If your husband is anything like my husband, the idea of Christmas shopping is just now beginning to cross his radar. As a matter of fact, by now he may have mentioned a time or two that he really needs some ideas of what you’d like. You may have even purchased a gift or two for yourself…just to help him out, of course.
So, homeschool moms, feel free to email this post to your husbands. Homeschool dads, you can read through this and see if you want to forward to your wives. It’s probably going to be pretty girly, though.
Now, I’ve read a few homeschool mom gift idea posts lately that mention things like laminators and paper cutters (the serious, big-deal, office variety). I think those things are very likely to be on the list for newer homeschool moms and/or those who still have young kids. I would have loved that paper cutter a few years ago.
However, if you’re like me and you’ve homeschooled for over 11 years and your youngest child is in middle school, these may not be things you want now.
Did you read that, Brian? I used to want a paper cutter and I have a laminator.
Okay, from here on out, I’m talking to the husbands of homeschool moms. Ready?
1. A panini press/grill.
Homeschool moms like me might want a panini press/grill. Maybe. We may still be considering whether or not we’d really use them and if they’d take up too much kitchen space. We might decide that we really don’t want that at all. However, if you were to make the decision for us, we might be excited.
It is currently on sale, just in case you wondered, and with an Amazon Prime account, if you order soon, it will arrive in time for Christmas.
2. An Amazon gift card.
Homeschool dads, you can never, ever go wrong buying your wife an Amazon gift card. Really. And, if you don’t have Amazon Prime, go ahead and sign up for that while you’re there.
3. A date night package.
If you’ve waited until the last minute and have no idea what to get your wife, here’s another sure-fire idea. Go by the movie theater and buy one of those refillable popcorn buckets. Pick up a movie theater gift card while you’re there. Then, go by her favorite restaurant and get another gift card.
Throw all that into the popcorn bucket with some tissue paper and a couple of boxes of her favorite movie candy (it has to be in a box – that’s part of the fun). Then, in January or February, you make the arrangements for a babysitter (or order pizza for your teens) and take her out to a movie she wants to see. She’ll love it.
Oh, and my daughter, who works at the theater, tells me that people come in all the time and just get their popcorn bucket filled, so this is still a great gift idea if you typically enjoy at-home date nights.
4. A pamper package.
Plan a day for your wife to get out and pamper herself. Pick up some gift cards (Yes, I know I keep suggesting gift cards. Don’t blame me. You’re the one who waited until the last minute.) for things like a manicure, pedicure, and/or facial or massage. Get one for Starbucks (or, if you’re really married to someone very much like me, Chick-Fil-A) and maybe Panera Bread.
Wrap it all up with something cute like a thick, fluffy robe or warm, comfy slippers. Then, in a few weeks, you take the kids out for some Dad time and let your wife go enjoy a day all by herself.
5. A homeschool convention weekend.
Great Homeschool Conventions is going to be in three location in 2014 – Greenville, South Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Ontario, California. Now, it’s up to you how you play this one. If you and your wife would enjoy a weekend away, this is a great chance to do that. With fabulous speakers, a huge vendor hall, and even a comedy night, you’ll enjoy a weekend away, entertainment, and some homeschool refreshment.
However, if you’d like to take the whole family along, the family registration includes your kids and even the grandparents. If you work that right, you could still get a date night while you’re gone. Plus, there are activities just for the kids. So, a Great Homeschool Conventions weekend makes a great family event or a nice getaway weekend for you and your wife.
Okay, husbands of homeschool moms, I hope that helped.
Homeschool moms, what would you add? (I mean, really, maybe YOUR husband is reading.)
Note: There will not be a List-It Tuesday link-up on 12/24 or 12/31 so that we can all enjoy the holiday season with our families. See you in 2014!