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; but 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.
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