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Look, I get it: We’re all busy and caught up in our own lives, trying to survive each day and somehow plan for the future. Remembering important events can be hard—especially when we have a lot going on inside our own heads. So, in case you forgot that May 12 is Mother’s Day, I found some last minute Mother’s Day ideas you can actually pull off in time. Your mom will never know you almost forgot her special day.
Your mom deserves a Mother’s Day gift that feels both thoughtful and creative, and there actually are ways to do it with only a little bit of time. From cute DIY projects to two day shipping on Amazon Prime (the lazy person’s saving grace), there are myriad ways to surprise your mom with a sweet last minute gift this Mother’s Day. While some of these ideas are totally kid-friendly, they’re all adult-friendly—meaning it won’t look like your 25-year-old self decided to gift your mother something you could have made in third grade.
Yes, moms are notoriously good at noticing when someone does or does not spend time on something, but these easy Mother’s Day ideas are sure to leave her assuming you spent weeks planning for May 12. It just takes a little bit of creativity and/or very fast shipping. Some may say I’m a hero, but I procrastinate my Mother’s Day gift-giving just like everyone else. So sit back, relax (or, ya know, freak out because you forgot Mother’s Day) and enjoy these last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas.
1. DIY Pressed Flower Art
This DIY pressed flower art idea is the perfect (and easy) way to give your mom flowers that won’t wilt or die the next day. Aren’t you just so thoughtful?!
2. Paradise Natural Soy Wax Candle, $14.99 on Amazon
Give your mom a little relaxation moment with this cute candle.
3. Breakfast in Bed
It’s a tried and true classic your mom is sure to love.
4. Make a New Mom Survival Kit
For those of you looking for a gift for a new mom, you can’t go wrong with assembling some cute basics into a survival kit. It’s sure to brighten her day (and make it a little easier). Plus, you can find most of these items at a drugstore!
5. Raw Citrine Pendant Necklace, $25 on Amazon
A pretty (and fast) jewelry option that will leave your mom thinking you spent hours searching for the perfect gift.
6. DIY Wooden Spoon Art
If you’ve got a mom who loves to cook, making some cute and artistic DIY wooden spoons is a fun way to give a gift with a personal touch. Plus, this is something kids can totally contribute to as well.
7. Teapot Vase
Check out a flea market or home goods store to find a cute teapot that fits your mom’s style, then fill with flowers. It’s a two-in-one gift that takes such little effort.
8. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones, $299.95 on Amazon
No mom would ever think a gift this cool and luxurious could ever be last-minute.
9. DIY a Gift Basket
Fill a basket with some of your mom’s favorite candy, lotion, etc. She’ll be touched you remembered how much she loves that nail polish color she’s always wearing. What she doesn’t know is that you picked everything up day-of at the drugstore.
10. Set of Three Botanical Prints, $28 on Amazon
Find some pretty art (like these prints) that totally matches your mom’s decor.
11. Make a Cocktail Set
Give your mom the gift of a good cocktail by filling a basket with liquor, mixers and whatever she might need for a relaxing drink at home.
12. Frame a Note or Quote in Your Handwriting
This is basically the adult version of giving your mom a piece of your childhood artwork. Write her favorite quote or a saying you both love on a piece of paper and then frame it in a pretty frame.
13. ban.do Floral Insulated Tumbler, $15 on Amazon
If your mom is always on the go, give her the give of a cute to-go tumbler she’ll use every day.
14. Mom’s Emergency Candy Stash
Who wouldn’t love a stash of all their favorite candy?!
15. Make Homemade Perfume
Create a gift that’s custom to your mom with DIY perfume in scents you know she loves.
16. DIY Bath Bombs
Bath bombs as a gift is good, but homemade bath bombs for your mom is even better.
17. Personalized Necklace, $16.57 on Amazon
This is a custom gift your mom will never know you procrastinated buying.
18. DIY Bath Salts
These DIY bath salts are the perfect addition to a homemade gift basket or to pair with the homemade bath bombs from earlier.
19.Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself: 50 Topics to Share with Friends, $10.21 on Amazon
This gift is a fun game your mom can play with all of her friends—and then brag about you because you got her this gift for Mother’s Day.
20. Make a Scrabble Letter Art Piece
Use Scrabble letters to create a unique art piece for your mom. It’s a cute DIY project that even the least creative person on the planet couldn’t mess up.
21. Give Her Mother’s Day Flowers
When in doubt, flowers are an easy and quick gift to remind your mom you love her—even if you almost forgot Mother’s Day.
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