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Meagan lives in St. Joseph, MI with her husband Jon and kids Clara, Owen, William, Isaac, and Jacob; who range in age from four to fifteen. Meagan celebrates the art of sane + satisfying family life at her blog The Happiest Home, and shares her ideas on being a happier mom in her book The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood, both of which have been hailed as down-to-earth, funny, wise, and helpful.

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

By Meagan Francis |

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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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6 Mother's Day Gifts She Won't Hate

Instead of this...

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.
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meaganfrancis

Meagan Francis

Meagan Francis is a mom of five who loves everyday adventures and is in pursuit of a big life with her big family. Her love of family, food, home and travel fuel her writing here and on her blogs The Happiest Home and The Kitchen Hour.
 
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2 thoughts on “Blenders and kitchen gloves? 6 Mother’s Day gifts she won’t hate (promise)

  1. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    Great tips! I think the key to gifting “practical” items is to make sure you get a version that is prettier and fancier than the version we would normally buy ourselves at the grocery store. Your proposed gifts do just that :)

  2. SusanP says:

    I agree. I buy my husband power tools all the time for holidays and he gets me wanted kitchen items. He likes to do home projects and I love to cook/bake. It’s the thought behind it – they are things I do want and am happy to get. Yes they fall along traditional gender roles… but considering I’m the full time working outside the home parent and he’s the at home parent, I think we defy a lot of other gender roles ;-) This year my birthday (in March) and Mother’s Day combo present was a professional kitchen-aid mixer. I’m in heaven!!! His birthday (May) and early Father’s day present (we’re not big on sticking to exact dates….) is a new chainsaw. :-)

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