Top Mother's Day Gifts mistakes

Here at The Personalised Gift Shop, we love to look out for you and help out when it comes to these tricky moments, whether it’s issues with friends, family, colleagues or loved ones.

We’ve given you a little helping hand for how to get Mother’s Day right (if you missed those then click here), but we also wanted to share with you the biggest Mother’s Day boo-boo’s that you seriously do not want to commit.

For a peaceful and happy Mother’s Day, read on and discover what not to do on March 15!

You can thank us later…

Don’t ignore Mother’s Day

This one just makes us feel all sad inside just thinking about it.

Sure, you might have given five minutes of your lunchtime to an idle browse on the Internet, thought to yourself “She won’t like anything I buy her anyway,” and, feeling you’ve put in a sufficient amount of effort, given up on the basis that it’s not your fault mum is so picky!

Well, we have news for you. This is not acceptable!

Your mum might be a tad picky, but that’s no reason to condemn her to a Mother’s Day of nothing at all.

Take a minute to jot down things that you know she enjoys, be it a walk, a nice restaurant, a special box of chocolates or a nice accessory for the home.

Then for goodness sake do something for her!

You’ll be surprised how many suggestions you can come up with. But it’s important to remember that she’s going to appreciate the fact you’ve taken the time to think about her and write her a card (yes, get her a card).

Ignoring Mother’s Day is just plain rude to your poor mum!

Don’t make a pretend voucher

Sure, this worked when you were five years old and your primary school teacher got you to draw a voucher of something you can do for your mum on Mother’s Day.

But chances are you’re a bit older than five, and a handmade voucher offering to do the washing up for a week just isn’t going to work.

Firstly, it suggests you don’t really do your share of the housework, and that you expect mum to do it all the time! This is dangerous territory you just don’t want to get into on Mother’s Day.

Second, it indicates you have left it to last minute to get mum something. You’ve panicked because you don’t want to be empty-handed on Mother’s Day (at least that’s something), but instead of thinking outside the box you’ve reverted to getting the felt tips out and drawing up something quick in the hope it will get the same reaction from mum as it did when you were at school.

It’s not going to happen, trust us. Leave the vouchers to the toddlers.

Don’t get her a cookery or creative book

This is Mother’s Day for crying out loud, let her put her feet up!

Your poor mum is going to take one look at this and think several things. First up:

“Oh no, not ANOTHER cookbook!” Number two: “I’m going to have to make something out of this book to show I appreciate it!” And number three: “They’ve really put some thought into this gift, NOT.”

Unless your mum loves being in the kitchen, she’s not going to be too chuffed to have a gift that by nature requires more effort, cleaning up and time on her feet.

If she’s asked for a craft-making book or a cookbook then by all means go for it, but if you’re pondering the latest cookbook based on mum’s bookshelf already stuffed with cookbooks gathering dust, you’re probably not onto a winner there.

Don’t just turn up with a scowl on your face on Mother’s Day

So, you’ve made sure you’re free to spend the day with mum. And you’ve had the genius idea of letting her choose what to do because you’ve given up your free time to be with her and surely that’s enough effort!

You couldn’t be more wrong.

Mums know a lot more than you realise, and one thing she’s going to realise is that you’ve put minimum effort into Mother’s Day because you’re feeling bitter about sacrificing a day where you’d usually be watching football, going out shopping with friends or having a lazy day catching up on TV.

This is going to make your mum feel hurt, and she’s not going to want to suggest anything that will leave you with a permanent scowl on your face.

We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with spending the day with your mum. In fact, we think that’s a great idea.

What we are saying is you should arrive to pick up your mum, armed with a wonderful variety of activities you’ve thought through.

This way she has the chance to choose something she likes (and you’ve approved of) or if you’re confident you know what her favourite restaurant is, book it in advance and surprise her.

But always remember to be in a good mood and give a smile for your mum on her special day, she’s worth it!

Don’t hijack a sibling’s idea

This is the number one way to cause trouble on Mother’s Day.

If your brother or sister has planned a lovely gift or a little trip out on Mother’s Day, the worst thing you can do is jump aboard and pretend it was a shared idea.

Doing this is most definitely going to hurt and anger your sibling, who will not take kindly to your mum giving you praise for something you did nothing towards (especially if it cost money).

If your sibling spills the beans then your mum is going to be hurt you did nothing for her on Mother’s Day AND that you decided to try and mask it by effectively pinching someone else’s gift!

If you are stuck for ideas in the run-up to Mother’s Day and you know your brother or sister is planning something, get in touch and ask if you can help out and make it a shared gift for your mum.

If they don’t want to share their gift then at least you tried and you’ve still got time to come up with something of your own.

Have you had any disasters on Mother’s Day? Or if you’re a mum, what was the worst Mother’s Day gift you ever had? Share your stories with us!

If you’re on the hunt for something special for your mum, take a look at our Personalised Mother’s Day Gifts here.