I've gotten the e-mails, I've heard the commercials, and I have a few doozies of bad Mother's Day gift ideas to share with you all today.
Pray that no one listened to the advice of these marketers and advertisers, because these are some of the worst gifts I can imagine receiving on my big day!
The first one that comes to mind is cleaning products. Fathers. sons, and daughters, lend me your ears!
No mother wants cleaning products on Mother's Day. Not even fancy pants ones, like these lovely Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. Why? Because behind the fancy packaging, the same messaging applies:
GET SCRUBBING, WOMAN.
The bad ideas get worse! Read on to see them!
One of the most infamous bad Mother's Day gift ideas came in the form of a recent e-mail sent out to bloggers. Here, from blogger Liz Gumbinner is the actual text:
Life moves too quickly. Help rejuvenate your mom with a day at the spa, indulge her with chocolates and flowers, help her relax and slow down from her fast-paced world full of deadlines, commitments and obligations. And help her be more comfortable with Replens, A Long Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer.
We all know how busy a mom’s life can be but this Mothers Day take time to educate your mom about the treatment options available for vaginal dryness. Nearly every woman will experience vaginal dryness sometime in her life, oftentimes making even daily activities unbearable. It is most often associated with the normal decline or fluctuation of the female hormone estrogen. This fluctuation can be triggered by childbirth, breastfeeding or menopause. Dryness can also be caused by stress, certain medications, or excessive exercise.
This Mothers Day take time for yourself or time to educate a woman you love about vaginal dryness and Replens!
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The Shane Company is pushing one of its many charm bracelets for Mother's Day. The idea itself isn't horrible- But the commercial goes on to state that future holidays will be so much easier for the bumbling husband, because he can simply buy his wife a charm!
Can you imagine getting a charm for all your special days? Um, no thanks.
Men, if your sweetheart asks for a charm bracelet, then by all means, get her one. The fact is, though, that many women put away the idea of charm bracelets once they graduate from junior high. And I don't know any woman who wants nothing but charms in her holiday future.
You've probably received at least one e-mail urging you to send your mom an e-card for Mother's Day. This is not a bad idea- as long as it's not ALL you're sending. If you care to send the very best, make sure it includes more than an e-card, mkay?
The Mama Drama blogger from the Austin-American Statesman's website reports receiving a pitch promoting a bed of nails for moms on Mother's day:
Otherwise known as a Halsa Wellness Mat ($49.99) , it consists of 8,820 spikes “that stimulate your body’s acupressure points, helping it to release natural pain relief hormones.” I believe in alternative medicine, but ouch. I’ll take breakfast-in-bed, instead, thank you.
Have you heard any bad Mother's Day gift ideas? Or have you received a bad gift in the past? Share in the comments!