14 Mother's Day Gift Ideas, According to Actual Moms

Updated 04/27/18
Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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.

Leather-Handled Picnic Basket - Crate and Barrel
Crate & Barrel Leather-Handled Picnic Basket $70

"I'd love to see the flower fields in Carlsbad, followed by a picnic at a park or beach to avoid the brunch crowds!"

Air Zoom Fearless Flyknit Sneakers
Nike Air Zoom Fearless Flyknit Sneakers $140

"A surprise road trip outside of the city in nature with a good hike thrown in."

Hello Lucky Thumbs Up Card $5

"A heartfelt card from my spouse recognizing all that I do."

Bluemoon And Audrey Embroidered Satin Pajama Set
Love Stories Bluemoon and Audrey Embroidered Satin Pajama Set $205

"A hotel room alone for the night."

Blanche Eau De Parfum
Byredo Blanche Eau De Parfum $150

"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."

Egg Shop: The Cookbook by Nick Korbee $21

"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."

Brewer Stand Set
Kinto Brewer Stand Set $188

"A cup of homemade coffee!"

Parachute Linen Venice Bedding Set $399

"To sleep as late as I want without someone coming in to jump on me or ask me questions."

Aesop Isabelle Oil Burner Blend $39

"A new pair of Vans or some essential oils."

Mini Gold Letter Charm Pendant 18K - Yellow - 18k - '-Z
Aurate Signet Ring $220

"Jewelry with the name of my baby boy on it since I am a new mom."

The Otherland Candles, Set of 3 $89

"Time for self-care."

Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead vacuum $500

"A cleaning service to come to my house every week for a month to do a nice deep spring-clean."

Snowe Home Honeycombe Bathrobe $98

"A full spa day, then time with the family."

Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask $22

"A gift certificate for a facial."

Making dinner for mom? Start with these three Mother's Day recipe ideas to show her you care.

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