I Buy All the Family Holiday Gifts. Here’s What I Want This Year

Recently, my husband and I were discussing the holidays, specifically gift shopping. The conversation went something like this:

Me: “What should I get for your mother/father/sisters/assistant/kids/kids’ teachers/office Secret Santa/mail carrier?”

Him: “What do you want for Christmas?”

Ladies, you are the MVPs of holiday shopping. It’s hard work carrying the mental load of remembering sizes, preferences and what your teen said she had to have six months ago.

Guys, listen up: we appreciate the gesture of asking what we want for Christmas but what we really want is for you to go out and buy it without any help from us.

Just being honest here, gentlemen.

And, while we’d love you to plan a weekend getaway, complete with concert tickets, spa treatments and lavish gifts on our pillows, we know that’s probably out of your wheelhouse (and budget).

So, take a look at this list of holiday gifts for moms and buy us something we’ll love.

Holiday gifts for Moms
Guys, what women want is for you to buy us something from this list with no help whatsoever.

2018 Holiday Gifts for Moms

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All we want for Christmas is for our feet to be comfy and these wool sneakers will keep the spring in our step all year long. And, as we are running our errands in these sneakers, we will think of you with love, darling.

holiday gifts for moms

Everlane Cashmere Sweater

Santa, baby….slip a cashmere sweater under the tree for me….sing it with me, gals.

Holiday gifts for Moms

Roomba iRobot Floor Vacuum

We can’t clean up one more strand of dog hair so we are going to need you to buy us this little gift from the vacuuming gods.

Holiday Gifts for Moms

Towel Warmer

All “moms never have time to shower” jokes aside, there’s nothing better than a fresh, warm towel right out of the shower. Well, except for one of your big bear hugs, honey. But, you’ll never be as soft as warm terry cloth, just saying.

Holiday gifts for Moms

Rothy’s Woven Flats

These shoes are cute, lightweight and they come in every color under the sun. Oh, and they are made from recycled water bottles so you are saving the planet while you save our toes from shoes that pinch. You are the best, sweetie!

Holiday gifts for moms

Milk Frother

Yes, we know we spend too much money at Starbucks. We’d be happy to make a compromise if you buy us this cute milk frother. And by “compromise,” we mean we’d be thrilled if you made us a cup of coffee with this cute milk frother and stopped complaining about our Starbucks bills.

Holiday gifts for moms

Apple Watch

With the Apple Watch, your “Sorry, hun, gonna be late!” text will come right to our wrists. Winning! Amazon sells the Series 1-3 and here’s where you can buy the Series 4. 

Holiday Gifts for Moms

Cuyana Leather Bag 

Admit it: we will look totes adorbs in the aisles of Target while we sport this leather bag. You want us to be happy while we are having our spending accidents, right, Snookums?

Holiday gifts for moms

Automatic Car Starter

If we have to drive your kids to school at the crack of dawn during the dreary dark winter hours, an automatic car starter will make it easier, dear. Trust.

Holiday gifts for moms

23andMe DNA Kit

With this nifty kit, you can officially find out if your wife is in fact, “acting just like her mother.”

Holiday gifts for Moms

Jo Malone Candles

Yankee candles are nice, guys, but Jo Malone candles say, “The house is a mess but you can ignore it because it smells fancy in here.”

Holiday Gifts for Moms

Apple Airpods

We promise we won’t use these to ignore you when you ask us if we want to watch a NASCAR race with you. #WeAreLying

Holiday gifts for Moms

Hunter Boots

If we are going to have to walk the dog in the rain, we may as well do it wearing cute boots, don’t you agree, honey?

Holiday gifts for Moms

Ritz Carlton Feather-bed Cover

Admit it: this is cheaper than actually taking us to the Ritz Carlton for the night. And total bonus: we’ll let you sleep on it, too. But only if you don’t snore.

Holiday gifts for Moms

SiriusXM Radio Subscription

For the amount of time we spend in the car driving teens from sports practices and dance recitals and to social events, we really deserve to listen to the music that will embarrass our teens the most.

Weighted Blanket

I’m not saying we want a weighted blanket to keep you guys from warming us up, I’m just saying this one would be perfect.

Holiday gifts for Moms

Glassybaby Votive Candle Holders

These votive candle holders are gorgeous and we want all of them. Please and thank you.

Holiday gifts for Moms

Tiek’s Ballet Flats

Just in case you are going to come through with that surprise trip to Paris, these easy to carry and oh so comfy shoes will be perfect in our stockings. Oui, oui, merci!

Holiday gifts for Moms


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About Christine Burke

Christine Burke is the owner of the popular parenting blog, Keeper of The Fruit Loops. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, The Girlfriend, Scary Mommy, and other parenting websites. She writes about the realities of soon sending her not-so-little -anymore kids off to college and prays she doesn’t use too many comma splices in the process.

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