Being a mother is arguably one of the toughest and most impactful jobs on the planet, but it is often also one of the most underappreciated. Because of this, Mother’s Day in Massachusetts provides a wonderful platform for everyone to recognize the sacrifices women make to raise a family. Note that in modern day America, families no longer just include humans. About 68% of American households include a pet.
Pets play an especially important role in the lives of people who wish to delay having children, or who may not be able to biologically produce a child. However, even in families with kids, after a time, it becomes difficult to ignore a five-year-old’s nagging desire to get a cute puppy.
It is not surprising then that many people are looking for ways to include their fur babies in their Mother’s Day celebrations. So, here are five gift ideas you can help us with this Mother’s Day.
1. Pet Backpack
There are backpacks for cats and small dogs, so that Mom can take her cat or small dog hiking with her or on other adventures. Not all indoor cats take well to being confined in a backpack, but for those who do, it offers the perfect opportunity to explore the outdoors safely without worrying about interactions with dogs or other wildlife. For small dogs, who sometimes struggle to keep up with the big boys and the humans on longer hikes, it’s an adorable way to offer some help without slowing down the team.
While it is only wise to assume a pet momma would enjoy more time outdoors with her cat or dog, when it comes to giving women what they want, it’s also a good idea to look at what they buy for themselves. According to the NY Times, one gift that most women enjoy is jewelry. Not every pet has deep enough pockets to spend hundreds of dollars on jewelry, but even a watch or a pair of beautiful new earrings might be greatly appreciated.
3. Pet Hair Vacuum
Some women enjoy gifts related to domestic duties around the house and some don’t. You’ll have to feel out your pet mom to know what’s best for her. If she doesn’t mind the occasional chore-related gift, then consider a vacuum to suck up all that pet hair that seems to get everywhere. She may really appreciate being able to go out on the town without inadvertently taking Fido and Mr. Whiskers with her, all over her clothes.
4. Spa Treatment
Many women prefer a good experience to nice things, and there is nothing quite like being pampered. Different people like to be pampered in different ways, so it is important to pick spa treatments that she would prefer. Here are some options worth considering:
- Deep tissue massage
- Body wraps
- Manicures and pedicures
- Body scrub
5. Gift Card
Sometimes, choosing a specific gift is hard. Even so, almost everyone has a favorite restaurant, store or product. Consider purchasing a gift card so she can treat herself to something she may have otherwise set aside as a luxury expense. Try to stay away from her everyday stores or restaurants. Instead, pick the places she typically buys from to treat herself, such as Victoria Secret or Best Buy—depending on what kind of woman she is!
Purchasing the right gifts for humans is hard work. They eat different. They smell different. They have stuff called jobs that most pets don’t. They also don’t need permission or leashes to leave the house. However, with some planning and assistance from other humans in the house, pets can find the right gift that can brighten up someone’s Mother’s Day this year.
And, if your big plans will take you away all day or for a day or two, don’t worry about the pets. Book pet sitting, drop-in and dog walking services with Dog Gon’ Good Time. We’ll be right here at home with the pet sitters in Saugus, while you’re away!
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Shadow the PR Cat is the pompous PR puss at Alexis Chateau PR. His job includes tweeting, taking selfies, rolling in catnip, and advocating for animal rights. Follow his kitty adventures on Twitter and Instagram as @ShadowThePRcat.