I love a wish list post, it always give me lots of inspiration but I decided for my first Christmas wish list post I would ask some parent friends what they REALLY want for Christmas this year.
We parents don’t have much time, don’t get out much and generally spend most of our days with the little ones so forget the bubble bath and diffusers – this is what frazzled parents really want…
For the Mums
A date. And not “where do you want to go”. Organising all the stuff beforehand, choosing a venue, booking a table or tickets or the like, getting babysitter, doing night shift and even maybe bit of next morning early shift. Just a few little things!
In essence: time. An offer of babysitting so we can go our for dinner.
No ‘what do you want for Christmas?’ A real surprise with no unsubtle hints or questions. A day of shopping, a nice lunch and the theatre would be amazing. Or a spa. Or just doing something without rushing!
A bottle of really nice wine for those nights where you want a treat together over a nice meal (and hopefully the kids are in bed).
Some jewellery, something that my husband has chosen himself. Using his initiative! Or the Little Mermaid on DVD 😂
A surprise without any hints, some time and thought put into it where I don’t have to do the planning/sorting/thinking!
A ‘proper’ night out in London with dinner, where we stay in a plush hotel and have a spa day the next day.
If we could I would even dream of a weekend away in Scandinavia or Portugal. Or for him to organise our next holiday.
A cleaner was my birthday present one year and this was the best present ever.
A voucher for my favourite shop and the day off to go there and spend time choosing something I want rather than rushing with a toddler or baby screaming while I try and find something.
And the Dads
Two hours to go to a coffee shop and just read the paper in peace.
A decent nights sleep and a lie in.
A trip to Anfield….who says romance is dead!
Things for my bike, lights, a water bottle and clothes.
A day in bed watching films (with takeaways to feed me)!
Beer and a Netflix subscription
So there you have it, that’s what a selection of parents really want for Christmas. What I loved most about compiling this was how short and sweet the Dad’s ideal presents were (which mostly revolved around sleep, coffee and beer) and how the Mum’s answers had a lot more to them (and might require a little more budget)!
What’s your ideal Christmas present?