Christian Children's Fund Of Canada

Christian Children's Fund Of Canada

April 27, 2011 06:00 ET

New Survey Lists Canada's Worst Mother's Day Gifts

XXL Track Pants and Car Mats Among Worst Gifts Reported

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2011) - Gift-giving is a cause of stress for people of all ages. But gift receiving can be just as stressful. Just ask mothers – who are experts at feigning enthusiasm when receiving poorly thought-out gifts.

In fact, according to a national survey conducted this year by Ipsos Reid, on behalf of Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC), over one third (approximately 35%) of the 527 Canadian mothers polled have received a terrible Mother's Day gift in their lifetime.

Here are some of the 'worst gifts' Canadian moms say they've received:
  • A garbage can

  • A frog

  • A lawnmower

  • Wheelbarrow

  • Car mats

  • Beer

  • Dish cloths

  • Wildly oversized track pants

  • A card that said "You're just like a mother to me"

While many mothers acknowledge that any gift from their children is appreciated, the survey also showed that forgetting to acknowledge Mother's Day or giving gifts that required little or no thought was the biggest blunder.

An alternative to trinkets and expensive items mothers won't use is to honour mothers with a donation to charity. In fact, eight out of ten (80%) mothers polled said they'd be 'pleased' if someone bought them a gift in their name from a charitable gift catalogue for Mother's Day.

"Moms want thoughtful, meaningful gifts that come from the heart," says Mark Lukowski, Chief Executive Officer at CCFC. "A gift from a child that says, 'You helped me and now I want to help others' shows maturity, generosity, and thankfulness."

Christian Children's Fund of Canada offers a wide variety of life changing gifts in their gift catalogue. With gifts starting at $15, grateful Canadian children can show their moms they care this year by purchasing gifts like vegetable seed kits, blankets, fruit trees, fuel efficient cooking stoves, and livestock - items essential to help a mother living in extreme poverty care for her own children.

For more information about the survey or CCFC's Gift Catalogue options for Mother's Day, visit or call 1-800-263-5437.

These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted in February 2011, on behalf of CCFC. A sample of 527 Canadian mothers was interviewed. Weighting was employed to balance demographics and ensure the sample's composition reflects Census data. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/-4.3 percentage points.

For over 50 years, Christian Children's Fund of Canada has helped children and families of all faiths break the cycle of extreme poverty around the world.

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