Mother’s Day Gifts Your Partner Will Actually Like (and Some For Your Mom too)

Mother’s Day is here again (May 10 for those of you that need to set a cal-reminder). Sure, it’s only a warm-up to the glory of Father’s Day— almost a dry run for the kids, if you will, so they can perfect their Father’s Day plans— but we should still try to do something nice for mom.

We’ll pause a minute while reality smacks us upside the head like a 2-by-4.

If you screw up Mother’s Day gift-giving, you’re potentially in the doghouse until Christmas, unless you’re lucky enough to have an anniversary sometime in the next few months to redeem yourself. (And if you’re now wondering when your anniversary is, just skip forward to our Mother’s Day gift guide. You’re a dead man walking without our help.)

If your wife vacillates between wanting to have the kids with her on Mother’s Day and wanting to be given time to herself on Mother’s Day, you’re probably in one of those damned if you do, damned if you don’t situations.

To avoid this, we’d suggest going with a great Mother’s Day gift instead of trying to plan the perfect day. And, no, we’re not talking about a terrible Mother’s Day gift like a gift card. (You really like living in the doghouse, don’t you?)

Whether you need a last-minute Mother’s Day gift idea or you’re planning way ahead, we have you covered. These are Mother’s Day gift ideas that she’ll actually love receiving … meaning, for a change, she won’t just say that she loves it, while secretly wondering what the hell is wrong with you.

Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Put Your Swears in Here Notebook

Sometimes, mama needs to release her frustration in written form, complete with F-bombs, S-bombs, Z-bombs, and all the rest. (Hey, don’t ask us how to spell them all. When moms get on a roll, they can string together some amazing profanity that would make your eternally pissed off high school football coach blush.)

This 128-page journal lets her write down her thoughts for the day with no judgment on how blue the language gets. Venting has never been healthier … for her as well as for the potential venting targets, like you, the kids, you, the dog, and you.

But there are also special pages for uplifting messages, fun milestones for the kids that she wants to remember, and maybe a note about something nice you did for her. Fingers crossed.

Buy for $18 on Amazon

Mom Themed Thank You Cards

If your wife or mom loves to send thank you cards to her friends and family, she may ask you to pick up some cards while you’re running other errands. And when you bring back the generic white cards with “THANK YOU” printed on the front in black, you get that look that she usually reserves for the dog when it sh*ts on the carpet. (Hell, even the dog is disappointed in you right now.)

Sigh. It’s not really our fault. For most guys, all thank you cards look the same.

But when you give her these thank you cards, you’ll have one of the best Mother’s Day gifts, and you’ll barely even know what you did. She’ll love these, as they have sweet, funny, and sentimental messages on them that her friends and family will appreciate (and actually read).

Should you actually do something that warrants a thank you card, tell her it’s OK to give you one of the generic ones and save these fun message cards for others. This thoughtful suggestion should earn you that proud look that she gives the dog when it does its business in the yard. #progress

Buy for $24 on Amazon

Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

When moms need some time to themselves, many of them retreat to the bathtub with a glass of wine. (Or the whole bottle, depending on the results of the day.)

This makes sense. The bath is relaxing. The bathroom is relatively quiet. And the bathroom door has a lock on it to keep the kids the hell out.

If she would like to read while she’s relaxing in the tub, this is one of the best Mother’s Day gift ideas, last minute or not, that you can find. The Kindle lets her download any e-book she wants to read or any audiobook she wants to hear.

This is the latest version of the Kindle— it’s waterproof and has tons of storage. It’s a pretty damn cool tech gift for mothers.

So let the kids give her the lame bath bombs and body wash that smell like fruit. You get the credit for the gift of a Kindle all for yourself.

Buy for $180 on Amazon

Mom is out of service candle

Out of Service When Lit Candle

In an effort to show mom that we hear her (we do try sometimes!), let’s give her a good laugh with these witty candles, made by— who else? The expert moms at Scary Mommy. There are three to choose from including Out of Service When Lit,  Super Chill and Zen, and My Last F*ck (hey we didn’t write them). You can go a step further (it only takes a minute) and choose from some smart-ass sub-headers that describe the heavenly scent, such as Waves On A Kid-Free Beach Far, Far Away From Here. She and her mom tribe will appreciate the brutal honesty or at least like a nice, scented candle.

Buy for $35 on Scary Mommy

Winc Membership

If your wife already has a Kindle or if it’s out of your budget for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, we have the next best thing to pair with the kids’ bath bombs and body wash: A relaxing glass of wine from a bottle that reappears on the reg.

The Winc subscription service will deliver four different types of wine to your home every month. There are multiple options, even including organic or low sugar wines. No longer will she have to make a special trip to the store between running 15 other errands with the kids to keep the wine flowing. You can cancel at any time, or you can even skip a month (we don’t suggest it).

Will four bottles of wine last the entire month? (Snicker.) Probably not, but it’s the thought that counts.

Buy for $39 on Winc

Herbivore Botanicals Beauty Gift Set

We’re going to take a wild guess here: You know little to nothing about how your wife keeps her skin toned and hydrated. (We know. We’re not exactly going out on a limb.)

But maybe you want to buy something that will make her amazed at how observant you are about these things. (It always helps to keep your significant other on her toes about what you do and don’t know; it keeps the relationship fresh.)

So we did the research for you. We spoke to friends in the industry. We did Internet searches that are going to have the ads we see based on our cookies screwed up royally for the next several weeks.

You’re welcome.

This Coco Rose gift set is safe to use on all types of skin, made with organic ingredients. And it’s from Credo, a really good beauty store that only sells good products. She’ll be impressed when she realizes these products didn’t break the bank and excited when she realizes they came with free samples.

Buy for $39 on Credo

Joanna Gaines for Anthropologie Throw Pillow

Even if you haven’t heard of Joanna Gaines, trust us, your wife or mother has. And if she has ever suggested that maybe a future vacation should be in the direction of Waco, Texas, we’re guaranteeing that she’s a huge fan of Joanna Gaines. After all, there’s no other reason to go Waco that we can think of. (Just a little joke, Baylor grads. Sic ’em Bears.)

Here’s all you need to know about Joanna Gaines. She and her family have a TV show that gives regular people beautiful new homes. She also has a highly popular store based in Waco. She has a brand and style that’s highlighted on TV, in magazines, and in probably a dozen other places we don’t understand. Her brand is all about simple home living through impressive decor. (Or so we’ve been told.)

And throw pillows. Lots and lots of throw pillows. You may not understand throw pillows and you may not understand Joanna Gaines— or the store Anthropologie for that matter — but your wife sure does.

Buy for $78 on Anthropologie

Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame

When you want the best Mother’s Day gift for grandma or your wife, a digital photo frame is a great idea, especially when it’s as easy to use as this Nixplay frame.

When you want to add a new shot to the rotation of photos displayed on the frame’s screen, you can send the photo to the frame straight from your phone. (You may have to help grandma connect the frame to her home WiFi network, but after that, it’s a pretty simple process.) Send multiple photos each day, and grandma will feel like she’s there with you.

Or if your wife’s desk at work is overwhelmed with photos of the kids, give her this photo frame, and she can have dozens of rotating photos all in one place, giving her a feeling of clutter-free organization. (She at least deserves to have one space that’s organized.)

Buy for $180 on Amazon

Custom Family Portrait Illustration

Nearly every mom we know loves family portraits.

Wait. Let’s clarify. Nearly every mom we know loves the idea of family portraits. However, when push comes to shove, trying to gather the entire family for a portrait is a nightmare.

The young kids are screaming or finding the only mud puddle in a 10-mile radius. The older kids are sulking about … well, everything. And we as dads are not helping. We can’t even dress ourselves; how are we supposed to keep the kids in line long enough for the photographer to snap a photo that makes everything look normal?

With this custom illustration, you just send the company photos of the family— as a group or, better yet, individually—  when everyone looks his or her best. Add some personal descriptions of each person, and the illustrator will create the perfect family portrait that a photographer has no shot of duplicating. You can even add family pets if you want.

Sorry, but we have to stop here. This Mother’s Day gift idea is bringing a tear to our eye. We’re not sure if we’re feeling sentimental, or if we’re just so f***ing happy to never have to go through the hell that is family portrait day ever again.

Buy for $76 on Amazon

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11-Year-old Removes Thousands of Pounds of Trash From Tennessee River

Caving to your kids’ desperate pleas for a pet typically means signing yourself up for over a decade of responsibility. Promises of “I’ll walk him and feed him every day” often fall to the wayside when the initial thrill wears off, but most kids aren’t like Cash Daniels. Cash didn’t dream of adopting a pet, but instead, he dreamed of adopting a section of the Tennessee River – and once his dream became a reality, Cash’s sense of responsibility went into overdrive.

Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful, a nonprofit organization created an Adopt a River Mile Program to encourage locals to get involved. The program invites community members to adopt sections of the Tennessee River, and in doing so, they take on the responsibility of keeping their section clean.

At just 9 years old, Cash Daniels proudly adopted his own mile of the Tennessee River. The prior year, Cash helped with other river clean-ups before deciding to dive head-first into his own conservation efforts.

“I learned that rivers are the leading cause of pollution in our oceans, and that made me want to do river cleanups. I wanted to do what I could to stop it,” Cash said in an interview. “Cleaning is fun and hard. There’s a lot that goes into the cleanups. I know that the work is hard, but I am helping wildlife, and that’s what matters to me.”

Now 11 years old, Cash has only gotten more serious about his conservation efforts. He’s removed thousands of pounds of trash from the Tennessee River, and installed receptacles to deter people from leaving behind their fishing line. Cash’s incredible efforts haven’t gone unnoticed – the Tennessee Wildlife Federation named the ambitious pre-teen their Youth Conservationist of the Year three times (so far).

Cash shares photos of his river cleanups on Instagram, and encourages other kids to get involved as well. He co-founded The Cleanup Kids, proving that nobody’s too young to make a big difference.

We Have Our First Profane Trailer for the “MacGruber” Series on Peacock

The first teaser for the MacGruber series was hilarious, and the jailhouse interview set the stage for our first full look at what the show is going to be. Peacock released a trailer (made from actual episode footage) and MacGruber is getting the gang back together in a way that only he can.

The miniseries for Peacock picks up a decade after the story from the movie. MacGruber is in prison for killing Dieter Von Cunth and has spent his time behind bars brawling and causing mayhem. General Fasoose (played by Lawrence Fishburne) needs someone for a suicide mission to take down Commander Enos Queeth, so that’s how the narrative jumps off, and MacGruber leaves jail.

Of course, he can’t take down a bad guy alone, so he gets the gang back together. Vicki St. Elmo is back in the fold and played as spirited as ever by Kristen Wiig. Ryan Phillipe is back as Dixon Piper, a solid sidekick.

Will Forte birthed the character (ew) on SNL, but the movie was not the success some thought it would be (OK it flopped). However, it did gain a bit of a cult following, and now we live in an age where a cult following is all you need for a direct-to-streamer revival. We’ve seen it with a number of other shows getting rebooted or reimagined for the streaming era, and we’ve even seen it with a number of shows developed by Peacock (the Saved by the Bell reboot is one of the funniest new shows in years, and I will die on that hill).

It’s a sort of filthy action-comedy, and that’s a niche it pretty much owns in the streaming series world. That alone makes it worth a shot for 8 episodes.

The MacGruber series hits Peacock on December 16th, and then we’ll finally get answers if MacGruber can save the country and defeat “the forces of evil.”

Marvel Announces a Sequel for Breakout Hit “Shang-Chi”

Marvel knows how to capitalize when they have something good, and that is why we already have confirmation there will be a sequel to the breakout hit of the year, Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings. Destin Daniel Cretton will be back writing and directing the sequel as well.

Leading man Simu Liu seemed pretty excited about returning to the superhero role, as he shared the story on Twitter, along with the cheeky “Flopped so hard we got a sequel!”

To be totally fair, this is excellent news and completely deserved. Despite little fanfare ahead of its release, the movie was terrific and a surprise hit with movie-goers. How big was it? It’s the biggest movie of the year at the domestic box office. Sure, with some big ones on the horizon (Hello Matrix 4), it may not finish there, but it has been an impressive showing so far.

Shang-Chi earned more than $225 million, a very stellar performance in the Covid-era of movie-going. There’s also a series in the works for Disney Plus. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige is predictably excited about the sequel.

“We had a fantastic time working together on the film and he has so many intriguing ideas for stories to bring to life on Disney Plus, so we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with him and can’t wait to get started,” he said in a press release.

The movie made Marvel history for being the first with an Asian actor in the leading role, and that is important, but this is no favor either, the movie kicked ass and deserved a sequel.

Cretton is also psyched about going back to the well, saying working on Shang-Chi was “one of the highlights of my life.”

Always good to see great work get rewarded, and to have more great movies to look forward to.

Pee-Wee Remembers Large Marge On Twitter

Ask any 80s kid what their scariest movie moment was growing up, and you’re bound to hear about Freddy, Jason, the tree in Poltergeist, maybe even Chucky. The obvious answer is something from a horror movie, but that’s not the only possible answer. Because ask enough people and someone is going to mention a scene from an otherwise decidedly non-horror movie: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

Midway through the movie, when Pee-Wee, hitches a ride from a big rig, a moment occurs that traumatized an entire generation. Large Marge is driving the truck, and she tells Pee-Wee a terrifying story about a terrible crash. As she’s winding up the story, she suddenly looks over at Pee-Wee and her face transforms into something terrifying and grotesque, shocking both her passenger and the audience.

Pee-Wee gets out and learns that Large Marge herself was the victim of that very accident and that he’d been riding with a ghost. As a young kid, that moment was scary as hell and has stuck with me for decades. Apparently, I’m not alone. Over the weekend Paul Reubens himself shared a tweet remembering Large Marge on what would have been her birthday, had she survived!

That tweet was liked nearly 30,000 times, presumably by 30,000 people who had the same nightmare I did after seeing the movie.

Pee-Wee has starred in a few more movies, including a Netflix revival a few years back, but few moments live up to that car ride with Large Marge. It was fun to see it revisited by the man himself!

Reading Rainbow Returning As Interactive Show Without LeVar Burton

All summer long, LeVar Burton’s name was being thrown around in relation to the Jeopardy hosting gig. The beloved star of such landmark TV shows as the Roots miniseries, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Reading Rainbow ultimately didn’t land the job, but did manage to avoid all the controversy and has seemingly landed in a good place. Somehow, though, that place is not on the new Reading Rainbow revival that was just announced!

A new version of Reading Rainbow, called Reading Rainbow Live, was announced on CBS Mornings this week. After launching in 1983 and introducing kids everywhere to the joys and benefits of reading, the show hasn’t been on the air in 15 years, and when it comes back, it will look a bit different and will include a virtual platform that will allow kids to ask questions and interact with the show.

“Whether they are asking questions of a cast member, following along to a dance routine, or being rewarded for answering a question correctly, viewers will be motivated to participate, and parents will be gratified knowing that their children are being entertained and intellectually stimulated,” a news release said.

The show is designed to be a response to the new world kids inhabit today, a world that includes remote schooling and the difficulties of balancing learning with life. It will stick with the original show’s structure – 25-minute episodes, the use of music, and field trips to keep kids interested – but will be hosted by a diverse group of people known as “Rainbows,” who will be announced in a few weeks.

“We think the rainbow, this fun and diverse ensemble cast, will allow children to just identify with these hosts, and it’s just a totally new experience and it’s truly an experience,” creative director Amy Guglielmo told CBS News.

“We know it was a tough pandemic for parents, for caregivers, for teachers. We wanted to make sure that we have kids engaging with books and we’re going to use movement and music to engage kids in learning. And we really want kids to see themselves in the books that we’re choosing, and we’re going to use diverse creators, authors, illustrators, settings,” she said.

Reading Rainbow Live will launch in early 2022. Watch the CBS Mornings segment:

Two-legged Therapy Dog Is Named 2021’s American Humane Hero Dog

Each year, The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® celebrates extraordinary dogs who go above and beyond the call of duty. American Humane seeks out and honors dogs in a variety of categories, from search and rescue dogs to service dogs, and every four-legged hero in between. This year, American Humane narrowed down their search to seven deserving canines before choosing the dog most deserving of the honor. The title of 2021 Hero Dog went to a therapy dog named Boone, whose resilience and inspirational story touches the lives of everyone he meets.

Before Boone found his current family, he was the victim of severe abuse at the hands of his previous owner. Due to his injuries, Boone lost his back legs, and with them, he lost his spirit. Tanya Diable spotted Boone on a rescue site, and after reading his heartbreaking story, she offered to get the two-legged dog a wheelchair.

Boone’s rescue asked Tanya to foster him while he healed from surgery, but just hours after taking him home, she knew Boone was meant to be part of her family. Boone healed, and as he healed, he experienced things he’d never done before. He slept in a bed, played with toys, and most importantly, he felt what it was like to have a family who loved him.

“The day he got his wheels was the very first time he wagged his tail,” Tanya’s husband Charley recalled. “That’s a day I’ll never forget.”

Because of his gentle temperament and a newfound zest for life, Tanya worked with Boone until he earned his therapy dog certification. Now, Boone spends his days with Tanya as they embark upon life-changing missions together. Boone works as a therapy dog at the Pittsburgh International Airport and provides comfort to kids with special needs at schools as well as a local children’s center.

Boone is also the ambassador of a nonprofit called Joey’s P.A.W. (Prosthetics and Wheels), which has provided hundreds of mobility devices to dogs in need. Boone is the poster dog for how far a little bit of love can go, and with Tanya’s help, he’s giving love right back to both humans and animals who need it.

Congratulations, Boone!

Netflix Turning Accidental Thanksgiving Text Into a Movie

Six years ago, an accidental text started a new holiday tradition, and, perhaps more importantly, birthed one of social media’s happiest stories. And now, after over a half-decade, the story is being turned into a movie.

It was Thanksgiving 2015, and Jamal Hinton received a text inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. Only it wasn’t meant for him, it was meant for someone else’s grandson. Despite the mix-up, Jamal jokingly asked this grandma, Wanda Dench, he was still welcome, and not only did he get a yes, he actually took the stranger up on it.

6 years later, Jamal and Wanda are far from strangers, they’re good friends who share Thanksgiving together every year, with Jamal’s girlfriend and family joining Wanda and her husband, who passed from COVID in 2020.

Many on the internet, including us at The Dad, are familiar with this story, and now many more will get a chance to get caught up in it once it lands on Netflix.

Variety reported that Netflix is adapting Jamal and Wanda’s story into a movie for their streaming platform.

“We are excited to share our story with the world. We hope it inspires more people to reach out and make connections that they wouldn’t ordinarily make,” Dench and Hinton said in a joint statement. “We are so blessed to find a genuine friendship brought together by God from a mistaken text message.”

The movie doesn’t yet have a cast, a director, or a release date, but it does have a screenwriter, Abdul Williams (“The Bobby Brown Story”), and a title, “The Thanksgiving Text”.

Regardless of when it comes out, something tells me my wife is going to make me watch as soon as it does.

Pee-wee Herman and Friends Take Over Radio Station After Hilarious Plea

Few characters reach a level of iconic that can even compare to Paul Reubens’s Pee-wee Herman. More than three decades ago, Pee-wee’s Playhouse turned Saturday mornings into colorful adventures with larger-than-life characters. In the best possible way, that show was a lot. Puppets, talking furniture, secret words, bizarre neighbors, a playhouse that looked like the product of a kid’s chaotic fever dream.

Decades later, there’s never been anyone quite like Pee-wee. His childlike-wonder remains unparalleled, and recently, Paul Rubens introduced a new generation to his iconic character in the most Pee-wee way possible. In mid-November, the secret word enthusiast took to Twitter with a plea to his favorite radio station, KCRW.

Pee-wee Herman’s social media presence is surprisingly substantial, considering it barely existed at the height of his fame. In a tweet that bridged the gap between the 80s and today, Pee-wee shared a photo of a personal letter – one he evidently wrote with a typewriter.

“Hi @KCRW, did you get the letter I sent you?” Pee-wee captioned the photo. “I really REALLY want to be a radio Disc Jockey. But I never heard back from you.”

The “aspiring disc jockey and music lover” details his dream, insisting that the typed letter was created specifically for his favorite radio station (despite the comically-obvious evidence to the contrary). The persistent star then called the ratio station before continuing to tweet at them, inviting his followers to do the same. And uh, they really freaking went for it. Overwhelmed by calls and messages, KCRW gave in to the very reasonable request, and The Pee-wee Herman Radio Hour came to fruition.

“When I first wrote to KCRW begging them to put me on the air, they didn’t even believe it was me until a bunch of my fans called and jammed up their phone lines. I love that story,” KCRW shared in a statement. “Ironically, I can now present you with the greatest show that has EVER been aired. This is your personal invitation to please join me, my amazing voice, my friends Chairry, Magic Screen, Miss Yvonne, and some special, top-secret guests for the very first PEE-WEE HERMAN RADIO HOUR!!!”

Read the hilarious full statement, and for a limited time, stream the full show here.

Keanu Still Knows Kung-Fu in New Matrix Resurrections Trailer

Lately, it seems like movie studios are running behind. Thanks to the pandemic, a whole bunch of movies were delayed, and with the delayed releases seem to come delayed promotional materials. So we end up waiting forever for the final Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, which dropped a mere month before the movie is released, or a new trailer for The Matrix 4, which is out in two weeks and about which we’ve seen precious little.

Which is fine, especially for a franchise like The Matrix. The first movie, which revolutionized special effects and changed action/sci-fi for the next few years, was the last big movie I saw before the internet really took over. No one knew anything about the Wachowski’s dystopian future, and that made the ultimate reveal of ‘what is the matrix’ that much more satisfying. Here’s hoping they can do that again.

The fourth matrix movie, Resurrections, hits theaters and HBO Max on December 22nd and we’ve finally gotten a second trailer. The first trailer seemed to show Neo back inside The Matrix, somehow, despite the events of the original trilogy.

The trailer features a lot of callbacks to the original movie and revolves around Neo’s relationship with Trinity. We’ll have to wait just a little bit longer before we know exactly what’s going on, but it looks great!