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New Moms on What They Want for Mother’s Day

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What to buy for the woman who is really, really tired.

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Mother’s Day is this weekend, so if you haven’t bought your mom a gift yet, now is definitely the time to do that. Here are some ideas to get you started if you need some extra inspo — candles, beauty products, and those fancy pillows that smell good are all pretty safe bets. But what do you get a sleep-deprived new mom? We asked a few to tell us what they really want this year (besides a nap).

This is my first Mother's Day as a giftee instead of a gifter. My daughter, Evangeline, was born on March 10th. I picked out my Mother's Day gift when I was still pregnant (is that weird?) and am really excited to receive it. It's the Full Heart Necklace from Catbird, with an E for Evangeline, of course.

Obviously my husband is responsible for this gift since our daughter is not yet capable of online shopping. I guess I have another year of that before the handprint cards kick in! (Nothing against handprint cards; I have no doubt that I will be moved to tears by whatever this little gremlin gives me at any point in my life.) —Stefanie, Montgomery, Alabama

A beauty day. I'm a beauty publicist, so I'm always down for an indulgent day, but now more than ever, I could use it. A massage is a must — between constantly hunching over when breast-feeding, carrying an 18-pound babe all over the place, and schlepping a monster stroller, my back has taken a beating. I would love a 90-minute deep tissue to work all of those kinks out. Throw in a facial to help with the hormonal acne I'm still fighting post-pregnancy, and I'd be in heaven.

A new bikini, preferably Malia Mills. I was pregnant AF last summer — my son, Bodie, was born on July 18th — so while I still rocked my bump in bikinis last summer, they were certainly not as cute as I'd liked. I've worked my ass off to get my body back and better than pre-Bodie, so I'd be proud to wear a new bikini (when I'm not nine months pregnant) this summer on the beach. Malia Mills is so chic and so flattering (and so expensive). —Jaime, Jersey City, New Jersey

I have two daughters that I absolutely adore. They’re 1 and 4 (almost 5), and they light up my world. But I'm f'ing tired. I know Mother's Day is supposed to be about spending time together and showing love, but I just want to be left alone — not for long, maybe just a few hours. I mentioned to my husband the other day that I would love to go to Target alone — I can see myself wandering each aisle (maybe twice!) by myself while drinking my Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks. I just want to be able to look for toilet paper without someone jumping on me, knocking over displays, or tugging at my shorts to be nursed.

Maybe after that I'd like to enjoy a hot meal (the issue here is not that I never get to eat, it's just that I never get to eat food at the temperature it's supposed to be served). Last, I'd like a massage. That massage may even include a nap, considering I'm flipping tired. So, Mother's Day doesn't have to be crazy. I just want to decompress and breathe! —Hessley, Beaufort, South Carolina

The one under-eye cream/treatment that would hide the fact that I'm operating on about a third less sleep than I used to. Or, the one dry shampoo that actually really works. Or — failing such unicorn products — a really nice hand cream, because I Purell my hands ALL THE TIME these days. —Mary, Brooklyn, New York

I'd like to go camping with my family for the weekend and dig for Herkimer diamonds. (Google them, they’re incredible! I can't afford Tiffany diamonds — I'll take Herkimer diamonds instead.)

I'd like to spend the day with MY mom. (She lives in Maryland).

I'd like to spend an afternoon with friends at Spa Castle or the Russian bathhouses. (It'd be sweet to get pampered instead of pampering for just a few hours!)

I'd like a Vespa. (Go big or go home, right?!)

I'd like to have tea at The Plaza. (“Mommy and Me Tea” would be just lovely.)

I'd like to take my baby guy to the zoo. (We've never been, but I think one little monkey boy I know would love this.)

I'd like to take a macaron cooking class at Macaron Parlor or Ladurée. (Because treats ingested on Mother's Day don't count, right? Plus, as a breast-feeding mom, I need those extra calories!) —Jessica, New York, New York

Are you a new mom? Tell us what you want by emailing and we’ll add it to the list.