Forget the flowers and candy; what would really blow mom's socks off this Mother's Day is a new car, and some celebrities don't think twice about picking out a new set of wheels to celebrate mom. Web2Carz.com, an automotive and lifestyle website, recently picked its top five cars that celebrities gave to their moms.
5. Currently the youngest player in the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist bought his mom a Mercedes with some of his endorsement money before he even signed an NBA contract.
4. For Mother's Day 2011, the lead singer of boy band One Direction, Harry Styles, gave his mom a silver Mini Cooper convertible. Unfortunately, reports Web2Carz.com, mom sold it on eBay for $9,500.
3. Former wrestler and Hollywood celeb Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gave his mom a Cadillac Escalade for Christmas last year, and it was received a little better than Harry Styles' mom's car, as evidenced by The Rock's Tweet: "At 14 I saw my mom crying about our only car being repossessed. This felt good. #MerryXmasMom."
2. Kanye West displayed some serious celebrity lavishness on girlfriend Kim Kardashian's mother, Kris Jenner, by buying her a $200,000 Bentley with her initials custom embroidered on the upholstery.
1. Topping Web2Carz.com's list was the Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 that Elvis Presley gave his mother, which was custom painted in a special one-of-a-kind pink color called Elvis Rose. Funny thing was that Elvis' mom never had a driver's license!
While it may be very appealing to buy a car for mom and have it sitting in her driveway with a giant bow on Mother's Day, it's actually a far better idea to get mom's input and let her pick out the car. That way, she can be sure the car is comfortable for her to drive and suits her needs. Then maybe she won't sell it on eBay like Harry Styles' mom! Plus, you can take your time and shop around for the best deal, using these "10 tips for buying the right car in 2013."
What did you buy for your mom this Mother's Day?
Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.