It’s my birthweek! Time for me to celebrate the big 3-2. The most exciting thing about turning 32 is that I can dance around annoying everyone while singing some Taylor Swift. “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 32!” Maybe those are not the actual lyrics, but I can guarantee you that this momma does NOT feel like she’s 22. I could stay up way later and drink quite a bit more when I was 22! Anyway, I intend to sing this all day Saturday. My family is going to love me.
But I’m not here to butcher Taylor Swift lyrics, I’m here to share with you a wish list. Not just my wish list, but likely most moms out there. This is what moms really want for their birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day, any holiday you can gift them something fabulous.
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Gift Ideas that Moms Actually Want
1. A maid
This sounds like a joke, but I’m not kidding. If you don’t already have a maid service, hire a group to come in and do a deep cleaning of the whole house. I literally dream about this! Someone else to clean my blinds, baseboards, and toilets, mop my floors, and vacuum all the carpet? Yes, please! I had a maid once after our kitchen remodel in our townhome. (I miss that kitchen so much!) It was a game changer. Now that my house is bigger with more kids and more mess, a maid would be amazing.
If the momma in your life already has a monthly maid, maybe pay for the extra deep clean one month or have them come twice! I’m just saying, anytime someone else can clean for me, I’m there. I think part of my job title is professional maid and picker upper. I could stand to have someone else do that just once!
2. Gift cards to her favorite store
Gift cards are always amazing because they are to be used at one specific place. Cash could potentially just be deposited and used as grocery funds or never specifically towards an actual gift. Us moms have a habit of forgetting to splurge on ourselves!
Here’s the catch with gift cards, get them for her favorite store where she will be less likely to buy something for the kids. Target is obviously amazing, but what are the chances she wanders into the baby, kids or kitchen section and gets something for the little ones or the house? Narrow it down to somewhere you know she loves like Lululemon, J. Crew, Pottery Barn or somewhere else that she could use a little splurge!
3. A massage
I’m not talking about rubbing her shoulders or feet one night, I mean at least an hour, probably 90 minutes, by a professional. Again, don’t give her cash for a massage, get a gift card to her favorite massage place nearby or schedule it for her. Don’t give her the opportunity to not actually get one. All of us momma have built up tension from the stress of raising kids to be functional humans. I’ve never regretted getting a massage. Not once.
4. A Facial
This gift is along the same lines as the massage, but a little different. Maybe the mom in your life has always wanted a facial and never taken the time to get one. Or perhaps skincare is incredibly important to her. Whatever the reason, a facial is an excellent gift for a mom who needs a little TLC.
5. A Spa Day
Let’s one up that massage or facial and give her a whole day at a spa. That means you’re not giving her just another massage. You’re giving her a day to pamper herself. Make sure the spa is reputable and has lots of amenities for her to enjoy. If she does it right, she can spend HOURS there relaxing and recharging. Start with time in a quiet room, then a massage followed by a nice champagne brunch or lunch. Afterwards she can go for a swim and then a dip in the hot tub or sauna. There is so much to do at a spa that a mom could use!
6. Money or gift cards for an impending trip
Does the mom in your life have a trip coming up? Maybe get a gift card or put money towards that vacation! For example, I’m headed to Disney World just 4 days after my birthday. This is my big present from my husband this year, a mommy and me Disney trip with Chloe and our besties Ali and Renee. An awesome gift would be Disney gift cards or cash that I can spend on this trip without feeling one bit guilty. Maybe I’ll use it to buy myself something special or put it towards a nicer meal while we’re there! It’s nice to have some extra guilt free spending money on vacation!
It doesn’t have to be Disney, maybe she’s going on a cruise and you can put in towards an upgrade or drink package. Maybe she’s planning a weekend away and you can send a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to her hotel. Or donate to her vacation fund if she’s wanting to plan something soon, but needs the money for it. There are tons of ways to help a momma get the vacation she needs!
7. A day alone
It’s as simple as that. Alone time is rare for a mother, especially if her kids are little. We’re constantly be pestered for one thing or another no matter how old our kids are though. Sometimes we just want to be alone. We don’t want anyone to touch us. All we want is silence or that podcast we can’t listen to around the kids or music that doesn’t make our head hurt. Really, we just want to do exactly what we want when we want. Sounds amazing right?
So give momma the day to herself. Load up the kids and take them out or to their grandparents house, so mom can have time at home alone. Or keep the kids at home and send mom away for the day, but make sure she has places to go and money to spend if you go that route!
8. A staycation night at a hotel
Instead of a day alone, what about a night alone? Send mom to a nice hotel and let her relax and feel pampered for an evening. If she doesn’t want to be completely alone, see if you can get a sitter for the kids and have a couples night away. Be sure to pamper her and make her feel appreciated!
9. A care package
Self care is a field where many moms lack the time and resources. We’re quick to put others first, so put together a care package to make her life easier. You can find some cute ones already put together like this one for a mom boss!
Or this one that you can snag on Amazon. I love the succulent and lavender vanilla honey!
You can also build your own! Here are a few things that you could include:
- Freezer meal or easy meal in a jar
- $5 gift card to Starbucks or local coffee shop
- Candle or essential oils
- A little something from the Target Dollar Spot
- Nail polish
- Lotion or hand soap
- Bath products
- Her favorite baked goods
- An adult coloring book
- Babysitting coupon for a night out
- Anything else you know she would love!
Pick and choose a couple from the list and add your own ideas to make something special for her. There is nothing better than a personalized present!
10. Something specific for her hobby
Moms have hobbies too! We may not have a ton of time for them some days, but we do have things we enjoy and get to them when we can. Something for her hobby may even help her dedicate more time to it! Here are some examples.
- Fitness Loving Mom: new gym bag, personalized water bottle, headbands (like these thin, sparkly ones or a thick soft option), pre-workout supplement, or workout clothes!
- Crafty DIY Mom: Vinyl for her cutting machine, gift card to Hobby Lobby or Michaels, a fun craft basket!
- Loves to Cook & Bake Mom: Nice, new baking dishes (think of a stoneware baking set or a ceramic baking pot), fun baking accessories, or a new attachment for her stand mixer!
- Outdoor Adventure Mom: Camping gear, a new tent, hiking backpack, personalized water bottle, or outdoor care package!
Moms deserve a special gift for their special day.
Just because she says she doesn’t need anything, doesn’t mean you should take her seriously. What moms actually want is to be loved, appreciated, and acknowledged. Every mom needs a little TLC, especially on her birthday or Mother’s Day. Show her you care in whatever way you can. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, as long as it comes from the heart and lifts her spirits!