Forget jewellery, cosy pyjamas and eau de parfum – this wife wants her husband to buy her a more practical gift.
Over Christmas, one woman shared a video on TikTok explaining that she isn’t a ‘traditional present person’ and why she wants the house cleaned instead of something that comes in a box.
TikToker Cassie (@classycassie30) filmed herself filling a vase with water at the kitchen sink and explained via the in-video caption her thoughts about gift-giving. ‘A few years ago I told my husband to stop getting me actual gifts because I really don’t need anything. I don’t need anything else to take care of,’ the caption reads.
‘I’m just not a gift person and what I really need is help around here. So now for every anniversary, holiday and birthday he calls and sets up for a professional cleaning company to come and do a deep cleaning. It is the absolute best gift a mum could receive.’
Although she’s not a ‘gift person’, Cassie does receive a bunch of white roses sometimes, according to her caption and as seen in the clip. Her video has been viewed more than 560,000 times since it was uploaded earlier this month while it has over 27,000 likes and almost 600 comments.
While Cassie seems to love this practical gift, others online weren’t so impressed, pointing out that it’s not a woman’s job to keep a house clean, so why should this ‘present’ be for her.
‘The bar is so low to think cleaning the house is a present for you, it’s his house too,’ a commenter known only as Rebecca said.
Another anonymous poster said: ‘So instead of helping and showing appreciation he takes the easy way out and doesn’t get anything for you. Kind of sad.’
While a third, named dreamert84, wrote: ‘Damn the bar is low!! This reminds me of ‘70s women getting a Hoover for Christmas! So sad.’
However Cassie responded to the comment, writing: ‘What if a woman wants that though? Isn’t that allowed? Shouldn’t she be respected enough to give her what she wants.’
We know that in the 21st Century, women sadly still do the lion’s share of household chores at home. In fact, a survey of 2,000 adults from 2021 found more than half (54%) of women said they do all the housework each week.
Nearly one in five men surveyed (17%) admitted that their female partner does the majority of the housework, compared to just 6% of women who said their male partner does the majority of the housework.
Of course, division of household labour might vary depending on your work commitments, but we know that dual-earner households are now the norm in the UK (and have been for some time).
Still, some women in the comments said they’d love a cleaner for Christmas.
Grace Heslington shared: ‘Not sure why people are complaining. My fiancé works 11-12 hour days and pays for most things already… I’d be thrilled to get this as a gift haha.’
Meanwhile, Ashley Futrall said: ‘The bar is low? If I got a house deep clean for a gift I would cry from pure joy. He makes the money and uses it to help.’
Another mum, Beth Ivy, added: ‘I feel like all we ever do since having a baby is clean! I’d kill for someone to come in and do a deep clean, like end of lease equivalent and do it top to bottom, get in and sort the cupboards.’
A TikTok user named Deirdre declared: ‘Love this!!! She’s not bashing her husband at all by saying this like some comments imply. My husband and I both clean our home.’
Cassie replied: ‘Yes! My husband does so much! It’s just a practical gift for someone who hates gifts. It’s not that deep. I got him lawn care once too. Hahahah!’
You know what they say: it’s the thought that counts.
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