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The Alternative Christmas List for Busy Mums and Dads

[Ad] It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (I defy you not to have sung those words)! Are you getting excited? I’m cautiously optimistic about the festivities, despite – or perhaps because of – the obvious. With it being such an unusual year, it feels apt to offer suggestions for alternative gift ideas, too.

Alternative Christmas List for Busy Mums and Dads

November is the month bloggers share our gift guides (unless we’re a bit disorganised, I’m just scraping in this year!) – but they’re rarely about us. I’m big on self-care too, so I’ve been indulgently considering what it is I would like for Christmas this year, which may also appeal to you

Christmas Gift Guide for Working Mums

Alternative Gift Ideas You Actually Want

So, some inspiration taken from tired ideas, and transformed into genuinely useful gifts we’d truly appreciate (plus one or two tongue in cheek suggestions!).

Instead of an Iron… A Cleaner

Because firstly, my husband knows this would only be acceptable as a joke, and secondly, I could genuinely use the help. (But I promise duties will not include ironing.)

In all seriousness, this is an amazing gift, especially for new parents of those with young children – because it’s essentially the gift of time.

Or, if you’re not able to commit to the ongoing monthly cost of a cleaner, how about a one-off deep clean, including carpet cleaning and the oven too?

Spring Cleaning

Instead of a Diary… A PA

Because one of the most arduous aspects of my life is the admin. I’m not talking work admin, I’m talking LIFE admin: mine, his, theirs. Yawn.

Okay, this one might be a bit of a joke, but you could consider something like Trello to help organise your life. Perfect for anyone who swears by lists!

Instead of Perfume… An Entire Week of Solitary Showers

Because there’s little more frustrating than fiiiiinally settling the children sufficiently that I can grab a quick shower, only for the soundtrack to be screaming/wailing/sobbing in concert.

Bonus: it won’t even cost your partner anything to treat you to this. (Except maybe their sanity briefly, but we can live with that.)

Woman in Shower

Instead of a CD… Headphones

Noise-cancelling ones, obvs.

Instead of Baileys… Luxury Pyjamas

Because, the calm-inducing purpose of the alcohol is futile: while I share my home with a small child who still likes to rise before dawn, I will not reach that elysium of peace. So I may as well be cosy when I’m drinking my first coffee of the day at some unearthly hour. Plus who wants to wake up with a child who could rival Tigger on speed and a hangover?

If you too live with a sleep thief, you’ll know my logic is undeniable.

Instead of Chocolate… Dairy-Free Chocolate Spread

Not sure this one requires an explanation. If it does, you must have missed the video

And finally – not that there’s anything wrong with something to keep your feet warm (in fact my husband is rather partial to a new pair of slipper boots every Christmas) – but…

Instead of Slippers… Running Shoes

To run away encourage a little exercise and hopefully combat the stresses of being a WAHM to two little ones!

Having looked over my list carefully, I see that I’m asking for rather a lot. So I’ve managed to whittle it down to just two items, one of which pretty much covers every other component. What I need is, in fact, an au pair.

And if my husband is reading and an au pair isn’t doable, then that jar of DF chocolate spread and a spoon will suffice.

What’s on your Christmas list this year?