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
2. Buy, Buy, Beauty
Goodness knows she rarely treats herself, so do it for her with one of our favorite recent finds.3. Screen (and Face) Time
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.
4. New-School Heirloom
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.
5. Crafternoon Tea
Scribble heartfelt messages onto custom tea tags. When she goes to make her daily brew, she’ll be reminded of how much you care.
6. Special Delivery
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.
8. Chocolate Covered Hugs
9. Be a Wrap Star
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.
10. A New Floral Pattern
Don't mistake low-maintenance for low-impact. Here, a single delphinium proves as striking as a full bouquet.
11. Be a Little Wine-y
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.12. Long Live the Queen
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
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.