Here’s what one mum really wants for Mother’s Day: Not flowers, spa vouchers or even


And I can imagine that mums of grown-up kids would love to see their children more, to be pestered for love like when their babies were little, to be able to wrestle some attention away from their phones and their friends, and to be the centre of their world once again.

And that’s the real reason it’s so hard to buy a Mother’s Day gift for a mum. What her heart truly desires are likely not things you can easily pay for and cart out. She wants to be seen, to be appreciated, to have more rest, to be recognised for all that she juggles and achieves, to feel beautiful, to have more time for herself.

But if someone insists on buying actual gifts for me (hint, hint, father of my children), and if my kids read this, these are the things this mama would not mind at all this Mother’s Day.

#1: A RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE COFFEE MACHINE

This is a fantasy gift registry, right? I would like an upgrade on my current coffee machine, preferably a shiny behemoth with many parts that will take up half my kitchen countertop, from a brand fronted by a Hollywood A-list actor, with coffee beans ingested and regurgitated/pooped out by some exotic animal.

I mean, a hardworking, sleep-deprived mum needs all the Grade A caffeine she can get, so she can mum better.

#2: A DAY WHERE NO ONE TALKS TO ME

I love the kiddos, but I tire of my own naggy voice sometimes. So give me one day with just the voices in my head, please. Any requests, go and ask your father.

#3: THE DYSON AIRSTRAIT



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