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5 Last-Minute, No-Hassle Mother’s Day Gifts

May 11, 2012
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Did you forget that Mother’s Day is this Sunday? Don’t worry – we can help you find that last-minute gift that says, “I love you, I just have poor time management skills.” Lucky for you, retailers knew you’d forget before you did, and they’re well prepared with last-minute deals. It’s easier than you think to find the perfect gift for your mom. NerdWallet’s here with five suggestions for gifts that you can buy online without being late. Many of these places will even let you buy the gift on Mother’s Day! We certainly don’t recommend that for next year, but this year, you’re still in the clear. Keep reading for the full scoop.

1. Charity Donation in Mom’s Name

My mom is always telling me she doesn’t need more stuff. She’s probably right, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve a thoughtful gift on Mother’s Day. If your mom’s the same way, give the gift of stuff to someone who really needs it by making a charity donation in your mom’s name. Pick a cause or organization she’s passionate about to make the gift more meaningful. Be sure to check out Charity Navigator to make sure the charity is legit. Once you’ve scoped them out, click the Donate Now button, and you’ll be directed to Network for Good, which allows you to donate to the charity online. You’ll even have the option to send an eCard with a personalized message to your mom announcing the donation.

2. Food of the Month Club Membership

This one’s perfect for the mom who loves to cook or eat. Food of the month clubs let you sample a new tasty treat every month, usually for six months or a year. The food won’t show up by Mother’s Day if you order this late, but you can still give your mom a card and a menu of all the tasty goodies she’ll receive in the mail for the next few months. If a food of the month club sounds too hoity-toity for your tastes, you’ll be glad to know they aren’t just for wine and cheese (not that we don’t adore wine and cheese). Why not get your always-on-the-go mom a coffee subscription from Blue Bottle Coffee? Your super-chef mom might appreciate a soul food subscription from The Lee Bros., or even a salami subscription from Boccalone. Food of the month clubs are surprisingly common at small, specialty food shops, so feel free to check your favorite local vendor’s website and see if they have one.

3. Bouquet

Ah, the old standby. If your mom’s the traditional type, or she just really, really loves flowers, why not just get her a bouquet? If you don’t have time to run down to your local florist, a variety of online floral companies are happy to do it for you., From You Flowers and FTD all offer same day delivery in partnership with local florists in qualifying cities.

4. Digital Gift Card

These are a lifesaver for the truly last-minute gift guru. Many major retailers, including Best Buy, Starbucks and Sephora, offer “e-gift cards” that you can print at home or deliver via email. Not personal enough? Print out the receipt and spice it up by putting it in a nice card. If you don’t even have time for that, it might be time to turn to the experts. GiftRocket makes the online gift card process more personalized, fun and fast. You can buy a “gift card” for any business on their website and they’ll deliver the virtual gift card via email, a printable card or even a post on your mom’s Facebook wall. If for some reason mom doesn’t like the business you selected, she can spend the money somewhere else. You can’t possibly go wrong.

5. Anything Under the Sun

Huh? Actually, we’re talking about, which offers 2-day and 1-day shipping, and just so happens to have, well, everything under the sun. You’ll probably need to order by Friday, since they don’t deliver on Sundays, and you’re going to have to pay more for last minute shipping. However, you’ll save a bit of money if you have an Amazon Prime membership. This gives you standard 2-day shipping on all your purchases. It also gives you a discount on 1-day shipping and limited same-day delivery in certain cities. Be careful; this option is expensive and comes with a lot of restrictions. You can read more here.

Happy Mother’s Day! Now get outta here and go buy your mom a present. Also, give her a call sometime. She misses you.