Kiryl Lis/Fotolia

15 Last-Minute Gifts For Mom That Are Actually Thoughtful

Ad failed to load

Why is it that it's always so difficult to pin down a gift for mom? I think it's because it's so hard to find a gift that says, "Hey, mom, thanks for putting up with all of my crap for all of these years — yes, literally and figuratively — and also you're pretty flipping awesome." And because finding a gift that says it all isn't exactly easy, you tend to wait far too long to find something, am I right? Well, this year I've got you covered with these last-minute gifts for mom that will help nix some of the days-before-the-holidays panic that typically sets in.

Whether you have a mom who likes life-is-good reminders posted around the house or your best gal pal loves sweating it out (but also keeps it balanced by eating all the things), then there is an inspirational art print and tank top for you to add to your list. You'll also find spa gift sets, a book that makes cooking — get this — easier, and a gift card that buys a favorite mom in your life one (or three) nights of time to herself.

Because, really, who can you think of that's more deserving?

Ad failed to load

1Family Rule #1


Designed by Joanna Kosmides Edwards, these prints take sayings from author Glennon Doyle, founder of the popular blog Momastery, and bring them to an 11x14 art print that's really quite perfect for any family home. My favorites include the above "Our Family Rule: Keep Showing Up" ($20, Zazzle) and "Just the Next Right Thing" ($20, Zazzle) both of which are solid reminders for any mama. Snag one (or five) and frame them for a mom you love.

2Gotta Love A Coupon Book


I mean, who hasn't relied on coupon books as a gift for their mom? As a child, I was thrilled to put together fun coupons made from construction paper and proudly wrap them for my mom for Mother's Day or her birthday. But who said adults can't give coupons, too? Snag this instant download ($6, Etsy) and give it to a mama you love. Just make sure you give her the time she deserves and don't flake on honoring the coupons like my brother did à la Mother's Day 1998.

3So Many Jumping Jacks To Do, So Little Time


Even moms with the best laid plans know what it's like to forgo a workout or a little "me time" for a sick kid, hectic day, or after-hours work project. Help a girl out and score Studio SWEAT OnDemand ($20, Studio SWEAT OnDemand) for less than $20 a month. She can access the programs on her TV, PC, tablet, or mobile device, and choose from Spinning®, TRX®, HIIT and other full-body workouts without ever leaving the house.

Ad failed to load

4Grab What's In The Pantry

Barnes and Noble

I am completely in love with this book, so I recommend it to basically everyone I know. That's because YumUniverse Pantry to Plate ($17, Barnes & Noble) by Heather Crosby provides you with templates with recipes that allow you to choose what you have in your pantry to customize the recipe. Um, can you say I love you Heather Crosby? This book has been making my life easier since I purchased it a few months ago and I'm never turning back.

5Create A Little DIY Zen

Courtesy Of Dwell Beautiful

What mom wouldn't appreciate a little peace during the holiday season? Put together this DIY Succulent Zen Garden from Dwell Beautiful with a few simple items — a glass container, sand, and succulent plant — and it will be the gift that gives for years to come.

6For The Mom With The Best Of Intentions

Courtesy of Run Intended

Let's be honest, working out is great for the endorphin rush, sweaty glow, energy boost ... blah, blah, blah. But it's also pretty awesome for helping to balance your love for fries and all things chocolate. Score this "Eyes On The Fries" tank ($30, Run Intended) for the mom in your life who loves her gym time — and her french fries, too. Romper readers enjoy 15 percent off sitewide at Run Intended with the code HOLIDAY2017 at checkout.

Ad failed to load

7The Quintessential Spa Gift Box


There are bath and body gifts and there is this bath and body gift. The Spa Gift Box from GorgeousSoap ($43, Etsy) features everything a mom who needs a bit of R&R could possibly want, like a handmade goat milk soap bar, natural soy candle, and bath bomb.

8Buy Her A Bit Of Bliss

Courtesy of Bambino

Short on time? Consider sending the gift of a kid-free night with a gift card from Bambino, an on-demand babysitting app that enables parents to find sitters who are connected to them through friends and neighbors. Parents simply enter details for when they need a sitter, preview the available sitters, and choose the best one for the job. The app is free, but the gift card buys mama a night out.

9Help A New Mama (& Her Milk Supply) Out

primalpalate on Instagram

From the moment a baby arrives all of the pregnancy questions transition into all of the postpartum questions. One of the top ones on the list? "How do I increase my milk supply?" Treat a new mama to these homemade lactation cookies that are not only delicious and full of milk-boosting ingredients, but gluten-free, too!

Ad failed to load

10Give Her A Fashion Fix

Stitch Fix has been around for a bit now, but it doesn't mean having hand-picked clothing based on your style delivered to your doorstep has lost its appeal. Give a gift card ($20 to $1,000, Stitch Fix) that can be directly emailed to a mom in your life and let her make selections that will best suit her closet.

11Brush Up On Those Cooking Skills

Sur La Table

Know a mama who finds her Zen in the kitchen? Consider buying her one or two of these Sur La Table cooking classes ($10 to $20, Sur La Table) with themes like, "Fast, Easy, Fresh" and "Flavor Foundations."

12Movie Night


Invite a mom you love to a movie night featuring all of her favorite movies (hello, Harry Potter marathon) with this creative movie ticket card how-to from Martha Stewart. Slip the card into an envelope and snag all of her favorite candies and snacks for a fun girls' night on the couch.

Ad failed to load

13A Thoughtful Care Package


This Mama To Bee Care Package ($36, Etsy) comes with a fun #MOMLIFE tote bag, handmade scented soap, baby onesie, and other fun additions. Bonus? You can have it directly mailed to a mama-to-be in your life just in time for the holidays.

14A Gift Card With Attitude

Courtesy of Sarah Marie Design Studio

Basically all of Sarah Marie Design Studio's items are on my holiday wish list, like the F*ck Yes! Pin ($15, Sarah Marie Design) above. But if you are in the midst of last-minute holiday shopping and don't have time to wait for a package delivery, then score a gift card for your favorite fitness enthusiast so she can pick something on her own.

15For A Prediction Of All The Good Things

Courtesy of Just A Taste

OK, how could I not include these adorable Homemade Fortune Cookies from Just A Taste in this roundup? I mean, you will score serious DIY points with this step-by-step recipe for whisking, baking, folding, and penning sweet messages of good fortune for a special mom in your life.

Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

The Entire Family Can Enjoy These Movies & Shows Coming To Netflix In June

It's just one of those sad facts of life: every month, shows and movies vanish from Netflix, their varied excitements no longer at your fingertips. But luckily the streaming service is always prepared to fill that content void with lots of new things…
By Megan Walsh

The Reason Why Babies Smile At You Will Seriously Make You Smile

Whether you're currently the recipient of your own baby's sweet smiles or you just seem to be a magnet for baby grins in general, you might find yourself wondering why babies are always smiling at you. Sure, you could be a 'smile whisperer' but scien…
By Kate Miller

8 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say That, Yes, You Are Their Favorite

For a baby to show a preference for a specific person is not only normal, but an essential part of their development. Babies need to form strong attachments to their caregivers for their emotional, social, and physical wellbeing. Usually, but not alw…
By Kimmie Fink

10 Reasons Why I Won't Apologize For Giving My Toddler A Pacifier

My first child had no interest in a pacifier. I tried a couple times to get him to take one, but he always spat them out and gave me an incredulous, judgmental look. But my second? It was love at first suckle. And after a while, the incredulous, judg…
By Jamie Kenney

Being A Dog Parent Prepared Me For Having A Baby, Really

I’ve always wanted kids; I was never as sure about raising a puppy. Then I spent six months living with someone who brought home an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy, and I see no way to make it out of that experience claiming not to love dogs. I…
By Heather Caplan

20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills