What Real Moms Want for Mother’s Day

Greeting cards, flowers, candy - these are all lovely sentiments for Mother's Day. But Mighty Mommy has a few other ideas to share with you - ideas that came from real moms (not the greeting card and florist industries).  Read on to find out what Mom really wants.

Cheryl Butler
2-minute read

This year Mother’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 11.  President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making Mother's Day a national holiday in 1914 making this the 100th official observance of the holiday.

With Mother’s Day come many loving tributes that millions of people in the U.S. will offer to honor the special moms in their lives. This includes 133 million cards exchanged annually, which according to Hallmark, makes it the third-largest card-sending holiday in the United States.  In addition, phone calls increase up to 37% on Mother's Day, showing that not everything about the holiday is commercial, and according to F.T.D. (Florist Telegraph Delivery) people spend $1.9 billion annually on flowers for Mother's Day with 69% of all gifts given are flowers.

Sure flowers and cards are lovely sentiments, but Mighty Mommy went straight to the source—real moms—and asked them what they secretly hoped to get this year for Mother’s Day.  Some of their answers might surprise you, and some of them just might have you jumping up and down in agreement.   

Here are the top 10 gifts real moms want for Mothers’ Day:

  1. A entire day without any children squabbling amongst themselves.

  2. An entire day without having to cook any meals or pick up after the rest of the family.

  3. Have the car detailed—this includes washing not only the outside, but the inside too (to remove all the juice boxes, wrappers, toys, clothing, Kleenex, and other paraphernalia that usually clutters Mom’s car). It also includes stains on seats and rugs cleaned, a full vacuum, and a new air freshener for good measure.

  4. A mother’s ring or necklace with the birthstones of all the children represented in the jewelry.

  5. A recent, framed photo of all her children together—smiling is an extra bonus!

  6. A visit to a spa for either a full body massage, a facial, a manicure/pedicure, a makeover—or all of the above.

  7. Breakfast in bed followed by a few hours alone to read, nap, take a hot bubble bath, or anything else her heart desires that she normally wouldn’t be able to do.

  8. A love letter from spouse and the kids telling her what makes her so special to their family.

  9. A gift certificate to a favorite restaurant to be saved and used for a night in the future when she really doesn’t feel like cooking.

  10. An organized, de-cluttered home so she can enjoy time with her family instead of maintaining stuff.

What about you?  What would you like for Mother's Day?


About the Author

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl L. Butler is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. Call the Mighty Mommy listener line at 401-284-7575 to ask a parenting question. Your call could be featured on the show!