For many single parents, when it comes to gifts around the holidays, they would love a gift that is thoughtful rather than just expensive. One that acknowledges that they too may need a break, a shoulder to lean on or just that someone cares about what they are going through.
All year long single parents work hard to care and provide for their kids (many with absolutely no help), and so it comes as no surprise that when it comes to wanting something meaningful for Christmas (or birthdays) that they would much rather have something that is solely for them.
This is the perfect time of year to not only show that you care but to extend a level of kindness (and thoughtfulness) to them that they may not receive at other points throughout the year.
Here are few gifts for single moms (and dads even) that are sure to make them feel special this holiday season.
Treat her (or him) to something special
Who doesn’t love a good massage or pedicure? Why not treat her to a day out at a local spa. Try and gauge up front what she would like that way you’ll know whether to give her time alone or make a girl’s day out. Single dads may enjoy a trip to the driving range, tickets to their favorite sporting event, or a night out hanging with the guys.
Give them time away
Parenting isn’t an easy job. However, one benefit that many married couples have over others is that there are two parents in the household. Whether you are married, in a committed relationship, or single with kids, all parents need time away from their kids. No one, no matter the status, should have to be a martyr. As with most things in life (such as going to work and taking vacation time off), we all need a reset. For many single parents, the difference between having one hour away from their kids and having none is to make or break.
Give them a hand
We all can use a little extra help. Maybe you know of a single mom who needs her grass cut, fence repainted, hedges trimmed or oil changed? Think of something that they could really use and if it’s something feasible and within you will, try and provide that service for them. Even something as simple as preparing a few extra meals for them and freezing them for later could be a great relief.
Some positive reassurance that he or she is doing a great job, can go a long way. This can be a simple as telling him or her, or even having the kids do something special. Remember it’s the thought that counts? Make it something that they will treasure for years to come.
Go the extra mile
Want to do something for him or her that they would never in a million years do for themselves? Think out of the box and get a gift (or give an experience) that you know they have been dreaming of. Whether it’s a full spa experience (you know the works), getting her hair done, a weekend hunting trip, etc; get creative to give them the gift of a lifetime.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.