Do vs. Do Not: A Mother’s Day Guide to Gift Giving

By: Toni Cunningham | April 6, 2013

When it comes to gift giving, some people automatically go into panic mode, especially regarding Mother’s Day. Because what do you give the woman who has given you everything? Unless you’re under the age of five, the answer is not “a coupon book!” I crafted many a coupon book in my youth, but alas, as we age, our gift giving must become more sophisticated. Please keep the following in mind while planning the perfect gift for your mom this Mother’s Day:

DO NOT gift your mother with anything that is monogrammed. For one, bath towels are not a particularly exciting gift, and I doubt stationary with “From the Desk of Jane Doe” is going to make her leap out of her chair with happiness. Also, this is just one person’s opinion, but I find monogrammed items somewhat tacky.

DO buy her something you know she’d love, but would never spend the money on herself due to it being “frivolous,” etc. This could be anything from a designer clutch to concert tickets to a mother-daughter spa outing. Use your noggin.

DO NOT purchase a gift card. Whenever you give someone a gift card, you might as well give him or her a card saying, “Happy Mother’s Day/anniversary/birthday! I really don’t know you well enough to know what you like, so I decided to give you $10 to Subway and call it a day!”

DO take your mom out for some good grub. If you’re a regular Rachael Ray in the kitchen, you could whip her up a gourmet meal at home instead. If not, plenty of restaurants in Metro Detroit are offering brunch/lunch/dinner specialties for Mother’s Day. Take advantage.

DO NOT purchase $60 worth of fruit cut into the shape of stars stuck on a stick. Why do people consider this a gift?

DO make sure your gift comes from the heart, as that’s all your mom really cares about. If you’re not rolling in the dough, some lovely flowers (not carnations) in a unique vase and a card with a thoughtful note are an appropriate bare minimum gift. They will also ensure you’re still invited back home come Thanksgiving.

I think I’ve covered all the bases here. Not too difficult, is it? Now that I’ve imparted the above wisdom, go forth and find the perfect Mother’s Day gift!