Mother's Day gifts are being purchased this weekend (Mother's Day is May 13th, you know!), and sadly most of the people buying them really don't have a clue. There are a few things that should never be bought or given to moms, but needless to say, this weekend they will be.
According to a report from The Huffington Post, some of the worst gifts to give moms are those that create work for her. And yes, this includes household appliances like power brooms (unless of course she can actually ride on it!) and super-duper sized crock pots.
That said, don't give your mom anything that says, "I hope you'll use this to cook us a delicious meal soon." And leave out the "This will save you time while scrubbing the toilet" gifts, too.
Mother's Day gifts should be from the heart, but when the heart isn't all that good at selecting gifts in the first place, they often do even worse when it comes to Mother's Day.
Don't buy Mom work essentials that are disguised not to be work essentials either. For example, just because a cutting board and paring knife come in a really pretty shade of pink, it still means she'll be cooking your dinnerÂ—and sooner, rather than later, too.
Help the children take heed as well. Yes, they typically make their gifts, but remind them that if they use an entire vial of glitter on their Mother's Day card that Mom is the one that has to clean that vial of glitter off the carpet. And no, that doesn't mean buy her a vacuum cleaner. If you do that, she has every right in the world to suck you up with it.
Don't buy Mom gifts that say stupid things. 'Kiss the Cook' signs, 'I'm With Stupid' t-shirts and even books on parenting all fall under this heading. She raised you, right? Don't give her a book that highlights everything she may have done wrong. She also knows that when Mother's Day is over she'll be right back to cooking your dinner, and she surely knows the IQ of her husband by now.
Mom doesn't want to see her name in bling eitherÂ—unless of course it's several carats worth of diamonds that she can cash in on a luxury condo on the beach. She knows she's your mom and so does everyone else. A gold plated pin or tacky necklace reminding her of that fact won't make her treat you any better.
Anything that mentions the term 'anti-aging,' 'cellulite,' or even hints at 'extra support' should be scrapped as well. This isn't the time to remind your mom that there's room for self-improvement. She knows. She also knows you helped make her the way she is today.
If you're really stuck on Mother's Day gifts for Mom, Grandma or your wifeÂ—take heed. You're not alone. But you don't have to go it alone, either. Go into the nearest store known for lovely giftsÂ—soft lingerie, fine quality jewelry or even pretty baubles. And don't be afraid to ask for helpÂ—from a woman, of course!
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