Valentine’s Day is in two weeks and for some that means buying/receiving tokens of love. So I have decided to reblog this post I wrote last year about the “romantic” gifts you get from hubs after you become a mom.
Does this sound familiar? When you were young and single gifts were always about you. What you wanted, liked, or of course money and gift cards. Once you became a couple and got a place you may have started receiving things for the house but those were usually given to both of you. Then one day, once you have a family, you suddenly notice you are unwrapping vacuum cleaners and croc pots while hubs is getting a new football jersey. Then it goes one step further. How do you feel when those gifts start coming FROM your partner?
Some men have great taste in gifts. Most of these men are gay. LOL However, most men will try, especially early on to please. You might get flowers, chocolates, even sexy lingerie. Then one day you find yourself opening up a kettle and think to yourself “how did we get here?” True story.
My philosophy when it comes to gift giving is two-fold. I believe in getting people what they want but also I like thoughtful gifts. Anyone can go to a store, so in my mind, the thought is part of the gift.
When it comes to getting gifts for the house/ kids, I mostly understand. I mean the new vacuum I got was a great help to me since I am the one who does most of the vacuuming. And that kettle, well, it was a much nicer kettle than I would have purchased. But I do think it is unfair that for some reason mom gets household items when dad doesn’t.
BUT, since your husband is your other half, your one and only, who knows you inside and out, he should be the one who gets you the best presents right? And by best, I don’t mean expensive. I mean thoughtful, even romantic. (I am willing to allow “mother” type gifts on Mother’s Day though.)
Valentine’s day is a Hallmark holiday, I admit. I asked hubs not to get me anything, but he did. He got me a baby bottle drying rack.
To dry baby bottles.
I didn’t even know we needed a baby bottle drying rack! I was especially shocked since Valentine’s Day gifts are usually somewhat romantic (and there is NOTHING romantic about a baby bottle drying rack!). He did, however, also get me a box of chocolates after seeing the nice earrings my two-year old son got for me (with the help of his Nana).
I will admit, we still use the rack and it is handy, but my point remains.
Husbands, I know it’s hard but remember your wife is more than a mom, she is the wonderful gal you fell in love with. Yes she is great at what she does, and she would give anything for you or the kids (which is why gift cards can be bad, I never spend them on myself) but the next time a holiday or birthday rolls around, get her something for her, and only her.
Okay, so let’s hear it ladies. The most ridiculous gifts you’ve gotten from your spouse/partner. Seeing my mom get FIVE consecutive bathrobes from my dad growing up tells me this is a more common phenomenon that we may realize.