Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What Mom Really Wants: 18 Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Earlier this week, I told you about 15 last minute Mother's Day gifts you still have time to make for mom. For most moms, their top pick is something hand made by their kiddos. But what if you're not crafty? Or you're pressed for time? What can you buy for mom that she will still love?

I asked some of your favorite mom bloggers what they would want for Mother's Day if someone were to buy them a present instead of make one. Here are their top answers, sorted by budget range. And to make life really easy for you, if you see an idea you love on many of these, you can just click through to buy it! Just make sure you pick next day or 2 day shipping to make sure it gets to mom on time!
*please note that some of the links below are my affiliate links and I may make a small profit for referring you to that retailer. 

Cost: Free
You might be surprised how many moms don't even need you to buy a gift: they just want some time off or time to themselves.

I just want someone else to cook dinner
- Jennifer from Always in Wonder

I would LOVE to not have to make any meal that day, and get to sleep in
- Alanna from LeettleBaby

A solid week of free childcare so I can clean and organize every inch of my house. 
- Beth from Red and Honey

A day of no kids to organize my craft space... that would be awesome. 
- Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts

A day of helping me on a project without complaining. I have 2 DIY projects that need at least a second person that have been on my list for far too long. 
- Lisa from Condo Blues

Cost: Up to You!
A lot of moms were also interested in gift cards. It may sound shallow but the truth is that I would much prefer a gift card even in a small amount to a store I love over a "thing" that was purchased for me out of obligation. Here were the most commonly requested gift cards:

I agree...that not having to cook would be great. 
- Amanda from Crafts by Amanda
(Click here to buy giftcards to Outback SteakhouseThe Cheesecake FactoryP.F. ChangsRed Robinor even Subway so Mom doesn't have to cook)

Crafty cash at Home Depot or Lowes 
- Jennifer of Always in Wonder
(Click here to buy a Home Depot Traditional Gift Card through Amazon)

I would really, really love a gift certificate to a day spa...I never take the time to do that kind of thing for myself, and unless somebody gives me a certificate, I won't go. 
- Vivienne from The V Spot
(Click here to buy a SpaFinder Wellness Gift Card that can be used at any participating Spafinder spas nationwide)

A new outfit or rather a gift certificate so I can pick out a new outfit.
- Kailyn from A New (England) Life
(Click here to buy a giftcard to Amazon [includes FREE next day shipping], NordstromExpress, or Kohl's so Mom can pick out an outfit that makes her feel great)

Cost: $30 or under

Individual trifle bowls for parties! I've been eyeing them up for months.
- Sarah from Becoming Martha 
(Buy an Mini Trifle Footed Dessert Bowls, Set Of 4 online from Amazon for about $15)

Essential oils were mentioned by several moms!
(Be sure to buy high quality therapeutic grade essential oils like this Top 6 Therapeutic Grade Basic Sampler or a Aromatherapy Essential Oil & Diffuser Necklace gift Set)

Cost: $30-$60

I would love some new makeup, you know, the good stuff...I would love to receive some new mineral makeup. Now, THAT is a Mother's Day gift my husband would ultimately benefit from too! 
-Lauren from The Median Mommy

Ryobi One+ 18v brad nailer, circular saw w/ rip cut jig, jig saw, and a date night with the hubby sans kiddos. 
-Heather from Most Loved House
(Pick from her list! Kreg Rip-Cut for about $30, Ryobi Cordless Circular Saw with Laser for about $50,  Ryobi Orbital Jig Saw for about $50, Ryobi Cordless Brad Nailer for about $150)

A new tote... something upcycled.
- Krystyna from Spring Mountain Living
(I love this Mona B USA Stamped Canvas Bag for about $70)

Cost: $100 and up

My Guys got me a new pink beach cruiser for an early Mother's Day present that I am enjoying this week on the beach.
-Mary from The Encouraging Home
(I love the design of this Schwinn Women's Sanctuary 7-Speed Cruiser BicycleI also love this Schwinn Meridian Adult 26-Inch 3-Wheel Bike - it's like a grown up tricycle with a carrying basket!)

Just one thing? The KitchenAid Stand Mixer I've been promised since I got married 5 years ago. Oh, and it's gotta come in hot watermelon pink.
-Michelle from The Nurse Mommy
(Buy it online! Pick out a KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer in one of 34 colors...including pink)

A good camera.
-Debra Worth from Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes
(Buy it online! I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and love it!)

A Vitamix blender was also listed by several bloggers as a top Mother's Day pick.
(get a Vitamix 1300 TurboBlend 4500 with free shipping from Amazon)

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  1. What a great list! Thanks for including me! (Gonna email this link to my hubs right now! :)

  2. Fabulous list! Will have to send this to my kids and hubby :)


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