Make Mom’s day memorable with thoughtful last-minute Mother’s Day gifts and ideas that will make you look like you’ve spent weeks planning them.

Mother’s Day is almost here. Did you find a way to make it special for your mom? If you’re just now searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, don’t panic — you can still make it thoughtful and meaningful, no matter what your budget. This exhaustive list includes unique gifts, fun outings, loving gestures, and more ways to show your mom or grandma your love and appreciation — it even features ideas for do-it-yourself, handmade, and zero-cost Mother’s Day gifts!

Browse these last-minute ideas and choose ones you think will resonate with your mother, taking into account her personal style, her unique personality, or simply things you know she’ll enjoy. And remember, when it comes to the best last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, it’s the thought that counts, not how much you spend.

Best last-minute Mother’s Day gifts

What do moms want most on Mother’s Day? For many tired, overworked moms, the best Mother’s Day gift is some well-deserved “me time,” which makes this the perfect last-minute gift for Mom. Just make sure she doesn’t have to come back home and play catch-up! Give her time by doing the things she normally does around the house.

last minute mothers day gifts with mom with flowers hugging daughter
  1. Mommy time — guilt-free time for her to do whatever she wants
  2. Quality family time planned around something she already enjoys
  3. Personalized mom jewelry with her kids’ names, initials, or birthstones
  4. A subscription you know she’ll enjoy (Flowers? Fruit? Wine?)
  5. A spa day for her to refresh and rejuvenate
  6. Mother’s Day brunch with family (or other moms)
  7. Something from her wish list

Mother’s Day gifts with no money

If you are asking yourself “What can I do for Mother’s Day with no money?” consider these zero-cost ideas to surprise Mom or Grandma on her special day. Remember, the best gift you can give Mom is your time and affection. Doing something thoughtful for her can be just as nice as an expensive store-bought gift, and it can be more memorable and special, too!

  1. Mom’s day off — no household work, no errands, no responsibilities
  2. “Mommy & Me” photo session
  3. Cook, bake, or prepare her favorite meal, treat, or snack
  4. Movie night with the family — Mom’s choice of movie, of course!
  5. Wash and detail her car, clean the fridge, or do something else she’ll appreciate
  6. Help her complete a project she’s been meaning to finish
last minute mothers day gifts with daughter hugging mother

Mother’s Day gifts under $20

While $20 doesn’t seem like a lot of money, there are lots of ways you can turn that into a memorable Mother’s Day for any mom. Think outside the box and look for unique ways to surprise her with small gifts that will make a big impact.

Mother’s Day gifts under $50

With a $50 budget, you can easily create a beautiful Mother’s Day gift that will last a lifetime. Look for sentimental keepsake gifts that will become her treasures, or customize items she’ll love to use or display. Add a personal touch, such as her name or monogram, a poem or message, her kids’ names, and more, to make her gift truly one of a kind.

Mother’s Day gifts under $100

With a $100 budget, your options are wide open to surprise Mom with a great last-minute Mother’s Day gift. Create a lasting impression on Mom with a custom photo canvas print, a stunning crystal vase, a luxury spa robe, or another mom favorite. Pour your heart out into a loving letter to Mom you can put right on a throw blanket, or put her favorite family photos on a family tree photo canvas print she’ll treasure for years.

DIY and homemade Mother’s Day gifts

For those who love making things, creating your own gift for Mom is a great last-minute option — just make sure you have enough time to complete your homemade gift! Get the kids involved in making the gift to give it more meaning. Petal Talk has some great ideas for Mother’s Day crafts for kids, and here are a few more of our favorites.

  1. A booklet of handmade Mother’s Day coupons
  2. DIY bath salts or bath bombs
  3. A set of DIY tea towels for the kitchen
  4. Hand-painted or decorated flower pots
  5. DIY decorated canvas tote for shopping or errands
  6. DIY Mom gift basket filled with her favorite foods, spa products, etc.
last minute mothers day gifts with DIY Mother's Day Garden Stone

Kasia Lorenc is a writer and editor at Personalization Mall, covering gifting, home decorating and more.


  1. Diana Salvati Reply

    These are great gift ideas! I especially love the idea of “Mom’s Day Off.” The gift of time is absolutely priceless!!

  2. Rosalie Galvez Reply

    I think she would also appreciate a house free of mess and clutter for a day. Being a mom is stressful, and coming home to a clean house, even if it only lasts 10 minutes, is like a little slice of heaven for them. Nice blog

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