11 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day is only a few short days away, and you still don't have a gift for your mom. Whether you've searched for weeks only to come up short or you kind of forgot that the holiday was approaching, there's a certain feeling of dread and panic that tends to set in as Mother's Day (and your deadline) draws neat. Don't freak out just yet though, and whatever you do, don't just settle for some grocery store flowers and whatever cheesy card is left in the Mother's Day display. There's still time to find last-minute Mother's Day gifts.

Chances are you know your mom pretty well, and even though it might take a little bit of thinking on your part, you can still find a last-minute gift that she'll absolutely love. From designing an experience the two of you can share to picking up something you know that she likely would never buy for herself, last-minute Mother's Day gifts don't have to be lame, boring, or the same old thing. Select the perfect gift, wrap it up, and make sure you have something to give Mom by Sunday. She's worth it. Here are 11 ideas to help you get started.


Lunch And A Manicure


Mother-daughter or mother-son days are always a hit with the moms. Give your mom a homemade gift card detailing your plans for the day: lunch you at the restaurant of her choice followed up with a trip to the nail salon for some well-deserved pampering.


Finishing Salts

This gourmet finishing sea salt collection ($50) is great for a mom who likes to cook. Sets like this aren't typically something you'd buy for yourself, but contain all the salts you need to perfectly finish off just about any dish.




Really, really want to get Mom flowers? How about a family trip to the nursery so that she can pick out some of her own? Then, after you get your supplies and head home, spend the afternoon with Mom planting what you found.


Camera Bag

If your mom totes her camera everywhere, hoping to catch that perfect shot of her grandkids, she'll love this waterproof, vintage camera bag ($38 to $80). It's big enough for a DSLR plus two lenses, so she's sure to be prepared to capture any memory that may present itself.


Custom Cutting Board

Honestly, you can never have enough cutting boards. Forego the same old, kind of boring rectangular version in favor of this bamboo state-shaped cutting and serving board ($18). Get it in the shape of your home state or her favorite place to visit.


Upgraded Baby Bag

If the mom you still have to buy for carries a diaper bag, get her this upgraded baby tote ($175) from LeSportsac. These bags are durable, but trendy, so she'll be happy to carry it around, but it also won't let her down.


'Girls Think Of Everything' by Catherine Thimmesh

Give Mom some serious girl power vibes this Mother's Day with Girls Think of Everything ($6). Although it's technically a children's book, Mom will assuredly love reading about women's smart inventions, from chocolate chip cookies to windshield wipers.



Magnolia Bakery makes some very delicious treats. Beyond its flagship New York City bakery, it has locations in Chicago and Los Angeles. Can't make it in for a bite? Make its tasty treats in your own kitchen with The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook ($9).


Activity Tracker

There's no getting around it: activity trackers can be, well, a little bit ugly. Give your stylish mama this ring-shaped activity tracker ($165) and she'll wear it everyday. Bonus: it's water resistant so she won't have to constantly worry that it will get wet.



These gorgeous round-cut halo stud earrings ($31) will be a hit for sure. What better way to tell Mom you love and appreciate her than with a gift as pretty as she is?


French Rose Clay

This French Rose Clay ($27) will leave her skin looking luminous. It polishes and exfoliates skin, minimizes the appearance of pores, and draws blackheads and pimples to the surface. After all, Mom deserves to feel pampered.