Before you spend a bunch of money on a huge mistake this Mother's Day, here are 5 things mom DOESN'T want on her special day.

Mother's Day Fails

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Every Mom is different and has their own personal list of wants and needs, but I've been doing this mom thing for over 10 years now, so I'm pretty confident that I have a good idea of what most moms DON'T want for Mother's Day. Let's start with some common mistakes made on Mother's Day;
  • Moms don't want you to spend a bunch of money on them.
  • Moms don't want anything that will require them to do MORE work.
  • Moms don't want a spa day...if they have to take their kids with them.
  • Moms don't want breakfast in bed if it will be served by a young child prone to making big messes.
  • Moms probably don't need another item that says "World's Best Mom" on it. (unless it was hand made by their children).

Sure, some moms have been yearning for an expensive piece of jewelry or gadget, but unless you know FOR SURE what she wants...don't go there.

5 More Things Moms DON'T Want for Mother's Day

As I said before, I am a mom, most of my friends are moms, and I have a mom, so I hear a lot of talk about what women do NOT want for Mother's Day.

While the list of bad gift ideas is long, let's sum it up with five "I don't want" things I've heard mentioned the most...

1. Flowers


I'm specifically talking about pricey flower bouquets here, NOT hanging flower baskets or planters for the yard. Yes, most moms love flowers, but if you're going to spend a decent chunk of change on them, make sure it's on something we can smell and enjoy all summer long.

2. Expensive Bath Products

Photo by shawnee wilborn on Unsplash
Photo by shawnee wilborn on Unsplash

Some moms love taking relaxing baths, but the problem with buying fancy bath products for Mother's Day is cost and scent specific. Overpaying for something you think is fancy is something most moms don't want you to do, and going rogue with a scent option is always a horrible idea. Moms don't want to feel obligated to bathe in scented bubbles that make them nauseous, not to mention it's darn hard to find the time to take a long, relaxing bath. Steer clear.

3. A Gym Membership, Scale, or anything that screams "You need to lose weight"

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Mom may say that she needs to go on a diet all the time, but your gift should never push her in that direction unless she SPECIFICALLY asks for it. No one wants to make Mom cry on Mother's Day.

4. Domestic appliances

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Your home may very well need a new vacuum, toaster, iron, washing machine, garbage can, etc., but why on Earth would you ever think a gift that screams "feed me", "clean me", or "do more work", is ever a good idea? You big dummy.

5. A Gift That's Really For You Too


While buying Mom a special experience is something I'm usually on board with, just know going down this road can be a slippery slope. If you're going to buy two concert tickets, for instance, make sure it's a concert that Mom would actually enjoy and is NOT required to take you to as well. Not all moms want to go to a NASCAR race or rock concert, sometimes they want to go see Taylor Swift with their bestie instead of you.

The Most Important Thing to Remember About Mother's Day

The whole purpose of Mother's Day is to make the woman who gave birth to us and/or devoted their life to helping us thrive feel special. Accomplishing this doesn't require a lot of money, it only requires your presence. Make or do something that will make mom smile. Spend time with her. Simply say, thank you.

YOU are the most important thing in Mom's life. All she needs to make Mother's Day special is YOU. Remember that.

I love you, Mom!

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