Mother’s Day Gift No-no’s: What Not to Give Mom

Mother’s Day is coming up soon, and perhaps you want to ditch the flowers or cookouts and make it extra special this year. But let’s face it: Good gift ideas can be hard to come by, and it’s important that a gift (especially an expensive one) be truly appreciated. If you know Mom well enough, you can certainly find a truly exceptional gift this Mother’s Day! But for those hard-to-please moms out there, here’s a list of “No-no” gifts to avoid, coupled with ideas that will genuinely warm her heart.

Happy Mother's Day

  1. A Puppy

While it’s true that almost everyone loves puppies, it’s also true that owning a dog is a huge commitment of both time and money. To place such a commitment on someone without warning can be looked upon as extremely inconsiderate. In addition, selecting a pet is a very personal decision to make; even if you know what her favorite breed is, every puppy has its own personality; it’s best to leave that kind of a choice to the prospective owner.

Mother's Day Gift No-no's

If your mom is an animal lover, try buying her a year’s pass to Cat Tales Zoological Park in Mead, WA, or a local petting zoo; that way she can go anytime she wants! Check out for a list of some animal-friendly places in the Spokane area.

  1. Tickets for A Major League Sports Game

Again, there are exceptions; but many women attend sports events because they are being supportive of others, whether it is participating relatives or simply a husband who is a team fan. To choose tickets as a special gift for your mother may sadden her that her selfless support has only been viewed as “having a good time” when in reality, she’d rather do something else.

Outdoor Trip

Does your mother enjoy the outdoors? Try planning a “day out” at Manito Park. Between the bakery, hiking trails, and beautiful scenery, it’s sure to be an amazing (and perhaps tiring) day for her!

  1. A Diet Program

Must we explain?

  1. Adult College Courses

Taking a course in art, cooking, beekeeping, etc. may seem like a fun idea to you, but it’s not safe to assume that she will be able to commit to the class schedules and time requirements.

This idea can be redeemed perhaps if you resist the compulsion of surprising her. Simply present the options and let her decide if it’s something she’d enjoy or have time in her schedule to do. It may be even more exciting for her to explore the potential courses than to have been surprised! Start with the Coeur d’Alene Art Association, and branch out from there.

  1. Underwear

I know, I know—they did it to us kids on our birthdays, but there’s still a level of respect that we must maintain toward mothers! Right? So, what’s a more respectful gift? How about some personalized jewelry such as a sterling silver locket with her name or a message from you engraved on it. Who knows, she may even want to put your picture on the inside!

2017 Chevy Malibu Interior

2017 Chevy Malibu Interior – Photo:

But if you really want to make her day, set all of these ideas aside and secure Mom some trouble-free transportation from Knudtsen Chevrolet. Surprise her with a new Chevrolet Malibu, one of the highest-rated family sedans in the country! As one of the best choices for comfort and fuel economy, the Malibu is a great Mother’s Day treat.

Contact our Post Falls Chevrolet dealership at (208) 664-8107 to schedule your Mother’s Day test drive in an all-new Malibu or any of our new Chevy models or used cars for sale. And don’t forget to check out our amazing Chevrolet specials and lease deals online.


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