If you're running behind on your Mother's Day shopping this year, relax. There are plenty of great Mother's Day gift ideas that don't cost a lot and are available at the very last-minute. These are thoughtful and smart, and are sure to make Mom's day even more happy.
Spa Gift Certificate
What's better than a trip to the spa? A free trip to the spa along with your kid urging you to get some "me time." Gift certificates can be made in any amount and, if you're really last-minute, can even be purchased on the way to visit your mom on Sunday. Wrap the gift card in a fun way and she will be very happy indeed.
If your mom complains that she never sees you, why not create a unique gift from your favorite photos? You can whip up a last-minute set of placemats (which will help her see you and the kids daily when she eats breakfast), a digital picture frame (that you preload with a selection of photos), or a poster or photo book that you can send to Walgreens and pick up the same day. Photo gifts are easy to get made and are always appreciated.
If your mom has a favorite author or genre, it's easy to find something she likes. If not, go in any bookstore and you are likely to see a display of books picked out especially for Mother's Day. Write a special note inside the book and you have a personalized gift.
Or maybe it's time to get your mom into the digital age. Kindles are inexpensive these days, and can be purchased last-minute at stores like Best Buy. Or, get an Amazon gift certificate if she already has an e-reader and allow her to stock up on the titles she has on her wish list. You can print off a gift certificate right from your computer or send it to her via email.
Gift Basket With Items Added By You
Gift baskets are okay as a last-minute Mother's Day gift item, but why not make them fabulous by personalizing them? Take a gift basket you think your mom will like, and add things you know she'll love. For example, take a basket of chocolates, and add some lotions or teas for a "pamper you" gift. Or, find a basket with the fixings for a movie night and add a few DVDs with her favorite flicks.
The one thing your mom always appreciates is you: being with you, having you think about her, and communicating with her. Make Mom a promise that you'll be there for her when it comes to helping with the care of your grandparents, on a Saturday afternoon for lunch, or on a Friday night when she's all alone.
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