Woman to Woman: The 10 Worst Mother's Day Gifts Ever
Woman to Woman: The 10 Worst Mother's Day Gifts Ever

By Hamish Carpenter

It's Mother's Day, that time of year when you let Mom know how much you appreciate everything she's done for you. But sometimes those expressions of love get lost in translation, like when you somehow convince yourself one of the following gifts will result in smiles and hugs … and not the kind of blowback you haven't seen since you flunked biology.

If you're looking to rub your maternal unit the wrong way this year, go ahead and wrap one of these babies up. But let's face it: It's gonna be tough telling the guys at the office you've been grounded.

A Kitchen Appliance

This woman has spent years cramming food down your gob. A kitchen tool will seem less like a "Thank you" and more like a, "Hey, Ma! Can you whip me up another meatloaf?"

Bathroom Accoutrements

The idea of brightening up the commode with a gold-plated toilet brush or beautiful new soap dish is all well and good, but she's gonna look at it and think one thing: crap.

Lingerie

Unless you have a special relationship with Mom that would bring prosecution in all 50 states, this creepy notion will bring the holiday to a screaming halt … and probably lead to your needing to register with local authorities.

A Gift Certificate

"Dear Mom, I just couldn't be bothered to put any effort into thinking about what you might want, so here's this."

A Pet

Your mom is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of taking care of you. She's thinking pedis and mah-jongg -- not starting from scratch raising a brand-new helpless creature.

Fruit of the Month Club

Not exclusively a bad Mother's Day gift. This is the kind of monumentally awful gift that can ruin any occasion.

A Fancy Vacuum Cleaner

"It's time for you to take life a little easier, Ma. Use this!" Well, that might be a functionally sound concept. But for a woman who just spent half her life cleaning up after you, this idea sucks.

Lunch at Any Restaurant With Laminated Menus

While Hooter's and IHOP are time-honored institutions, they won't exactly scream "special occasion." Any screaming you hear will likely be X-rated and directed at you if you choose to take her to one of these joints.

Automotive Supplies

Nothing says I really am an unsentimental, self-involved son like a brand-new set of white walls!

A Gym Membership

Your mother passes as many health clubs as you do every day. So if she hasn't signed up for anything yet, she's not looking for a reminder from you that she needs to get in shape. Stick with chocolates on her special day. You can tell her she's fat tomorrow.

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