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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Mom: What This Mom Really Wants

I’ve always loved making Valentine’s Day special for my kids by preparing their favorite meal or taking them out for dinner and surprising them with a nice box of candy.

Now that they’re teenagers, I’m hoping they know how to make Valentine’s Day special for ME.

Just in case they need a little help, I’ve got a few suggestions.

10 Valentine’s Day Ideas for Mom:

1. A heart-shaped card like they used to make.

Moms cherish homemade cards that remind us we are loved. There’s nothing that makes my heart as happy as my kids taking the time to make me something. It wouldn’t hurt to include a coupon for a foot rub.

2. Chocolate. The good stuff.

Lindt Chocolate Truffles are my go-to. I usually hide them from my kids, but they always find them. If they get me a big box, I might share some.

3. No glasses in their room every week for a month.

Can you imagine an entire month of not having to ask where all the glasses are? What would life be like if my kids actually brought the glasses to the kitchen every morning? How great would it be not to find curdled milk and half-full glasses of protein shakes and orange juice on their night stands and the floor? It would be glorious.

4. A monogrammed bracelet.

Jewelry is nice, but a personalized bracelet with my kids’ initials would be a special gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive. One that goes with everything from a little black dress to my favorite sweats would be perfect.

5. A night off.

Even moms need a free pass for one night. Don’t ask me to take you anywhere or do anything. Make me a simple dinner, even it’s just pasta with red sauce dumped on top, throw a blanket on me, and tell me not to lift a finger for the rest of the night. Bliss!

6. A little appreciation.

Moms are just like everyone else—humans with feelings. I just want to be acknowledged and appreciated. It doesn’t take much: a simple thank you, an extra hug, changing the toilet paper when it runs out. Stuff like that goes a long way.

7. Socks are always fun.

Give me a pair of fuzzy socks or a pair that tell me to “Do it tomorrow.” One pair probably won’t be enough—better make it two.

8. Candles make moms happy.

Aromatherapy works! Every mom I know loves candles but feels guilty about spending money on something that’s going to melt away. But it makes me ridiculously happy when I can make my house smell like vanilla cupcakes without doing any actual baking.

9. A date with my teens.

I want to take my kids to the movies or dinner. Or both, if they can squeeze me into their busy schedule. I don’t want any of their friends to tag along and I don’t want their head buried in their phone. I want them all to myself for one entire evening.

10. Time alone in the bathroom with some goodies.

I thought my kids would outgrow bothering me in the bathroom. I was wrong. Just the other day, my 15-year-old waited until I was in the loo to ask why we were out of mayo. I want to shut myself in the bathroom with a luscious gift box of goodies. I want to spend an hour or two relaxing and rejuvenating with no interruptions and zero questions from my family.

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Katie Bingham-Smith had three kids in three years and crafts herself silly in order to stay sane. She loves to write, wear faux leather pants, eat at burger joints, and make beautiful things. You can see more on her Facebook and Instagram.

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