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10 Things No One Should EVER Give Mom on Mother’s Day

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Shopping for Mom can be stressful. She’s the woman who brought you into the world, who  cleaned your face with her own spit when you were little, who asked you on a daily basis if you were raised in a barn (and did so lovingly). There’s no gift that can thank her for all that she does, but here are 10 that absolutely no one should ever give to Mom:


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1

An E-card

 
 

She may say thank you and even say, "That was very sweet" in her email response to your e-card, but just know she's staring at her computer screen with her jaw hung open and dreams of jewelry and the spa crumbling all around her.

 
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eBay
2

A Headache

 
 

If there's one day that you really do use your inside voice, it's Mother's Day. It doesn't matter how hard your sister just kicked you beneath the table, you smile and bite your tongue instead of screaming. Today is the one day Mom shouldn't have to seek refuge in the bathroom.

 
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sociant.com
3

Gas Station Flowers

 
 

Your mom prepared you countless meals, suffered through hours of watching Barney, and fed and cleaned the pet you PROMISED you'd take care of. She deserves better than gas station gifts.

 
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4

A Wet Bottom

 
 

Don't leave the toilet seat up. And clean up after yourself. What, were you raised in a barn or something?

 
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5

Infomercial Products

 
 

Do you really want your mom knowing how much late-night TV you watch? Try to avoid any gifts with a call-within-15-minutes-and-receive-a-free-Ginsu-knife offer.

 
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A Guilt Trip

 
 

It doesn't matter that she takes every opportunity she can to provide you with an all-expenses-paid round-trip ticket to the Land of Guilt, on Mother's Day you don't send her there, no matter how much money you've had to drop in therapy because of her.

 
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Swiffer
7

ANY Sort of Cleaning or Cooking Product

 
 

Sure, the gal in the Swiffer commercial may look ecstatic, like her new mop was the greatest thing that ever happened to her life, but we can guarantee your mom won't have the same look on her face if you give her something to help her keep cleaning up after everyone as a Mother's Day gift.

 
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Amazon
8

Self-Help Books

 
 

On Mother's Day, your mom is a completely perfect being who couldn't improve anything about herself and therefore doesn't need a self-help book (even if she really does).

 
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9

Cash

 
 

Your intentions may be in the right place, and you're right that your mom would definitely pick something out for herself better than you can, but hit somewhere other than the ATM for her Mother's Day gift.

 
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10

Excuses

 
 

Maybe there IS a logical explanation for why your bed has yet to be made. Save it. No excuses on Mother's Day.

 

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