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Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts For 2024

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and coming fast! In case you’re stuck on gift ideas and short on time, these last minute Mother’s Day ideas will have you organised in a couple of minutes flat, ready to spoil mum or grandma this year!

Mother’s Day is the perfect reason to spend time together as a family and focus on making special memories as a family. Or for a mother-daughter day or mother-son day.

For most mums, that’s the best gift of all. But it’s still nice to give and receive something thoughtful too.


Let’s face it, mum’s can be difficult to buy for! Maybe is a woman thing. Maybe it’s a mum thing, but most of us are reluctant to actually let our family know what we would love.

Every single year my husband complains I’ve already got everything or he has no idea what to get whenever he is buying for me, either on behalf of himself or our girls.

If you’re a mother reading this, maybe it’s time to start dropping some bigger hints, or use this last minute Mother’s Day gifts guide for some ideas!

If you’re short on time and don’t want to scroll the full list of great Mother’s Day gifts, here are my top 3 recommendations:

When Is Mother’s Day?

Mother’s day is the second Sunday in May for many countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. However, this special day is celebrated on different dates around other parts of the world.

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Mums

Some of the best gifts can be gifted instantly. The rest can be shipped quickly, depending on exactly how last minute you are! 

1. Kindle Unlimited Membership

For the mother who loves to read, a Kindle Unlimited membership is the perfect way to give the gift of books again and again, without costing a fortune! Kindle Unlimited gives access to over a million digital books with no limit on the number you can read every month.

Best of all, you don’t need a Kindle to read them (although that would make a lovely gift too). The Kindle Unlimited app works on any device – phone, tablet or computer. Many of the books also come with Audible narration too.

Last minute mother's day ideas 2019

2. A New Book

For some, the feel of a brand new book in their hands is an experience that they adore and so a real book could be exactly what your mother is hoping for! If you’re not sure on what book to choose, here are some great recent releases that she will hopefully love:

3. Mother’s Day Handprint Wall Art

If you’re short on time and low on budget, but still want a beautiful keepsake gift for mum or grandmother, a Mother’s Day handprint art is a lovely idea. Plus, it’s one of a kind!

You print out the template, paint your child’s hand with some washable paint and apply to the page. Allow it to dry, add it to a frame and you’ve got a unique wall art for them to cherish forever!

You can find these designs in my online store:

If you want to create gifts for all the mums and grandmothers in your life, you can also grab my huge Mother’s Day handprint art bundle with 16 different designs. Many are perfect for any occasion, not just Mother’s Day!

4. Audible Membership

If you’ve got a mum who is always on the go or who enjoys listening rather than reading, Audible is a great alternative! Listen to the latest releases in audiobook format. I love to listen in the car or when taking a walk. It can be a great day to still ‘read’ even when you may not have the time to stop and listen.

Each month mum will get to choose one new book to listen to, including the latest releases and best sellers and there’s the option to purchase others at membership prices too.

A set of good quality noise-cancelling headphones will help mum enjoy her listening even more too!

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5. Air Fryer

A healthier way to cook and convenient too, air fryers are popular right now with so many ideas on how you can use your air fryer to cook pretty much everything. We love our air fryer, as does my own mother! In fact, I have plenty of air fryer recipes for you to try.

This is the latest model of the air fryer we have and it does a great job! They are so easy to use.

6. Amazon Prime Membership

Maybe your mother loves to binge watch TV shows instead! Gift an Amazon Prime membership and mum can enjoy loads of perks – including access to thousands of movies and television shows on Prime Video.

It also comes with access to certain Amazon music and Kindle books too which makes it a great all in one, along with the bonus Amazon shopping benefits, such as 2 day shipping.

7. Meal Box Subscription

As a mother myself, I know I am always looking for new ideas for family meals and sometimes a meal subscription box is a great way to take the effort out of planning and the grocery shopping that goes with it. A meal subscription box, such as Marley Spoon, comes with all the ingredients you need plus recipe cards you can use over and over to recreate delicious family meals.

Not only will mum love getting this on her doorstep, but I bet she would love it even more if you cooked it for her too! Hint hint!

Save on your first box with Hello Fresh. They are available in Australia, the USA and several other countries around the world too. Or try out Every Plate.

8. Spa Voucher

Mother and daughter having a spa day

There aren’t a lot of mothers who don’t love a bit of pampering and when you are struggling to come up with last-minute ideas, a spa voucher can never really go wrong.

Find a spa or massage centre close to where mum lives and get her a voucher to have some relaxation and rejuvenation.

A general voucher is often a good choice if you’re not sure what type of services she would enjoy, so she can pick her own from the menu. Another great alternative is a salon voucher for her favourite hair salon.

9. Insulated Travel Wine Glass

Give mum a refreshing and stylish look for enjoying her favourite wine or chilled beverage with an insulated travel wine glass. I love that these stainless steel cups are in rose gold which is so on-trend right now. They look so pretty and there are plenty of other colours to choose from too.

10. An Experience Gift

For the mum who has everything, sometimes the best gift of all is simply the chance to make special memories. An experience voucher is perfect for this, treating your mother to a fun day out solo or with the whole family.

Check out Get Your Guide or Viator for tours and attractions nearby. A dinner cruise down the river or a night at a show could be the ultimate fun way to show your mum how much you appreciate her!

The best part of an experience gift is that you don’t need to worry about shipping delays since you can usually purchase instantly and book later!

Some great experience Mother’s Day gifts might include:

  • Chocolate-making class for a sweet tooth mum
  • Painting class
  • Resin jewellery making
  • Beauty course for a mum who loves makeup
  • Wine tasting class for anyone who loves wine
  • Spa treatments
  • Float tank
  • Snorkelling
  • Florist masterclass working with fresh flowers
  • Motorbike tour
  • Luxury car experience

These experience gift ideas for kids might give you some ideas mum will love too.

11. UE Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker

Music does wonders for our mood so let mum blast her favourite tunes no matter where she is with her own UE Wonderboom bluetooth speaker. The UE Wonderboom is compact and waterproof. She can even sing in the shower if she so desires!

Pair it with a Spotify or Amazon Music subscription for the ultimate giftable bundle of music goodness!

12. Adult Colouring Book & Pencils

The adult colouring book craze has been around a lot of years now and it’s a good one. Kids are onto something. There is something so relaxing and satisfying about sitting down and doing some colouring and it could be a perfect ‘me time’ hobby for your mum too.

There are some really great adult colouring books available, with intricate patterns or beautiful scenery.

Pair it with a set of quality colouring pencils for a thoughtful gift to make mum feel special.

13. Subscription Box

What is better than a thoughtful gift box delivered to mum full of things she loves? How about a monthly gift on her doorstep with a subscription box?

There are subscription boxes for pretty much every interest and hobby. And there is sure to be one that your mum will love.

KiwiCo is one of our favourites and they have subscription boxes for adults as well as kids. The best option for mums is their Maker Crate, with a new craft project to complete each month, from macrame to resin home decor, this might ignite a new hobby she’ll love!

Check out Cratejoy to find a perfect subscription box to suit your gift recipient. They are a marketplace with box themes for absolutely everything! For the foodie mum or the pamper loving mum, crafty mums and mums who love to read.

Here are a few popular options:

  • The Adults & Crafts Box – Everything your mum needs for trendy crafts projects
  • Therabox – A self-care subscription box
  • Smartass And Sass – For mums with a sense of humour who love cheeky slogan shirts & practical items
  • Glam Box – A box of exclusive leather earrings sent every 2 months. These are my favourite earrings! So light to wear.

14. A Class To Learn Something New

Send your mum along to a class or enrol her in a course to learn something she has been wanting to learn for ages. Much like the experience gift, you can book it online ready for gifting in an instant!

There are so many things she might be wanting to learn, such as taking up a new craft hobby, learning a new style of cooking or doing a beginner’s yoga program.

15. A Gift Basket

Put together a basket of all her favourite things, like bath products, essential oils she loves, eye cream, gourmet food, or even a gift card to her favourite store.

Sometimes the most simple gift is the most appreciated and if you put together your own curated gift basket of things you know mum loves, such as the perfect cup for her favourite tea, you know they are items she will love and use!

The key to the perfect gift basket is making sure you fill it with items you know mum will actually use and enjoy. None of the stuff that will collect dust and go unused!

16. A Filled Photo Album

Mother and adult daughter looking through photo album

Put together a photo album of all your favourite memories together and with other loved ones. She’ll love flipping through it and reliving all the good times.

You can usually get photos printed instantly or in under an hour and can grab a cute photo album to go with it.

17. Hair Appointment

You can buy a gift card to her favourite salon to get her hair cut and coloured or simply book her in for a relaxing hair wash and scalp massage. This simple experience is a wonderful way to help mum feel good and leave the salon with healthy hair.

18. Acts Of Service

Is her love language acts of service? If so, do something special for her that you know she would appreciate but never ask you to do. For example, clean out her gutters, wash her car or mow the lawn for her. If there are chores she doesn’t enjoy doing, giving her a break from the routine can be even more appreciated than physical gifts.

Need more perfect gift inspiration? These unique DIY Mother’s Day gifts can be made fairly quickly and inexpensively too.

These last-minute gifts for Mother’s Day are sure to help you spoil mum or grandma, or any other important woman in your life for this sentimental occasion. If you are a mother yourself, have a wonderful day celebrating too!

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What would be your perfect Mother’s Day gift? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear it! And share this post to Pinterest! Be sure to follow me on Facebook or YouTube for more occasion gift ideas like these!

Last minute mother’s day ideas 2019

Christine | Where The Smiles Have Been

Saturday 9th of May 2015

Oh, all of these sound just wonderful. My top two would be the cleaner and the hair appointment....a girl can dream. ;) Thank you so very much for sharing this with us over at Merry Monday! We hope you'll party with us again this week!


Monday 11th of May 2015

The cleaner is a pretty wonderful thought. I got a card and some instant scratch it's to go with my weekend away. Can't complain. But my mop of a hairstyle could really use some special treatment... :)


Wednesday 6th of May 2015

Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - We hope to see you again next week! ~Lorelai Life With Lorelai