In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I thought I would write a post for all the men out there who will be racing to their local drug store for those last minute gifts. I know there will be plenty of you out on the roads
tonight today searching high and low for that perfect gift that tells the woman in your life that you love her, and you’ve been thinking about her for the last hour all month long.
All these gift ideas can be found at a drugstore such as Walgreens or CVS, because let’s face it, you guys are terrified of Wal-Mart or Target. 1. Because it’s crowded and 2. because you may have your children with you, and you’re not used to that. Bigger stores = bigger problems, and I know you want to keep this quick and painless.
So without further ado, here’s what you can come up with. I would suggest creating a gift basket, or since you’re at the drug store, a gift bag with a few all of these items. I know my local drug store sells gift bags and tissue paper already pieced together for guys like you. I’m telling you, the drug store is where it’s at!
#1 Earplugs-I’m serious. Get them. They’re less than $5, and worth millions. I personally think they are under priced. In fact, I wish had some right now because I hate the sound of my son’s video game.
#2 Wine-Every drugstore sells wine. You might have to go into a separate door for said goodness, but make sure you pick out something she likes. Not sure what she likes? Spend more than $20 for the bottle, and it will be better than usual. Get white wine, because that’s better for daytime and she will want to drink it right away. Hopefully she can sip it in the backyard with a book (alone), take a bubble bath (alone), or sit by the pool (alone). Still not sure what kind to buy? Here, dude: chardonnay-dry, moscoto or reisling-sweet
#3 Books and Magazines-There’s an aisle for these sorts of things there. Pick out a magazine she would like and subscribe to it in her name. Give her the single copy for Mother’s day, and tell her to expect 11 more issues. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Also, pick up a novel she’ll like. I recommend the 50 Shades of Grey Novels. I hear they are a very intellectual read that women are really enjoying.
#4 gift cards-Gift cards have a bad wrap. Everyone thinks they’re impersonal. I disagree. So does your wife. Why? Because a gift card is like a giant coupon. It’s like free stuff or a huge discount on the next shopping trip. It’s also like a bus ticket because if you get the right kind of gift card, she’ll have to leave the house to use it, and you should make sure she goes alone. I would stay away from Bass Pro Shop or restaurants and lean toward places you remember seeing in the mall.
#5 DVDs-They have these at the drug store too. I know, right?! The drugstore has everything. Buy her a few chic flicks.
#6 perfume-This is a tricky one. Look in your wife’s bathroom cabinet or vanity drawer and right down a few of the names of a fragrance she already wears. Look and see if the bottle is full or empty. It’s possible she has some that she doesn’t really like. If it’s close to empty, she likes it. They may or may not have that brand at the drugstore, but check. the drugstores have stepped it up in the fragrance department in the last few years, and I know I can find scents I like there.
#7 Bubble Bath-Get something that smells relaxing. I know you’re thinking, What the hell does relaxing smell like? When you’re in the soap aisle and you see bubble bath look for the word “aromatherapy” on the bottle, and the stuff that’s supposed to help you relax with say “relaxing” or “calming” or “stress relief” on it. I know, tricky. Also, if they sell other items like lotion, or bath salts with the same scent buy those too and make a set.
#8 Journal-What’s a journal? It’s like a book, except it doesn’t have words. It will have a really pretty and girly cover on it, but the pages on the inside will be blank or just lines. I know. Just do it. We love these. I don’t know why girls like this stuff, but we wanted the Lisa Frank school supplies in grade school, and now we want books with no words. Who’s Lisa Frank? Don’t worry about it. Just stay focused, man!
#9 Candles, garden, or “as seen on TV” stuff-There’s always an aisle at the drugstore that has all of these items, and oddly, they’re usually all on the same aisle. Candles go great with that bath stuff, garden items go great with the whole sitting-in-the-backyard-thing, and as seen on TV stuff could be fun too, just don’t get her a Snuggie or The Perfect Meatloaf pan. If this idea is making you sweat, skip it! You could easily skip this aisle all together and go straight to #10!
#10 Xanax-This might seem like a strange item to pick up for Mother’s Day, but it’s not. If your wife has a prescription for this, you should pick it up for her. I know that’s not weird, because I have one that’s ready for pick up, and if my husband picked it up for me without me even asking him to I would all, ‘That’s so sweet!”, and then I would look deeper into my gift bag that matches perfectly with the pre-packed tissue paper. For a moment I would be so impressed with his ability to match the bag and paper, but then I would continue to look in my bag and I would see the wine, ear plugs, and 50 Shades of Grey and I would think to myself, “I have the.best.husband.ever.”
You are welcome.