Mother’s Day is almost here and that means it’s time to show the mom or mother figure in your life how appreciated they are. But what do you get for the person who has does it all?
We went right to the source, and asked 15 moms what they really want for Mother’s Day. We’re here to tell you, now would be a great time to purchase that spa gift certificate you were thinking of getting your mom or partner. We also found that cards are a huge hit with the mom crowd. Really, any sign that shows they’re appreciated is, well, appreciated.
Bubbly, flowers, and a day spent hanging out with the family tops a lot of mom’s lists, with no one turning down a few extra hours to sleep in and maybe read a book that doesn’t include pictures.
If you’re looking to get something for the mom in your life but don’t have a lot of money to spend, let us suggest offering your cleaning services. Moms love a clean house and a freshly done load of laundry, especially if they have nothing to do with either.
Check out more ideas below of what to get the mom in your life. You may notice a bit of a theme develop.
A card would be nice
Kids: 9 months
“For Mother’s Day I would like a nice card from my partner with something that says how much what I do is appreciated. Also, a few hours where I can get some time to myself to read or watch a movie.”
Can someone do the laundry?
Kids: Ages 2 and one on the way
“I would like someone to do my laundry, a spa day, and let me sleep in.”
Oh, to have a clean house
Kids: Ages 3 and one on the way
“I would love my house cleaned, maybe breakfast in bed, and a spa day!”
Just a little acknowledgment, is that too much to ask?
Kids: Age 11 months
“Because this is my first Mother’s Day what I really want is a verbal acknowledgement of gratitude from my partner for what I do in raising our son. I often don’t feel like it’s recognized how complex and time consuming it is raising a baby, and how little time there is to do other things (i.e. cleaning, grocery shopping etc). I’d really just like that to be acknowledged.”
A pretty bouquet
Kids: Twins aged six
“Bouquet of flowers. Not super expensive, but slightly more effort than the inexpensive pre-arranged from grocery store from the hubby and a homemade card or craft from the kids.”
Kids: Ages 5 and 3
“I would want someone to clean my whole house, do all my laundry and make dinner for us. While they do that, my family and I could get some ice cream and play! As a mom that works out of the house (all moms work, be it at an office or at home) I always find that I wish I could play more with them, but I can’t live in a dirty house and we need clean clothes.”
Kids: Twins aged 4
“Have a handy man come over and fix all the minor things that we never get around to doing.”
Lots of hugs
Kids: Ages 5 and 3
“I’d love a morning to sleep in and some time at the spa. I would also really love a homemade card, lots of hugs and some time at the park with my kids while my husband makes dinner.”
Something you made
Kids: Ages 5, 3 and 6 months
“What I want most on Mother’s Day is something that took some forethought and shows appreciation. The kids could draw a picture for me, sing me a song, bake me cookies. Something they worked on together for me. Not something that can be bought in a store. And I want to spend the day with them. A picnic, breakfast in bed, a hike, a walk by the water–something they choose. Lastly, I want a picture taken of me with my babes every Mother’s Day.”
Kids: Twins aged 8
“I am a simple gal. On Mother’s Day, I just want to be LEFT ALONE! Every day I am ‘mom juggling.’ I’m even juggling after they’ve gone to bed for the night, but just at a lower decibel. I’d like a few hours – make it a day – of not having to do anything for anyone. No cooking, no washing, no picking up, no dropping off, no packing, no unpacking, no answering questions, no answering more questions, no breaking up fights, it goes on and on. Having this alone time would recharge my batteries and make me very happy!”
Waffles. And a tidy kitchen
Kids: Ages 8 and 6
“For an awesome Mother’s Day, I would love to sleep in and wake up to my family making me waffles! Seeing my husband cook with the kids makes me smile and I’d be over the moon if they cleaned up after! My husband and kids usually make cards or a small gift, and that means a lot!”
Spa time, then family time
Kids: Ages 19, 17 and 8
“I love when it begins with my kids bringing me breakfast in bed with homemade cards. Then I’d love to have a few hours alone and maybe a spa facial along with a full body massage. The rest of the day I just want to be around my kids watching and playing family board games or watching a really good movie.”
A clean room
Kids: Ages 18 and 16
“I would love for them to clean their rooms, take initiative to clean up after themselves without being asked, make me dinner for a change. If we are talking material things, a planned day out with them would be awesome – a hike, lunch, or maybe a “date” – movies and dinner. My time with them is running short, so I would appreciate quality time with them (and a CLEAN ROOM!!) .”
A little bubbly
Kids: Ages 25, 28 and 29
“For me, it’s all about the card. I love what my kids write to me! Whether at home or at a restaurant, we always do brunch. Last year I also received my favorite bubbly, which is forever welcomed!”
Kids: Ages 35 and 32
“My kids live far away, so my first choice would be a visit, but a phone call would also make me happy.”