11 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day To Cross Off Your List

If you’re thinking about giving one of these questionable items to your mom, think again.

Mother’s Day is May 13 and we’re already overwhelmed with commercials suggesting that we aren’t good children or husbands if we don’t break the bank honoring the woman who reared us this Mother's Day. If you’ve watched TV lately, you may think infants need to cough up diamond rings for their mommies, or that daughters should pick up a new smart phone for their moms.

It’s true that moms like to receive special attention on Mother’s Day, but not all moms are so materialistic. In fact, a pizza company did a survey recently that found that 96% of moms would be happy with a homemade gift from their kids (and one of their pizzas on the table).

So if you have little ones at home, direct them to the craft aisle when shopping for a Mother’s Day gift. If you're a grown kid, then try to plan a little in advance. Because the following list is a definite no-no. 

Grocery store flowers. Come on, the woman who birthed you deserves more than a $5 bouquet of daisies you noticed next to the donuts. If you’re going to give flowers, . Or give a pot of live flowers that she can enjoy all summer long from .

Bag of chocolate. Yes, most moms delight in chocolate. But unless that bag of Walmart chocolate bars are tucked inside a handmade candy jar, you should aim a little higher. Think Godiva. Besides, she already has a bag of Special Dark miniatures hidden in the laundry room.

Cheap wine. Seriously? If your mom (or wife) likes wine, take her on a .

Discount jewelry. Leave the “best mom ever” trinkets alone, unless you’re six years old and bought that $5 dollar bracelet with the hard earned contents of your very own piggy bank.

Gift cards. Your mom cooks and cleans and even picks up your dirty socks. Now you’re going to make her shop for her own gift? Give mom a day off. If you give her a gift card, it better be for her favorite restaurant or take-out joint.

Small appliances. Just because your mom is still using the beat up toaster she got on her wedding day does not mean she needs a new one on Mother’s Day. Besides, giving your mom a toaster just says, “Mom, make me some toast.”

Exercise equipment. Even if your mom works out every day and looks like a Greek goddess, do not give her new workout gear. You may as well tell her she's fat to her face. She can buy her own workout gadgets, thank you very much.

DIY facials. Sure there’s lots of pampering goodies to be found at make-up section of Target, but if you really want to surprise mom, send her to a spa.

Coupons for chores. You and she both know these coupons will never be redeemed. If you want to offer your time and labor, do it on Mother’s Day.

A day out with the family. If you plan on giving mom a “cherished memory” in the form of a trip to the zoo, a picnic in the park or a stroll through the museum…don’t. Not unless the trip includes a pre-packed picnic lunch and a promise of no whining and no diaper changes (for those with little ones). Hint: Laumeier Sculpture Park will be hosting an art fair on Mother’s Day weekend.

Anything from the Dollar Store. Just turn around slowly and put down the 99 cent garden gnome. You’ll thank us later.

J May 08, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Make sure your wife and kids know without a doubt that you are the man that will always be there for them, your wife needs toda feel safe and secure in your arms. A wife needs to be proud of the man she is with be strong, never let your wife or kids feel unsafe or unprotected in your presence, dont tell your wife and kids that you would jump in front oferta a train and die for them. Make sure they know that you would knock the train over and live for them. And for mothers day have your wife write a honey to do for me list and make sure you do everything on that list. If a man can do these things I feel everything else will fall into place. For some people this may be to late, dont be one of those people.
MaryLynn Herron May 08, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Just because you want that cute little puppy doesn't mean Mom's will want a new pet for Mother's Day! Since she nurtures all of the time, spend the time to nurture her! Give her the gift of TIME and tell her that is what you want to give her all year long. She will love it!
Lynn May 08, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I'm probably very different than most moms, but I like most of these gifts. I don't like the exercise equipment, cheap wine or DIY facials, but the rest I would appreciate. My daughter says I'm a low-maintenance mom. *smile*
Suboone May 08, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Or Just a simple things like don't let moms cook for the day, let the kids or husbands do the house keeping , cooking for a day for mother day, make her feel she is a princes for a day. And she feel appreciated!!
Didila November 10, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Mnice idea but my moms birthday is tomorow


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