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If you’ve ever wished you could know exactly what us moms want for Christmas, without actually asking directly – I’ve got you covered. (Hint: husbands – if you’re feeling at a loss this year as far as direction, this list could be a big help!)
I conducted an informal survey with local moms from a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles, and here’s what they say they really want this Christmas (with links provided for your convenience):
Moms Want Comfy Feet
Over 1/2 of all responses I received indicated moms really want something that will keep their feet comfortable this winter. 25% of the women listed UGG boots as a top item on their wishlist this year. (In several cases, they were replacements for beloved, but now overly worn pairs). And just slightly fewer women (22%) listed cozy slippers as a desired gift. Another response stated, “Vans. I’m obsessed with Vans and would love a new pair. Or 5.” (Any pair of Skechers with the recycled yoga-mat “Goga” insole is always a welcomed gift in my house, too – so I totally get it!)
Experiences Take Priority Over Things for Some
Several respondents included experiences as a most hoped for gift, and above all tangible items.
“My favorite gift: TICKETS!!! Tickets from a local travel agent — any one will do — to go anywhere and do any cool adventure anywhere in California or the world,” says local resident and Fresno Bee columnist, Gail Marshall.
“Local places for tickets are wide open — I adore live theater; season tickets to Roger Rockas/Second Space, StageWorks, Fresno State theater season, Fresno City College season, Broadway in Fresno, community theaters and Roosevelt School of the Arts, where our neighbor boy goes. I love tickets to concerts in almost all genres of music, tickets to lectures like Town Hall, One-Day University, home shows, all famous speakers. Movie tickets are great, too!”
And, no pressure, but Gail’s family: if you are reading… she did add, “In case you did not pick up my subtle hint for Christmas, [my biggest wishlist item] would be Hamilton Tickets!” #justsayin
“I prefer experiences and memories over things,” stated Mindy Sullivan, a mom of two, and talented local visual artist (she sings, performs with a cultural dance group, and creates murals!)
“I would really love to have a date night package as a gift. You know, a couple gift cards for some of my favorite places to go with my husband along with a night of free babysitting included, of course. A gift card for Royal Taj Indian cuisine, a gift card for Ampersand for dessert, and maybe a show at Roger Rocka’s.”
Services that Reduce Workload are Welcome
“I am obsessed with having a clean car. However, my car is rarely clean,” says Tanya Osegueda, mother of two and founder/owner of Narativ PR. “I would love a gift certificate from Marshall’s Auto Detailing. They literally come to your house to detail your car. It’s the ultimate splurge and something I would never purchase for myself.”
“A Christmas tree. Already decorated.” was another response we received that I couldn’t help but nod my head to as I read it!
I know of no mom ever in the history of ever, who would refuse a deep cleaning service for their home, either.
A wide range of small, but beloved gift ideas also poured in, including:
- “Anything from Lush. I love taking baths after a long day.” (Lush is known for their giant, deliciously-scented bath bombs)
- “A cool coffee mug I can use every day, and Dutch Bros gift certificates to fill it!”
- “Really comfy workout pants”
- Natural gifts: oil diffusers, essential oils and natural skin care items
And of course, things that sparkle and shine almost never disappoint. “Although I tell my husband I don’t need anything, I still want things,” shared Tanya Osegueda. “A friend recently shared these beautiful stackable rings from Lewis Diamond Company and I can’t get them out of my head. I love sparkles and I love jewelry. I hope Santa is listening!”
A number of locally-owned, not previously mentioned companies’ wares and gift certificates were also requested when I inquired.
Basilwood Farms, that makes skin care and other items from goats’ milk; The Foundry Collective, Kisch and Ooh La La boutiques; Gillespie Woodworks, a custom furniture and décor company; The Rugged Heart, a locally-owned Etsy store offering custom wood signs; and Meg’s Cookie Madness, a custom-cookie and dessert company were all brought up as places respondents would love a gift certificate to.
So, there you have it! A list of options as wide as can be, from which you’re sure to find at least a handful of ideas to make Christmas dreams come true, for a special mom in your life. I hope you found this list helpful. Happy shopping!
Note: this post is completely unsponsored. No company or item mentioned in this post has asked to be included, nor compensated me or FresYes in any way, in order to be featured within it.