19 Last-Minute Mother’s Day 2018 Gifts That Are Still Thoughtful

I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but if you still haven't managed to pick up something nice for your mom for Mother's Day, then you're seriously running out of time. Did you just panic a little bit? Yeah, I thought so. Even if you feel like Mother's Day is just a Hallmark holiday, I'm pretty sure that your mom doesn't see it that way... and given the fact that she's been there for you since — oh, I don't know — the beginning, she's entitled to at least some token of your affection on May 13. Enter these last-minute thoughtful Mother's Day that will make your favorite mama feel special even if the occasion did kind of fall off your calendar.

If you prefer to go the DIY route or to give experiences instead of items, you'll find some ideas here that are up your alley. Feeling intimidated by DIY or just too far from home to spend QT with Mom for the occasion? No worries. You'll also find links to items that you can actually buy, wrap, and gift below. At the risk of sounding totally cliché, it really is the thought that counts, so no matter what you pick up for Mom for Mother's Day — or how long you wait to pick it up — she'll be thrilled that you made the effort.

A Breakfast Date

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If your mom is anything like mine, she'll be just as appreciative of experiences as wrapped gifts. Offer to treat Mom to an indulgent Mother's Day breakfast. Whether you take her out to her favorite restaurant or cook up some waffles at home, she'll be thrilled to kick off her day with family (and no dirty dishes to clean).

A Framed Photo

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Is there anything that moms love more than family pictures? Dig through the archives and find some photographic favorites that Mom never quite got around to framing. It will mean a lot to her to see you making such an effort to make her memories tangible and front and center.

Homemade Baked Goods

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Break out the old family recipes or take to Pinterest to find the ultimate cupcake concoction. Either way, Mom will appreciate the time you took to actually make her a treat instead of just buying one. Plus, it's fun for the whole family if you share!

DIY Potted Plant

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Even if your mom is a gardener extraordinaire, she'll be happy to have some of the dirty work (get it?) done for her. Go to the local garden store and pick up some plants, soil, and a pretty planter, then assemble a beautiful piece that Mom can display outside or in the house. If she's short on gardening supplies, you can pick up a new watering can to help her tend to her gift too.

A Spa Day

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I mean, need I say more? I've never met a mom who would willingly turn down the offer of a luxurious spa day, especially if that spa day involves quality time with one of her kids. Treat your mom to the most upscale services, but don't be afraid to join in for a quick facial or pedicure.

A Day "Off"

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Give Mom a coupon for a full day off, then commit to running all of her errands, handling all of her tasks, and basically waiting on her hand and foot. Mother's Day could be the perfect time to pull this off, but if you and the family have other things planned for the occasion, choose a day in the future when you know your mom is going to be more stressed out.

Shopping Trip

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Sure, it's fun to open gifts, but some moms might enjoy the process of picking something out alongside you even more. Offer to chauffeur Mama Bear to her favorite store so she can choose her ideal present, then pick up the tab for lunch so you can share a beautiful day together.

A Surprise Visit

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If you live far from home or haven't seen Mom in a while, there's no better way to remind her of how important she is to you than to just show up. Book yourself a last-minute flight or jump in the car early in the morning so you can be home for Mother's Day breakfast. I guarantee you that there's nothing she would want more.

Classic Movie Night

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Does Mom have a favorite movie from her childhood that she never gets to watch, or is there a show that you used to watch together that's since fallen off your collective radar? Organize a viewing party complete with snacks and cozy blankets.