Mom, I Got You a Hand Vac


ebay-disclosureCommon scene when Lola comes to visit:

[Lola enters. Lola greets the girls with great enthusiasm. Lola hugs Jack. Lola puts the kettle on for tea. Lola makes a sandwich, eats it, washes the plate, reads the comments section on CNN.com, knits an afghan, files her taxes, contemplates world peace, then greets me.]

“Cute sweater, Mom!”
“You gave this to me.”
“I did?”
“If I’m wearing anything cute, you know it’s because you picked it out for me.”

While Lola may sound a wee bit self-deprecating, the above statement is true. Beautiful woman, super smart, generous and loving, and admittedly terrible at picking out clothes. At least she’s finally comes to terms with this, although she still wears an oversized cornflower blue blazer, and I’m going to need you to use your imagination on what that looks like. (If you’re following NF on Facebook, we’ve determined that she has great taste when it comes to picking out shoes, however.)

When holidays come around, I generally pick out something for her to wear. At 4’10” and under 100 pounds, this is no easy task, but I know which stores/styles fit her (I got her to try on AG jeans at Anthropologie and she’s never looked back – or the petites section at Loft, for example), so I buy her something cute, wrap it up, and gift it to her.

quintessential-mothers-day-giftsYou know, just your typical typical flowers – chocolate – jewelry – candles – horse mask combo. Lola’s birthday is close to Mother’s Day (some years, it’s on Mother’s Day), so I try to mix it up. She likes the typical quintessential Mother’s Day gifts (flowers, for example) as well as gifts for the home (like a teapot). I put together some collections on eBay reflecting both of those (including my all-time favorite candle – Remmy, Sophie, Minnie? You’re almost old enough to shop online, right?)

eBay’s also doing a sweepstakes – create your own #eBayMom collection (horse mask inclusion optional) and enter for a chance to win $500 to shop on eBay.

A delicate word of caution to my gentlemen readers: *I* can give my mom a small appliance – like a toaster or a hand vac – for Mother’s Day and she’s totally pleased with it. Overjoyed, really. It might not be the wisest idea to get your wife, say, an iron or vacuum cleaner unless she’s dropping mad hints about it. Your mileage may vary. Good luck and godspeed.

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign with eBay as one of their influencers. All opinions are my own. If you want to show up at my house wearing a horse mask and holding some frosted Pop-Tarts, I’d be super okay with that.

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  • Reply Ashley April 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I made the mistake of buying my husband the horse mask for his birthday. He loves it, but I told him I can’t be held responsible if he leans over me in the middle of the night while wearing it. =P

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Bahahaha, I am such a scaredy cat that I’m afraid my husband would suffer a kick to the throat.

      • Reply Ashley April 21, 2014 at 8:33 am

        Haha yes!! Thankfully he’s only been in well-lit rooms when wearing it. Otherwise he’d probably meet a similar fate. =P

  • Reply Ashley P. April 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Lola and I must have super close birthdays. This year my birthday is the day before Mother’s Day. I would totally take a horse mask though! It would entertain my little girls for hours a day.. plus I will be 8 months pregnant on my b-day/Mother’s day and feel very much the size of a horse. :p

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Oh yeah! Her birthday is May 14th. :) People always wondering if the girls are scared of the unicorn mask, but they actually love it.

  • Reply Miranda April 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    These AG jeans you speak of? What makes them worth shelling out $170? Not being sarcastic here.. Really want to know… Been thinking of buying an ‘investment’ pair for a while now. Thanks!

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      I love AG jeans. I purposefully keep a really small wardrobe of things that I wear often, so instead of fifteen pairs of jeans, I have three. Two AG and one cheapy Old Navy pair. You know how by the end of the day, Gap jeans will stretch out and you need to wash them or throw them in the dryer to get back to a regular size? The AG pair, in my experience, doesn’t do that. They fit great, they wash/wear really well, etc. In the long run, I think I spend a lot less on clothes than a lot of my peers this way, so I don’t mind calling it an investment, you know? :)

  • Reply Maggie S April 18, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I remember when I was about 14 and my Mom got an iron for Christmas and I said “I hope I never sink so low that I’d be happy with an iron as a gift” (I was a brat at that age) Now of course I know that often the thing that you want might not be so romantic and you could be happy with an iron–but I agree NO appliances unless they are requested

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      I mean I’d totally take a Roomba for Mother’s Day at this point, though. Haha! :)

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