t an annual thing only. Don’t be that guy.
4) Set Up a Spa Day for Mom
You can find massage and spa deals all over the web that will help provide a relaxing hour or two away from the rigors of everyday life. Set things up ahead of time to surprise the new mom with a special day of pampering, or buy a gift card in advance and let her schedule the best day for herself. Either way, it’ll be a great way to get away from it all. BONUS: Buy some massage oils, scented candles, set up some relaxing music and perform the massage yourself. Don’t know the first thing about giving a sensual massage? Well, let me Google that for you.
5) Photo Books and Crafts
These are so simple to make that there’s really no excuses here. If you have a Mac, than the built-in iPhoto program has an option to create a book that you can have shipped to your door within a week. Shutterfly has a million and one different options for crafty items like mugs and pillows that can be customized with a cute picture and phrase.
6) Personalized Jewelry
The old throwback. Check out some cool retailers like Etsy or MyIntent.org and get some custom made bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. You can include personalized words or sayings, perhaps toss in pictures of mom and baby or anything else you can think of that will be sure to melt her heart. It’s a great way to spice up the jewelry game.
7) Give Mom the Gift of Wine
Does this need an explanation? With the growing number of women opting to breastfeed, there’s likely been a moratorium on the consumption of alcohol. Hopefully, that vino ban is over and mommy can now enjoy a glass of her favorite Pinot Noir. If that’s that case, get to work here, fellas. Like, anything wine will work here, too. Wine glasses (bonus points if you get them personalized). Wine bottle stoppers. Wine decanters. Wine refrigerator. And of course, if you grab all of this fancy accessory stuff, don’t forget the most important part … the actual wine itself.
8) Date Night Ideas
Think back to those special days of what made you and wifey love each other before baby mama had babies. Recreate the magic and set up a night on the town of just you and her without the kids. Or include the kids for some great family time, but make sure there’s enough room at the end of the evening for a little alone time to set the mood. Looking for some interesting ideas? Check out our date night guide here.
9) Handwritten Cards
In our tech savvy world of text messages, SnapChats and Emails, we’ve lost all sight of how awesome a handwritten note can make a person feel. Practice that penmanship you learned in grade school and dust off the ballpoint pen for to write a letter, love note or create a card that sings the high praises of your queen.
10) Decoration Surprise
Deck the halls with some cool candles and flowers and some other intimate and congratulatory Mother’s Day themed items. Wait until baby mama passes out for the evening and then get to work but hanging up pictures and decorations to surprise her when she wakes up. You could also do this first thing in the morning, since you know, you are already letting her sleep in while you handle the sunrise responsibilities.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever given for Mother’s Day? What are some affordable and outside of the box ideas that you have in mind that are sure to knock her socks off? Now is your turn to chime in below in the comments section.