13 Last Minute (But Still Amazing) Mother's Day Ideas

Posted on Thu, May 11, 2017

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Do Your Mama Proud... 

She raised you to be resourceful and think on your feet, so we’re sure she won’t mind if you put those skills into action. If Mother’s Day snuck up on you this year (doesn’t it always?), never fear! Read on for ideas to help pull together a meaningful tribute to Mom in minutes . . . she’ll be none the wiser.

1. Bedroom Service

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Let’s face it: Even a bowl of cereal tastes better when made with love. All you really need is a steady hand to pour her milk (but if you wish to go a more elaborate route, we can offer a few suggestions). 

See more Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

2. Buy, Buy, Beauty

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Goodness knows she rarely treats herself, so do it for her with one of our favorite recent finds.

See more Beauty Gifts

3. Screen (and Face) Time
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When you were little, you had all the time in the world to spend with Mom. Show her you still care by planning a special night in for the two of you to cuddle up with a favorite film.

Get the flavored popcorn HOW-TO

4. New-School Heirloom

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Is Mom more into creating than consuming? Reserve an afternoon for a mother-daughter jewelry-making session using the new line from Martha Stewart Crafts. **From $2.99 to $30, Michael's stores nationwide.

Find a Michael's near you

5. Crafternoon Tea

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Scribble heartfelt messages onto custom tea tags. When she goes to make her daily brew, she’ll be reminded of how much you care.

Get the heart-shaped tea bags HOW-TO

6. Special Delivery

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Sign Mom up for a fruit or wine-of-the-month club, or buy her a share in the local CSA. A grocery-inspired gift will save her time and money all year long.
 
7. Feed Her Well
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When choosing edible gifts, go for things that are both delightful and practical. A beautiful fruit basket or batch of homemade granola are sure to please.

See more granola recipes

8. Chocolate Covered Hugs

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On a related note, chocolate-covered strawberries are the ultimate semisweet luxury -- and probably not something she’d make for herself every day.

Get the chocolate covered strawberries recipe  -  or order online at www.sharisberries.com 

9. Be a Wrap Star

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In the time it would take you to wrap a generic sale-rack gift, you could scallop the edges of parchment paper to hold a stunning (and full-price!) bouquet.

Get the scalloped bouquet wrapper HOW-TO

10. A New Floral Pattern

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Don't mistake low-maintenance for low-impact. Here, a single delphinium proves as striking as a full bouquet.

Get the delphinium arrangement HOW-TO

11. Be a Little Wine-y

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Mom won’t say no to a glass of the good stuff -- especially when paired with a tea towel that tells her just what to eat alongside. 

Wine-pairing towel set, $28, uncommongoods.com - Wine holders, $10 each, macys.com

12. Long Live the Queen
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Martha’s new book is a gift that keeps on giving: the knowledge to ensure you get to do it all again next year. Pair it with Mark Bittman's "VB6" and a nonstick pan to suit her healthy-cooking needs.

"Living the Good Long Life," $28, amazon.com 

"VB6," $26, amazon.com

8-in. ceramic nonstick fry pan, Martha Stewart Collection, $40, macys.com

13. Put it on Paper

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Whether store-bought (we love these tree ring notecards) or homemade (see our dip-dyed stationery how-to), nothing says I love you like, well, a card that says I love you. Write from the heart, and we guarantee she won’t want anything else.
Happy Mother's Day from The Dean & Draper Team! 

Topics: mothers day