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Mother’s Day – What NOT to Get ?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

So, right about this time of year … you will start seeing all kinds of ads to pull at your heart strings, on what to get MOM for Mother’s Day. You will probably also see blogs and articles with some great, unique, different ideas so you can stray from the norm. You will see romantic posts and sad posts. Some are helpful, and some are. just. NOT.

Disclaimer: Even though I am a mother to four amazing children, it is not my favorite day. Not even close. But I am tainted. My own mother died on Mother’s day, so yeah – it’s kinda hard to get excited. I do try though. If for nothing else, the kids’ sake. And great kudos go to my husband who both fully appreciates my disdain for the holiday – as well as makes efforts to make it special. Last year on Mother’s day we went to Big Bend National Park and did hiking. It was just perfect. But I digress.

So without further ado, here it is … a list of ideas on what NOT to get that special mom in your life for this holiday. This compiled list is based on actually speaking with many women and soliciting their opinions.

What Not To Get?

Flowers – many women feel they are overpriced and just die anyway. Get a plant (or tree) instead, or those edible art fruit baskets.

Exercise equipment … unless of course the mom in your life has specifically requested that, such as a FitBit. Those seem to be popular right now.

Kitchen gadgets … chances are MOM has more than her share of kitchen gadgets, and unless she has specifically requested an amazing Vitamix or something, skip it.

Cleaning gear … yeah, enough said.

Cheesy mugs … they take up space, collect dust, and unless it is a super special photo mug that is totally up her alley, steer clear of the mug aisle in Target.

Tacky t-shirts … in all probability, mom has more t-shirts than she needs, and mom looks better in clothes that fit and make her feel attractive. Unless it is personalized with her kids’ names or something, or she specifically requested a t-shirt, just don’t.

Pets … yeah, that’s just not something that should be a surprise. Pets require lots of care and attention. Make sure mom is up for that before you spring an energetic puppy on her that needs potty training.

Medical equipment … well you would think this would be self explanatory; bu apparently not. Several moms I spoke to did not appreciate getting blood pressure monitors or scales for their gift. If they need something like this or require some medical device, just buy it anyway, but don’t put a bow on it and call it a present, okay?

Magazine subscriptions … most moms already have whatever magazines they want, so you are just adding to her clutter. Unless she has been begging for Reader’s Digest, forego the recurring annoyance.

Knick-knacks … often cheap, they create clutter and it is something else for mom to dust. Unless she just happens to have a stunning collection of Willow Tree going on; and you know this type of thing makes her giddy … maybe skip the porcelain bell that says ‘World’s Greatest Mom’.

So there ya have it … a list of what not to do. Obviously, this is just opinion, based on conversations. Some women actually told me they never get anything, so they would appreciate a shower head if it meant they got a gift, so there is that aspect too.

The picture below is a drawing my son made for me as a present. Priceless I tell ya.

And here is my final though. Never, ever under-estimate the power of a hand written letter. That is all.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
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  • PHOENIX1949
    Miss my Mom (RIP 02/02/02) and have no children so not a big celebration here.

    Great list. Would be appropriate for gift-giving challenged persons for any time of year!

    Spending time together creating fun memories is at the top of my list.
    2287 days ago
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  • KITT52
    have a good day
    2288 days ago
    That picture is priceless!! My mom did get excited over receiving an iron on Mother's Day. I guess the joy was she asked for it, and we (my father and myself) listened, for once emoticon
    2288 days ago
    Great blog. I'm afraid you may be preaching to the choir here, unless the Mom/readers print this and tape it to the PlayStation monitior or something. But I'm sure many of us can identify with a few mis-gifts from your list.

    Another suggestion: sometimes experiences can be more enjoyable than objects, so going somewhere (but NOT a restaurant on Mother's Day... worse rip-off than the roses) or doing something can be nice.

    Hope you enjoy the day with your loved ones!
    2288 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10895053
    It's so nice of you to come up with this blog with suggestions, but I have to fall into the category too, of not having my Mother. Over 20 years that she's been gone now, so it's never been the same, but I am so overjoyed with being a mother myself. And I love the love that our two grown adult children show me. And yes, those little handmade little notes, etc. become more and more precious as the years go by. Happy Mother's Day to you!

    2288 days ago
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