She's the person who always answers your calls, who can comfort you with a single hug, and who knows all your quirks and still loves you—so finding the perfect Mother's Day gift to sum up your love and appreciation isn't exactly a simple task. To find out what moms really want, we tapped 14 women with one simple question: If you could have anything this Mother's Day, what would it be and why?
As it turns out, the ultimate gift goes well beyond a simple object. The majority of moms said they really want an experience—something that allows them to break routine and either spend time solo or with their loved ones. So this year, think beyond items. If you're giving a picnic basket, pack it with her favorite food and wine and drive to a scenic spot to share a meal together; if she's asked for pajamas, book her a hotel room to relax in them; if she's always the first to rise, give her new sheets and let her sleep in.
Psst: This is what moms actually want for Mother's Day.
"I'd love to see the flower fields in Carlsbad, followed by a picnic at a park or beach to avoid the brunch crowds!"
"A surprise road trip outside of the city in nature with a good hike thrown in."
"A heartfelt card from my spouse recognizing all that I do."
"A hotel room alone for the night."
"I'm hoping for some handmade art and a new fragrance. Something that will always remind me of Mother's Day and my life as a young mama."
"Experience over things, always. Brunch with my family followed by a massage or acupuncture would be fun and relaxing, and I'd get some time just for myself."
"A cup of homemade coffee!"
"To sleep as late as I want without someone coming in to jump on me or ask me questions."
"A new pair of Vans or some essential oils."
"Jewelry with the name of my baby boy on it since I am a new mom."
"Time for self-care."
"A cleaning service to come to my house every week for a month to do a nice deep spring-clean."
"A full spa day, then time with the family."
"A gift certificate for a facial."
Making dinner for mom? Start with these three Mother's Day recipe ideas to show her you care.