Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's day gift FAIL, courtesy of B&N

Soc Images has a great post on mother's day gifting today, noting that the mother's day "gift guide" from Barnes & Noble lists a diet book as the top suggestion for a gift for mom.

From the article:
Weight-loss related items are, generally, problematic gift ideas. They put the recipient into the position of having to acknowledge in front of anyone watching them open the gift that their weight is considered unacceptable, and that the person giving the gift agrees with that. Even if a person wants to lose weight and is actively trying to do so, they may not wish to have their weight brought up unexpectedly and opened up for public discussion.

I couldn't agree more. My mom was on diets often when I was growing up, but I still can't imagine a diet book being an appropriate gift for her. Aren't there so many other things that make up her life and personality than this one aspect? I think so - my mom is a great lady with many other interests and hobbies and a rich inner life, she's so much more than her desire to diet.

Anyways, what are your thoughts on this? Will you be getting your mom a gift for mother's day?


Kimaloo said...

Wow! I never, not in a million years, would have thought to buy anyone a diet book as a present. That's just insufferably rude!

With that being said, I love my mom so I'm giving her a bouquet of her favorite flowers (lilies), a framed poem I wrote for her about her all around awesomeness as my mommy, and then we're going to dinner for a little Q.T. ♥

Rebecca said...

Kimaloo - those are all super sweet gifts! thanks for sharing!

Allison said...

I can't imagine giving anybody a diet book on any occasion! As if! I'll be celebrating mother's day a little late this year, my mom is coming to visit in a couple of weeks!

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