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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts From The Seat of Your Pants

I had just strolled into my oldest brother’s bedroom when I smelled the smoke. My feet barely brushed the fabric of the carpeted steps as I bolted downstairs, calling out to my mom.

Fire wasn’t something I was accustomed to being afraid of, but my 13-year-old brain knew something wasn’t right.

That would go on to be a massive understatement.

Our garage was engulfed in flames, with my mom’s car still parked inside. The firewall that had smartly been installed between the garage and the rest of the house protected the majority of our stuff from everything except smoke damage, but extreme heat + a full gas tank was real bad news. I watched from the driveway as a team of firefighters raced to douse the flames before the car exploded.

27 years later, I’m still not comfortable around even the tamest of campfires, and it has nothing to do with the awful songs people try to sing while roasting marshmallows. Get that acoustic guitar outta here.

This Mother’s Day, I’m overcoming(?) my fear to give my wife something she’s wanted ever since we moved into our own house with its half acre back yard a decade ago: a fire pit. With actual fire. Hot, burning flamey fire.



How afraid of fire am I? I won’t even throw away hot tea bags until they’ve been soaked in cold water and I didn’t want to as much as handle the box containing the fire pit. Extreme? Maybe.

Thankfully at Sears, I didn’t have to touch the fire pit packaging or even get out of the car to purchase these *hot* Mother’s Day gifts. See what I did there? Of course you did, because I put asterisks around it. How clever of us both.

On Sunday afternoon I placed an order for the (cheapest, just in case she only uses it once) fire pit on, selected in-store pickup and within a couple of hours was in possession of an email telling me everything was ready. Here’s the coolest (OH! ANOTHER TEMPERATURE JOKE!) part for this husband with an admittedly unreasonable fear of fire (or for a dad who’d rather not have to get a gaggle of tiny kids out of the car to walk around a store in the mall): Sears In-Vehicle Pickup.

Sears AllForMom In Vehicle Pickup Order Summary

I pulled into one of the Sears In-Vehicle Pick Up parking spots, opened the Sears app, logged into my Shop You Way account, pressed ‘go’ on the app, and a nifty timer began immediately. Tick tock tick tock.


Several tick tocks later — at the 3 minute 15 second mark to be exact — my Mother’s Day gifts order of a fire pit, fireproof glove and grill brush was delivered to my car and put right into the trunk. I didn’t touch a thing. Brilliant.

My fire-fearing, efficiency-loving heart grew two sizes that day.

Sears-AllForMom-In-Vehicle-Pickup-Order waiting in the pickup parking spot

No matter what kind of mom you are shopping for — fitness mom, outdoor mom, techie mom, fashionista mom, cooking mom, flame-stoking s’mores mom — Sears has perfect Mother’s Day gifts ready to slide into the boot of your car (that’s a British term for ‘trunk’ I used there to show you how sophisticated I am. It worked, didn’t it?)

Sears-AllForMom-In-Vehicle-Pickup-Fire Pit in the Trunk

All you need to do this week (or any week, really) is order online, load the kids into the car, and pull into one of the Sears In-Vehicle Pickup parking spots. Within 5 minutes time, your Mother’s Day gifts will be loaded into your trunk, your kids will NOT HAVE TOUCHED EVERYTHING IN THE STORE, and you’ll have handled Mother’s Day like a boss.

Visit to start Mother’s Day shopping right now.

Sears In Vehicle Pickup Order Ready Screen


Find a great gift for your wife or mom at As a bonus, shoppers that use Sears In-Vehicle Pickup for their online purchases between Tuesday, May 3 and Saturday, May 7 are automatically entered for a chance tod win a $5,000 Sears gift card! Alternatively, you can also click on and enter the Shop Your Way All For Mom Sweepstakes at

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Life of Dad and Sears. I have received compensation for this post; however, all opinions stated are my own.
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