Gifts Mom Really Wants

I’ve been told I’m hard to shop for. I blame it on the fact that I’m practical and frugal. I enjoy giving gifts to others but for myself? I’m content with practical and simple gifts.

After my husband asked me (again) what I’d like for Christmas, I started thinking about the gifts a mom really want. As a Mom, it’s easy to focus on others but it is nice to receive a gift that we really do want.

I asked on the Joyfully Thriving Facebook page and received some great feedback. Between those moms and myself, I came up with a pretty great list of 70 gifts that moms really want. You’ll notice that time away is a reoccurring theme. Just remember that as much as we love being wife and mom, the time away helps recharge our batteries. I know I would be happy with any of these – but I’m especially hoping for number 5 and 64 this year! 🙂

Moms, feel free to share this list with your husband or in-laws or whoever asks, and circle the items you would particularly like! Or email them a link to this article if that helps because I know my husband is always happy for specific details when it comes to shopping this mom.

This post does contain affiliate links but regardless of where these gifts are purchased, I still stand by my word that moms really do want these gifts! 

  1. A morning away from the kids
  2. A gift card for Panera
  3. An Amazon gift card because she can find anything on Amazon
  4. A book that reminds Mom how good it is to make time for herself 
  5. Time to herself
  6. A night of baby-sitting
  7. Frozen dinners (homemade or store bought) for busy nights
  8. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! (This is my current favorite chocolate, but any chocolate is good!)
  9. Bath and Body Works foaming hand soap
  10. Scented bubble bath
  11. Caffeine to get her through the day – coffee, tea or pop, depending on the mom
  12. A book that reminds her she’s not alone in this mom journey
  13. A pizza gift card so she can pick up pizza for the family some night when she doesn’t feel like cooking
  14. A grocery store gift card for the months when the grocery budget is extra tight
  15. A unique nativity of the Holy Family
  16. Anything from Dayspring
  17. A whole day “off” from all mom responsibilities
  18. A custom return address stamp
  19. A cut bouquet of flowers that she can enjoy now but not have one more thing to worry about taking care of
  20. A photo calendar of her and the kids
  21. A morning to sleep in as late as she wants
  22. An instrumental Christmas cd that isn’t boring and that the whole family will enjoy
  23. Several hours when you take the kids away so she can be home alone to do whatever she wants
  24. A manicure / pedicure appointment
  25. A date night (or more) with her husband, complete with booked and paid for baby-sitting
  26. Frame this free printable to remind her being a Mom is important
  27. A favorite bottle of wine (or two) to enjoy after the kids are in bed
  28. Jewelry with her kids names on it
  29. Several pints of her favorite ice cream
  30. A list of things you love about her
  31. Shutterfly gift cards to work on those photo scrapbooks she wants to make
  32. A nap for as long as she likes
  33. A gift card to an online thrift store so she can shop for bargains for herself from the comfort of her home
  34. The start of a “Someday” travel fund
  35. Chick-fi-la gift cards because what Mom doesn’t like Chick-fi-la with the kids?
  36. A subscription that automatically prints the pictures from her phone into little books each month
  37. A massage
  38. A good mixer that will work no matter how many batches of cookies she makes in it
  39. A book by her favorite author
  40. A unique piece of jewelry made by a mother in Uganda and whose purchase helps feed hungry children
  41. A personalized family tree
  42. A good camera so she can capture all the too fleeting moments of childhood
  43. A unique camera strap for her good camera
  44. Her favorite snacks and treats that are just for her and no one else
  45. A week of doing the dishes
  46. An appointment to take pictures of the whole family
  47. A movie that makes her laugh and cry and smile every time she watches it
  48. Catch up on all the laundry
  49. A personal laminator 
  50. Do one of the house projects that has been on her to-do list for months (or, ahem, years)
  51. Replace her cookie sheets that are scratched and worn from years of baking
  52. Send her our for the night with her girlfriends
  53. A professional house cleaning
  54. A makeover
  55. A gift card to Kohls and time to shop by herself so she can actually try clothes on
  56. For the crafty mom – a Cricut or Silhouette cameo
  57. Take her car to be washed and give her coupons for future car washes
  58. Cook dinner for the family so she gets a night off from cooking
  59. A budget priced Deebot to help keep the house clean for her
  60. Get the whole family together and stay up late talking and playing games
  61. Take her wedding rings to get cleaned, polished and resized, if necessary
  62. A weekend alone in a hotel
  63. A reliable and powerful vacuum that will work on all the household messes
  64. The frugal Yeti equivelant to keep her drinks cold (or hot) when she’s chasing after little ones all day
  65. Help her work on that organizing project she’s wanted to tackle
  66. A Hobby Lobby gift card
  67. Popcorn seasonings
  68. A card in the mail reminding her what a great job she’s doing
  69. Surprise her with lunch out to her favorite restaurant…next month
  70. That one thing that has been on her wish list for months now but she won’t buy for herself

There you have it! A list of 70 gifts Mom really wants! Fellow moms, what are you hoping for this Christmas? Or what would you add to this list?

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    1. Isn’t it interesting how our love languages play into things? Here’s hoping you get some of those acts of service soon!

  1. I happen to have a birthday four days before Christmas, and I feel like you do… I guess I am hard to buy for. I am not materialistic and like simplicity, so streamlining life or gifts to help with efficiency are top for my list! I stole a few ideas off your list and wanted to share the one thing I ask for from my husband. I request he writes me a letter. That he stops the world long enough to reflect and share with me what is in his heart. This is by far hands down the one gift I cherish from year to year.

    Blessings to you and yours!

    1. Happy early birthday, Christina! I’ve always thought that would be difficult to have a birthday so close to Christmas. I’m glad you got some good ideas and I absolutely LOVE your idea of requesting a letter. It sounds like you are a words of affirmation person, just like I am. I think I’m going to steal your idea now! 🙂

  2. A shout out to my husband, when our first born was little, I asked for a Mommy’s Night Off. He got candles, bubble baths, and a book and/or puzzle, he gave me one night every month and has continued that for 8 years now.

    1. WOW. Emily, that is absolutely amazing! Well done, Adam! What an amazing gift to have continued those night’s off. As wonderful as it is to be Mom (and we both know it is amazing), that time off is pivotal. I think that is one of the reasons I enjoyed reading The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner so much. She reminded me of the fact that to truly care for our families, we need to care for ourselves, too.

    1. Thanks, Addy! I spent a lot of time thinking and conferring on this list. And yes, that quiet morning would be lovely but whatever I get is always greatly appreciated! 🙂

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