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5 Gifts Not to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is around the corner, so now’s a good time to start doing some present planning. A good place to start is what not to get her, so we thought we’d help you out.

Moms have killer poker faces, which is why you may not have noticed any disappointment over presents you’ve given her in the past, from macaroni necklaces to wilted bouquets. And though we’re sure you’ve given her plenty of things she truly does adore, there are a few major red-flag presents you need to avoid. Here are five:

1. Flowers From a Delivery Company

You can give Mom flowers, but make sure you head over to your local floral shop and ask them to arrange and deliver the pretty bouquet. When you order from a mass website, mom gets the flowers in a box and has to arrange them herself. Often the flowers aren’t even what you saw in the picture, either. Support a local business instead.

2. Cleaning Supplies

Mother’s Day is about showing Mom your how much you love and appreciate her, not about reminding her of all the times she’s cleaned up after you or your family in the past. Though cleaning supplies may be useful, choose something that pampers the hardworking woman instead.

3. New Pet

Even if Mom has been talking about getting a fuzzy feline or adorable puppy, don’t even think about splurging on a surprise pet. Pets are a major responsibility and years-long commitment. Let Mom buy her new companion when she’s ready and has a say in which creature she takes home.

4. Loads of Cheap Sweets

Everyone loves a little candy here and there, but leaving Mom with a jumbo serving of confections can be an irritating temptation for weeks to come. If you know she loves food, opt for a small sampler of luxury chocolates that she can finish in the next few days. Skip the economy box of 50 candies.

5. Anti-Aging Products

Rich lotions? Yes. Aromatic bubble bath? Of course! Anti-aging creams? Don’t even think about it. This is a day to make mom feel good about herself, not to send her subliminal messages about her appearance and advancing years.

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