Put These on Your Holiday List

Don't have a list? Here's why you should make one.



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gifts for mom ribbon redBy this point, you’ve probably received very specific holiday lists from your kids. They tell you exactly what things they want, and then you go out and get some of them. Doesn’t that sound fun? Meanwhile, you’re praying you don’t get another scarf or makeup bag.

So here’s an idea: Why not do like your kids and make your own list? Invite anyone with whom you normally exchange gifts—your spouse, your mother, your mother-in-law (okay, not your mother-in-law)—to exchange lists this year beforehand.

Worried this will take the fun and surprise out of gifting? Just look at your kids: Do they seem like list making takes the fun and surprise out of it? Of course not, because they put about 35 things on the list and know they’ll be getting only a few of them. It’s wondering which few that keeps them in suspense. So you know that list in your head of those little things you wish you had or have admired in a store window? Write them down! Then see if you can contain your excitement.

And if you can stomach one more heretical suggestion, consider putting practical gifts on the list. Sure, diamond earrings would be nice, and a new car (i.e., one without milk stains on the backseat) would really hit the spot. But since I’m not getting either of those, I might as well ask for a few things that will make everyday life easier.

Are you feeling it? Who’s with me? If you are, here are some suggestions:

  • A cordless stick vacuum. You read right: I am actually suggesting a cleaning item for a gift. Because if you haven’t got a cordless stick vac, this might be the best gift you ever get. The one I have is the Shark Cordless Floor and Carpet Cleaner, and I just keep it in the kitchen (unlike the Dustbuster of your childhood, it doesn’t have to stay charged until you use it) to quickly suck up leaves tracked in from outside, the woodchips that spill out of my five-year-old’s sneakers, the crumbs that surround his chair…. You get the idea: things you want to clean up right away but don’t want to haul the real vacuum out of the closet for, especially since who wants crumbs sitting in a vacuum bag for six months? Stick vacs don’t have a bag, are simple to empty, and don’t cost a lot. Sign me up!
  • A warm, machine-washable, tumble-dry sweater. Hey, I love cashmere as much as the next gal, but if all I’m doing is chauffeuring my kids around town, I’d rather not wear something that’ll cost me five bucks (or a lot of inconvenience) to clean.
  • Anything you’ve admired in a store window. For our anniversary, my husband bought me this gorgeous cloche (that’s fancy-speak for a close-fitting, bell-shaped hat. I didn’t know that either until I got one!) I’d remarked upon when we’d passed it weeks before. It was nothing I ever would have bought for myself, but I love it. So go ahead and write down, “Anything you’ve ever seen me admire in a store window” on your list!

What else do mommies want? —>

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