I asked working mothers – real life moguls, moms & maids, what they really wanted this holiday season. The things they asked for won’t fit in a package, under the tree, or in a stocking, but the following gift recommendations just might satisfy their deepest desires.
For the wife who wants a wife* to help her with all those invisible tasks she juggles every week: Consider a rent-a-wife service. The Occasional Wife, based in New Orleans and offering services in Los Angeles, offers one hour of help for $40 or six hours from two “wives” for $420. Wives are available for decluttering, running errands, decorating and even fundraising.
For the tired mom who just wants sleep: Buy her a Fitbit Force to help her track her sleep. The Fitbit charts sleep patterns so you can learn how to get more and deeper sleep. The Force is $129.95. Or, you can splurge and give her a night at The Benjamin Hotel in New York City. The Rest and Renew package costs approximately $359 per night. Plus, the hotel employees a sleep concierge who helps guest choose the right pillow and get the best night sleep possible.
Topping the wish list of many working mothers, not just during the holiday’s but all year long, is a clean house - that they didn’t clean themselves. Merry Maids has franchisees all across the country. This gift will never disappoint.
Many working moms wish for time to stop so they can catch up on their to-do lists, or maybe just a few more hours in the day. You can’t buy her time, but you can get her help with her never–ending task list. Services like DoMyStuff.com and TaskRabbit let her outsource all kinds of tasks to background-checked helpers. Give her a gift card and free up some of her time.
And many working mothers, bombarded daily with the sounds of commuters honking, bosses bossing, and toddlers crying, just long for a little quiet. On a budget? Buy her a pair of UGG earmuffs for $70. Feeling flush? Get her Bose noise cancelling headphones for $299.95. Looking to splurge? The Lake Placid Loge offers a Check in and Check Out weekend that requires its guests to leave their smartphones/iPads/laptops and other electronic devices at the front desk. Rooms range from $500 up.
Want to learn more about what working mothers really want? Read Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman.
*Of course, long-term the goal is a more equitable division of home ad work tasks, and less gendered ideas of what wives and husbands do, but until we get there…