What Not to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

(Hint: Just get her food.)

We decided to do us all a favor and to put together one of those “best gift idea” lists. Then we asked a few moms around the office about their most memorable Mother’s Day gifts and realized it’s not actually the thought that counts. We don’t want our tokens of appreciation to end up in our moms’ trash cans, so we decided to put together a list of gifts not to get her instead. We hope it helps.

Homemade cards

We know what you’re thinking, “My mom loves my homemade cards.” We thought the same thing. But apparently, she doesn’t—even if you put fake money inside of it. Like they say, “If you’re old enough to rent a car, you’re too old to make your own homemade Mother’s Day cards.”

Traxxas 8s X-Maxx

Sure, the X-Maxx seems like the perfect choice with its enormous size and Velineon 1200XL Big Block motor. But we’re pretty sure your mom won’t like anything with that many Xs in its name. Not even a $1,000 remote control car capable of reaching speeds of 50+ MPH.

Poop mug

Just because your mom has a healthy sense of humor doesn’t mean she wants a coffee mug shaped like poo. It might get a quick laugh out of her, but we both know she’ll never put coffee in it. Best case scenario, it collects dust on her mug shelf until she reorganizes the kitchen.

Coupon to do half the dishes

It’s a nice gesture, but if you’re giving her a coupon, you should at least make it out for the whole chore. It’s the one day of the year you get to show your appreciation for everything your mom has done for you. She shouldn’t have to do the other half of the dishes.

Popsicle stick thing…

We aren’t really sure what’s going on here. It does look a little like a slide, but it also looks like it says “Help Me” me on one of the sticks. Either way, we recommend avoiding any gifts that require you to glue something onto something else, or that have been licked.


You’ve gotta be $h*tting me.” –Your Mom.

Hand-made sentimental coaster

Let’s face it, we don’t know how to make or customize ceramic coasters. We’re guessing this one was pre-made and later customized with a Sharpie, which sounds easy enough. But it won’t be long before all the “sentiment” is rubbed off and your mom is left with a regular coaster (and maybe some marker stains on the bottom of her mugs).

Some kind of box?

If you’re going to give your mom a box for Mother’s Day, be sure to make it big enough for her to put all the other Mother’s Day gifts she’s pretended to like over the years in. At least that way she won’t feel bad for throwing it away, and it’ll help her stay organized.

Honestly, we have no idea what your mom wants.

And we’d never use Mother’s Day as an opportunity to plug Bite Squad (our moms raised us better than that). But we will leave an order button below just in case you think having her favorite local restaurants delivered is something your mom would be in to.

Happy Mother’s Day.