Activities, Tips / How-Tos

What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and you’re looking for the perfect gift for your partner, fellow mom or even yourself. Thoughtful, handmade gifts from her kids and homemade breakfast in bed are great ways to begin the celebration, but don’t forget that practical gifts can give mom some time back to spend with the family—and give her time for herself! Here are 7 thoughtful gifts that moms really want this Mother’s Day.

A clean house

Especially with a baby, toddler or kid, a clean house seems like a pipe dream for parents. Give mom a break from cleaning for the week, the month or half the year by booking a cleaning service. Check your local listings for top-rated cleaners, or look to sites like Handy that connect you with professional house cleaners.

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A vanishing pile of laundry

Take a load off mom’s mind by setting up the family with a laundry service. Splurge once a month on wash-and-fold service at your local cleaners or laundromat (Some even offer pickup and delivery!). You can also head online for your laundry needs—sites like and TaskRabbit offer laundry pickups and drop-offs, and can usually handle both dry cleaning and regular laundry.

A clean car

Help mom ride in style by taking her car for a full detailing. If your kids are a bit older, have them do a thorough cleaning themselves as a fun, thoughtful way to surprise mom.


What rejuvenates the mom in your life? Get her a gift certificate for a mani-pedi, a massage or a full spa day. Self-care can be energizing, too—treat her to classes at her favorite cycling studio or gift her a few months at a new gym or with a personal trainer.

No-prep mealtime for babies and kids

Preparing healthy meals for your children that meet their nutritional needs takes time shopping, prepping and cooking. Give the gift of a stress-free meal prep with Nurture Life, a weekly subscription service that delivers nutritious, ready-to-eat meals for babies, toddlers and kids straight to your door. Nurture Life offers gift cards of any amount.  

Subscriptions for household items

No late-night runs to the store to pick up diapers, paper towels or snacks? That’s the gift that keeps on giving! Set up recurring deliveries of household items with Amazon’s Subscribe & Save feature so mom doesn’t have to run out to get them. (Getting this gift for a mom who’s a friend? Don’t underestimate the power of an Amazon gift card.)

Quality family time

Spending the day as a family shouldn’t be forgotten as part of the perfect gift for mother’s day. Start with homemade breakfast and small gifts before embarking on a fun, low-key day that the whole family can enjoy. If the weather’s nice, enjoy some outdoor activities around the neighborhood.

The gift most moms really want this Mother’s Day isn’t intricate or extremely pricey—it’s a gift that she’ll enjoy for months to come. Subscription services, spring cleaning and self-care will help her rejuvenate and will give her more time to spend on herself. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

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Katie Klepek

As the director of marketing at Nurture Life, Katie gets to combine her passions—family, food and healthy lifestyle choices—with crafting a personalized experience for Nurture Life’s brand. She has over 18 years experience in business, communications, marketing and event planning, having co-founded the successful event production company Reinventing Events. Katie’s diverse background allows her to effectively combine communication and organization skills to develop, plan and deliver results. Born and raised in the Midwest, Katie attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in English and Communication. When she’s not spreading her cheer (and eating cookies) at Nurture Life, Katie runs marathons and co-hosts a horror movie podcast with her husband. She has a 3-year-old daughter who has grown up on Nurture Life with another girl on the way!

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