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What Real Moms Actually Want For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day gift guides befuddle us. It’s not like all the husbands out there are secretly reading the glossies and mom blogs to figure out what to buy their wives (or are they?) And it’s not like the moms who are actually reading those glossies and blogs need someone else to tell them what they want for Mother’s Day (or do they?)

In any case, we thought it would be a lot more fun to simply ask the cool moms we know—from actresses and business owners to our own Stroller Scouts—what they’d ask for this Mother’s Day, if given the chance.

Not surprisingly, some moms are wishing for a little TLC from their kids. “If I could choose my Mother’s Day gift, it would be a surprise (organized by them) trip to the mountains and an overnight camping trip with them in the hills—just the three of us,” says actress Mariel Hemingway. “Okay . . . maybe a cute mountain guide for protection!” Giggle founder Ali Wing has something similar in mind, “I love long walks and hikes. My husband and 6-year-old son are usually begrudging participants. My best Mother’s Day gift would be a family day spent hiking, with a packed picnic lunch. And of course, all smiles from my men.” Divalysscious Moms founder Lyss Stern wants a little QT with her brood, too: “If I could pick my own Mother’s Day gift this year it would be breakfast in bed with my two boys. We would eat chocolate chip pancakes with strawberries, and watch our favorite movie, Annie.”

Other moms say they would take the opportunity to ask for something they might not buy for themselves. “I would like Kara Ross 18K textured gold hoop earrings, a periwinkle blue twist top Melissa Odabash bikini, or a nice donation to my non-profit,” says our D.C. Scout Liz Securro. Our L.A. Scout, Amy Swift-Crosby, has her eye on “anything from John Robshaw, but his big pillows especially. I’d also love some pretty bags to contain all my stuff—maybe from Simply Sarah, Stephanie Johnson or Rebagz. I’m also in love with Blue Pool Road stationery and announcements.” Meanwhile, April Larken, our Greenwich Scout wishes for “a super chic caftan or tunic to wear as a swimsuit cover up and a gorgeous pair of metallic stone encrusted flat sandals—to take me to and from the pool or beach in style.” Chicago Scout Caroline Lubbers would like “a yoga towel for my new religious attendance of Monday lunchtime hot yoga class, or maybe some new Vietri baking dishes to add to my collection.” NYC Scout Harlen Saroken knew exactly what she wanted, too: “After fighting it for months and months, I have decided that I would really like an iPhone for Mother’s Day . . . or some new workout duds from Lululemon . . . or a hot stone massage from Great Jones Spa.”

See? As we thought, every mom wants something different and uniquely her own. So, here’s to hoping YOU all get what you’re wishing for this Sunday. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, from the StrollerTraffic team.