10 Last-Minute Tech Gifts for This Mother's Day

10 Last-Minute Tech Gifts for This Mother's Day

Laura E. Hall
May 6, 2011

Mother's Day is this Sunday; are you ready? Earlier week we outlined some fantastic tech gifts for your mother, but if you've really procrastinated, we've got your back. Here are some last-minute gifts that are thoughtful and relevant, which you can easily produce from the comfort of your own home.


  • We love the idea of coupons, and they work well if you're in person to present them, or far away. Our first roundup suggested making coupons for Facetime or Skype.

  • How about a set of coupons for general tech support, or helping clean up their computer files? Print them out easily, or even email them with a nice cover sheet and instructions. Microsoft has some cute Office templates here.

  • Create a free Mother's Day slideshow on Smilebox, complete with themes and music. Just download the free app from their site and you're ready to insert your pictures.

  • Head over to Yelp and plan out a nice day of local meals and experiences for you and your mom to enjoy this weekend. Don't forget to check the calendars or the forums, the latter of which often have lots of good insider tips.


  • A magazine subscription via Amazon won't set you back much ($10-$30), and you can present a printed-out gift receipt in lieu of an actual magazine.

  • A 3 month subscription to Netflix is $30 -- plenty of time to try it out and see if it's something she'd be interested in using.

  • An Amazon Gift Card can be printed, mailed, e-mailed or sent via Facebook. Or If your mother already has a Kindle, consider buying her a digital copy of a book you've read and loved, that you know she will enjoy.

  • You can't go wrong with a bouquet of flowers, and this company arranges same-day delivery on Sunday May 8 from local florists.


  • Amazon is running a Mother's Day special right now: Kindles with ads are $114, a Kindle 3G with a gift card is $189 and a Kindle DX with a gift card is 379. Refurbished units start at $129.99.

    If you're ordering today, it's too late for a delivery by Sunday, even with Prime. But you can always print out a gift receipt, or a to-scale picture of a Kindle; just say it was backordered. She can use the gift card to shop for a nice case in the meantime.

(Image: Flickr member SanFranAnnie licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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