8 last minute Mothers Day gifts any mom will love (we’ve got your back!)

Last-minute Mother's Day gifts: printable wine tagsLast minute Mothers Day gifts don’t have to be an afterthought. You’re just…busy. We get it. So don’t panic; 48 hours is plenty of time to wow Mom with one of these last-minute-but-she’ll-never-know-it presents. And, hey. Maybe you should accidentally-on-purpose leave this page open on your computer, just in case someone in your house is starting to panic. -Lexi


While I’m kind of hoping to receive this customized wine tag (and my favorite vintage to go with it, of course), we have a whole bunch of adorable Mother’s Day printables that make your gifts more special.

Last minute Mother's Day gifts: Animoto video slideshow

Animoto video cards
(above) let you showcase your family photos or videos, send a sweet
message, and unleash your inner cinematographer. The video slideshows
are easy to make, super-high quality, and guaranteed to make Mom smile
(and possibly weep!)–and they’re free up to 30 seconds long. Or if you
don’t have a present yet, consider using a video as a way to announce
something great to come. Kind of like an IOU, only better.

Books for Mother's Day: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake


Can you ever beat a book that strikes just the right cord as a wonderful
gift? Use your Amazon Prime membership for overnight shipping, or simply hit a local bookshop
to find the perfect title. Check our list of Mother’s Day book recommendations for some starters. Bonus present idea: give Mom some time to actually read it.

Last-minute Mother's Day gifts: jewelry


We’re diehard fans of small businesses, so naturally we’re 100% behind hitting up local shops–it’s a great way to support small business owners and eliminate shipping times. Fancy that! One idea: track one of these gorgeous Zulugrass necklaces from The Leakey Collection–they’re
created with natural materials from a company dedicated to providing
economic opportunity for the Maasi in Africa. And the jewelry is likely
to be sold in a store near you.

Last-minute Mother's Day gifts: DIY upcycled vase


If you want to try your hand at DIY for a
unique–not too mention inexpensive–gift, check out the tutorial for
repainting a recycled vase, and fill it with mom’s favorite blooms. So pretty and easy. No wonder it’s one of Jessica Alba’s eco picks on our own Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

Last-minute Mother's Day gifts: NOOK ereader with glowlight
Never underestimate how awesome it is to give the gift of tech. Hit your local Barnes + Noble, Target, or Office Depot to find the hot new NOOK SimpleTouch with GlowLight. Great for a little reading when it’s (finally) time for lights-out.

Food gifts for Mother's Day: cherry oat scone mix

We love this recent post on six easy food gifts for Mother’s Day that you can make without much effort. Some don’t even require cooking at all, like these easy scone mixes made pretty with printables.

Last-minute Mother's Day gifts: Kiva gift card


A donation to your mom’s favorite charity is always a meaningful gift, especially for those of us who feel like we’ve already got it all in so many ways. Kiva gift cards are a terrific gift, last minute or not, letting the recipient decide just which deserving borrower around the world she’d like to loan the money to. And they start at just $25. Print it yourself to present in person, or if she’s's far away, email it or post it to her Facebook wall. (Moms do have those too, you know.)

Need more Mother’s Day ideas? We have tons of them in our archives!

Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.

1 Comment

  • Reply May 12, 2012


    These are some great ideas! My little monkeys have been behind closed doors all day today! Every once and a while one of them will come out asking for an item that is needed for this “special project”! So what do you think can be made with a roll of paper towels, 3 plastic spoons, a cup of rice, and a bowl of grapes!! I think the grapes were probably a snack!! LOL I’m very curious!!! Happy Mother’s Day!

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