Searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift is hard. But you know what’s even more difficult? Being an actual mother. That said, finding the ultimate gift for mama can be overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be such a painstaking process. So this year, instead of wracking our brains and taking a wild guess at what we think our moms would like, we went straight to the source and asked mothers of all ages: What do you really want for Mother’s Day?
In the slideshow above, 12 moms dish on how they’d like to spend their May 8. The responses we received were surprisingly hilarious, illuminating, and honest. Mothers, as we’ve learned, are radically unfussy and selfless creatures who simply want to be appreciated by their children. (And yes, they also want to experience the indulgent pleasures in life that they don’t often find the time for.)
Read on and get inspired by what our queens have to say—and make your thoughtful purchases accordingly.
"One thing I would like for Mother's Day is to be able to take a shower without anyone walking in on me, or worse, poking me through the shower curtain and asking when I will be done." —Jill, Brooklyn
Photo: Style Me Pretty
"For Mother's Day, I would like to have the time to dress myself in one of the outfits I dream up from my closet instead of running around getting everyone else ready and not having time to dress myself." —Meg, New York
Photo: Le Fashion
"I want to sleep!" —Michele, New York
Mother's Day All for You Gift Box, $110; at BoxFox
"I would love a Mother's Day Champagne brunch with a surprise visit from my daughter who lives on the other side of the country." —Cyndi, Los Angeles
Photo: Studio DIY
"I just want to drink a full cup of coffee before it gets cold." —Marie, New York
Slant Collections 'You Are the Best' Mug, $16.95; at DSW
"All of my children are adults now and living their own lives so I think for this Mother's Day, I would like to spend a nice, peaceful day with my husband of 34 years and hopefully receive a phone call from my kids. It would be nice to be all together but we get together whenever we can." —Kim, Albany
"I want beautiful flowers. Always." —Cindy, Chicago
Photo: Pretty Prudent
"If you insist on getting me something, I'd like to (non-tackily) ask for cash or a prepaid gift card inside a Mother's Day card. That way I can use it to buy whatever I want: dinner with girlfriends, new golf gear, a day at the spa. I want actual money, not lottery tickets in an envelope!" —Bonnie, New Jersey
Mom Forever Folded Card and Matching Envelope, $4.50; at Rifle Paper Co.
Rifle Paper Co.
"I'm now a woman of a certain age, so I'd like gifts I actually need and will use. Please get me a very fancy anti-aging gizmo or cream—for real!" —Nancy, Los Angeles
NuFace Mini, $199; at NuFace
“I just want hugs and love from my husband and kids. And some ‘me’ time. Then, a fun dinner with friends and family. And I wouldn’t mind a spa treatment like a massage … oh, and of course a bottle of Chardonnay.” —Heidi, Connecticut
"I would like to be alone for the day so I can enjoy myself in peace and quiet." —Cara, New York
Photo: Fons & Porter
"I want my children to be happy and healthy always, and for them to appreciate how lucky they are to have happiness and health." —Lauren T., New York
Hexagon Locket, from $295; at Anna Bee