What women want. That is a timeless question. I could really say a lot on this but I’m not sure it would do anyone any good if I gave away ALL of our secrets, so lets focus on Christmas 2015.
What women really want for Christmas is time. Honest. If you’ve been married more than 5 years, I guarantee your wife is
bitchy tired. Okay, she is bitchy & tired. Especially if you have a couple of kids and some pets. She is tired of the laundry, cooking, cleaning, bill paying, and the stress of running a family while trying to maintain her sanity and not completely lose her own identity. To be honest, if she hasn’t totally lost it OR become one of those moms who toss back a bottle of wine every night before bed, you are lucky. And I’d suggest you tell her. Now.
So how can we incorporate time into the 2015 gift giving? If your wife is into fitness then my number one suggestion would be a race registration. Be smart about it. If she ran her first 5K this summer, don’t buy her a registration to the Flying Pig Marathon that I’ll be running on May 1, 2016. As a general rule of thumb, more women are registering, training for and competing in the half marathon distance than ever before. It’s manageable training for both wives & mothers, even those of us who also work. It can be done. This will make you look good without putting too much responsibility on you to watch the kids during a killer training schedule. Win. Win. Register her for a local half marathon, like the Southwest Half Marathon & 10K in Palos Heights, IL or the Fort4Fitness Half Marathon, 10K or 4 mile in Ft Wayne, IN. Price range: $45-$80 depending on the race and how far out it is from now. Early registration = $$ Savings.
Now that winter is upon us, there are a few things that your wife might need for her outdoor runs that she probably hasn’t wanted to spend the money on for herself. Mom’s are notorious for feeling guilty about buying things for themselves. Even things that are as much a necessity as a want. Is she running in the dark? If so, she needs some sort of headlamp or light. I prefer the Knuckle Lights so that I can quickly point them in the direction of any sound or movement. Find them on Amazon HERE for $39.99 per set.
Fun in the snow? Yes, please! Mom’s like to have fun outside too! Few things make me smile more than running in the snow. I grab my YakTrax for some added traction and I go! I prefer the YakTrax Pro, with the springs, no spikes. I usually run on a variety of terrain. Even if its super snowy, sometimes I hit a street that is plowed and I’m down to blacktop before I know it. Not a problem with the springs! $29.99 per set.
A mom’s work is NEVER done. If she is training, working, running the household & being a mom, then she is probably on her feet most of the day. You want her to recover quickly. A good pair of compression socks will aid in recovery and put a smile on her face. There are tons of compression socks on the market now but CEP is medical grade. You’ll need her calf circumference to get the correct size! And pick a cute pair so that she loves them and thinks happy thoughts about YOU each times she pulls them on her tired feet/legs. Hawaii Blue & Pink 2.0 Compression socks pictured. $60
There are 4 gift ideas, all under $100. Hope that helps you find something for the special active lady in your house! And if the budget it tight, then skip all the above, and just take the kiddos out to play for a couple hours so that she can rest. That will be just as good as a gift under the tree. Promise.
I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. And remember that time is one of the most precious gifts you can give, whether its time spent with loved ones, or time you give your significant other for themselves. Time is a very precious commodity with the busy lives we lead.
** Merry Christmas ** Amanda – TooTallFritz