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The top 30 worst Mother’s Day gifts

With Mother’s Day around the corner, mums have revealed the worst presents they have ever been given


Topping the list is deodorant, followed by a fire extinguisher.

The survey by Sizzling Pubs and Crown Carveries found cheap toiletries were the worst gifts, ahead of the infamous last-minute garage flowers.

It also found that more than half of mums will not be getting the ‘day off’, with 36 per cent not even allowed a lie-in and one in six getting no gift at all.

According to the poll, the most abominable gifts mothers have received on their ‘special day’ were:

1. Deodorant

2. Fire extinguisher

3. Tin of paint

4. Cleaning supplies

5. A rock

6. Stick of French bread

7. Washing-up liquid

8. Salad dressing

9. Popcorn

10. Ants

The survey found a meal with all the family together was by far the most wanted Mother’s Day gift.

Separate research has found that sons will spend more than daughters when it comes to picking a present.

Consumer analysts Mintel have found the average spend is 40 per cent more, with men paying out around £41.15 on things like flowers, plants, chocolates and champagne.

Daughters typically opt for a more heartfelt gift costing around £28.97.

Mintel analyst Nick Carroll said: “Mother’s Day is one of the biggest events in the retail calendar, with the majority of Brits purchasing for the event.

“The fact that men spend £12 more than women is due in part to the fact that men are more likely to purchase gifts on impulse, pushing up the average spend.

“Men with young children may also have to purchase Mother’s Day presents for both their own mothers and their partners which additionally impacts the average spend.”

The research also found some regional differences.

People in London appear to have the deepest pockets, spending an average of £87.12.

That was more than three times the average of £23.41 seen in Yorkshire and Humberside last year.

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