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17 November 2016 by Calan

As part of our research a couple weeks back on the toys children play with most, we took the opportunity to ask over 1,500 mums what they wanted for Christmas this year.

While we've removed it from the list, time is a very popular request, both time to themselves and time with family. That's not a big surprise given that being a mum is somewhat taxing on one's free time. In my house, I'm not entirely sure that giving my wife a day off would necessarily absolve me of all gifting responsibilities, but it would certainly be appreciated so I'm inspired by these comments.

Holidays, weekend breaks and spa days

On a similar theme, the most popular request is for a holiday, with it appearing on the list 96 times, followed by 39 requests for a weekend away and another 39 for a spa day. Family days out, theatre tickets and facials are all popular choices for things to do and ways to relax over Christmas.

Vouchers!

I was surprised to see vouchers appearing as many as 45 times in Christmas gift lists - perhaps us men aren't doing that well at choosing gifts and mums don't want to waste money on something they don't expicitly want!

Clothes, Fitbits and gadgets

Clothes is a popular choice, as are Fitbits, handbags, jewellery and make-up, along with various kitchen and household gadgets, which we've listed for some inspiration.

Personalised gifts

Personalised gifts are also popular, a few of which have been listed, but many more appear in the previous post on the gifts mums cherish most, so if you're thinking about something in this category give that post a read.

If you're looking for a gift for a mum, hopefully the lists below help you find something awesome this year.

Things to do

  • Holiday (96)
  • Weekend away (39)
  • Spa day (39)
  • Family day out (33)
  • An experience day (21)
  • Theatre tickets (24)
  • Facial (9)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Breakfast in bed with hand written letters and great listening
  • One date with my husband where we'd have dinner and watch ballet
  • Foot massage
  • Pamper session
  • Surprise trip
  • Swim card for local leisure centre
  • Diving lessons
  • Tickets to Amaluna circus
  • Sewing classes
  • Gym membership

Gifts

  • Vouchers (45)
  • Clothes (36)
  • Fitbit (18)
  • Handbag (18)
  • Jewellery (18)
  • Makeup (15)
  • Earrings (15)
  • Apple Watch (12)
  • Jodi Picoults new book
  • Jumper
  • Kindle
  • Kitchen Aid
  • Knitted blanket
  • Engagement ring
  • Cashmere jumper
  • Dyson cordless
  • Dyson fan
  • Dyson hairdryer
  • Food processor
  • Free standing cake mixer
  • Garden shed to declutter the house
  • Gluten free snack box subscription
  • Go pro
  • Camera
  • Guitar
  • Hair straightening brush
  • Hoover cordless
  • Michael Kors handbag
  • Outdoor jacket
  • Painting
  • Pebble watch
  • Perfume
  • Shoes
  • Slippers
  • Slow cooker
  • Soap cutter
  • Sock knitting yarn
  • Ted baker handbag
  • Thermomix
  • Tree ornament linked to specific year of importance
  • Vivienne Westwood purse
  • Dyson v8 absolute
  • Make up bag
  • Sofa
  • Wardrobe

Personalised items

  • An album of our wedding photos
  • Framed pictures of my family
  • Hand on heart handprint of my son's hand to match my daughter one
  • Handmade presents from partner and child
  • Necklace with 'mummy' on or my daughters finger print
  • Personalised baby item
  • Personalised pandor charm
  • Photo book
  • Photo shoot voucher for my daughter
  • Canvas prints of my family
  • Books and my husband has started a photo wall for my birthday /christmas present
  • Canvas of children