For the past few years, I’ve wanted nothing more than domestic stuff as gifts for birthdays and holidays. Last year, I got one of those fancy pillows for Hanukkah, and I couldn’t have been happier.
I was a little worried about myself. Then I started reading the comments from other moms on what was on their holiday wish lists:
• A deep freezer
• A laminator
• A paper shredder with the bin
• A spatula and a new baking sheet
• A garbage disposal
• Flannel sheets
• A mixer
• A food processor
• Snow tires
Hmmm. I felt my heart sink. Everything was so practical. Where were the treats—nice leather gloves, jewelry, a spa gift certificate? Given our lovely economy, perhaps this is the reality of our lives: function over fun. Still, pleasurable presents don’t have to be expensive.
“All that matters is it’s something you want and probably wouldn’t buy yourself,” a commenter noted. Well, I guess, except I really want new caulking for the tile around our tub and a new doormat and I sure don’t want to get those as holiday presents. My husband would never ask for a garbage disposal, sheets or towels for a gift. Power tools, maybe, but that’s as far as he’d go. This year, he’d love a new set of golf clubs, thankyouverymuch.
Of course, I’d appreciate a nice set sheet. But then again, isn’t that what Bed Bath & Beyond coupons are for?! [Slaps self upside the head.]
Maybe us moms need to be a little less realistic and sacrificial and a little more self-serving when it comes my gifts. As I was writing this, I told my husband I wanted him to get me a few sessions with a personal trainer as a gift. Not exactly pampering, but something I’ve been wanting and something that’ll be very rewarding for me.
So, what do you want for the holidays?
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