(Last-Minute) Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is this weekend (in two days, to be exact) and I know there will be many a last-minute shopper looking for some gift ideas for their mother. I know this because my dad and brother are those guys you see at the mall Christmas Eve, or at Target the morning of Mother’s Day doing their last-minute shopping. Luckily, this year, my brother and I already have our gift for our mom, and since I don’t have to help him come up with ideas this year, I’m sharing those ideas with the masses.

Here are some of my Mother’s Day gift ideas that aren’t flowers or a card. (And they’re all $50 or less!)

1. Greenhouse + plants. This greenhouse ($20) from Ikea would make a fun gift for those mothers with a green thumb. (Or even those with black thumbs. I don’t think two or three plants require garden mastery or anything.) Put a couple of fresh herb plants or some small, potted flowers in here and you have an instant garden to put on your mom’s window sill or out on the porch. ***Lots of assembly required.***

2. Purse accessories. This Kate Spade card holder ($50) would be a cute addition to mom’s purse for spring. It comes in a variety of fun, springy colors, as well as the basic black if that’s more your mom’s style. Put a gift card to your mom’s favorite restaurant or store inside and double the surprise!

3. Beauty set. Spring is a great time to get rid of old, expired makeup and liven up one’s makeup collection for the warmer months. There are a ton of great sales this time of year on everything beauty related: perfume, makeup, lotions, hair products, etc. I’m a big fan of giving beauty sets as gifts, and the Clinique ‘Spring Into Colour’ set ($39.50) is a perfect package of spring essentials for mom. It even comes with its own cute, little bag. Get it at Sephora, UltaDillard’s and Nordstrom.

4. Tickets to an event or experience. A concert, a sporting event, a wine and paint night, a museum exhibit, a day at the spa…Get mom tickets or a voucher of some sorts to an event or experience that she would really enjoy. Maybe set up a mother-daughter day at the spa, or get the whole family tickets to a spring baseball game. There really are endless options with this, just make sure it’s something she would actually enjoy. And maybe throw in a nice Mother’s Day card, too.

5. Fancy tea. If your mom is a tea drinker, head over to Teavana and pick up some of their new, spring flavors. (Their new peach green tea sounds delicious!) If she is not a tea drinker, but maybe wants to be, they have great little starter sets (I bought one for myself last year!) that would also make a great gift for the novice tea drinker. They also have cute mugs and glassware that you can throw in as an add-on gift.

6. A good book. I know my mom really likes to read, so books are always an easy, no-fail gift for me on Mother’s Day. Or Christmas. Or her birthday. Anyway, Barnes and Noble always has sales or some kind of coupon going on, but I’ve also had luck finding good books at Target. Of course, Amazon is always an easy and cheap place to buy books, but if you are waiting til now to get mom a gift, that obviously won’t work, even with two-day shipping. Unless your mom is into e-books. Which my mom is not. (I’m not either, for the record.) I like to throw in a nice bookmark or gift card to a coffee shop or local bookstore, and voila…a perfect gift for your bookworm mom.

7. Cute stationery. Get mom some cute thank you cards or a nice stationery set for Mother’s Day. Everyone loves a handwritten letter every now and then, and who doesn’t love getting mail? Paper Source and Papyrus are my favorite stores to shop for cards and cute paper products, but Target always has some cute stuff too. (I shop at Target a lot in case you weren’t getting that.) And while you’re at it, throw in some nice pens to make writing on all those fun, new notecards even easier.

If none of these ideas strike your fancy, I guess you could always do the traditional flowers and a card for Mom. Just don’t say you didn’t have any other ideas.

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend!

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