Let me guess – you just realized it’s May and Mother’s Day is around the corner, but you forgot to get mom a gift? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I have some great last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that she will absolutely love — and she won’t even know you almost forgot the most important woman in the world!
How to Find the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift
If she’s like most moms, she probably has told you she doesn’t want you to get her anything for Mother’s Day. While you could listen to her, we don’t actually recommend you do that in this instance.
There are lots of gift guides out there that claim to have the best gifts for mom or the most creative, thoughtful, and unique gifts to make her day extra special. But the truth is, if you don’t get a gift that truly fits YOUR mom, it won’t feel very “perfect” to either one of you.
Here are a few thought starters to get your wheels turning:
- What does mom like to do? Cook, sew, exercise, read books, or collect elephants?
- What is mom good at? Baking, gardening, or turning trash into DIY treasure?
- What is something mom wants to do? Learn to play an instrument or try out photography?
- What’s a great memory you have with mom? Visiting a special restaurant together or picking wildflowers on a long walk?
If you know her love language, even better. You’ll know if she prefers acts of service (like washing and detailing her car) or quality time (such as playing a game together).
Now that you hopefully have an idea of what would make a great Mother’s Day gift for mom, here are some of the best last minute gift ideas – and we are pretty sure mom will love one (or all) of these!
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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
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1. For the Mom Who Needs to Relax: Mom Bomb Bath Bombs
Moms love their children, they really do. But sometimes all mom wants is an hour (or a few) to herself. She wants to not take care of everyone on her special day, and instead let others take care of her.
This luxury bath bomb gift set from Mom Bomb sends the message loud and clear: Mom should go relax.
The keepsake box is filled with 6 organic, vegan bath bombs. Tied up with a beautiful ribbon, you don’t even have to worry about looking for gift wrap. Scented with high-quality organic essential oils, mom will inhale the spa-like scent before she even opens the box. And trust me, it smells GOOD.
Make this gift even better: If mom has young children, take them out of the house while she heads off to the tub. If mom is older, add a little extra pampering by handing her a fresh drink (coffee, champagne, whatever she likes) as she saunters off to her own personal spa.
2. For the Mom Who Loves Books: Literary Blooms
I didn’t even realize this was a gift that existed until recently, and I’m honestly shocked that this isn’t something more well-known. As a self-proclaimed bibliophile, I LOVE these Literary Blooms!
If mom is a book worm, this is a creative Mother’s Day gift idea that she will treasure. Handmade from damaged books, these beautiful flowers are individually crafted out of the pages of some of the most popular literary pieces, such as Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, Wuthering Heights, and more – and they even have flowers made from an atlas!
I personally love knowing that these books have been upcycled to avoid being tossed in the garbage or sent to recycling centers. Books are dear to my heart, and turning them into an eco-friendly gift is pretty amazing!
Just like flowers in nature, no two blooms are exactly alike. You can let mom know her gift is just as unique as she is!
Make this gift even better: Grab a beautiful vase for mom to display her new blooms!
3. For the Romantic Mom: Custom Line Art from Bri Hill Creative
While I’m sure your mom would love any sweet piece of art you make for her, she might not be super inclined to hang it on her wall forever. A custom piece of art that is based on a treasured photo, however, is likely to take her breath away.
I want to point out that a custom drawing is not *technically* one of the best last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas since it isn’t something you can just order and have delivered the next day. However, I’m including it here for two big reasons: 1) It’s such an amazing gift for mom that you need to get it for her, and 2) I have a trick to get around that “last minute” part.
If you don’t have time for this gift to arrive before Mother’s Day, print out a sample photo from the website and put it in a gift box along with the picture you’re having drawn. When mom opens the box, you can explain that her real gift is on the way – and show her what she can expect.
Make this gift even better: Just kidding, you really can’t do much more with this one. Unless you want to wrap up some tissues or something, because mom will probably cry when she sees it.
4. For the Mom Who Loves Home Decor: MadeTerra
Most moms love having a pretty home. Spoiler alert: that’s why they always bug you about making a mess! While mom probably has a certain decor style and has found a few things that make her house a home, she will be happy if you give her some new home decor accents from MadeTerra.
If mom is into indoor plants and greenery – whether real or faux – she will love this woven planter pot cover. I had this aloe plant in a plain brown pot, which was pretty boring. With this woven cover (made from seagrass), my plant has gone from boring to cute! Little details like this aren’t things I think of on my own, but they are so nice to have – which is what makes it such a great gift!
Another option are these fancy coconut bowls, which can be used for anything from salad to soup to smoothie bowls or to hold jewelry or knick knacks. Handmade by Vietnamese artisans, painted and topped with interior lacquered coating, each of bowl is a unique piece of art.
If you’re into sustainable and eco-friendly gifts and products, MadeTerra is a brand you’ll want to check out. They bring you ethically sourced products that are handcrafted by Vietnamese artisans who are given fair wages and working conditions. I just love their mission!
5. For the Mom With a Green Thumb: DIY Personalized Flower Pot
While looking for a Mother’s Day gift for my mother-in-law, I got the idea to make a personalized flower pot that would hold two of her favorite things: beautiful flowers and her grandchildren (or at least pictures of them).
You might think a DIY project like this isn’t a good last minute gift idea, but it took me all of 30 minutes to put this together! I think you can make it happen.
And coming in at only $20, it’s a cheap Mother’s Day gift too! The planter was $15 at Target and the flowers were less than $5 at Home Depot. I already had the Cricut Joy and supplies on hand – including the school pictures of my kids that I had purchased in the fall and forgot to hand out. Oops.
By the way, anything that includes or involves the grandkids is ALWAYS going to make a great Mother’s Day gift for Grandma.
Make this gift even better: Use a terracotta planter and let the grandkids paint some pretty flowers on the side of the pot.
6. For the Crafty Mom: Cricut Joy
Speaking of that flower pot I made for my mother-in-law, if your mom enjoys anything craft or DIY-related, she will LOVE the Cricut Joy.
I was a little intimidated when I first started making things with vinyl, but the Cricut Joy was perfect for me as a beginner. It is capable of doing a lot of things, but it’s actually pretty simple to use! And there are tons of tutorials out there, from Cricut as well as other experienced crafters.
In addition to that flower pot up there, I also made these cute teacher appreciation gifts with my Cricut Joy. It can also make these awesome custom boxers for men (so if you’re a husband looking for a Mother’s Day gift for your wife, this would benefit you too haha).
Make this gift even better: Package up the Cricut Joy with an assortment of accessories that mom can use with her new toy. I definitely recommend some permanent vinyl, transfer tape, a weeding tool, and a scraper to help transfer the vinyl.
7. For the Fit Mom: Fitness Apparel from HYLETE
I’ve said it before – the reason I started writing fitness gift guides in the first place was so my husband could check out my suggestions and *hopefully* would get me a gift that I really wanted. After almost 10 years that hasn’t happened, but it doesn’t stop me from sharing these ideas!
Anywho, these days I actually share gift ideas of products I actually own and love. And HYLETE is a brand I just recently tried out and fell in love with!
Seriously, ask any fit mom and she will likely tell you how difficult it is to find fitness clothing that fits well and feels good. Sports bras are such a challenge (that’s a frequent rant I see in mom groups), workout leggings that pass the squat test are hard to find, and don’t even get me started on how impossible it is to find athletic shorts that don’t ride up.
Make this gift even better: Choose another of these healthy Mother’s Day gift ideas to pair with this gift. We recommend getting active with mom for some quality time!
8. For the Tired Mom: An Espresso Machine
Moms in general are just tired. TIRED. Like for years. If your tired mom is a coffee drinker, she will love this caffeinated upgrade! The EC300 Espresso and Cappuccino Machine is perfect for the mom who wants total control of making the most delicious coffee drinks at home.
Whether she’s making 1 cup or 2, it’s easy to make a rich cup of espresso — plus she can use the frother to steam milk for a cappuccino or to recreate her favorite Starbucks beverages.
Related: All the best gift ideas for coffee lovers
9. For the Organized Mom: Happy Planner
You don’t see the behind-the-scenes planning for the family, but I can assure you that your mom does more planning than you know! The Happy Planner notebook kit is the perfect gift for your mom to create the ideal notebook system.
Each box comes with an assortment of accessories (633 pieces in this fitness themed set!) including: a classic notebook, pocket folder, note paper, stickers, washi tape, and more. There are other themes available, so click around and find the perfect one for your mom!
While you’re adding this to your list of gift ideas for your mom, go ahead and grab a Happy Planner for yourself!
10. For the Stressed Mom: Weighted Blanket
If you haven’t tried out the effects of a weighted blanket just yet, you’re missing out. While mom likely has the weight of the world (or at least the weight of the family) on her shoulders, adding a weighted blanket can actually help the stress melt away.
This minky blanket is filled with glass beads (which means they are non-toxic and don’t have an odor) to add evenly-distributed weight throughout. The tactile dots can be used for sensory input, if she likes to fidget.
Mom will sleep better and be more relaxed with this on her bed, or she can snuggle under it on the couch when she just needs a break!
Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!
When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, hiking, and long walks through Target.