10 Gifts That Moms Really Want

This Mother's Day you don't have to spend much -- or anything at all -- to show how much you care.

Mother's Day is May 8. If you're racking your brains trying to figure out what to get your mom (or your wife who is a mom), listen up. I'm a mother of two young children, so I have a pretty good idea what moms want. I also asked my friends who are moms what they would like for their special day. You might be surprised by the responses.

Manicures, massages and such are nice, but none of the moms I know put these at the top of their gift wish lists this year. What most moms want (myself included) is a break -- relief from a daily chore, a night without having to cook for everyone, a day to do whatever she wants. A survey of 500 moms by the Web site Crowdtap also found that more of them wanted rest and relaxation more than any other gift. Below you'll find five ways to give mom a break -- and five tangible gifts.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.