A Guide for Guys on Mother’s Day

Ladies, this post isn’t for you, it’s for your significant other. So go ahead and hand the computer over to your mate right now, so I can give them the hard word on Mother’s Day. (But do come back to it, so you can find out how to win the EvelineCharles spa products set.)

Mother’s Day ideas

Dude, you know job #1, don’t you? Help the kids deliver their love and cheer in the form of breakfast in bed (after, of course, you’ve helped them all week with their shopping, home-made presents and cards). We live for those moments, so don’t forget the pictures – after I’ve had a chance to enhance my just woken-up look.

Once that 30 minutes is over and the kids are back to focusing on themselves, my day isn’t quite over. Moms know what we want and, sadly, it doesn’t involve you. No offense, but absence truly makes the heart grow fonder.

You see, the perfect Mother’s Day doesn’t involve any sighs, bickering or passive aggressiveness. We just can’t risk it, so it’s best not to be around the presence of any family members – especially the mother-in-law. Far better is to leave us to our own devices, and girlfriends.

Your wife vs your mom on Mother’s Day

It should go without saying that Mother’s Day is not the day to celebrate your mother. You need to sort that out the week leading up to Mother’s Day, man. Because Mother’s Day is the day to celebrate us, and by us, I don’t mean you and I. I mean ME, and possibly my mother if I’m so inclined.

flowers in rubber boot vase
Cute, but where’s the champers?

“Wow, how can I make this happen?” you wonder, like the clever husband you are. Just because your presence isn’t required doesn’t mean your presents aren’t. We just really fancy having a day to ourselves to do whatever we want. Perhaps we’ll hit the mall, go to a day spa or linger over a very lengthy lunch with the ladies. Here’s a few ideas to get your creative juices going:

  • Let me sleep in. As adorable as our ankle biters are, please hold them off with their delightful attempts at breakfast in bed until at least 9 am.
  • Make my coffee Irish, or jazz up that OJ with some champers.
  • Get the kids out of the house – fast. (Remember, I’m hoping to have the entire day to myself, which means a day off from being bad cop.)
  • Through down a little spending money.
  • If I’m piddling around on my computer, offer to help me out with those tech support issues I can’t seem to figure out.
  • Take me out for dinner or, if we stay in, insist on doing the dishes.

What to buy your wife for Mother’s Day

Still want to shower me with presents? OK, I’ll let you, but it’s gotta be something I actually want, otherwise I’ll just get annoyed. To that end, gift certificates for cooking classes, spa treatments, malls and bookstores are always appreciated. And a card is nice. So long as you remember to sign it and give it to me on Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Print
Cute for some, but not my jam.

Am I right ladies, or am I right? What’s your ideal way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Comment below to win an EvelineCharles spa gift set. (It’s the divine smelling Flora Verde body scrub and body butter with a luxe candle.) I’ll draw a winner by noon on Friday and will announce it on my Facebook page and Twitter feed.


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30 thoughts on “A Guide for Guys on Mother’s Day”

  1. Definitely breakfast in bed, then a family hike in the afternoon would be great. Best part would include NO cooking or cleaning or dishes all day !

  2. You’ve nailed it! My ideal Mother’s Day is to get a mani/pedi with my 2 teenage daughters (after the breakfast in bed). Encompasses some great mother/daughter time and I get my spa day (although I usually end up paying for them as well:)

  3. BringingBackTheMemories

    I forwarded this yesterday to hubby! We have an annual tradition of doing the same hike on mommy’s day and I love it… However if they would add sleeping in and breakfast in bed AND no cleaning or tiding up (that includes not hiding it so I have to clean it the next day)… That would be awesome!!!

    1. It’s like, you know you’re getting old when you truly just want everyone to be healthy and happy and to have unhurried time. Not saying that you’re old or anything. But are you? 🙂

  4. Shauna Way

    I would love a spa day! Imagine my hubby is out of town for Birthday and Mother’s,now Jody you may roll your eyes,but honestly I am so blessed and can hardly wait to spend these days with my Miracles and live in the moments,I see a homemade card in my future!

    1. No eye rolling. Just a passive/aggressive sigh:) I think being able to appreciate what you have and living in the moment is better than any present.

  5. I love this and am forwarding on. 🙂 But there’s one thing you missed. I want to have some me time….and then come home to a clean house. I mean, not hubby cleaned, but really cleaned. Is that too much to ask?.

  6. Breakfast in bed and gifts kicks off mother’s day in my house. I like the idea of layering in the me-time pedicure as well as dishes for the day.

  7. All I really want is a day without being in charge of anything. I don’t want to organise the food, the kids or tidy the house but I do want it all to be up to my standards. A bit of me time at the spa would be icing on the cake!

  8. For a few years I used to make this elaborate Mothers’ Day Brunch for my mom and mother-in-law. It was a lot of work to coordinate (as I don’t like “helpers” underfoot in the kitchen at the same time as me). Wish I had the energy to do that again as it was quite tasty and looked awesome. Now it’s a basket of flowering plants and pancake breakfast at the local community hall. Oh, how I’ve let things slide. Like your gift suggestions, Jody. Might pencil a few of them in for myself even after Mothers’ Day!

  9. Andrea lee

    Definitely sleeping in, not having any responsibilities for the day, being able to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and read the newspaper! Just a morning like this would be awesome! And then we could do a family activity together! That would be ideal!

  10. Because my Birthday falls just days after Mothers’s day the kids get a two for one. So Maybe stop by the mall for a crape and a trip to the BINGO hall you would be surprised how quiet it is in there.

  11. zahra premji

    My ideal way to spend mothers day is to meet up with the whole family for brunch either at a restaurant or have the men plan and cook for brunch at home. It wouldnt be mothers day if I wasnt with my family

    1. You’re right, it’s not just not the same if you don’t spend at least some time with your family.

  12. Spa day – what does that even look like??? Sounds divine! I loved your article, especially the idea of it being a laid back day with no need to rush and finding some much needed ME time!

  13. christinadragan

    Taking her to the rhododendron gardens and having her have breakfast in bed.

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