If you haven’t secured the perfect Mother’s Day gift yet, rest easy. Okay, not that easy, because it’s literally just a few days away. But if you hustle, we can still help you out with these awesome last-minute gifts that don’t feel improvised at all.
Even if they are, just a little bit.
Aside from being procrastination-friendly, these gifts are hand-picked by real moms, so you know for sure they’ll be something she actually wants. Perfectly curated gifts for deserving moms? That’s kind of our thing. – Caroline, Liz, Christine, and Lisa
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– this post has been updated for 2021 –
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15 wonderful types of last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: Hundreds of ideas for every kind of mom
While we know you’ll enjoy the ideas here, be sure to find even more ideas in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide archives. We’ve been seeing out and sharing the best Mother’s Day gifts for 15 years now!
1. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: Breakfast in bed
Printable room service brunch menu door hanger from Hostess with the Mostess
Yes, I know this one’s been done a few times, but trust me. It never gets old. Getting served breakfast by the ones who woke you up countless times in the wee hours of the night? Priceless.
And if you want to add some extra oomf to the presentation of this gift, print out this adorable free Mother’s Day breakfast door hanger so that Mom can order what she wants and then snooze until it’s ready. Not sure what to put on the menu? Glad you asked. We have some ideas.
As for the breakfast itself, start with these 75 of the best Mother’s Day recipe ideas
Plus… 5 beautiful and easy cakes that kids can make themselves (because yes, we are not above eating cake for breakfast)
9 impressive brunch recipes so Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger (except to devour these Fruit and Yogurt Granola Cups at House of Yumm)
6 stellar make-ahead breakfast recipes (so you can all chill on Mother’s Day morning)
Perfect mimosa recipes to raise a glass on a special day
2. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: A handmade gift
Mother’s Day jewelry is always special, but it’s just a little bit more special when the kids make it. We included this DIY popsicle stick photo bracelet by It’s Always Autumn in our roundup of 13 creative DIY Mother’s Day gifts kids can make and give, because we knew it’s exactly the kind of thing that stays in the jewelry box forever.
You don’t even have to run to the craft store! Here are 15 easy recycled Mother’s Day gifts your kids can make from stuff you have right at home
The handmade gifts don’t have to stop with jewelry, either. We have tons of crafty Mother’s Day gift ideas that even the littlest kids can help make, from DIY wreaths and felt flowers to board books and body scrubs.
You could even turn some of Mom’s favorite handmade Mother’s Day gifts from years past of art using TilePix (a recent sponsor who we really love!) so she can preserve it forever.
Even a special card can become a forever keepsake with a handmade cards for Mother’s Day.
3. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: Books. Always books.
I always think a book — as well as a promise to provide the quiet time for mom to read the book — is a perfect last-minute Mother’s Day gift.
Whether the mom in your life loves non-fiction or a page-turning novel, there are so many choices for diverse books from women authors available. A copy of Cicely Tyson’s new memoir Just As I Am along with a hand written note thanking mom for being just who she is would be incredibly meaningful. And if mom needs a bit of an escape, you can always get her a fun, indulgent rom com.
Whatever she loves, that’s what matters.
Bonus: books they’re so easy to get when you’re out of shopping time. All it takes is a trip to your local bookstore, or a few clicks on Amazon Prime — or support indie booksellers around the country by shopping from our storefront on Indiebound!
4. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: Mother’s Day coupons and gift cards
You can’t go wrong with Mother’s Day coupons — especially when they’re for things that moms actually want and the kids promise to actually honor them when they’re redeemed. The printable Mother’s Day coupons by Clementine Creative are lovely options that we included in a past roundup of cool Mother’s Day printables.
Gift cards work too! So many are printable now, or sent on-demand via email or SMS, so she’ll get them right away. Or find them at a local pharmacy or bookstore.
Get creative! Try cards for:
- Sephora, Bliss, or anywhere she loves to buy her favorite mascara
- Her favorite department store (Nordstrom, anyone?)
- Her favorite local restaurant — or Seamless, Uber Eats, or Caviar, so she can choose her own.
- A gift card to California Pizza Kitchen because through May 31st, 2021, 10% of every card purchased is being donated to Every Mother Counts
- A cause like Donor’s Choose (we love them!)
- NOT her kids’ favorite fast-food restaurant
5. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: A handmade card
Flower petal card with free printablee: Hello, Wonderful
Handmade Mother’s Day cards will always have a special place in our hearts (and on our walls). I love this sweet card above, originally shared in a post about lots of ideas for handmade Mother’s Day cards from the kids. Or search our post on DIY Mother’s Day gifts for the kids, which includes some card ideas. We’re utterly in love with the things that are made with our kids’ own little hands. (Or big hands!)
We’ve also created some of our own free printable Mother’s Day cards like this one — they’re themed around glitter, rainbows, flowers, and empowerment, so you can find one that makes a gift that much more special. Click over and scroll down for a link to the printable PDF.
6. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: Baked goods. Come to mama.
This past year has been especially tough on those small, independent bakers who have had to juggle their business, clients, suddenly having everyone at home in their baking space, and teaching school in between sifting, stirring, whipping and baking. This year, look up local bakeries in your area (bonus if they are women-owned) and order a few treats for mom.
We’re partial to the sweet little cake jars from our good friend Erin at Sugarhouse Cake in Oregon — some of you may recognize her as one of the mods in our Recipe Rescue FB group! Like lots of small bakers, they generally need at least 24-48 hours notice so make sure that your plan for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift isn’t literally last minute.
7. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: A family getawayChristine and her family love family biking trips | Photo © Christine Refford for Cool Mom Picks
Want to make a big gesture without breaking the bank? Now that more and more people are getting vaccinated and travel restrictions are opening up — Mom may appreciate nothing more than a family trip outside of her own backyard!
You can get a few ideas for trips from these fun and affordable destinations, or see if there’s one of hundreds of US National Parks and Sites within driving distance. Even a hotel stay somewhere local could be a joy. Or, just play a day-trip like, a safe family day of biking somewhere near home.
Whether you present mom with actual plane tickets on the big day or just a handmade coupon for the future, the idea of being able to travel this year makes me down right giddy.
8. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: An IOU for custom artwork
You can’t get these customized family portraits by Nanna Verner in time for Mother’s Day arrival, but you can place your order and print out one of her gorgeous samples to show Mom that she’s got a unique piece of art on its way, hand-drawn just for her. She’ll agree it’s worth the wait, we’re sure.
We love art as a Mother’s Day gift, and included an important print in our feminist Mother’s Day gifts round-up that will mean a lot to her.
Etsy also has tons of printable art — just add nice paper and ideally, a frame.
Art doesn’t just have to be on paper though. We recently discovered the incredible Quiltlove site, run by an incredible mom who creates one-of-a-kind quilts incorporating your own decorated squares. They’re incredible! And totally worth an IOU for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift.
9. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: Her favorite magazines and newspapers
With Apple News+, Mom can have hundreds of magazines and leading newspapers right at her fingertips to read whenever she has the time. (Oh, that’s another thing you can give her: time.) It’s just $9.99/month with the first month free. Bye paywalls!
An Apple gift card is always a good bet for purchasing apps, music, movies, and TV shows of all kinds. Or hey, if she needs a new pair of AirPods, plenty of Apple Store locations offer incredibly speedy delivery. Sometimes even same-day.
10. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: A mug with her favorite coffee or tea
This lovely DIY Sharpie mug from Jennifer Maker has been one of our favorite suggestions for a handmade holiday gift, but it’s pretty perfect as a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, don’t you think? And all it takes is a quick trip to to the store for a few supplies (and your own steady hand).
We also love the DIY Mom fuel coffee mug tutorial by Michael’s that we included in our handmade Mother’s Day gifts list (at the very top of this post), because it is last-minute at its very finest. And of course, be sure to add her favorite coffees or teas!
11. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: Subscription boxes and gift boxes
What do moms love? Subscription boxes. Yes, even if the actual box hasn’t arrived by Sunday, an IOU for one of these amazing subscription box gift ideas will go a long way. That way we have something great to look forward to every time we walk to the mailbox — beyond those lovely orthodontist invoices that keep arriving.
Also, consider practical subscription box gifts if she’s not someone who indulges in baubles like we do.
12. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: Subscription to a fitness app
It can be tough for moms to get to the gym, especially if when have little kids. So a subscription to an app like Obé would make such a thoughtful gift for a mom who wants to practice good self-care right in her living room.
13. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: A DIY spa treatment
Gift cards for massages at a local spa may be off-limits right now, and while mani-pedis may be appreciated, we also love a good DIY alternative. Check out Kate’s round-up of DIY face mask recipes, or try this homemade mint sugar scrub.
In fact, we have an entire post on homemade mason jar spa gift ideas all with safe, edible ingredients — or grab Liz’s favorite essential oil for de-stressing and turn it into a homemade spa gift. Then set mom up with candles and a hot bath. Oooh, ahhh.
Of course, a gift card to a real spa is a sure thing, too, provided she can use it in the future.
14. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: Some peace and quiet
Couple this with one of the printable coupons above for free time, and you’re set for a thoughtful last-minute Mother’s Day gift.
15. Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: A donation to a cause that makes a difference in others’ lives.
Sometimes, the best Mother’s Day gifts are the ones that someone else benefits from. Lately, we’ve been supporting Feeding America’s efforts to help the increasing number of food-insecure families across the country through the pandemic. You can also reach across the seas to our global community, and donate in her name to an organization supporting Covid relief in India.
If she’s a fan of global health initiatives, you can donate newborn kits or mother-child care to the International Rescue Committee in your mom’s name. If she’s an advocate for education, these organizations support children and education.
Still important to us: Races, which is helping to reunite families separated at the borer. Fair Fight is working to preserve democracy through voting rights for all. And Stop AAPI Hate is doing incredibly important work this year.
For more ideas, check out these empowering gifts for progressive moms. But really, there’s no ends to the possibilities when you think about what she’s passionate about — the environment, improving her own community, healthcare for children, fighting disease, support for elders, support for other mothers in need.
Just pick the cause or organization that means the most to her and simply make a donation in her name — because that’s what a gift from the heart is all about.