Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: It’s not always the thought that counts when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts. Sometimes the best of intentions can be foiled by a gift that is simply a dud. The nice thing about the Internet is that people sometimes post pictures of these duds, and although these pictures can be quite amusing, they can also serve as cautionary tales to help us avoid making the same types of mistakes. So before you go and buy your mom some flowers or make her that homemade gift, you might want to check out these Mother’s Day fails and consider some alternative gifts your mom might like a whole lot more.
Sure, flowers are a nice traditional approach, but too often they’ll wilt on you like these sad specimens. Besides, you get your mom flowers every year. It’s time to branch out and try something different, like this pearl flower pendant from eBay on sale for only $39.99. It has the beauty of a flower and it won’t wilt: that’s a win-win for both you and your mom!
A “Moters Day” Mug
Homemade gifts are sweet… when they’re not filled with typos, that is. If you do decide to go the homemade route this year, please make sure you have someone proofread your gift before you give it to your mom. She didn’t raise you to be a sloppy writer, after all.
A nice alternative to the typo-ridden homemade mug is a mug with proper spelling and grammar made by a professional. Amazon has a lot of these types of mugs to choose from, including this lovely one from Abbey Press and this silly one from Got Me Tipsy. So whether you decide to design your own or buy one from the store, just make sure it’s spelled M-O-T-H-E-R.
Random Stuff You Had Laying Around
Nothing says “Happy Mother’s Day” like some firewood and a Lana Del Rey CD! I don’t know if this was a real Mother’s Day gift or not, but it certainly fails on many levels either way.
Don’t get your mom something random this Mother’s Day; get her something uniquely for her, like this kate spade new york personalized journal available at Nordstrom Rack for only $16.
A Minimalistic Spa Kit
Now this one is just cruel. Come on, Gareth!
This Mother’s Day, don’t just get your mom a starter kit, get her the works with a spa and wellness gift card.
The Classic Steve Buscemi Dress
Look, we get that this dress is literally the best thing ever; however, it might not be the best gift for your mom. Sure, she loves the movie “Fargo” and something about his beady little eyes comforts her immensely; we’re just not 100% sure she’d be thrilled about having to wear his face to a nice restaurant.
Perhaps a more low-key gift might be better in this case. Although this Hynes Eagle Kate Tote from Rakuten.com doesn’t feature Mr. Buscemi’s beautiful face, it’s still sure to please your mom with its chic style. I think Steve would approve.
This Novelty Picture of Sigmund Freud
It’s probably for the best that you don’t bring up the Oedipus Complex on Mother’s Day, even if your mom is a huge fan of psychoanalysis.
Instead, why not get your mom a stylish Ashford watch? Ashford watches are great Mother’s Day gifts because they’re great looking, practical and, most importantly, not Oedipal at all! Yay!
A Tie with You and Your Siblings’ Pictures on It
So, let me get this straight. You woke up Mother’s Day morning, mistakenly thought it was Father’s Day, panicked and quickly made your old man this tie? Then, when you found out it was actually Mother’s Day, you didn’t have time to fix your mistake, so now, although your mom has told you she loves it, your siblings will never let you live it down? Is that what you’re telling me?
Wow. That’s quite the Mother’s Day fail, my friend. Hopefully this year you’ll make up for last year’s mistake by getting your mom something amazing, like an iPhone or an iPad. You can get $200 off any iPad when you order any new iPhone from T-Mobile. She’ll be too distracted playing around with her new tech to remember last year’s fiasco.
A Framed Photo of Your Desperate Newspaper Ad
Look, your mom already knows that you have trouble finding a girlfriend, so you don’t have to remind her of that sad fact. Why give her a sad picture from your past when you can give her the ability to take so many great photos in the future? Focus Camera has the Sony Alpha digital camera for $698 if you want to go the fancy camera route this year.
A Frying Pan
You do realize that if you get your mom anything having to do with cooking or cleaning or housework in general, she’s going to hit you with it, right? Good, so DON’T DO IT!
Instead, why not treat your mom to a trip away from the house with a luxury escape from Expedia or a stay at a four star hotel in Cancun from Hotels.com? That way she’ll get a well-deserved vacation, and you won’t get a frying pan to the face.
The Dreaded Last Minute Card
Oh, no, you did it again. You waited until the last minute to buy her a Mother’s Day card, and when you got to the store, there weren’t any Mother’s Day cards left. Oh, brother!
Don’t wind up having to re-purpose a nephew’s first communion card again this year. A good way to avoid this hassle is by printing your own personalized Mother’s Day card from Blue Mountain. They have a ton of great designs to choose from at affordable low prices, so what are you waiting for?
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