Bubble Bath Gift Basket - As lovely as soaps and bubble bath gift-baskets may look, let's be serious here: When was the last time mom had time to soak up the suds? The lavender scented bubble bath that you bought her last year is still under her sink, unopened. Let her finish that one first, and you can buy her a new one when the time comes -- in ten years.
Cleaning Supplies - Sure, Mom keeps the house nice and tidy, and often complains how much easier it would be if only she had top-of-the-line cleaning supplies. But, she wants them on a Wednesday, not on Mother's Day. "Hey Mom, scrub the floor," is not exactly her ideal Mother's Day card.
Kitchen Appliances - Mom loves to cook, yes. But just because she wants a new toaster doesn't mean Mother's Day is the time to give it to her. After all, she's cooking for you.
Anything Dad Really Wants - Mother's Day is not the time to leverage in something you've been eyeballing, dad. Even if your wife agrees that a new plasma TV would look nice in your living room, she doesn't want to spend Mother's Day observing how much clearer the football game is.
A Snuggie - We can all admit: After making fun of the Snuggie, we secretly wanted one. But, reminding mom that she spends every Friday night plopped on the couch is not the way to go. She doesn't need a special blanket for date night with the couch until she's ready to buy it for herself.
A New Puppy or Kitten - While your new pet might be adorable, we all know that it will soon become mom's responsibility. Don't give her the "gift" of having to clean up dog poop.
Clothing That Is The Wrong Size - Unless you are positive what size your wife is, buying her clothes is just a bad idea. If you buy her something too small, she'll be upset that it doesn't fit. If you buy her something too big, she'll be upset that you think she's that large.
Do you have any other gift ideas that should be on this list and NOT given to Mom? Share!