30 Genius Last-Minute Gifts for Mom
She's given you everything—now it's time to repay the favor.
We could never repay our mothers for all they do for us. They comfort us when we cry; they help us with our homework; and they continue to lose sleep over our whereabouts, eating habits, and overall wellbeing long after we’ve left the nest. And while there’s truly no way to properly thank them for everything they do, on Mother’s Day, we try our best to show moms just how much they mean to us. With the holiday just around the corner—it’s the second Sunday in May—we’ve rounded up some great last-minute Mother’s Day gifts for every budget. So read on to find the perfect present for the mom in your life.
Mario Badescu Bath & Body Luxuries Set
$49; buy now at mariobadescu.com
Though a trip to the spa is always a great gift, a massage or facial only lasts 60 minutes or so. These magical Mario Badescu products, on the other hand, can help your mom turn her bathroom into a spa-like retreat every single day of the week for at least the next year. From botanical body soap to vitamin A hand cream, this gift set has everything a woman could ever need fo her beauty routine, all for under $50.
*Note: Since deals are always coming and going, some of the sale prices shown in this article may no longer apply.
Calvin Klein Plush Robe
$78$23; buy now at nordstromrack.com
In this plush robe from Calvin Klein, any mom will feel like she’s being hugged by a teddy bear every time she steps out of the shower. And with all the hard work she does, the mom in your life deserves something this soft to keep her cozy during her rare moments of downtime.
Anton Heunis Flower Studs
$84$59; buy now at shopbop.com
One of the surprising downsides of motherhood that nobody warns you about is not being able to wear hoop earrings until a child’s adolescent years. Why? Well, put a curious toddler next to a tempting pair of hanging earrings and, as you might imagine, things won’t end well. This is all to say that, if you’re looking to get a new mom something thoughtful this Mother’s Day, we suggest a pair of sweet studs—something like these flowers by Anton Heunis.
Elite Platinum Air Fryer
$191$90; buy now at amazon.com
If you’re going to get your mom an air fryer this Mother’s Day, you might as well get her the best one out there—and luckily, one of the most popular models on the market just so happens to be among the cheapest, too. This Elite 3.5-quart digital fryer is under $100 right now. Consumer Reports gives it high marks for being easy to store and whisper-quiet while in use.
Philips Somneo Wake-Up Light
$200$160; buy now at bestbuy.com
Waking up in the morning is hard, but getting out of bed is a whole lot easier with this wake-up light from Philips. With simulations that mimic both sunrise and sunset, this light is the answer to insomnia and oversleeping alike.
Mejuri Mini Lotus Bracelet
$169; buy now at mejuri.com
With all of the school functions and holiday parties she’s constantly attending, any busy mom would love a simple piece of jewelry that she can wear with any outfit. Consider this dainty lotus bracelet from Mejuri. Set with AAA quality white sapphires, this elegant accessory will make every single one of your mom’s getups sparkle.
Angela Adams Crystal Bowl
$285; buy now at angelaadams.com
If your mom loves a good decorative item, then this crystal bowl from Angela Adams is sure to make her smile. The best part about the bowl is that it actually serves a purpose; your mom can use it to store trinkets, hold loose change, or even set it out as a candy tray when the grandkids come over.
Driftwood Bird Chime
$82; buy now at uncommongoods.com
This handmade driftwood wind chime is a gorgeous gift for the mom whose well-manicured lawn is her pride and joy. It’s detailed, it’s delicate, it’s decorative, and best of all, both you and your mom will feel good knowing that you’re supporting another mom when you buy it—artist Hazel Olsen, who created the piece, has three kids of her own.
A Grocery Store Gift Card
Prices vary; buy now at your local grocery store
Sure, going to the grocery store is a necessity, but for many matriarchs, the supermarket is also something of an oasis—a place they can get a necessary errand done and escape the house without their kids. A grocery store gift card will not only pay for the items that your mom needs, it will also give her a chance to pick up a few well-deserved treats for herself, too.
Anthropologie Watering Can
$38$30; buy now at anthropologie.com
Who says that watering cans have to be unsightly? On the contrary, there are plenty of cans out there—like this stylish one from Anthropologie—that are just as functional as they are chic. Even when your mom isn’t tending to her garden, she can keep this gold vessel on display as an aesthetic tribute to her green thumb.
K+M Extravirgin Chocolate Gift Box
$59; buy now at goldbelly.com
These K+M chocolate bars aren’t your typical sweet treat. Infused with artisanal olive oil, these decadent candies have a signature smooth texture that has even wowed the discerning palates of tastemakers like Oprah Winfrey. If your mom has a penchant for unique flavors, then she’ll love this gift box—assuming you don’t devour it before Mother’s Day, that is.
The Cook This, Not That! Cookbook
$13; buy now at amazon.com
Finding time to meal prep and eat healthily can be difficult for moms on the go. That’s why this Cook This, Not That! cookbook is the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Filled with easy 350-calorie recipes and delicious dieting tips, this book is the answer to the time constraints that plague moms everywhere and prevent them from living their healthiest lives.
Happ Levy Backpack
$179; buy now at happbrand.com
New moms might have to deal with spit-up on their sweaters and sleepless nights, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t want to at least try to be fashionable. The good news? With this ultra chic diaper bag from Happ, they can be. It has nine compartments to meet all the needs of a new mom and her baby. At the time this article was published, it even comes with a matching changing pad, faux fur keychain, and dust bag! Changing diapers has never looked so good.
Delonghi Espresso and Cappuccino Machine
$150$120; buy now at saksfifthavenue.com
By definition, being a mama means always being busy—and while a warm cup of coffee would help the day fly by, most moms don’t have time to stop at Starbucks every single day. Thankfully, there’s a solution to every caffeine-craving mom’s time constraints. Behold the espresso and cappuccino maker from DeLonghi, which makes it easy for any mom to brew barista-level cups of coffee without ever leaving home.
A Customized Wooden Cookbook Stand
$25; buy now at amazon.com
If your mom is the master of the kitchen in her household, treat her to this handcrafted wooden stand from Amazon seller Country Barn Babe. Whether she prefers to use her tablet to look at Pinterest recipes or likes to keep it old school with a cookbook, this holder will ensure that your mom’s materials don’t get dirty while she perfects her mise en place.
A Donation in Her Name to the ASPCA
Any amount; donate now at aspca.org
This Mother’s Day, gift your altruistic animal-loving mom a donation to the ASPCA in her name. When dealing with a selfless mom who constantly insists that she already has everything she needs, this is the perfect way to still give her a meaningful present for the holiday.
The Laundress Everyday Laundry Starter Kit
$80$72; buy now at thelaundress.com
You may know how to get your clothes clean, but nobody has perfected the art of properly caring for precious items of clothing quite like your mom. That’s why you can’t go wrong with this laundry kit from The Laundress for Mother’s Day. Unlike other drugstore detergents and cleansers, these products are nontoxic, biodegradable, and allergen-free, so your mom can feel good about using them on her garments.
Starts at $60; buy now at winc.com
Gifting your mom a bottle of rosé is nice, but gifting her multiple bottles is even nicer. With a membership to a wine club like Winc, not only will your mom get amazing bottles of wine, she’ll also get personalized recommendations based on her drinking preferences. It’s like giving your mom her own sommelier!
Drybar Digital Styling Iron
$150; buy now at thedrybar.com
Getting pampered at the hair salon is fun, but the results of those appointments last a few days at most. Why waste your money on a gift certificate to the beauty parlor, then, when you can buy your mom a salon-quality straightener for the same price? This styling iron from Drybar is the same exact one they use at the popular salon—and your mom can use it to either straighten or style her tresses any time she sees fit.
Anthropologie Bath Caddy
$148; buy now at anthropologie.com
What’s the point of relaxing in a warm bath if you can’t simultaneously entertain yourself with a book or some Netflix? And since your responsible mom is obviously going to want to keep her paperbacks and devices out of harm’s way, she’s going to need a bath caddy—something like this stylish one from Anthropologie. Made out of acacia wood, it’s both aesthetically pleasing and sturdy, making it the perfect accessory for a little bath time entertainment.
Backslash Fit Self-Rolling Yoga Mat
$90; buy now at amazon.com
If you think that your yogi mom already has every athletic accessory under the sun, think again. Of course, a mat was probably the first thing she bought when she got into yoga, but does she have a mat that rolls itself back up after class? Yeah, we didn’t think so.
Stubbs & Wootton Slides
Starts at $250; buy now at stubbsandwootton.com
Stubbs & Wootton combines fun, fashion, and function to create some amazing slides. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more on your mom’s gift this year, then you can’t go wrong with a palm tree-, bee-, or martini glass-embroidered pair of stylish shoes that are both quirky and comfortable.
Mar Y Sol Beach Tote
$139$60; buy now at saksoff5th.com
If it was up to your mom, she’d be more than happy to use her Ikea bag as a beach tote. That’s why it’s up to you to gift your mom this trendy Mar Y Sol bag for Mother’s Day. With a woven texture and pom pom detail, it’s perfect for beach trips and park excursions alike.
J.Crew Suede Shearling Slippers
$50$25; buy now at factory.jcrew.com
Whether it’s the dead of winter or a summer day with the air conditioning blasting inside, fuzzy slippers like this pair from J.Crew are always a welcome accessory. Every time your mom slips her sore tootsies into these ultra-soft slippers, she’ll be reminded of your generosity and impeccable gift-giving skills.
Ted Baker London Leather Wallet
$149$75; buy now at nordstromrack.com
Fashion meets function in this patent leather wallet from Ted Baker London. With 11 credit card slots, an I.D. window, and several slip pockets, this cute clutch has more than enough room for all of your mom’s loyalty cards and coupons. Plus, at the time of publication, this wallet is on sale for 50 percent off, so you don’t have to get a second job just to get your mom the perfect Mother’s Day present.
Pink Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven
$240$130; buy now at williams-sonoma.com
Cult favorite kitchenware brand Le Creuset makes kitchen accessories worthy of a photoshoot. Case in point: this rose pink cast-iron Dutch oven sold exclusively at Williams Sonoma. Even when it’s not in use, your mom might just leave it out so that guests can admire her good taste (and yours).
Glossier Makeup Set
$40; buy now at glossier.com
For the mom who prefers to keep her makeup to a minimum, this Glossier gift set is the perfect present. It comes with essentials like grooming pomade and mascara, plus a tube of the brand’s popular Cloud Paint cheek color for a hint of tint.
Crate & Barrel Wine Rack
$90; buy now at crateandbarrel.com
Your mom’s extensive wine collection deserves to be put proudly on display—and this acacia wood wine rack does just that. However, this pretty rack has more than just aesthetic appeal—since it can be placed vertically as well as horizontally, your mom can also use her new vino storage unit to clear up precious counter space. Win-win!
Sugarfina Rosé All Day Bears Tower
$29; buy now at sugarfina.com
Satisfy her sweet tooth with this beary cute gift set à la Sugarfina. It includes one large cube of Mama Rosé Bears and one small cube of Baby Rosé Bears, a perfect (and delicious) reflection of your own mama bear-baby cub relationship.
Fortnum & Mason Mother’s Day Tea Blend
$33 for 3.5 oz.; buy now at williams-sonoma.com
If you happen to have a few thousand dollars lying around somewhere, then book a trip to London and take your mom to the Fortnum & Mason tea room for Mother’s Day. If, however, your budget is a little bit smaller, then do the next-best thing and gift her a tin of the tea room’s Mother’s Day Blend. As Williams Sonoma describes it, it’s a black tea “accented with the fresh flavor of fennel seed, lemon peel, safflower, orange peel, and marigold petals.” Yum! And to get you in the Mother’s Day spirit, check out the Best Parenting Moments of 2018.
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