What's the best Mother's Day gift? It depends, of course, on which mom you're asking. Flowers are just the thing for some, others are a sucker for breakfast in bed (particularly if the cooks don't leave a huge mess in the kitchen).
But maybe you want to get something for your favorite mom that comes wrapped up in pretty paper and makes her smile when she opens it. We asked some of the moms we know what would be the very best present they could receive on Mother's Day, and here's what they said.
Other than one very popular answer – "Sleep!" (sadly, something you just can't buy) – what our surveyed moms crave most is a sparkly or shiny little bauble, such as a necklace or a ring, that makes them think of their family. A pendant that says "Mama," a ring that shows her child's name or birth date, or anything with her child's birthstone is classic and heart-melting.
A day in bed, someone else to clean the house, tasty treats, attention paid to her nails or aching back – lots of moms crave their turn for being taken care of. It makes sense, since they take care of so much and so many others every day.
If she's been itching for an appliance, tool, or other handy-dandy convenience item that will make her daily life easier and better, even in some small way, she may be hoping that's just what's inside the box you present.
Let her announce her mom status loud and proud on a "mama" T-shirt, or give her a matching mom-and-baby ensemble that will look ridiculously cute in Mother's Day photos.
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Stella & Dot Mama Necklace
Spell out her status in glowing gold, rendered in a handwriting script that gives this simple, elegant chain necklace a personal feel.
Available at Stella & Dot starting at $42
Rosa Vila "Love Mama" Bar Necklace
Choose from gold tone, rose-gold tone, or silver tone for this subtle bar necklace, a style that nicely emphasizes the collarbones, engraved with a simple message of mom love.
Available at Amazon starting at $17.80
Nest Egg Necklace
She can keep her baby birds close to her heart with this silver locket that holds up to 4 symbolic, perfect pale blue Amazonite eggs. Handmade by San Diego artist Trudy James, exclusively for Uncommon Goods.
Available at Uncommon Goods starting at $68
MignonandMignon Delicate Initial Disc Necklace
Mom is likely to gasp when she sees this delicate necklace with a coin-style pendant for the baby she held at birth, or one for every baby, engraved with an initial and the day she welcomed him or her into the world.
Available at Amazon starting at $19.50
Distinctly Ivy Rainbow Baby Necklace
If your favorite mom has had a loss, let her know that you haven't stopped thinking about her with this tender keepsake.
Available at Amazon starting at $13.79
This California brand, a venerated confectioner since 1921, offers a surprising bargain for truly high-quality chocolates that are easily the equal of upscale brands. The regular 1-pound assortment includes a variety of classic flavors like caramel, toffee, raspberry, and coffee.
Available at Amazon starting at $34.50
Godiva Favorites Chocolate Gift Basket
Four solid pounds of Godiva confections will make her go "ooh!" and give you a great big hug.
Available at Target starting at $99.99
Thoughtfully Gifts Margarita Cocktail Mixer Set
Keep the party going into the night with this beautifully packaged collection of delicious flavored margarita mixes, peach, strawberry, watermelon, and classic lime among them. Pair this gift with a bottle of tequila, or she can enjoy them virgin-style.
Available at Amazon starting at $19.99
Restock her favorite cosmetics
Here's a kind of sneaky gift that will surprise and thrill a busy mom. Do a little snooping in her bathroom, nightstand, or vanity and take a look at her cosmetics: Is there anything she's running low on? Or uses constantly? Buy the replacements for her well-loved favorites; she'll feel pampered and appreciate the attention to detail.
Available at Ulta Beauty
IRobot Roomba 675 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum
Vacuuming the house is simply a real drag. But Roomba has made it miraculously automatic, with intelligent sensors that power a robot beautifully over hardwood floors, carpets, and rugs. Powerful suction picks up pet hair, dirt, and other messes as you relax on the couch. You can even turn it on while you're out of the house so you don't have to watch or listen to your robot doing your housework for you.
Available at Target starting at $269.99
Yeti Rambler Mug
One of the most common new-mom complaints is that they can't finish their coffee before it gets cold. But this 14-ounce wonder keeps coffee piping hot for hours and hours. It's easy to hold and dishwasher-safe, too.
Available at Amazon starting at $24.99
KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
This tough mixer will make short work of baking and other cooking tasks, and, bonus for everyone, is likely to result in more baking.
Available at Walmart starting at $299.87
LOTUCY Mama Letter Printed T-Shirt
She'll think about her beautiful family every time she looks in the mirror and sees "Mama" spelled out in simple letters on a sophisticated and simple gray tee.
Available at Amazon starting at $25.99
Crazy Dog T-Shirts Mama Needs a Nap Shirt
Moms hold it together against all odds. Give her a shirt that lets her know you see and honor her many sacrifices.
Available at Walmart starting at $18.99
Southern Designs Mama Bear and Baby Bear Matching Romper and Fashion Tee
Make the sweet bond she shares with her baby clear to everyone who sees them with this matching mama-and-baby T-shirt and onesie set that begs to be immortalized in photos.
Available at Amazon starting at $19