While admittedly creative, a Chia Pet is a little too retro. Why not send her a thoughtful flower arrangement instead? We love Flower Muse in particular.
The Gift: Counter-Hogging Kitchen Gadget
The Swap: An Electronic Device She'll Actually Use
You won't ever hear me knocking donuts, but this mini donut maker is clunky and takes up way too much counter space. Not to mention, it's a little unneccessary. For the gadget-friendly mom, try this phone photo printer that lets her print her favorite snaps in a flash.
The Gift: Weird Home Cleaning Items
The Swap: Fancy Bath Set
No mom wants a gift that says, "Hi, you clean a lot, here's an obscure cleaning product." No thank you. Instead, she should get a gift that's conducive to relaxation, like fancy bath products.
The Gift: Self-Help Book
The Swap: A Book She Actually Will (And Should) Read
No matter the occasion, a retirement self-help book just isn't right. Get her a book she'll actually read, like the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch.
The Gift: World's Best Mom Anything
The Swap: A Cozy Cardigan
She may be your "#1 Mom," but she doesn't need a t-shirt to prove it. Show her how much you love her with a super-luxurious soft shawl like this one instead.