🙋Florida moms reveal what they really want for Mother’s Day

Tell us using the Insider survey or PinIT! We’re sharing your responses during our newscasts

ORLANDO, Fla. – Mother’s Day is right around the corner and while families should be celebrating mom every day, it’s common for mom to get a gift or some gesture of appreciation on the holiday.

Some might celebrate by gifting jewelry, flowers, brunch or just spending time with mom.

I went straight to the source to find out what moms REALLY want, speaking with my mom colleagues here at News 6 and our Insiders across Central Florida.

“What do moms really want for Mother’s Day? More sleep and maybe to sleep in uninterrupted with my favorite coffee waiting when I get up,” said mom of two, News 6 anchor Bridgett Ellison.

“I like relaxation. I like chill time. I don’t want to go out and plant a garden or go on a hike. I just want to chill by the pool with my human and furry children,” said News 6 anchor Julie Broughton, who has a teen daughter.

Bridgett Ellison and kids (Copyright 2023 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

“I just want us to hang out together. I want y’all (her two boys) to be nice to each other and be nice to me and give me a hug,” News 6 anchor Lisa Bell said.

“It didn’t hit me until I was asked about Mother’s Day. This is the first Mother’s Day pregnant and we’re just a couple weeks away from giving birth to Eliza Grace, that’s going to be her name. I just want to be at home with my husband because these are just the last few weeks before we become a family of four. I say four because I include my dog, Scrappy, part of the family,” News 6 reporter Ezzy Castro said.

Ezzy Castro and Husband, Tim (Copyright 2023 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

“Quality time with my kids but I don’t have to worry about anything. So if we’re going to the beach, I want everything to be taken care of and I just get to sit there and enjoy the kids,” News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said.

I asked our News 6 Insiders what moms really want and received several responses through our Insider survey.

Dianne Balin from Kissimmee said “a day at the spa.”

Angeles Miles from Palm Bay agreed, adding “a special day pampering.”

Shawn Mintel from Apopka said she wants “Crepe Myrtle Trees planted for her” and would love “a handwritten note from her adult sons thanking me for helping raise them.”

Jenny Shawd from Palm Coast said she wants her “kids to be around and family” time for Mother’s Day.

Diane English from Casselberry agreed, adding “time with children.”

Some of our Insiders also shared the weirdest and most memorable gifts they’ve received.

Ellen Gong from Oviedo said she received “A paperweight with a dead insect inside.” (That’s an interesting gift.)

Nancy Mckenna from Deltona said one year for Mother’s Day, “My ex-husband bought me a new vacuum cleaner without asking if I wanted one.” (The only question I have is whether this gift was given before or after he became the ex.)

Lisa Roberts from Deland received “4x4s, dirt and a taser.”

“They wanted to build me a flower bed and be safe when I worked at night,” she said.

Candace Campos' favorite Mother's Day gift (Copyright 2023 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

“My ultimate favorite Mother’s Day gift was a joke book. It was a dad joke book, but my husband scratched out dad and put mom on the cover and I use it all the time,” Campos said.

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If you’re still having a difficult time figuring out how to honor mom, News 6 is partnering with Massage Envy to give away $175 gift cards for facials, massages and more to three of our Insiders.

All you have to do is go to our PinIt! page and post a photo of you and mom. Tell us a little about what makes your mom special. Moms - you can enter yourselves for this gift as well. We’ll be taking entries through Sunday night. We love all the photos that have been pinned so far and appreciate all of our moms out there.

CALLING ALL MOMS! Fill out the form below to answer the question or PinIt! with a photo or video of you and your family with a short description answering the question: What do moms really want for Mother’s Day? Be sure to use the ‘Holidays’ channel and ‘Mother’s Day’ category on the Pins page or via the News 6 App. (News 6 anchor Julie Broughton pinned her response below.)

Julie Broughton

What moms really want for Mother’s Day…quality relaxation time with their small people. And yeah I know my small person is taller than me now.


We’ll be sharing some of your responses throughout the week during our News 6 newscasts.

About the Author:

Crystal Moyer is a morning news anchor who joined the News 6 team in 2020.