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What Moms REALLY Want: 10 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day that Moms Will Totally Love

By Monica Bielanko |

These two yayhoos better be discussing my Mother’s Day gift here or there will be HELL TO PAY come Sunday May 13th.

I’m going to go ahead and put it out there that I don’t want flowers this Mother’s Day. Which is, by the way, on Sunday May 13th.

Flowers are, by far, the most popular Mother’s Day gift but this year I am putting my foot down. So listen up! If someone near or far is sending me a thoughtful gift and thinks that ordering flowers is the way to go, maybe check out the options I’m generously throwing out below. You can order most of them online too and I will get much more enjoyment out of them than I would out of a pricey bouquet of flowers that’s just going to die in a few days anyway.

So really, this list is more for my husband *cough* than any of you but there are some excellent Mother’s Day gift ideas here, people.  Mom approved gift ideas. I posted an informal poll on my Facebook page and dozens of moms responded. The top three responses and several more ideas they offered for what they really want for Mother’s Day made the list. You cannot go wrong with any of the purchases below, trust me. If the lady in your life doesn’t dig any of this stuff send her my way and I’ll set her straight.

Oh, and here’s a tip from me to you. No breakfast in bed. LET MOM SLEEP IN! The crack of dawn burnt toast and runny eggs the kids helped whip up is nice and all but just… let me rest! I’m not the only one that feels that way. As Huffington Post recently reported, of 19,000 women polled, 8 of 10 said they prefer to sleep in this mother’s day.

So, I was saying, before you whip out your credit card to order yet another boring bouquet destined for the garbage, click through the gift ideas below and see if something there doesn’t catch your eye. And hey! If mom really digs flowers then go ahead and get some but maybe combine them with one of the super affordable ideas below.

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What Mom REALLY Wants For Mother's Day!

Massage Gift Card

I conducted an informal poll on my blog and more than half of the nearly 30 women who responded said their ideal Mother's Day gift was a massage. And take note! You have to actually purchase the massage gift card and give it to mom. If you just send mom out the door to go get a massage guilt will inevitably keep her from purchasing one on her own as she'll likely feel a massage is too frivolous a thing to spend money on. However, if she has a gift card specified for a massage then she has to use it, right? That's how our brains work. Mom guilt, it's the worst.

You can also find Monica on her personal blog, The Girl Who.

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About Monica Bielanko


Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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12 thoughts on “What Moms REALLY Want: 10 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day that Moms Will Totally Love

  1. grace says:

    Cash from my husband? No thank you. That it was actually a popular response in this poll just makes me sad.

  2. Monica Bielanko says:

    @Grace – The point several women made was they hated to see money wasted on flowers etc… (a bouquet is pricey these days!) when what they really wanted was to buy something especially for themselves that they wouldn’t normally be able to justify buying because it felt frivolous or wasteful. I don’t think it’s sad at all but I get what you mean.

  3. Alley says:

    I had to chuckle a couple of days ago when my boyfriend (extremely new; Mother’s Day will have been less than a month of us being together) asked me how much I’d charge to make such-and-such necklace with such-and-such details. I told him, since I’d feel bad charging him (I make jewelry on the side), that it’d just be for the cost of materials. Then he told me he’d need it by Mother’s Day, and I thought to myself, ‘how sweet, he wants me to make something for his mom’, and then he goes, ‘the necklace will be for you’. But he’s picking out the pendant. So… I’m making my own Mother’s Day gift this year. lol

  4. Ashleighn says:

    I’ve been searching the web for good ideas for my mom for Mother’s Day, and came across this great article. I agree with Monica: LET MOM SLEEP IN!! Massages make for a great gift too. I found some other great gift ideas on Red Envelope and Groupon, which has special mother’s day deals for different cities here:

  5. brenda says:

    almost none of these are for single moms. as a single mom i can’t sleep in, i don’t get breakfast most days cause i’m too busy making everyone else’s, i can’t go shopping or get a massage cause i don’t have anyone to watch the kids and couldn’t live with myself if i spent that much money on me. if i can find a book i want i may do that one. if i have some money left after buying the kids shoes and boots and whatever else they fell they ‘need’ i might be selfish enough to buy myself some cappuccino drink mix to make myself a frozen coffee. i can’t wait till my toddler is old enough to make cards for me cause i’d like that one.

  6. Barb says:

    I’ll take the flowers! I LOVE flowers. My husband usually takes our three boys out to pick hanging baskets and a few other flowers or plants out for me.

  7. Ria says:

    I love this list Monica,mothers days been and gone here in the uk but I might leave this list on view for next year! :) )

  8. beth says:

    I was so happy to see Jenny’s book on your list because yesterday I told my husband that I wanted to read her new book and he didn’t have a clue who I was talking about. But since he reads your blog (& Serge’s) maybe he will be able to put two and two together, but just in case he can’t take a hint….I will just tell him.

  9. Jess says:

    I would LOVE guilt free cash from my hubby. I never seem to spend money on myself, always on the kids. If he just handed me a wad of cash and told me to go spend it I’d be thrilled. :)

  10. jpb says:

    Absolutely want the cash. Shove me out the door, buy me a tall Dunkin coffee and let me venture to the thrift shops spending hours looking…… And not to come home until I spent all of it.

    I loooooove it.

    It’s the small things that count.

  11. Lisa says:

    Loving this list! I’m totally going to be sending this article and hinting at the cash. :) I laughed though when you said that you had to spell it out for your husband as to what you want. I thought I was the only wife who had to do that!

  12. You can tell your mom that she’s the centre of your universe with a spectacular range of handpicked gifts for mothers. Massage gift cards are definitely some thoughtful gifts. Online gift stores offer us a trendy collection of perfumes, watches, and handbag, sari, clutches, jewelry, photo frame, and jewelry box and kitchen accessories. Pamper her with an exotic range of beauty and personal care products or let her indulge in alluring fragrances of aromatic candles. If your mom is a working woman then you can also check out some corporate gifts such as formal clothes, metal strap watches, formal handbags etc. Happy mother’s day.

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