Oh what a beautiful morning. The birds are a-singin’ and the sun is a-shinin’. It’s Sunday, the second Sunday of May, which means I’ve got no work or school and can spend the rest of the day in my jammies watching Downton-
You’ve been there. Nobody’s so perfect that they remember all the “important” non-holidays (unless you’re Leslie Knope). And if you’ve forgotten about Mother’s Day [again], you’re already on yo momma’s naughty list, so here’s how to prepare to soften the inevitable shit storm. (And if your mother’s like my mother, it’ll be one of them passive-aggressive shit storms. Oh boy.)
Step 1. Frantically search for a last minute gift.
If it were Thursday or Friday, the Internet would be your best friend, where you can find something fast and ship it overnight in time for Mother’s Day. But because you’re a forgetful, procrastinating bastard – no judgment – Amazon, Etsy, and eBay are no help to you. This means you’ll need to actually get off your mother-hating ass and go out to buy a gift. Either that or make a gift.
Step 2. Believe that you can make a gift on the spot.
If you happen to be creative and have the resources, go ahead and do your thing. You’ve just saved your sorry hide on this Mother’s Day. However, if you’re not one of them artsy fartsy, creative types, this will not end well. Your mind will scramble through your elementary school memories of arts and crafts time, trying to come up with something to make. Sorry, a construction paper card with a crayon outline of your hand with a face drawn on it ain’t going to cut it this year. How about looking up “Mothers Day Gift Ideas” on Pinterest? Don’t kid yourself. You can’t make any of that crap.
Step 3. Give up on the creativity and go buy something.
Arts and crafts are for more sophisticated folk. What you need to do now is hit your local market. Ideally, you’ll go to a Tiffany’s or a whatever-has-expensive-crap shop. Most likely, you’ll just go to a Target or a Hallmark store. Hell, you should just settle on a Walgreens. This is your mother we’re talking about. She’ll understand. (No, she won’t.)
Some gift ideas:
- $25 gift card to Red Lobster
- A [tall] frappe-mocha-cinno with cream and stuff from Starbucks
- Hallmark card that comments on how she doesn’t look a day over than 25
- Bag of beef jerky from 7-Eleven [Original Hickory flavor]
- Tupperware from Walmart
Step 4. Present your sorry self and even sorrier gift to your progenitor.
Wait for it.
Step 5. Brace yourself. Because you’ll never heard the end of it.
Yep, if you aren’t spun around on your heels and given a forceful foot against your derriere out the door, you’ll just have to take the verbal beatdown that your mother will no doubt give you. For days. If not years. Good luck.
Get your mother something nice, punk:
- Son Who Forgot Mother’s Day “Cut out of Will” (The Times)
- 10 Ways to Send Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts Online (Mashable)
- A last-minute Mother’s Day gift via Twitter to show Mom you didn’t (completely) forget her (TechHive)
- Mother’s Day Ecards (someecards)
- Don’t Forget Mother’s Day (AskMen)
Have you ever forgotten to do/get something nice for your mother on Mother’s Day? If you’re a freakin’ goodie-two-shoes, what did you do/get for her? Share your stories in the comments!