Oh no, so Mother’s Day has crept up on you and even if you’d had it on your mind or completely forgotten it was this month, you haven’t bought a thing. It’s happened to all of us at one point or another, but it’s never nice to see that disappointed look on your Mum’s face when you have to say you haven’t remembered. That’s why I’ve found 7 last minute Mother’s Day gifts you can actually buy on Mother’s Day itself (as long as Mum isn’t looming over your shoulder reading this!).
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If you have at least a day or two spare, believe me, you haven’t left your Mother’s Day gift getting too last minute. There are at least 22 things for Mother’s Day you can pick up in store, or order online and get delivered before the day. You might even be able to spoil her with a more unusual gift or two.
The 7 last minute Mother’s Day gifts I’ve found below are still excellent presents, don’t judge them harshly because you can still buy them on the morning of the day without her knowing! Any Mum would be happy to get them, so you really don’t need to feel guilty in the slightest… Well maybe a little. You did forget after all.
7 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts
A Subscription Box
Subscription boxes make wonderful gifts, and one of these would be so personal to your mum. You could get her one for practically any of her passions; cooking, reading, beauty, the list goes on. This is the kind of gift that wouldn’t be seen through as last minute, because she’ll feel like it’s so perfect that you must have planned it in advance!
Here’s a guide to the best subscription boxes in the UK, so you can choose the right one for her. It’s the perfect excuse for why you don’t have a wrapped up gift to give to her on Mother’s Day too; because Subscription boxes only come once a month, and only on certain days, she’ll need to wait until the end of March or the beginning of April to receive her first one.
The added bonus is that you’ll wind up paying for her box for at least 2-3 months. Not great for your bank balance (although, using Glossybox as an example, that would be about £30 and that’s a normal amount for a Mother’s Day gift right?), but it does mean that for the next couple of months she’ll have a surprise reminding her of your love. Ahhh, beautiful.
If you’re not sure which one your mum would like, the safe bets are without a doubt the Glossybox, Hotel Chocolat Tasting club (yum!) and Bunches Flower Subscription Service.
A Netflix Subscription
I don’t want to stereotype, I really don’t, but I don’t know one Mum who has Netflix. I know a whole bunch (including my own) who love traditional TV packages like Sky and Virgin, but none that’ve moved into the new digital era with the rest of us young’uns and upgraded to a streaming service like Netflix.
This last minute Mother’s Day gift will be a little more tricky to pull off than the Subscription boxes, because in theory your Mum should be able to use it instantly… as long as she either has a Smart TV or a Chromecast. In an ideal world you’ll have time to nip to the shops this Sunday and pick her up a Chromecast if she doesn’t already have one. If not you’ll be forced to make your apologies and insist you were positive she had a Smart TV.
If worst comes to worst then just show her how to use it on her tablet, phone, computer or laptop. It’s £5.99 a month for a basic subscription, but you won’t be able to watch anything in HD with that and only one device can be streaming at any one time. Go for the standard subscription for £6.99 a month for HD streaming and more than one device, or even the premium subscription for £8.99 a month which is only worth it if 4 people in the house will want to stream from it, or if she has an Ultra HD TV.
You’ll have to explain that if she wants to continue it after however long you subscribe her for (remember, she’ll get a month free, so pay for at least 2-3 months after that!), if she wants to continue it she’ll be forced to fork out the money herself. But hopefully by then she’ll be convinced to drop the more expensive traditional options for it.
A Trip Away
Yes this last minute Mother’s Day gift idea is pricey, but that’s the price you’ll have to pay for leaving her gift buying so last minute (and yes, that was a terrible joke).
To be honest, I was pretty surprised at how cheap a weekend away can actually be. Whisk your Mum away to a spa, or a cottage in the woods, for a well deserved break. It’s the perfect excuse for why you’ve come up empty handed on the day itself; just make sure you book it far enough in the future for her to get some time off work.
If you’re not sure what dates your Mum could feasibly go away for a weekend, then don’t book anything. Wait until you give her a card (if you forgot that too, just pop to your local corner shop before they close for the afternoon. Don’t be lazy), and then tell her your plan, show her some of the places you could both stay, and ask when she’d be free to go.
Now this is one of those last minute Mother’s Day gifts which’ll require your Mum owning something first. In this case, she’ll need to have a Kindle, or a tablet which can download the Kindle app. Oh, and preferably an interest in reading, that would be useful too.
If that’s all fine and dandy, then Amazon is your oyster. They have different Kindle deals every day, usually dropping the prices of some popular books to as little as 99p. Otherwise you can sift through their bestsellers and look for something you think your mum would enjoy, or search for her favourite authors if you know which books she already has and which she wants.
So when she looks at you with a frown, wondering where the usual bouquet of flowers and box of chocolates are, you can inform her smugly that she’ll need to turn her Kindle on to see her gifts. With the book prices being so low, you could easily buy her 10 new books or more – the ideal gift for Mums who love reading, whether it’s bought last minute or not!
A Magazine Subscription
If your Mum is a regular buyer of any magazine, then why not subscribe her? She’ll appreciate the thought (it means you know her well enough to know her little habits, and what she likes), and also how much money it’ll be saving her to have it delivered to her doorstep.
This is one of the last minute Mother’s Day gifts that’s going to take slightly more effort than the previous ones to setup though. Not only are you going to have to subscribe to the magazine of her choice, but I’m going to suggest taking this one step further. Actually leave your house. Get in the car. Or walk. Or take the bus. Go to your local newsagents and pick up a copy of that magazine.
That way you can give your Mum that copy, and tell her that she’ll be getting it straight to her doorstep for the next year too! It might sound like a small added extra, but it’s nice to have something physical in your hands when you think you’re going to get a gift right?
A Spa Day
Your Mum deserves a little time to herself. Or, if she’d prefer company, maybe you both deserve a bit of relaxation time! A sneaky way for you to get a treat out of Mother’s Day too; take her for a spa day.
You don’t need to book this right away, you could search for a suitable package for you both, then show it to her and ask what days she’s free for you to book it. I’d recommend the one in the image to the right; it was £158 for two people, and is now just £79 for the both of you to go for a pamper day, to have a treatment each, and with full use of the spa facilities..
You could always splash out further; if you really want to spoil her (or make it into an early Birthday present as well!) you could book yourself in to more treatments than are available with whatever package you go for.
A Day Out
What does your Mum want the most for Mother’s Day? To see you, and your siblings if you have any. So the best thing you could possibly do is organise going home to see her. If you live far away, spend your money getting a train or bus to hers for the day and I guarantee she’ll appreciate that more than any physical gift you could think of.
If that’s really not an option for you, because you live so far away, arrange a Skype call between you, her, and the rest of your siblings. And if you do live close to home, so seeing her really isn’t so special, take her out for the day! Restaurants are likely to be fully booked on the day, so instead take her for a bit of window shopping and stop off at a cafe for cake and coffee.
And if that’s really not neither of your cup of tea, then what about a takeaway and movie night in? Consider what your Mum really loves doing with you around, and base the day around that. It’ll be cheaper, and much more appreciated, than anything else.