Top Gifts for Stay At Home Moms (or Dads)
What to get a Stay at Home Parent? Most people think this wonderful group of people do not need the same things you would get a "working mom", so they are stumped when it is time to buy. This list will help point you in the right direction.
A Handmade gift from the kids
Moms, and dads, who stay at home are normally the ones who help the kids make all the handmade crafts. This group of parents are usually the ones who are covered in paint, glitter, or glue. To make her day, have the kids make a surprise gift when mom is out of the house. The time, effort, and craft will be sure to put a smile on her face. Not sure where to start: try Pinterest for inspiration.
Dinner: Out or In
When a mom makes dinner almost every night, not to mention breakfast, lunch, and snacks, it is a great gift to give her a break and do the cooking for her. This could be dinner brought in, go out as a family, or the kids/partner do the cooking. Or you could even wake her up with a homemade breakfast.
Date Night with NO kids
What could be a better break than a babysitter, movie, dinner, time to talk with few interruptions? Take a date night away from the kids and just enjoy time together. Depending on how everything is going, use your best judgement to ask her what she wants or to make it all a surprise.
We all like to feel loved, cared about, and maybe even a little spoiled. Do not overlook the "normal gifts" such as flowers, chocolate, jewelry, gift cards to her favorite places, or something else she has been asking for. Anything that shows you care, should be well received.
A Night Out With Friends
When all a parent hears are demands and needs, spends all day and night taking care of others, and feels stuck in the routine of errands or being in the house, a night out with friends sounds near heavenly. This should be a night without the kids or spouse/partner. This could be to a movie, dinner, dancing, drinks, or a gamenight. This night also should not end until AFTER the kids are in bed.
When it really comes down to it, the best gift for any parent, especially one stays at home more of the time, is something that shows effort, thought, and love. Yes, she would appreciate flowers on your way home but she will remember something that took planning like a night out or required sneakiness like a homemade craft of photo session