Can't get to the store in time for Mother's Day? These are great last-minute gift ideas for mom.
As the Chief Gift Buyer in the family, I shop weeks in advance of any gift-giving occasion.
My husband . . . doesn't work that way.
I've heard from several friends, this is a common trait among husbands. They tend to realize Mother's Day or your birthday is looming about 48 hours before the actual day.
This year, be ready for the super last-minute "What would you like?" request with 3 AWESOME Mother's Day gift ideas that don't even require going to the store!
P.S. Breakfast in bed totally counts as a gift, too. Don't miss these easy Mother's Day recipes your kids could totally make for you.
3 Mother's Day gifts that don't even require going to the store:
1. A new book and relaxing time to read it
Pick out a new title on Kindle or Audible right then and there on Mother's Day morning. Your family can gift you the funds via a gift card in just minutes. There is something so deliciously wonderful about browsing the Kindle/Audible stores and buying something on a whim right as you see it.
If you do it right, it will feel a little like browsing the real-life book store. Take your time looking at the book listings, read the reviews, fall down the "Readers Also Enjoyed" wormhole.
Then, enjoy the immediate gratification of picking something you want to read RIGHT NOW and dig in on actually reading it while you're excited about it!
Once you've got your new book, pick the most comfortable place in your house to settle in. Let your family bring you all the pillows and blankets you need. How about a tray of goodies to nibble and your favorite beverage?
Books to spark your shopping spree:
- The best book club picks for 2020 for busy moms who want FUN books
- 15 palette cleansing books after a dark & heavy read
- 18 books to movies to enjoy with your daughter before she turns 18
Recipes for the nibbles:
- Blueberry lemon muddy buddies are ready in a pinch
- This sweet and creamy piña colada fruit dip will make you wish for a cabana boy
- Honey Sriracha Chex mix
2. Plant a cutting garden for fresh flowers all summer long:
Skip the grocery store bouquet, grow your own!! Ask your family to do the messy work of prepping the planter pots or a small patch in your yard.
My husband did this for me one year and it was one of my very favorite gifts.
Check out my tips for planting a cutting garden here.
Even without the seeds to plant, your family can prepare your garden by weeding it, raking it, and tilling the dirt.
Many nurseries offer curbside pick-up right now, so you could order some seeds locally for them to do the actual planting, too. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with a packet of cosmo flower seeds like these. They're my favorite!
3. Clean your car for a coffee date with a friend:
On Mother's Day morning, your family could deep clean your car for you:
- Empty all the trash
- Clean out all the personal belongings
- Vacuum all the mats and seats
- Dust the dashboard
- Deep clean the cupholders and door pockets
- Windex the inside windows
- Wash the outside
Then, take advantage of your freshly cleaned car and enjoy a coffee date with a friend!
Prep yourself your favorite coffee beverage and meet another mom friend for a virtual coffee date in your freshly cleaned cars. Park nearby each other in a parking lot somewhere.
You can either chat over the phone where you can still see each other's faces while chatting, or roll your windows down and chit chat from a safe distance.
Real faces beat Zoom any day of the week.
This particular idea was inspired by my friend Kristina over at Thriving Parents. Be sure to check out her post "What Moms really want for Mother's Day" for 4 more amazing gift ideas.