17 Moms Share the Best Gifts They Ever Received

17 Moms Share the Best Gifts They Ever Received

You never know which gifts will be the most memorable or make the most difference in life.


By: Lorraine Allen

It’s the holly jolly holidays, and that means everyone gets a little something special to unwrap. How exciting! Yes, even moms -- whose many undocumented efforts, undying care, and constant love often go unrecognized -- can look forward to receiving some nice gifts this time of year. As moms unwrap with joy and care the special surprises offered to them by their loved ones this holiday, they will probably be grateful for whatever they get. But some gifts are just more memorable, life changing, or amazing than others, naturally.

Here, 17 moms share the best holiday gifts they’ve ever gotten (so far, at least!):

1. “A 10-day trip to Italy with my husband. It was a dream come true. Amazing, amazing, amazing.” -- Amanda

2. “A full spa day at a five-star ritzy place after recovering from multiple surgeries. Aaaah-mazing!” -- Jacqueline

3. “Tickets to my teen idol band, who did a New Year’s Eve reunion show once in our city. It was the best show in my whole life.” -- Melanie

4. “An engagement ring and a marriage proposal!” -- Sharon

5. “A very fancy new car, after our kids went off to college (and my son took my old one with him, on his way out!). It was the nicest, great surprise.” -- Sarah

6. “A crazy awesome HEPA vacuum cleaner. I think this thing costs almost $800, I am not kidding, but it makes my life easier and I can clean so much faster, and my asthma is much better now too, at home at least.” -- Ashley

7. “A pony! When I was a kid, I got a rescued pony and it changed my life.” -- Soukaina

8. “A second chance with my husband. We were thinking of separating. But he took me away for a weekend together and convinced me that we could start fresh in the New Year, and how much he really, really wanted to make things work. It gave me so much hope, and we are a stronger couple now for pulling through that.” – Arianna

9. “A surprise visit home from my little brother, who was deployed overseas.” -- Caroline

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10. “We moved to a brand new home!” -- Antonia

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11. “A whole new bathroom with a steam shower with five jets, and a whirlpool tub, too. My dream!” -- Mary

12. “My husband surprised me one year with an art studio he built for me in our yard while I was traveling for work just before the holidays. Best gift ever. It’s my happy place.” -- Rebecca

13. “A beautiful gold watch that’s engraved with our daughter’s birthday and our anniversary.” -- Eileen

14. “A paddle board.” -- Erin

15. “I remember going to my first holiday ballet show with my parents and sister when I was a kid, and it was the most magical experience in my life.” -- Kathy

16. “Piano lessons. My kids knew it was something I had always wanted to learn, and they surprised me with this gift that made me cry.” -- Bea

17. “Our twins were preemies, born seven weeks early at just over 4 pounds. But they came out healthy and strong anyway, the night of New Year’s Eve, and nothing could top a holiday gift like that, ever.” -- Beth

What’s the best gift you ever got?


Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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