So you woke up this morning and thought, “Oh no it’s Mother’s Day and I still haven’t bought my mom a gift!” You search the Internet for last minute gift ideas, but find that none of the suggestions will work for you. In fact, none of those gifts can be purchased at the last minute. Most of them require a minimum shipping time of two days and you can’t wait forty-eight hours for a gift to arrive. Today is Mother’s Day!
You start to panic. How can you show appreciation for your mom with so little time left to buy a gift? Settle down, relax and have no fear. We have a list of last minute ideas that can be purchased and presented lickety-split.
Magazines top the list of easy, last minute gifts. What does your mom love to do in her spare time? Does she enjoy cooking or baking? Would she like to entertain more often or find some time to travel the world? These days you can find magazines that cover just about every interest and hobby. Drive to the store and pick out a magazine you know she’ll love to read, roll it up and tie a pretty ribbon around it. Then go online to Magazines.com and buy a deeply discounted yearly subscription. Magazines.com will provide a printable gift notice for your recipient, (so you don’t necessarily need that extra step of driving to the store), but tying a ribbon around the first issue shows you put a little extra thought into this gift.
Search through your iPhone and Android photos for a photograph of you and your mom together. Then walk into your local CVS store, upload your photo and wait for your print to be processed in less than an hour. Shop for frames at your local art and crafts store. Jo-Ann Fabrics and Michael’s always have a large selection or search discount retail stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls for beautiful frames at a reduced price. If you are truly short on time create a photographic collage using little more than poster board, photographs and colorful duct tape.
Tickets to a Musical Event
If your mom loves to listen to music then buy her a ticket to the theater, orchestra, symphony or a rock concert. Whether she likes classical, rock, pop or jazz you are sure to find premier tickets on StubHub. Most tickets can be printed directly from your home computer, so even though you waited until the last minute to buy a gift you can still present her with tickets on Mother’s Day. For an extra special touch print out a calendar and draw a heart around the date of the event.
Hulu or Netflix Subscription
Does your mom need a way to relax after a busy day? Would she love to cuddle up on the couch with a soft blanket and watch TV? Hulu and Netflix subscriptions make great gifts. Whether your mom loves to watch movies, old television shows or new series she’s sure to find something enticing. Both services offer gift subscriptions with welcome information that can be printed out, wrapped and presented immediately after purchase.
A Heartfelt Letter
If you are significantly short on a time a heartfelt letter to mom always makes a worthy gift. Think back on your childhood and reflect on your favorite memories of your mom. Tell her about the time she picked you up early from school, the time she helped you when you were sick or simply the way she made you feel cared for and loved. Cherry pick your favorite mother-daughter or mother-son moments and try to capture the emotion and love you shared in those events. While other gifts may come and go a heartfelt Mother’s Day card will be stowed in a special place and treasured for many years to come.