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As a self-proclaimed (and often apologetic) procrastinator, I often find myself floundering around trying to find gifts at the very last minute. And when it comes to Mother’s Day, this is especially true—considering both my father and brother often forget to purchase gifts ahead of time, too. Of course, I never want my mom to know we waited until days before the holiday (even though she totally knows), so I have adapted my search strategies through the years and become an expert at finding amazing last-minute Mother’s Day gifts. And while this is a skill I can’t really put on my resume, it’s something that comes in handy at least once a year.
In the age of the Internet, finding a gift my mom will actually like on a website is much, much easier than having to search stores all across town. And while I do enjoy a good shopping spree, sometimes you just need to quickly order something online and have it sent in a matter of days. Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, people, so now is the time to pick out a gift for your mama—and maybe even splurge for expedited shipping. (The biggest downside to waiting until the last minute to purchase a gift is having to occasionally pay extra for shipping. We made our beds, and now we have to lie in them, I guess.)
Luckily for you, though, I’ve rounded up 13 ridiculously cute and useful gifts your mom is sure to love, from beauty buys to fashion goodies and more. You can order each of them online—many of which have cheap or expedited shipping. You’re welcome—and have them sent directly to your mom’s door. If the package is late, you can always blame it on unexpectedly slow shipping. Your mom never has to know you waited until the last minute.
Read on and buy that woman the gift she deserves!
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A Personalized Phone Case
Last year, I got my mom a phone case with her name on it and she swore she was the next Kris Jenner. It was a hit! Casetify has tons of options you can personalize with your mom’s taste in mind—we love a super-custom gift for under $50!
A Stylish Headband
This gift can be kind of divisive, but if your mom is into the world of Lele Sadoughi headbands and maximalist accessorizing, she’ll definitely appreciate you splurging on a piece she can wear all summer long. This colorful Terry Cloth Knotted Headband is great for a day at the farmer’s market or a beachy happy hour.
This Chic Lunchbox/Handbag
If your mom packs her lunch for work, she’ll be obsessed with Modern Picnic’s handbag-style lunchers that keep her meal fresh without ruining her outfit. The bags from the new Flower Collection with B Floral even come with a free dried bouquet as a bonus gift.
The Pan She Won’t Stop Talking About
If you still haven’t gotten your mom the Always Pan yet, you’re in luck. Our Place is currently offering $30 off all colors with the code “GOODTASTE30” through May 4. Order by April 30 to get yours before Mother’s Day unless you want to pay for express shipping.
A Bougie Self-Care Set
If your mama likes to light a candle and relax with some skincare, she’ll be all over this collaboration from ELEMIS and Olivia Ruben. The Pro-Collagen Rose & Relax Duo features the skincare brand’s beloved Pro-Collagen Rose Hydro-Mist as well as a gorgeous limited-edition candle with notes of rose, oud and amber.
This Apology Candle
If your mom likes a gift she can use and something that will make her laugh, this candle from Ginger June Candle Co has it all. Plus, some of us really do need to start owning up to our teenage angst. I’m just saying!
A Luxury Face Mask
Skip the protective face mask and get your mom a different kind of mask altogether—the pampering kind! MARA makes luxury algae-infused skincare in the most gorgeous, gift-able packaging, and the new Volcanic Sea Clay Detox Masque features spirulina and ashwagandha.
Some Fun Summer Sandals
Give your mama a reason to get excited about her spring and summer wardrobe! These Tory Burch Eleanor Woven Flats are statement-making and gorgeous without being too bold for everyday wear. Plus, you can snag them with Amazon’s Prime Shipping so they arrive in time.
The Ultimate Lounge Look
If your mom isn’t already obsessed with ThirdLove, it’s time to get her in on the hype. They’re known for their bras, but The Breakfast In Bed Kit curated for Mother’s Day is just too good to pass up. For just $154, you get a $220 value including the Sedona Stripe Woven Short Set, one 24/7 Pima Cotton Plunge Bra and two pairs of Pima Cotton Hipsters.
This Necklace with a Message
I’m obsessed with Awe Inspired’s MANTRA Necklace Collection, featuring gorgeous gold vermeil pieces with inspiring messages. This one says “Everything I Need Is Within Me” and 20 percent of proceeds are donated to their national charity partners.
A Fresh New Fragrance
If she’s been spritzing the same perfume since pre-pandemic, your mom might need a new signature scent. Help her start fresh with the new Replica scent Matcha Meditation from Maison Margiela, with notes of bergamot and green tea accord.
A Stylish Mask Chain
Chances are, your mom has enough cute face masks by now. Get her a cute mask chain to spice things up! This chunky pick by Pretty Connected can also be used as a sunglasses chain for beach days.
A Bouquet of Flowers
Call me basic, but I think flowers are always a good idea. Especially when you don’t know what else to send! The Bouqs has some of the prettiest and well-priced flower delivery options in the game, so scroll through their site and see what your mom would like best, or go with my fave, the Field of Dreams bouquet.
A version of this article previously appeared in May 2020.