In case your phone hasn’t been blowing up with constant reminders from your mom, this Sunday is, in fact, Mother’s Day. This means you have less than 48 hours in which to buy the mom in your life a gift. Whether she’s your own mother or the mother of your children, here are a few gifts to avoid giving on Mother’s Day.
1. Kitchen Appliances
Unless there was a specific documented request, do not buy anything resembling a blender, coffee maker, or toaster. You will be toast if you do. Instead, let her know that you will be making her breakfast in bed, bring her coffee or a mimosa, and fix her favorite breakfast dish.
2. Sweats & a Gym Membership
To a woman, this one-two combo punch sends a really BIG wrong message. Instead, get her a gift card to go shopping at her favorite store or mall, and offer to walk the kids while she enjoys a day of shopping.
3. Gift Certificate for a Massage or Manicure/Pedicure
It’s a great idea, but if a mom has to make the appointment for herself, there’s a chance she won’t redeem it. Instead, make the appointment for her and let her know you will be watching the kids while she enjoys a relaxing spa day.
This gift is tried, true, and awfully cliche. It also says that you forgot and scrambled for a last minute gift. Instead of flowers, take Mom to the Dallas Arboretum to see the flowers in bloom and the beautiful glassworks of the Chihuly exhibit.
5. A Big Family Meal
Don’t plan a huge family shindig. Often times, this means Mom will have to clean the house or prepare a meal or dish. That just takes away from the idea that Mother’s Day is really Mom’s Day Off. Instead, give Mom an eReader or Tablet loaded with a book, and take the kids away from the house. Give Mom some time to herself to relax in a quiet house.
6. World’s Greatest Mom Anything
If it says “World’s Greatest Mom” on it, avoid it. You don’t need a gift to tell her she’s world-class. Instead, take Mom out for a special outing for bonding time.
7. Gag Gifts
Unless your Mom has a sense of humor, it’s best to avoid gag gifts. Instead, make something special like a DVD photo slideshow of special memories.