I get it, I get it. You’ve been busy. It’s slipped your mind. It’s a greeting card holiday, anyway. Mom already knows you care about her . . . right?

No matter what your excuse is for not having a Mother’s Day present picked out yet, the fact remains that time is running out. Unless you want to explain to your mom or your wife or your grandma why you didn’t think to get something for her this year, you need to act quickly.

With that in mind, here are five last minute gift ideas that you still have time to get. These gifts are guaranteed to bring a smile to nearly any mother’s face (not to mention making you look super thoughtful):

Woman laughing at Mother's Day gift

  1. Tickets– Does the mom in your life love sporting events or live theatre? What about the local aquarium or the museum? Is there a concert that she’s been dying to go to? Has she always wanted to try zip-lining? Mother’s Day is the perfect time to get your mom tickets to an event or an experience that she’s always wanted to try. Do some research—if you can’t find an event in her hometown, try widening your search to include nearby cities.
    Most importantly, there’s still plenty of time for you to give this gift. Simply find the event or the place you want to buy tickets for, and get ready to surprise her.
  2. Relaxation – What mom doesn’t need a few stress-free hours to herself? If your mom or your wife is too stressed out, consider getting her the gift of relaxation this year. Contact your local spas or salons and ask about their Mother’s Day specials or packages (they are bound to have some). Get her a gift certificate for a relaxing massage, a pedicure, or a facial. Don’t forget to back your gift up with an offer to watch the kids on that day (if necessary).
  3. Subscription – You can get a magazine a newspaper subscription, yes, and that may be the perfect gift for a craft-aholic or a news-junkie. There are many other types of subscriptions, however. You can buy her a few months on Pandora or Spotify, for example, or you can give the gift of free shipping. You can even get her a subscription box like Wantable or Homegrown Collective. This is a gift that is super customizable, and your mom will love you for it.
  4. Flowers –This is the gift that never fails—you can’t go wrong with a big bouquet of roses or a basket full of lilies and other colorful blooms. The other great thing about this gift is that she can show it off—if at all possible, be sure to get these delivered to her office or her club. She’ll love showing her friends how much you care. If your mom lives overseas, this is also a gift that’s easy to send internationally and get it right.
  5. Gift card – If none of these gifts seems right, you can give the ultimate last minute present: the gift card. To make this a little more personalized, try to select a store that you know that your mom loves. A good choice may be a smaller boutique with high-quality items. Often you can send gift cards right up until the very last second, so if you’re reading this the day before, you still have time!

What are you getting your mom or significant other for Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments below!