When it comes to the art of gift giving, one thing is for sure: procrastinators gonna procrastinate. But no matter who it’s for, what the occasion might be, or how big or small of a budget you’re working with, a gift left to the last minute can still be just as thoughtful if you know where to look. But with social distancing rules keeping us all apart at the moment, you can forget about simply grabbing something along the way to any in-person celebrations. You can’t even fall back on that clever move of simply picking up the bill at brunch. Package shipments have also been unpredictable during lockdown, which means that paying up for rush delivery (as you almost always end up doing) might be risky or not at all possible. So for those of you who have yet to purchase your Mother’s Day present, we’re here to help save your gifting game this year.
So don’t hit the panic button yet, because the thoughtful gift ideas ahead are guaranteed to make it to mom on short notice. Most of these options may not land in a wrapped box on her doorstep, but they all offer entirely new kinds of experiences to make this Mother’s Day a memorable one. From online classes to digital cards and services, this list is teeming with special treats that are not only guaranteed to make it to mom by May 10th, they may just turn out to be your best gift yet.
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Disney+ Gift Subscription Card
What better way to show your love to a lady on lockdown than with access to all kinds of entertainment at the click of button? The new Disney+ subscription cards now make it possible to gift mom a 1-year subscription for $69.99 — and the timing just couldn’t be more clutch. Simply choose a delivery date and your recipient will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem.
Disney Disney+ Gift Subscription Card, $, available at Disney+
Rothy’s Virtual Gift Card
For the fashion-forward mom who’s a bit…
particular when it comes to gifts, let her do the choosing with a gift card to an eco-fabulous brand like Rothy’s — stylish, sustainable, and suitable to the busy life of moms everywhere. While there is the option to send her a physical card, we suggest procrastinators keep it techy to ensure this gift arrives on time. You can even schedule out the virtual gift card to arrive on Mother’s Day.
Rothy’s Rothy’s Virtual Gift Card, $, available at Rothy’s
Minted Virtual Background
If, like most of us, your mom has found herself more reliant on her digital devices than ever before, you can make the experience all the more inviting by decorating her tech. Minted has an inspiring selection of unique desktop wallpaper options she can access right away featuring designs from independent artists. This painterly floral display created by artist Alexandra Dzhiganskaya has 100% pf the proceeds going to Every Mother Counts.
Minted Upside Virtual Backgrounds, $, available at Minted
Rosetta Stone Language Learning Classes
Turn her dream of learning a new language into a reality with the award-winning, fully immersive Rosetta Stone program. According to glowing user reviews and over 25 years of success stories, your mom will be mastering the basics and finessing her accent in no time. To gift 12 months of unlimited language learning on desktop and mobile for $119.88 ($9.99/month), click here.
Masterclass: Ron Finley Teaches Gardening
If your mom loves to garden, you can actually gift her some one-on-one time with the horticultural guru of the West Coast, Ron Finley. She’ll learn how to turn everyday items into planters, keep houseplants alive and thriving, and grow a healthy, sustainable bounty — all from the comfort of her private abode. For brownie points, send seeds or a grow kit that may/may not be a few days late in its arrival.
Masterclass Ron Finley Teaches Gardening, $, available at MasterClass
Plants.com: Mother’s Day Shop
You’ll have to pay a pretty penny ($20 for expedited shipping by or before this Saturday) but Plants.com is offering delivery of its most popular plants in time for the big day. There’s also a 15% off code you can use on checkout to sweeten the deal: PLANTS15
Plants.com Rose Plant, $, available at Plants.com
Airbnb Mother’s Day Online Experiences
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Airbnb has dropped a curated collection of cyber experiences to plan the perfect day for moms (and mom figures) across the globe. Family and friends can connect virtually over a shared activity, allowing for meaningful ways to celebrate the occasion at a distance. From wine tasting with a professional sommelier to pancake flip-alongs to a guided meditation with sleepy sheep, there are plenty of unique opportunities which can be booked privately on the date of your choosing.
Airbnb Experiences range from $9-$40 per person, lasting from 1 to 2 hours each. Click here to explore the full array of options to surprise mom with this Mother’s Day.
Amy O Jewelry
In addition to its sitewide 20% off Mother’s Day discount
Amy O Jewelry Pave Huggie Earrings, $, available at Amy O
Moonpig Photo Upload Mother’s Day Card
While the ship for sending out a physical greeting card has sailed, you can still get the same message across via cyber mail. This personalized eCard will hit her inbox instantly and can fit up to 20 of her favorite family photos. You can even download the Moonpig app to add your own handwritten message for an extra-special touch.
moonpig Photo Upload Mother’s Day Cards, $, available at moonpig
Vinebox Quarterly Vineyard Fresh Box
Not only did this wine subscription service drop a new box featuring releases from vineyards around the world just in time for Mother’s Day, they actually bumped up the launch date so you have even more time to get it shipped out before May 10. That means you can treat mom to the taste of Europe this year that’ll transport her (imagination) outdoors. And even if the postal service ends up working against you on this one, you can schedule a gift email to land in her inbox on time no matter what.
Vinebox The Quarterly Wine Club, $, available at Vinebox
Drizly Gift Package
In case your mom’s location seems risky in receiving the aforementioned gift, Drizly is here to make things even easier. Since your recipient is the one who will ultimately decide when and where they want their goods to arrive, the pressure of getting this gift to mom by a certain date is eliminated entirely. Just enter her address, browse thousands of gifting options, and send it to her virtually with a personalized note (pictured here) — mom can then schedule the delivery anytime she likes.
The Sato Project Foster From Afar
For the animal-loving mom, you can virtually foster a rescue dog in need in her honor. For any donation of $24 or more to one of The Sato Project’s mama dogs, you’ll receive a special ‘Sato mom’ digital postcard to share with your own mother come May 10.
Bed Bath & Beyond Expedited Shipping
Good ol’ BB&B always does know how to come through for mom whether it’s stocking her up with those giant blue coupons she’s always willing to share or their nifty, swifty reliable shipping. Bed Bath & Beyond is offering expedited shopping this week so that mom can receive her gift in time for Mother’s Day but you must place your order by May 6th.
Brookstone PhotoShare Friends and Family Frame, $, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
3-Month Audible Subscription
Anyone who’s got a bookworm for a mother knows that access to endless digital audiobooks performed by world-class talent would be nothing short of dreamy. Audible will send your mom an email on the day you choose along with redemption instructions so she can start her membership right away.
Audible 3-Month Audible Subscription, $, available at Amazon
Kindle Unlimited (6 Months Subscription)
And if she’s a traditionalist, let her enjoy reading (and listening too) from over one million titles on any of her devices. In addition to receiving an email with details for redeeming this gift, she’ll get a personalized message from you wishing her a happy Mother’s Day — and an even happier reading adventure.
Amazon Kindle Kindle Unlimited (6 Months Subscription), $, available at Amazon
3-Month Atlas Coffee Club Subscription
Upgrade mom’s cherished caffeine routine by sending her on a world tour of amazing coffee with this 3-month gift subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club. Each month she can expect to receive roasts from a new country, along with picturesque postcards from each location. The typical shipping timeline for this company is 3-5 business days, so if you act fast and place an order by Monday, your gift should arrive on time.
Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Coffee Gift Subscription, $, available at Atlas Coffee Club
Gaia Monthly Subscription
By using her email address to enroll mom as a Gaia member, she’ll have access to yoga, meditation, fitness, and other lifestyle practices without ever having to leave the house. This includes uninterrupted access to live events and workshops that’ll improve her body and mind during these trying times.
Gaia Monthly Membership, $, available at Gaia
A big bouquet of flowers — not only are they a crowd-pleaser, but there’s also time to deliver them by Sunday. Not necessarily
on Sunday as most of those time slots are booked (we checked about 5 sites before making that statement) but you can still score a delivery window for this Thursday, Friday, and a few for Saturday.
1-800-Flowers has a next-day Mother’s Day shop, here.
Bouqs has a “first available” by zip code sort button, here.
Urban Stems is offering limited bouquets, a cute succulent gift, and non-perishable gift packages, here.
Bouqs Role Model Bouqet, $, available at Bouqs
Udemy The Colored Pencil Drawing Course
Change things up this Mother’s Day with a gift unlike anything you’ve given her in the past. This online course is designed for students wishing to learn professional colored pencil techniques through the use of videos and ebooks. And if art isn’t up your mom’s alley, you can explore a range of other class options on Udemy’s website, from business to photography and everything in between. To gift this course featuring 5 hours on-demand video for $17.99 (currently on sale from $34.99), click here.
Birchbox 3-Month Subscription Gift Card
Moms everywhere deserve to indulge in a little self-care, and this big box of little beauty treasures is a great place to start. The Birchbox Gift Subscription Card is pre-loaded with a 3-month subscription, and your giftee can choose when and where to redeem her deliveries. UPS Ground shipping for the card will cost you $7, but the delivery is guaranteed to make it to mom before May 10.
Birchbox 3-Month Subscription Gift Card, $, available at Birchbox
South Pacific Printable Greeting Card
Social distancing measures may be keeping us from our loved ones at this time, but there is still ways to give mom a hug without taking any risks. Once you buy this card, you’ll receive a download link to share with mom so she can print and cut out your greeting card from the safety of her house.
South Pacific 5×7 Printable Card, $, available at Etsy
Calm Gift Subscription
Share the benefits of better sleep, relaxation, and mindfulness using the popular Calm meditation app. Each gift card unlocks a year’s subscription to Calm Premium, granting mom unlimited access to the company’s growing content library.
Calm Calm Subscription, $, available at Calm
Everlane The Day Crossover Sandal
No matter which mom-approved style you choose from Everlane, the retailer is offering free 2-day shipping for all orders placed on Monday, May 4th. So if you act fast, you can count on all that sustainable goodness making it to her doorstep just in time for the big day.
Everlane The Day Crossover Sandal, $, available at Everlane
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