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I Bought My Wife A Vacuum For Mother's Day

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Domestic Goddess

Moms like appliances and flowers.  Dads like barbecues and tools. Those are the stereotypical messages marketers will blast at us for the months of May and June.

They’re based on old-school gender roles that say Moms run the family, and house, while Dads rule the yard and garage. Okay, I’ll give you that is most likely the case, but roles have evolved in many of our families to the point where we’re all doing everything.

Still – some will bristle at the notion that Mom receive an appliance or some other housework related tool for Mother’s Day. The opposition says it underlines what Moms have to do around the house and enslaves them even more to the chores instead of giving them free time for themselves. There’s nothing indulgent about receiving a vacuum for Mother’s Day. Or is there?

I bought my wife a vacuum for Mother’s Day last year and guess what? She loved it.

Now I didn’t just get her any vacuum, I bought her a Dyson. Dyson is to vacuums as Apple is to computers. They’re elegant, stylish, and easy to use. She squealed. She did the clap and the cheer and the everything. +1 for me. And it was a vacuum.

Thou Shalt Not Give Thy Wife An Appliance As A Gift

According to the 5th commandment “Thou Shalt Not Give Thy Wife An Appliance As A Gift”, I committed a mortal sin.

Why is that? I gave her what she wanted – a chance to do her “job” easier. (And I do say “job” here, my wife and I have division of chores that sees me do the grocery shopping and cooking while she does the cleaning.) If she gives me a new hand blender, should I be offended that she’s just underlining the work I do at home? No way, I’d love one of those to do my “job” better.

So if your guy gives you a vacuum, a toaster, or a new ironing board for Mother’s Day, don’t be disappointed. Be thankful that he’s grateful for what you do around the house and would like to help you find a way to be more efficient at it. By making housework easier, he really is giving you time for you. Just don’t get us a tie for Father’s Day – we have dozens of those. A hand blender would be awesome though.

In the end, if the gift comes from a good place, that’s all that should matter.  For the opposite side of the coin, check out this list of highly inappropriate ads taken from an era of Mad Men that would surely lead to a Sunday of Mad Moms:

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6 thoughts on “I Bought My Wife A Vacuum For Mother's Day

  1. The Mommy Psychologist says:

    Last year, I spent Mother’s Day weekend on a a woman’s retreat. My choice. It was the very first weekend that I have ever spent alone since having my son. It was absolutely lovely. The best gift I could get for Mother’s Day was being allowed a piece of quality me time. I talk about it here:

    http://www.themommypsychologist.com/2012/05/07/martha-stewart-is-gonna-barf-all-over-my-week/

  2. goddess says:

    LOL- I’ve told my husband and kids- No vacuums or kitchen appliances unless they show up on a list. (And I learned a long time ago, you can’t complain unless you put together a reasonable list with more than one or 2 things from which they can choose.) I’m no prima donna, a freaking bottle of wine makes me happy. And the homemade gifts from the kids have always been the favorites. But if my husband got me a vacuum or pot and pans, I’d get him a case of oil to keep the cars primed for a year or 2. But I’m more techie- I’ve asked for RAM for Christmas before.

  3. Mindy says:

    Hey…I would LOVE Dyson for mother’s day! It’s an awesome gift in my book; it is something you will need and use for the home, they last forever and cost around $400! So this is no cheap gift!

    Good job in my opinion!

  4. Danielle Tong says:

    I’m with Mindy. I got a Dyson vac as a birthday present 3 years ago, and I LOVE it till this day.

  5. Lala Mama says:

    I don’t expect anything from my hubby…after all, it’s MOTHER’s Day not Wife’s Day!! I expect him to do something for his mom, just as I would for my mom. I don’t need him to give me a gift as well.

    My only expectation of a gift on Mother’s Day would be a gift from my 3 yr old daughter…and she’s already shared it with me this morning LOL!

  6. Sharon M says:

    As long as you didn’t buy it as a “gift” to replace the vacuum that just broke, I say go for it! We bought my MIL a new vacuum for Mother’s Day (and birthday, since they’re so close) b/c her old one was rather heavy. This one was much easier for her to use, and she absolutely loves that thing. It also has a pet attachment for her house o’ dogs, so I’d say we did a good job choosing a gift :-)

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