Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Best Mother's Day Gift under $25. It's the thought that counts

There's a lot $25 can buy, but the best things in life are free.

image via Little Pickles Press

I've been challenged to write a blog post about the best Mother's Day present for under $25, for the NerdWallet's Mother's Day Your Way contest.

I've raised five healthy, creative, happy and productive children. My youngest is 17. If you were to ask any of them what I want for Mother's Day, they'd all have the same answer. It's the same thing I ask for every Mother's Day. Also every birthday, Christmas, Easter, and other sundry gift-giving occasions. Every one. Every time. Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don't.

I want to wake up to a clean house.

My family knows that at my core, I'm incredibly lazy. Most days I'd be fine just lying in bed, alternating between napping and surfing the web, with occasional breaks for chocolate. I want a clean house, I just don't want to have to clean it myself.

That's what makes this a perfect gift. It's free, it really doesn't require much effort, and it makes me really, really happy. First, because my house is clean, and second, because my family loved me enough to listen and make the effort, rather than buying some flowers or candy, or another item that, no matter how beautiful, will become one more thing for me to clean.

It's an incredible stress-reducer to wake up in the morning and realize that there's nothing to wash, vacuum or dust, even if it's just for that one day. It's liberating and joyous. Nothing puts me in a better mood.

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