Monday, April 30, 2012

A Mother's Day Gift That Shows You Really Care

Mother's Day is coming up fast, and my inbox is being flooded with emails about what moms really want for Mother's Day with tips for finding that perfect gift. I don't think the talented people who wrote these gift guides have ever met my family, however.

A sentimental gift? Nope, that won't do for my mom. She generally doesn't like a lot of stuff, feeling it's just one more thing to clutter up her house. As for me, I like some sentimental gifts, but I'm also in the process of purging a lot of useless junk from my house, so... not so much at the moment.

A spa day? Yes for me, no way for my mom. She has never liked anything girly, preferring a simple shower to get the dirt off of her after a day of working hard in the garden than anything involving smelly lotions or people touching her.

It's taken me years to figure out my own mother. When I was younger I tried everything to get her to have that big WOW moment with a gift, but I never managed more than a "oh, how nice, thank you," that was in many ways sincere, but clearly indicated it was nothing she really wanted.

As a mother myself, I now understand what I can do to really show how much I care for my mom. Mother's Day now is usually about providing a service for her in some way. She's amazingly talented - she could teach you how to grow the perfect garden, clean your house, shoot a gun, balance your checkbook, cook a fantastic meal, and gather honey from hives without getting stung by a bee. But even though I used to think there was nothing I could ever do that my mom didn't already do better, I've found her one weak spot.

I'm my mother's technical support.

It sounds funny, I know, and probably not very sentimental. But helping my mom build a laptop with everything she needs, or configuring her wireless network so she can take that laptop anywhere in her house, or walking her though the steps to set up her Netflix account? Those offers of help mean a lot to her and make her life easier.

She's done so much to teach me throughout my life, and now I finally have a skill I can teach back to her so she can enjoy all of the advances in technology that she wants to embrace but doesn't fully understand.

So this Mother's Day, I'm setting up an iTunes account for her and teaching her how to use it so she can download her own apps on the iPhone I gave her recently. (It was my old iPhone - she didn't want to spend a lot on her own iPhone.) She's genuinely thrilled about this upcoming event, and can't wait to learn how to get her own apps. My mom doesn't need a lot, but this simple task for me - which is something she would struggle with - shows her just how much I care about her.

As for me? I'm slowly becoming more like my mom each year. Instead of objects, I want someone to do something for me that I can't do myself or provide a service for something I don't like to do. A massage would be nice to help with all of the stress I store in my back. Or a Maid Service gift certificate to unburden me from my least favorite chore, leaving me time to devote to things I enjoy. Or a Time Lord to take me back in time to give me more hours in the day.

Honestly, house cleaning is my ultimate weak area. Not only is my house a wreck, but I hate cleaning more than just about any other chore and I'm sure I'm not alone. Yes, I'm sure there are some people who truly take pleasure from a job well-done in making their house spotless, but many of us don't count ourselves in that group.

This year, not only am I getting what I want for Mother's Day, but you can get the same special treatment!  I'm giving away a $100 gift certificate to Molly Maid so one reader can also relax in a clean home, spending more time on the things she really cares about than scrubbing the toilet.

Giveaway Rules
Win a $100 gift certificate toward a cleaning from Molly Maid!

Please note that Molly Maid does not offer service in the following locations: Louisiana, Wyoming, Vermont, West Virginia, Maine, Montana, and Alabama. Also Molly Maid does not have coverage in the following Metro areas: Madison, WI, Green Bay, WI, Buffalo, NY, and Syracuse, NY. If you live in any of these locations, you can still enter to win, but will not be able to have a home in those areas serviced. Home cleaning estimates will vary. Winner may use gift certificate toward total cost.

This giveaway will end May 7 at 11:59PM PT, so enter now! A winner will be selected randomly from the comments on May 8 and contacted via email.

Enter up to four times by doing each of the following:

  • One Entry - Tweet about the Molly Maid contest (you can even use the handy-dandy Tweet below, if you like) and leave a comment here with either the Tweet or the URL to the Tweet. Please be sure to tag your Tweet with #MollyMaid4Mom.
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Sample Tweet: I just entered to win $100 toward a cleaning from Molly Maid! You can too! #MollyMaid4Mom

Good luck, and may we all get exactly what we want on Mother's Day!

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Laura said...

oh I NEED this!

Laura said...

my tweet:!/Nicurnmama/status/197069716949450753

PS your word captcha thingy hates me.

tofuforyou said...

My mother hates cleaning, and I don't have time to do it for her - this would be a great gift!

tofuforyou said...

"My momma would love a clean house for Mother's Day! #MollyMaid4Momhashtag" posted to facebook!

KPort207 said...

I would love to win this! While my house is pretty clean, I really use this to have the pros come in and do a real deep clean

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Mysharona said...

i'd love this!

robyn paris said...!/robynparis9/status/197468761341706240

robyn paris said...

I think this is nice and i would love to win.

sarah said...

i tweeted -
stigay at

sarah said...

i could really use this - i feel like my house is always such a mess.
stigay at

sksweeps said...

Thanks, I'd really love help cleaning my house!

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Rebecca Graham said...


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Tamar said...

Thanks for the giveaway :) tamarsweeps at

ChosenToBeFree said...

Thanks so much or the contest!

ChosenToBeFree said...


Kristy Thiel said...

what a great contest - I've always wanted to get my house cleaned!

Julia Levin-Rector said...

I want, I want! Thanks!! :)

MizVickik said...

What a great prize! Sure could appreciate a little help around here, lol!

Meggiedarlin said...

Pretty please, pick me. I hate cleaning!!!

ighmeg at yahoo dot com

Kathleen Conner said...

This would be such a treat to win!
klconn7 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Kathleen Conner said...

shared on fb


Kathleen Conner said...


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tattwo said...


herroyalpieness said...

i would need my living room cleaned badly

Danielle said...

I would love to win..I just had a baby and could definitely use a house cleaning :)

danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

Danielle said...

I tweeted:!/Danielle_Knapp/status/199528549143687169

danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

clynsg said...

It would be so nice to have some help from a maid service.

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KPort207 said...


kport207 at gmail dot com

Valeen said...

Boy, does my house need some attention! This would be wonderful!

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John Billiris said...


cbstrat (at) gmail (dot) com

John Billiris said...

I'd like to have my living room carpet cleaned, it's looking dingy.
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Paige said...

I tweeted :-)!/xfaithinspikex/status/199688338322624512

Paige said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome prize!