Gift Edit 2023

10 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts That Are Thoughtful, Not Cheesy

updated Apr 19, 2023
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This feature is part of Apartment Therapy's Gift Edit, our editor-curated collection of gift ideas. Need more inspiration? Check out all our guides here.

Attention: Mother’s Day is officially less than a month away! We know that still gives you more than enough time to find the perfect gift, but if you’re anything like me time passes by in what feels like record time, so if you do find yourself in a time crunch, we’ve got you covered. We set out to find thoughtful gifts for your mom that she’ll actually love, but that won’t require weeks to be delivered, meaning you can pick them up at your leisure. From classics like flowers to unique gifts for the travel bug in your home, check out our top picks that any mom will appreciate below, and don’t forget to browse our full Mother’s Day gift guide here!

Have a last-minute find that was a hit with your mom? Tell us about your favorite last-minute Mother’s Day gifts in the comments below — we can keep that secret between us.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: A flower delivery subscription is one of the very best Mother’s Day gifts out there. Even better? It’s also great if you’re scrambling at the last minute. Urban Stems lets you choose between three flower plans (Classic, Seasonal, and Luxe) and delivery frequency (biweekly, weekly, and monthly) for a gift that your mom will enjoy long after Mother’s Day ends.

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Bean Box

Is your mom nothing without her morning cup of jo? Help her switch things up with this coffee sampler from Bean Box. Each box includes four blends from Seattle’s top roasters — you can choose from light, medium, dark, decaf, and espresso roasts, or go for a mix. The least expensive option is a one-time box, but you can also order a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription.

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She taught you everything you know, but if she loves to learn, too, MasterClass is the perfect gift. With it, she'll gain access to thousands of hours of classes geared at helping her master everything from writing her autobiography (you know you'd love to read a chapter on you!) to nailing the perfect pasta. It’s a thoughtful, impactful gift that someone may not be likely to splurge on for themselves.

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was $38.00

Mother's Day is all about thanking the women in our lives who raise and nurture us. Homesick's Thank You, Mom candle makes that task a bit easier. Designed to conjure the aroma of freshly trimmed flowers, this candle has notes of bergamot, lavender, sage, jasmine, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, musk, and lily. Bonus: You can make it even more special with a handwritten note on the packaging!

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Magnolia Bakery

Does your mother have a sweet tooth? Treat them to the ultimate gift with this Mother's Day Sampler Pack from the iconic Magnolia Bakery! Featuring an assortment of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes — each adorned with a beautiful hand-piped flower buttercream — she'll also receive two pints of its world-famous banana pudding for a Mother's Day dessert spread she won't forget anytime soon.

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Love a good wine night with your mom? Send her a Winc subscription and get ready to have a fun virtual Mother’s Day celebration. Choose between a 1, 2, or 3-month subscription, or instead send a custom set of your choosing! Either way, your mom will create a Palate Profile to assess her tastes, and the Winc team will send her wines that match her preferences.

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Shop Handy

Is there anything more thoughtful than giving your mom a break and sending a team over to clean her house? This 3-hour home cleaning from Handy can be redeemed at any time, so your mom can use it whenever, and once it’s scheduled your mom can handle everything from communication to tipping online.

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Lo & Sons
was $168.00

For the mom who's always planning her next trip, allow me to wax poetic as to why the Catalina Tote from Lo & Sons is the best travel bag. Available in four different sizes, this bag is as spacious as it is stylish. The Catalina features deep side pockets, multiple interior pockets (including a bottom compartment to keep shoes or dirty clothes separate from the rest of your belongings), a key leash, and a luggage sleeve that'll easily slip over most suitcase handles. It also comes in nine color options and two different fabric styles, making this the ultimate travel companion — after you, of course.

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You know mom loves her shoes so a subscription to one (or several) good streaming services is essential. If your mom doesn’t already have access to Hulu, gifting her a subscription is a very thoughtful, practical idea that will make her happy for a long time. Subscriptions start at $7.99/month, but if you want to upgrade to a plan with no ads it’ll cost $14.99/month.

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was $199.00

If your mom’s been wanting to redecorate her bedroom for ages, help her get the ball rolling with a Havenly gift card. There are three options to choose from, but all include 1:1 time with a professional interior designer, three initial design ideas to collaborate on, a final design concept with a curated shopping list, and access to hundreds of brands.