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The Best Holiday Gifts for Moms, According to 12 Moms

We already have some idea of what moms want for the holidays — these earrings are a hit, and (depending on your mom’s personality) so is a Vitamix, a cat ice-cream truck, or a gourmet coffee sampler — but to get the lowdown on mom gifts, we went straight to source. Here, 12 mothers on what they want from their kids, both young and not-so. (And for more mom gift ideas, click here.)

“As the mom of a 4-year-old, I’m only now starting to reclaim some of my time and a smidgen of my pre-baby body. To that end, I’ll be asking for Adidas by Stella McCartney workout gear as I endeavor to get back in shape. A Wintersport Top in bold red speak to my Spanish roots and fashion sensibility.” —Isabel González Whitaker, deputy editor, Billboard, mother of 4-year-old son

“I love entertaining and don’t ever throw a party without a specialty cocktail. Tom Dixon’s copper-plated plum shot glasses would be a great gift.” —Lela Rose, fashion designer, mother of 15-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter

“My wants are either small and ridiculous, like a bush that makes the red berries we all like at Christmas, or large and even more ridiculous, like 30 acres and an off-the-grid cabin. Our music system is antiquated and stupid beyond words and I’d love to replace it, but something really high-tech would be hard for me to master.” —Diane Comas, retired school counselor, mother of 37-year-old son and 35-year-old son

“As a working mom who drops off my 3-year-old at preschool before hopping on the train to Manhattan, I’ve gotta be in comfy shoes. I was obsessed with these Vera Wang high-top wedge-sneakers for a few years — they look cool with pretty much everything, so I didn’t have to change shoes when I got to work. But when I went to buy a new pair, I saw they’re no longer being produced! So this year, I’d love Nike’s version, the Dunk Sky Hi. All black, even the sole, with some texture to keep things fun. That unexpected touch of sportiness adds edge to skinny jeans, long flowy skirts, even pencil skirts or slim pants and a blazer.” —Amy Keller Laird, editor-in-chief, Women’s Health, mother of 3-year-old son and 7-year-old son

“Ever since about four months into pregnancy, my sleep has never been the same. Maybe I’m just getting old, and it has nothing to do with being a mom, but my sleep has suffered. I’ve been looking into getting a Beddit sleep tracker, a Dreampad, and an essential-oil diffuser. Anything to get back to eight or nine hours would be amazing.” —Laura Herzig, DDS, dentist, mother of 1-year-old son

“My 13-year-old daughter usually saves her money and gets good presents, whereas my 15-year-old son usually scans his bookshelf the morning of, wraps something up, and calls it a day. This year I would really love a photo collage or video featuring the both of them. They’re constantly taking photos and making videos all the time. It would be great to see how they would put together something with the two of them at the center.” —Danyelle O’Hara David, independent consultant, mother of 15-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter

“I also love tea and think that either a special tea would be nice (from a company like Teavana) or just a box of tea my kids know I like to drink regularly. It’s affordable (especially if they go the latter option) and would be very appreciated!” —Danyelle O’Hara David

“Besides world peace — truly — and health and happiness for my family, I’d love some time away (a week?) at a spa to rejuvenate, reflect, and relax. A more practical gift would be a device or person that organizes the photos that have collected in yellowed albums, drawers, and now on phones and computers over the years in some meaningful order. Oh, and I’d also love a really nice white T-shirt.” —Melody Price, boutique owner, mother of 33-year-old daughter, 31-year-old daughter, and 26-year-old son

“I would love custom Nikes designed by my kids. My inner 13-year-old boy is alive and well, meaning I love sneakers and collecting unique styles. Plus, I really respect my kids’ style and taste. Even if they were ugly, the fact that my kids created them and put their own flavor on them would make them so uniquely ugly that I would probably like them.” —Molly Stern, makeup artist, mother of 11-year-old daughter, 10-year-old son, and 6-year-old daughter

“I would love a new Glamourpuss Fur Funnel. It’s made of knitted rex-rabbit fur and they’re easy and chic. I wear it around my neck or sometimes wear it as a hat, and it’s saved me from many a frigid New York City day. The new collection has tons of additional colors that are all so tempting.” —Clémence von Mueffling, founder and editor of Beauty and Well Being, mother of 6-year-old twins

“All I want for Christmas is the MaxMara 101801 Icon Coat. It’s the most deliciously luxurious, comfy, and chic coat I’ve ever tried on. It’s obviously a classic and the best part is that I can strap my newborn onto me and cuddle her up inside the coat while still looking pulled together and professional. I’m all about channeling Diane Keaton in Baby Boom this year.” —Madeline Fawcett, founder of Project MM, mother of newborn girl

Note: If you’re in the market for a less expensive camel coat, try this one from The Kooples that’s under $500.