Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


If you haven’t checked your calendar lately, here’s your last warning: Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY! There are only a few days left before the big day, so getting the perfect gift for your mom is going to be a bit tricky. Luckily, we’ve done the hard part for you. Here are the best gifts for Mother’s Day you can get last-minute while still wowing even the pickiest of moms!



  1. The Updated Family Photo

Moms with adult or teenage children know the pain of no longer getting that awesome family portrait done every year. But you can make your mom’s wall a happier place by getting your brothers and sisters together for one updated family snap. Hire a photographer (or a great photography major) and spend the day recreating your favorite poses.


  1. Concert Tickets

Moms like to party and dance just as much as you do! Check to see if her favorite band or musician is coming to town and buy her the best seats you can find. The best part is that with e-tickets, you don’t have to wait for delivery to surprise her.

  1. A Girl’s Night of Gift Cards

We all love pampering, especially when with friends. But a day at the spa with mom is one memory you’ll never want to forget. Purchase a pair of slippers and stick in a gift card for a manicure for two at your favorite nail salon or a mother-daughter massage from your go-to masseuse. She’ll love that you want to spend that special day with her.

  1. Handmade Jewelry

When you were a kid, you may have made your mom a necklace out of macaroni noodles and string. That’s so not what we mean. Instead, you can go to custom jewelry shops like bead stores that offer hundreds of choices for customizing your items without breaking the bank. Best of all, you’ll walk away with something that’s both professional-looking and made only with your mom in mind.

  1. The Latest Best Seller

If your mom loves to read, load up her e-reader with your favorite books or the latest outing from her favorite writer. Stores like Amazon allow you to send a book without even having to be there to see her surprised face.

E reader with sharp pencil picture

  1. A DIY Flower Vase

Flowers are just a natural part of Mother’s Day, but what about where to put them? Before you pick up your blooms, stop by a thrift store and pick up an old glass vase. Tape up a design using painters tape and then spray paint several coats. When dry, you have the perfect gift for a Pinterest-loving, modern decor fan of a mom!

  1. Monthly Box Subscription

One gift? How about 12? Monthly subscription boxes are perfect for a woman who loves to try new things or explore what’s out there. You can get boxes full of makeup, books, travel items, flowers, tea or coffee, and even food! She’ll love the surprise of not knowing what’s coming next.

  1. Homemade Bath and Body Items

Homemade soaps, lotions, and creams are all the rage, and you can make them easily in your own dorm room. For soap, for example, all you need is her favorite scents in oils, lye (or sodium hydroxide), and an old pan. The process takes a few hours, but it’s a personalized item she’ll cherish.

  1. Your College’s Swag

Moms love to show their pride just as much as you do! And while it may not be their alma mater, surprise her with a shirt that boosts where her son or daughter is attending. Many colleges even have parent shirts that designate her as a “XX University Mom.”

  1. You!

There’s nothing more special than having your child home for a holiday like Mother’s Day. And while it may be tempting to skip out, make her day that much more special by giving her gift (or just your presence) in person.


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Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s right and who’s wrong…

Gwyneth and Kids

Gwyneth and Kids

Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she will take a break from acting to spend more time with her two children. In an interview with E! News she stated that “things are more difficult for her than other moms, because of the demanding nature and unpredictable schedule of her acting career.”

Grabbing the Media’s attention along with every working mom out there, Mackenzie Dawson decided to respond back with “A working mom’s Open letter to Gwyneth” in the New York Post.”

Once I finished this article I sent the link to my friend Liz; she too is a working mom. Liz opened my eyes saying “I bet it is tough for her – she does travel, she does have to spend time away from her kids, that schedule CAN be grueling. What makes me sad is that we, as moms, all need to start SUPPORTING each other. Enough of this comparing, or trying to make the case why someone else has it better because they stay home or they work or they have an easier job. We are all just trying to do the best we can for our kids and our families, you know?

So Gwyneth and Machenzie, neither one of you are right or wrong. We just need to work together and support each other. The job of a mother is a tough one and making attacks and turning our back on each other will not make it any easier.

So whether you’re a working mom or a stay at home mom, I applaud you. I applaud your ability to juggle household duties along with work duties. I applaud the multitasking and extreme couponing (my sister, mother of 3). I applaud the long days and nights we spend to make our family happy. I applaud every mom out there for doing the best they can.

With that said, Mother’s Day is every day!