Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Seriously, it’s five days from today. But if you haven’t gotten a gift for the moms in your life, don’t panic: there are plenty of great gift options that can be shipped or emailed to you by end of the week. (We’re still a ways away from universal one-day shipping, unfortunately.)
From personalized gifts to great ways to give mom a bit of a break, here are a few of our favorite last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas.
Handmade Gift Certificates
Moms have pretty epic to-do lists, so it can be challenging to find opportunities to truly take a break. Handmade gift certificates can be tailored to match your mom’s favorite activities: one hour to read a book uninterrupted, a girl’s night out, two hours to shop sans children, etc. The most challenging part? Making sure Mom actually redeems them!
Starting at $50 and available via email (as well as by mail)
Speaking of taking a break, a SpaFinder gift certificate is a great way to give mom a flexible way of getting in some self-care. SpaFinder has hundreds of options and their gift certificates can be used at participating nail salons, Barre and spin studios, hair salons, acupuncturists, spas and more. It’s a great option if you’re not quite sure what mom would like best as a Mother’s Day gift.
Starting at $36/month
There’s something so lovely about getting fresh flowers, and not just when it’s Mother’s Day. The Bouq’s Co. works with sustainable, eco-friendly farmers all over the world to deliver fresh-cut flowers right to your doorstep. Their monthly subscriptions deliver seasonal bouquets on a date of your choosing and offer three options: Farmer’s Market, The Classics or Roses. If you’re looking for one bouquet, they also have a wide variety of Mother’s Day-themed arrangements that can be shipped nationwide.
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Starting at $44.99/3 month subscription
For the reader in your life, the Book of the Month Club is a great option to get her some of her favorite books, as well as dive into new options. Here’s how it works: Each month, she’ll receive five books chosen by Book of the Month (including early releases and debut novels) and she can also choose books she wants to read at her convenience. If you get behind on reading, you can also skip a month and the credits just roll-over — very good news for busy moms!
Date nights are an elusive thing once you become parents. They’re great —and, in our opinion, necessary — but the must items on our to-do lists very regularly override the want items. For Mother’s Day, go ahead and make it happen: schedule a family member or babysitter (or confirm babysitting credits if you’re not sure what night would work best), make the reservation and get out for the night. (Day dates are also a great option because sometimes you still want to go to bed by 10 p.m.)
Starting at $19
Give Mom a bit of pampering with a Birchbox Discovery Kit, which can be tailored to match your mom’s favorite beauty regime. They offer a bit of everything, from a Nail Refresh Kit or Treat Yourself Right Beauty Kit to The Workout and Go Hair Kit and The Skin Soothers Kit. Birchbox also offers monthly subscriptions (starting at $13/month) so she can get a box of beauty goodies delivered every month.
Kids produce a lot of artwork (a lot) and it’s impossible to keep it all. A great Mother’s Day gift option is to frame one or more of mom’s favorite pieces that can be put up around the house. It’s a great way of preserving them and they can be updated throughout the years as more art comes home. We recommend Amazon or a local shop for the frames so you can pick the one that works best for the piece and it can arrive ahead of Mother’s Day.
Starting at $35, offered in select areas
Or: how to live like a Kardashian! Does Mom have a big birthday or event coming up or just need to be pampered a bit? Glamsquad comes right to your house for manicures, blowouts or makeup. In addition to the at-home services, they offer a range of hair products, including a travel collection, including finishing spray and dry shampoo.
Starting at $8
Bloomin’ Bin is a great gift for gardening-loving moms and offers a range of options. From the Just Seeds package which includes 3-5 types of seeds that can be delivered monthly to the premium bin which includes seeds, a soil/plant food sample, a pot/grow bag and a project or garden tool. In addition to the packages, they offer add-ons like extra succulents, seeds or grow bags.
Starting at $49.99
FabFitFun has a little bit of everything, offering beauty, fitness, wellness and home products. You can customize the boxes to include mom’s favorites (or keep it a surprise) and get 8-10 products delivered seasonally. Plus, with a membership, you can use their FabFitFunTV app to workout anywhere.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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