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What Moms *Actually* Want for Mother’s Day—According to Moms Themselves

While we could use our best instincts to predict what Mom might want for Mother's Day (and we have), we figured the best way to know for sure would be to go straight to the source. Ahead of May 12, we at Jetsetter and our colleagues at What To Pack decided to call up some mothers we know and ask them: what do they really want most this year? Let their answers below serve as inspo for the perfect present.

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Clara Sedlak, Executive Editor

“My mom told me she’d like a warm scarf for Mother’s Day since she’s always cold. This 100% cashmere wrap from White + Warren should keep her nice and toasty!”


Jackie Homan, Editorial Assistant

“My mom’s really into skincare and beauty products (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree), but she’s not one to pamper herself with expensive buys on her own. That’s why when I asked her what she wanted most, she said anything she wouldn’t normally get herself, like fancy serums and trendy face masks. She also has her eye on Bose noise-canceling headphones after a friend of hers raved about them, and she’s in need of a new dress or two for upcoming graduations and weddings—she sent me this Rachel Parcell one as an example.”


Tyler Schoeber, Production Specialist

“Upon asking my mother what she wanted for Mother’s Day this year, she cut me off before I could even finish my question and responded ‘ankle bracelet.’ It was not even remotely the response I was expecting, but I get it—they’re hip. I’m thinking about getting her this triple-chained shark tooth anklet because I’m loving the design and the ode to the ocean. My mother and I also recently spent the day working from home together, so we were flooded with those daytime TV segments that try to sell you stuff for hours on end. One thing that caught her eye were these farm-to-skin hand soaps based in upstate New York. She was drawn to them because they’re made from mineral-rich goat milk—that or the fact that the sales pitch included tons of video clips of baby goats. Not so sure, but figure I’ll get it anyway!”


Megan Wood, Editor, What to Pack

“My mom is an avid reader and traveler (so that’s where I get it from). Two years ago, she and I spent 16 magical days in Santorini together, and she dragged heavy books around the entire island without complaint. I should have gifted her with the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader as a pre-trip Mother’s Day gift. Not only is the Kindle waterproof (hello, all-day reading in infinity pools), it’s lightweight at less than seven ounces. One battery charge lasts for several weeks, and there’s space to store thousands of books. To really class it up and earn favorite child status, add a pretty leather cover and pre-load it with mom-approved travel titles. I’d go with Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, but customize to suit your mom’s style.”


Kate Reynolds, Senior Product Manager

“According to Carol, you can’t go wrong with a spa theme. Gift mom a big fluffy bath robe, fancy slippers, or a face mask. If you want to knock it out of the park, tack on a wine club membership!”



Gretchen Dorosz, Senior Photo Editor

“For Mother’s Day I would love to help my mom relax and focus on herself for a change. She’s not the type to splurge on luxury skincare items, but I know she is a fan of True Botanicals products, so I plan to treat her to a DIY spa day with the brand’s Pure Radiance Body Oil, plus the softest organic cotton robe from Coyuchi, and a skin-brightening dry brushing set, which I know she has been wanting to try.”


Elizabeth Mullen, Marketing Specialist

“My mom sent me over a few ideas: these comfy Birdies slippers that double as flats, in a bright color; a printed Swatch watch she won’t have to worry about beating up during summer activities; fun summer sunnies; and Cole Haan slides. And when in doubt, there’s always rosé.”


Kerry Sainato, Director of Product

“As a non-mom, I was wondering what moms of young kids would appreciate for Mother’s Day. I reached out to my friend, Sarah, to find out her wish list. Sarah helps people all day as a therapist. She’s a great listener even outside of work and my go-to friend when I need a vent sesh—she’s always there for it. She is also a mom of two super cool kids who I adore, but also keep her very busy when she’s not at work.

She says: “Parenting is about being there for other people 24/7, come rain or snow or dark of night. An ideal Mother’s Day gift for me gives me a little break from that or reminds me that I’m more than the short order cook or diaper change lady. I’m talking about a gift that’s not practical, not shared with everyone, and not so very machine washable as the rest of my life.”

She’d love a day away from it all in the Himalayan salt therapy caves at Saltitude and a bottle of Tamworth Garden Dutchess Gin. I’d throw in a very impractical, fancy cocktail glass to make one of my favorite moms feel very far removed from diaper duty.”

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