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Blenders and kitchen gloves? 6 Mother’s Day gifts she won’t hate (promise)

toile and vintage lace rubber gloves

As far as I’m concerned, household gadgets and cleaning gear have a unfair reputation for being bad gifts. I don’t think giving a woman a “homemaking” gift is necessarily sexist – after all, I’ve given my husband both tools and cookware for Father’s Day, and he’s given me sports equipment alongside jewelry.

But as with all gifts, what’s important in a Mother’s Day gift is both the intent and the message the present imparts. Does the tool you’ve chosen say “Get in the kitchen and make me some pancakes, woman!”… or “I love and respect you, and this practical yet beautiful thing seemed like something you might enjoy?”

It’s easier to get excited over household tools when they go beyond everyday practicality and add a little bit of style and luxury to everyday tasks. So if you’re thinking of getting an important mother in your life a useful object this Mother’s Day, consider looking beyond work-a-day functionality and choose something a bit more special. Consider:

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    I've already got a drawer full of regular old saucepans just like this. Need 'em, but don't want to unwrap 'em on Mother's Day.
  • Get this. 2 of 11
    Get this.
    Everybody loves cast iron cookware, but for some reason it's the kind of thing I never think to buy myself. Which is exactly why I'd like to get one of these babies this Sunday. Lodge Pro Logic 7-Quart Cast-Iron Dutch Oven, $69.99
  • Instead of this… 3 of 11
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    There's nothing wrong with a regular old blender, but it doesn't exactly scream "special."
  • Get this. 4 of 11
    Get this.
    This KitchenAid model looks so pretty, it's really more of a work of art than just an appliance. And it's durable, powerful, and versatile - totally gift-worthy. KitchenAid blender, $129.99, Amazon.
  • Instead of this… 5 of 11
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    This everyday coffee pot does the job, but won't exactly get her heart percolating.
  • Get this. 6 of 11
    Get this.
    A sleek, stainless-steel hotel-style coffeepot injects style into every pour. I don't even drink coffee, and I still want one. Presto 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffeemaker, $42.22, Amazon.com
  • Instead of these… 7 of 11
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    Note to significant others: buy us a pair of industrial-looking rubber gloves as a gift, and we'll strangle you with them.
  • Get these. 8 of 11
    Get these.
    But these adorable, handmade, vintage-style gloves add whimsy, style and a sense of humor to any task. Heck, I'd wear 'em just for fun. Gift away. Toile and vintage lace kitchen gloves, $18, Etsy
  • Or these. 9 of 11
    Or these.
    More examples of adorable household gloves on Etsy. I'd even love a matching apron. Hand-embellished rubber dish gloves, $20, Etsy.
  • Instead of this… 10 of 11
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    This should probably go without saying, but cleaning products are never an appropriate Mother's Day gift. Unless...
  • Get this. 11 of 11
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    Unless, of course, they're packaged so beautifully and smell so lovely that using them is a treat, like the whole line of Caldrea products. In that case, by all means wrap them up and present them with pride. And while you're at it? Offer to break them in by cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. Caldrea Countertop Cleaner, $6.25, Amazon.
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*Why I love the word “homemaker”

*10 products that make cleaning up more fun

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