By Jessica Samakow on Parentdish.com
Year after year, you practice your "I love it" face in the mirror before receiving your Mother's Day gift. Of course, you appreciate your family's effort, but you'll likely be returning whatever gift you're unwrapping. To avoid the inevitable Mother's Day gift blooper, forward this guide to Dad to give him some not-so-subtle clues on gift-buying don'ts.
Tips for Dad: What Not to Buy
Exercise Equipment or Diet Books
Nothing says 'I love you' quite like a jump start to weight loss. Note to dad: No matter how much your wife talks about wanting to lose weight, buying her a "Get Rid of Love Handles" DVD is not the answer. And, offering to fund her liposuction isn't the greatest idea either.
As lovely as soaps and bubble bath gift-baskets may look, let's be serious here: When was the last time mom had time to soak up the suds? The lavender scented bubble bath that you bought her last year is still under her sink, unopened. Let her finish that one first, and you can buy her a new one when the time comes -- in ten years.
Cheesy 'World's Best Mom' Gear
Ok, so the sentiment is sweet. But aside from Mother's Day, mom isn't going to walk around sporting "#1 mom" around her neck or across her chest -- it's just embarrassing. Write it in the card, not on the jewelry.
Sure, Mom keeps the house nice and tidy, and often complains how much easier it would be if only she had top-of-the-line cleaning supplies. But, she wants them on a Wednesday, not on Mother's Day. "Hey Mom, scrub the floor," is not exactly her ideal Mother's Day card.
Mom loves to cook, yes. But just because she wants a new toaster doesn't mean Mother's Day is the time to give it to her. After all, she's cooking for you.
A Pool Table or a Grill
Mother's Day is not the time to leverage in something you've been eyeballing, dad. Even if your wife agrees that a new plasma TV would look nice in your living room, she doesn't want to spend Mother's Day observing how much clearer the football game is.
We can all admit: After making fun of the Snuggie, we secretly wanted one. But, reminding mom that she spends every Friday night plopped on the couch is not the way to go. She doesn't need a special blanket for date night with the couch until she's ready to buy it for herself.
A Puppy or a Hampster
While your new pet might be adorable, we all know that it will soon become mom's responsibility. Don't give her the "gift" of having to clean up dog poop.
Clothing That's the Wrong Size
Unless you are positive what size your wife is, buying her clothes is just a bad idea. If you buy her something too small, she'll be upset that it doesn't fit. If you buy her something too big, she'll be upset that you think she's that large.
What Not to Buy For Mom: The Worst Mother's Day Presents
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