Mother’s Day marketing gone horribly wrong.

My sister (Lisa) just emailed me a screenshot of the Poison mug I made on Zazzle.

Lisa:  “Aww. Nothing says ‘Sentimental gifts for mom‘ like a great big mug full of poison.”

Possibly the most unfortunate sales tie-in ever. Thanks, Zazzle.

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  1. Well this actually works perfectly as a sentimental gift for MY mom.

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  2. Sounds the perfect gift for certain mothers I know!

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  3. I’m going to tell my husband to buy one for me. They really are for sale, right? Please tell me yes. Love how it’s rated “G” as well.

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  4. That is amazing. I was actually thinking of getting my mom a robot in space mug for mother’s day, but maybe I should get her that one. Or some of those mommy cards, even though her kids are all grown up. I think she would still like it.

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  5. I’ll bet it will be waaay more popular than you think. I’m considering a purchase myself…

    P.S. Subtlety sucks.

  6. I think it’s pretty damn brilliant, myself.

  7. It’s a Very Menendez Brothers Christmas!

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  8. I got this for my mom last year and she totally cried. TEARS OF JOY, I AM SURE.

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  9. Personally I love my mom… but my soon to be mother-in-law? that might be a nice sentimental present for mothers day for her.

  10. Depends on the Mom. Sometimes I’d like to give mine a big mug full of poison for sure.

  11. Was hoping the mug was poison as in Unskinny Bop Bret Michaels Poison which screams Mothers Day gift, that is if you’re a mother of a certain cougarish age who maybe grew up in south central PA just like Bret and think his permatan and silky blonde extensions are really hot. For example.

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  12. Who among us has not thought of sending our mother a mug of poison? My therapist says it really normal. She also said she is upping the dosage of my anti-psychotics.

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  13. You forgot another reason this mug is perfect: Bel Biv Devoe. Now you know.

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  14. I used to get my mom Poison every year for Christmas/Mother’s Day. It was some horrible perfume that she absolutely loved. I felt like a Disney villain every time.

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  15. Had the add said “Mother-in-law” then yes, it would have been the perfect add for Mother’s Day gifts! *That* is where Zazzle got it wrong. Now I must go buy one…a mug, not a MIL…one is more than enough….but not for my MIL, oh no. I would never dream of buying the mug for her. She’s perfect in every way.

  16. It appears the marketing might not be so flawed after all! Everyone can think of at least one mother or mother-in-law who is an ideal candidate for this Mother’s Day gift idea…

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  17. *Snort* Well I HAVE been looking for a sentimental gift for my mom. Found! 🙂

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  18. I wish my kids were old and wise enough to get me that mug. Whoever gets me that mug will be the new favorite son and will inherit the Lenox Manger set.

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  19. My mum would actually find that funny. But that’s just because we have a very twisted sence of humor. Also she is the worst person to shop for so its a gag gift or a gift card. Both of which she’d be more than happy with. In my family we write list of what we want for holidays and birthdays stray from the list at your own risk. My brother is the only person who is safe to go off list.

  20. “Top 10 Mug Views” Did you see that?!

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  21. Can I get it for my mother *in law* instead?? 🙂

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  22. Certainly more classy than the bottle of Drain-o I procured…..

  23. Normally, I’m pretty damn happy that I never had a sister but sometimes, when I see how fucking bizarre you two are together, I think of all the hell I could’ve raised with one!

    Of course, then I remember I was a pretty good hell raiser on my own…plus when I see how bitchy my two girls are…yeah, you get it!

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  24. Yep this would be a perfect gift for my mom.

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  25. –>I’m totally going to order this because there is no disclaimer to say “Poison not included.”

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  26. Hahaha! I saw that ad, too — and almost got a screen grab but then something shiny caught my eye.

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  27. I dunno, it seems like the perfect sentimental gift for a mother-in-law to me. Maybe we’re misinterpreting.

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  28. I’m pretty sure my mom would find this incredibly amusing. My mother-in-law would probably not. But. That’s how it goes.

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  29. Now I know EXACTLY what to get momzilla for mother’s day! Thanks Jenny!

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  30. Could you make a mug that says, “Drink me. I’m delicious and not at all poison,” but it really IS poison? ‘Cause my mom is a bitch, but she ain’t no dummy.

  31. I made a calender on Zazzle and someon over there decided to put it in the “Getting Married” catagory. NOT at all a calender about getting married..

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  32. One year my Dad let us buy Mom a mug with “If I’m not bitching check my pulse” emblazoned on the side for mother’s day.

  33. I want on for myself so my damn kid will stay out of my vodka.

    (KIDDING. My kid can’t read yet.)

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  34. well damn, i’ve been going about this all wrong. not flowers, cyanide! whew. glad i’ve cleared that up!

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  35. I saw the mug advertised as a Mother’s Day gift and I went and tried to get knocked up just so someone would buy me one. No, really. rilly.

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  36. Genius.

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  37. I don’t see what the problem is. Both my mother and my mother-in-law would get a big kick out of this! As long as no one puts real poison in it, of course.

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  38. Don’t forget these make the perfect gift for the pesky MIL as well.:)

  39. It’s better than “Cameltoe”

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  40. No way would I buy that for my mom. It’s too easy to track and mark as “Exhibit A.”

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  41. Brilliant. Love this! Yeah. I want one too + a French Alligator stuffed animal toy for my doggie!

  42. Geez, no love for the Poison Mug? I bet Christina Crawford would have LOVED to have had a gander at that. Don’t think Joan would have appreciated a lovely gift basket with a few raw steaks, some wire hangers then nicely rounded out with a poison mug?

    No? Just me?

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  43. My mom would love it. Whenever I give her a drink, she asks me, “Thalium in this one?”

    Sadly no, mom. Not this time. Step out of line, though…

  44. Fucking awesome. Must get one for my mother-in-law. And when she opens it and is like “what the…??!!!”. I can be like “didn’t you say one time that you liked that band…? What… You don’t know who they are? Really…?!?” and turn my head to one side, playing the ditzy blonde card. Good times.

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    luna lovegood

    dude jenny! you just saved me so much trouble. now i don’t have to find a mother’s day gift. you rock.

  46. Unfortunately my Mum died several years ago. This would just put the suspicion right back on me. Unless I have a neighbor order it under my brother’s name….uh, never mind. I would probably tear up a little if my sons bought it for me though. Wee chips off the old block.

  47. as a 40yo mom, i’d like to suggest that perhaps it speaks to the hair band poison. cuz i would * totally* give the whole bon jovi a round of hummers even if it required a drink receptacle to get the job done.

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  48. I think it’s perfect.

    In fact, if you could make a matching plate and bowl, I might actually be able to eat an entire meal in my house without anyone standing uncomfortably close to me with their mouth agape in the universal sign for “I want a bite.”

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  49. I couldn’t figure out how to email you, but I saw this and it made me LOL and think of this post:

  50. I honestly think my mom would love this!

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  51. Is this limited to Mothers Day? Cause it seems to me this is a must have for any holiday , Mothers day, Fathers day, Bosses day, Flag day…

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  52. Why did you pick $15.70 for the price? That’s the weirdest price I ever heard of. It should totally be $15.71.


  53. A bit scared of what you’ll come up with for Father’s Day.

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  54. I totally commented about that on the other post! Do I get some sort of medal for being all FIRST!, or is that just annoying? Yeah, annoying.

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  55. Finally! I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what to buy her!

    Thanks, Jenny!

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  56. Wow, amazing choice of typeface! And I’m not just saying that because I made it. (

  57. HA! I told my son he HAD to get me this for mother’s day if he’s enjoyed life thus far and wishes to continue on that path.


  58. This is what Cinderella only wished she had to give her evil stepmother for Mother’s Day.

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  59. Oh my god, this is insanely appropriate.

    I’m getting three… one for each mom and one for my wife who is now a mom.

    Yes I have two mommies… it isn’t as hot as you’d think.

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  60. I wonder how much ass a man could get if he sported a mug with “Brett Michaels” written on it.

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  61. Ah, but the word ‘poison’ is translated as ‘gift’ in German.

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  62. Or, maybe it should be “poisson” but it is mis-spelled. But, why would you give Mom a fish for Mother’s Day?


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  63. OMG!! Free economy shipping? I’m gonna get a poison mug for my mom AND mother in law!

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  64. We sometimes call our mom Mommy Dearest, so I think this would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

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  65. Dude, I’m buying one for myself because then I can FREAKING DRINK POISON right in my kids’ faces and then laugh when I offer them some too…

    you can put my Mother of the Year award right next to my Nobel Prize, k, thx.

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  66. I can’t wait to be a mum!
    My kids will totally grow up with an awesome sense of humor, so that when I receive this gift I will know they love me.
    My mum is currently getting Chemo, so this mug would be both highly appropriate and also sad at the same time. I might just stick with flowers.

  67. To hell with Mom. I’m getting one for me. I drink bourbon on the rocks from a coffee cup. And alcohol is really, actually and truthfully poison.

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  68. Well played shenanigans, Zazzle. Well played.

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  69. OMG. Always trying to buy my mother a Mother’s Day Card and all are lies. “You are the best Mother EVER.” “You were the GREATEST MOM growing up.” Dysfunctional Mother’s Day cards would be highly appreciated. At least your mug tells the truth!!!!!

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  70. My mom would be very confused by this gift. But then again, she’s confused by most of my gifts.

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  71. Perfect for my mother in law. No one needs poison quite like an Italian mother in law when you’re married to her only son. Oh and you don’t exist until you are pregnant with a son, then you get bumped up from being “that girl” to “the girl who’s giving me a grandson”. Total upgrade!!

  72. I’m buying enough of those to qualify for free economy shipping.

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  73. I’m a mom, and I totally need one of these. Does it come with “Mr. Yuk” stickers? They’d really add to the authenticity of it. All I’m saying is, I’d rather drink my whiskey-laced coffee from a mug marked “poison,” than a mug marked, “world’s best mother.” It’s best not to get any one’s hopes up.

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  74. My mom needs one of these! She’s the wicked witch of course!

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  75. Nice of your sister to catch this and share it with you. She rocks!

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  76. Hah! I noticed that when I first clicked over but I thought that was what you told us to note when you linked to it. (And I just reread that instruction and realize now that I need more practice discerning left from right. Could you maybe put some brains in a mug for me?)

  77. This will look awesome next to my Nine Inch Nails pencil holder.

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  78. I think my mom would laugh her ass off. I would probably be impressed if my husband bought me one of those. Does Zazzle have a wishlist?

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  79. I’ll store them both in my Guns N Roses file cabinet.

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  80. I’m gonna need Warrant file folders now too. And an AC/DC switch plate cover. And a Queen chair cover.
    I’m done now.

  81. You don’t mean the band, right? Cuz that would be wrong, sooooo wrong.

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  82. Could be a good gift for some mothers 🙂



  83. I like the fact that Zazzle offer the price of $11.70 if you buy the poison cup in bulk.

    I think Zazzle are cleverly hiding behind the facade of their cool and creative online shop persona, when infact they are covertly encouraging their shoppers to partake in an enormous cull of all Mother’s – by poisoning.

    Be afraid, Mother’s, be very afraid.

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  84. I saw that ad and I figured you put it up on purpose… apparently I’m even more twisted than I thought, and I think you are, too!

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  85. What if your mom loves Bret Michaels? Then? Perfect gift.

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  86. A mug of poison would melt in my MIL’s hands. She’d bitch if you hung her with a gold rope. She had the worst case of cancer her seasoned doctor had ever seen, and it was the only time I’ve said “Yay Cancer!” and she beat fucking cancer. Further proof that evil does not die.

  87. Jen C. your post made me laugh because I also have an Italian mother in law, and I am married to her only son. She’s wonderful, though, and is always nice to me (maybe my Italian blood earns me a free pass) despite my dedication to not giving her any grandchildren any time soon.

    We’ve found that one tactic that works with such a mother in law is if she starts getting crazy, we tell her about the nice spot we’ve picked out for her in the nursing home. “It’s right in front of the fishtank! You can stare at it for hours and hours and hours and hours and hours…”

    That usually calms her down.

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  88. Is it just me or do you get the feeling they probably have a picture of D.B. Sweeney licking stamps in their office?

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  89. Oh, that’s just awesome. I think I’ll have to get one for Wifefish.

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  90. ANY woman who has been a mother for at least 10 years would just be thrilled to have a cup without a chip in it’s rim, probably. I doubt they would even pay attention to what is painted on it, provided they could see it clearly without their glasses. I would order them in sets of at least 4.

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  91. –>Just realized this could be for Bell Biv DeVoe fans as well.

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  92. I love it. I’d drink from it too, just like Winston Churchill.

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  93. Well, sadly for my mother, this epiphany has come one year too late.

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  94. Caffeine is an addictive drug Jenny. So in a way, it’s terribly accurate. Also, it tastes like boiled dirt. So, yeah, anti-freeze would taste better.

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  95. I just want one for myself. I guess I could send the hubby a link…

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  96. Sounds like something Wile E Coyote would buy from Acme for his next roadrunner plot.

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  97. Rudy: “Caffeine is an addictive drug Jenny. So in a way, it’s terribly accurate. Also, it tastes like boiled dirt. So, yeah, anti-freeze would taste better.

    Of course it taste like dirt! It was ground this morning!

  98. You have never met my mother…too bad she doesn’t drink coffee or tea.

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  99. Shit! I hate when this happens. I already bought and wrapped the nipple rings mom wanted for Mother’s Day, and now I find another perfect gift.
    I know! I’ll save the Poison mug for Christmas. I’ll put her 8-ball in it and wrap a big red ribbon around it. Presentation is everything. Problem solved.
    Thanks, Bloggess

  100. that’s exactly what I need for my mother

  101. I bet my twin teenage sons would want one. Twins … nature’s answer to buy one, get one free.

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  102. Those are 4 VERY good reasons to buy the mug.
    I hope my kids buy me one. Screw getting one for my mom.

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  103. Does it come with the poison already in it? I hate when I make a purchase and find out later that it wasn’t all inclusive.

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  104. now I see this, damn it!

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