Worst Mother's Day gifts to avoid this year

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Worst Mother's Day gifts

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If these great Mother's Day gifts weren't enough to help steer your shopping, read on below for a little more guidance, and rest assured you won't get her something you are blantantly, obviously, not supposed to get your mom for Mother's Day. Like anti-aging products or an inflatable zebra (yeah, really).


Maybe your mom watches CSI reruns on the couch for six hours a day and is sorta the target market for Snuggies. But she probably doesn't want to be called out for that behavior this explicitly, and definitely not on Mother's Day. Get her something that makes her feel like an elegant, important lady instead.

Microplush leopard snuggie, $19.99, mysnuggiestore.com

Don't get mom bath stuff

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Bath Stuff

If you have the kind of mom who can barely find time to shower, you know it. Don't give that super-busy lady bath stuff with the intention that she'll pamper herself.

What she really needs are products that streamline her routine (BB cream, anyone?) not salts and cubes and bath soaks that take a full 45 minutes to properly enjoy.

Bath ice cream soak, $25.60, me!, drugstore.com

(See more: Mother's Day gifts to buy for yourself)

Mom jewelry

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Mom Jewelry

This only works if she's said, out loud, that she really likes Mom jewelry. Otherwise, your gambling that she wants it—and if she doesn't, she'll feel totally guilt-tripped to wear those intials/names/birthdates around her neck all the time.

Mother and children necklace, $49.95, redenvelope.com; personalized date necklace, $410, metal pressions, maxandchloe.com


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If you sent her a 3D, paper card, then go ahead and add a funny e-card on top of it. But don't make an e-card your only Mother's Day card. No matter what the message, it reads "Happy Mother's Day! You're an afterthought."

Fancy Cleaning Stuff

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Fancy Cleaning Stuff

Those products may smell like basil instead of cheapy-cheesy lemon lime and that leather dustpan might be pretty enough to store in plain sight, but it's STILL not a good idea.

Basil cleaning set, $24.99, mrsmeyers.com; dustpan & broom, $30, Ole Jensen, cooperhewitt.org

Trendy stuff

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Trendy Things

She loves your fashion sense, so use it to get her a blazer or a nice pair of flats instead. Because if your mom doesn't dress like a street style star now, odds are she's not going to start just because you gave her something super-fashion-y and risky.

Neon cutout wedge sneakers, $328, Marc by Marc Jacobs, shopbop.com; tafetta turban, $295, Eugenia Kim, netaporter.com

Empty Photo Frames

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Empty Photo Frames

The frame can be completely gorgeous, but if there's no picture inside (or worse, one of those creepy stock ones of a couple hugging each other against a blue backdrop) it looks like you got really lazy.

Get the frame and the family photo inside.

Enamel picture frame, $28, cwonder.com; "Todd" round pave wrap frame, $135, Weingroff, barneys.com

Inflatable Zebra

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Inflatable Zebra

Don't give her this, no matter how tempted you are.

Inflatable zebra, $60, urbanoutfitters.com

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