Please Don't Buy Me This for Mother's Day
New dads may be pros at assembling cribs—but picking a Mother's Day gift can be another story. We've asked moms to share some of the less-than-desirable gifts they've received. Take notes, Dad!
“Please don’t buy me any more potholders. I think I have more holders than pots at this point!”
—Michelle, mom of an 11-year-old, 7-year-old, and 1-year-old
When you need to buy your wife a holder just to store all of her potholders, it may be time to cook up a new gift idea.
“Please don’t buy me a scale again. Unless you want me to hit you over the head with it.”
—Patty, mom of a 3-year-old and 6-month-old
Mother’s Day: a time to relax and celebrate and indulge … and keep your weight in check? Fun!
“Please don’t buy me a cookbook. If you want to feast on something, go and watch Giada.”
—Joyce, mom of a 3-year-old and 1-year-old
Because nothing says “I love you” like, “Go learn how to make me a Tuna Pasta Bake, woman!”
“Please don’t get me wrinkle cream again. I know having kids has added a few lines, but I don’t need to be reminded of it!”
—Ann, mom of a 2-year-old
Unless, Dad, you want to receive something similar in return—such as back hair removal cream.
“Please don’t buy me anymore Snuggies. One ugly fleece sack will do, thank you very much.”
—Krys, mom of 18-month-old twins
That goes for anything that says, “Mom, you have a face and a body for radio.”
World's Best Mom Certificate
“Please don’t give me any more ‘World’s Best Mom’ certificates. I’d prefer something more personal, less … printed out from the Internet.”
—Angie, mom of a 2-year-old
And I don’t think she means a “World’s Best Mom” T-shirt, either.
“Please don’t get me any more fake flowers. I know they last forever, like your love, but it’s not 1983 anymore! Buy me a plant!”
—Laura, mom of a 4-year-old and 4-month-old
Yet another thing around the house to dust. How … wonderful.
Bath Soap and Salts
“Please don’t buy me any more bath soaps and salts. I never even got a chance to use the ones I got last year!”
—Noemi, mom of a 7-year-old, 4-year-old, 2-year-old, and 3-month-old
Not to mention Mom is starting to feel a little self-conscious (sniff, sniff).
“Please don’t buy me any kitchen appliances. I like cooking, but it’s the last thing I want to think about on Mother’s Day!”
—Jenn, mom of a 3-year-old with another one on the way
Pro tip: Any gifts that create work are probably not such a “gift.”
Excessively Large Shirts
“Please don’t buy me any more extra-large shirts. I’M A SIZE SMALL!”
—Johanna, mom of a 4-year-old and 14-month-old
When in doubt, dads, go extra-small. Always go extra-small.
“Please don’t buy me skimpy lingerie. We’re celebrating motherhood, for goodness sake. And, let’s face it, that gift is more for you than it is for me.”
—Tara, mom of a 13-month-old
Also the kind of gift that could lead to making more kids!
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