The Gifts Mom Loves to Hate


Through thick and thin, your mother has truly got your back on all occasions. But do you have hers on Mother’s Day? A recent study by The Pearl Source polled 1,000 mothers and kids across the country. The results suggest perhaps not so much!

Fact: when it comes to Mother’s Day, many moms only “love” their gifts because of who gave it – their kids! About 23% of mothers surveyed said they didn’t like their Mother’s Day gift at all but they chose not to tell their children about it. Furthermore, 30% actually made an attempt at returning their Mother’s Day gifts after the fact, but the majority of them ended up feeling guilty about it.

Poor mom. And it gets worse, unfortunately. The lack of effort put into Mother’s Day seems to be the main culprit of unhappy moms across the country.

Case in point: 40% of the mothers felt that their kids were only giving a gift out of obligation. And kids, for their part, weren’t pulling their weight. An overwhelming majority said they left Mother’s Day gift buying until the week before – at the earliest – with some confessing they pick something up at a local convenience store a day or two before. And in a surprise to probably no one, those last-minute gifts didn’t quite stack up.

Despite kids overwhelmingly opting for flowers on Mother’s Day, moms, for their part, would much prefer those beautiful bouquets stay put. More than 30% of moms polled said they wanted tech gifts instead, like tablets, laptops, smart speakers, and Bluetooth headphones. Another 30% said they wouldn’t mind a little sparkle – jewelry is always a tried and true Mother’s Day gift. Rounding out mom’s top picks were luxury self-care treatments, like spa treatments, manicures, facials, and the likes.

The conclusion? Put a little more thought into Mother’s Day this year. Given the circumstances, everyone could use a little more cheer right now, and mom is no different. Mom wants something unique and special to her, so put the time in. She certainly deserves it!

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