The clock is ticking if you’ve yet to buy your mom a gift. While it might be too late to pick up some items before Mother’s Day arrives on Sunday, not all hope is lost. As it turns out, there are still a number of great gifts — including the latest Kindle and Beats Fit Pro — that will arrive on time, many of which are also discounted in the run-up to the holiday.
We’ve rounded up a selection of the best last-minute gifts below, along with a few digital ideas for the true procrastinators among us. We’ve also curated a wide-ranging Mother’s Day gift guide should you need a little more inspiration as well as a wallet-friendly gift guide for those working with a tighter budget.
Finally, before we dive into the gifts, be aware that you’ll probably have to pay extra to get many of these presents in time from Amazon, assuming you’re not already a Prime member. The good news is that, in many instances, retailers like Best Buy will ship their items for free by Mother’s Day, so there’s no need to quickly subscribe to Prime if you’re worried.
The best last-minute gifts under $50
Flowers are beautiful, but they also die quickly. For a low-maintenance gift that’ll last, you might want to check out Lego’s newer botanical sets. With the included Legos, your mom can construct a blossom-topped bonsai tree or a nine-piece bouquet that she can then proudly display as an attractive piece of home decor. What’s more, a few of the sets are on sale for just $39.99 ($10 off), including the Lego Bonsai Tree (Amazon / Best Buy), the Lego Orchid (Amazon / Best Buy), and even the Lego Succulents (Amazon / Best Buy).
There are a lot of good streaming devices on the market but not many like the Chromecast with Google TV (4K). The device is uniquely capable of pulling together recommendations from your mom’s favorite streaming services while offering helpful information like Rotten Tomatoes ratings. As a result, she’ll be able to quickly and easily find the next show she wants to binge. The device also offers support for 4K content, Dolby Atmos sound, and Dolby Vision HDR. Right now, you can buy it for around $49.99 and get it in time for the holiday from Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. Read our review.
If you’re looking to gift a good pair of true wireless earbuds for under $100, Jabra’s Elite 3 can provide almost everything mom might want. Not only do the earbuds look good and feel comfortable to wear, but they also offer good sound quality, IP55 water resistance, and long battery life. So long as she doesn’t need newer bells and whistles like active noise cancellation or multipoint support, the Elite 3 offer a lot of appeal in a relatively inexpensive package. Normally $79.99, you can pick them up right now at Amazon starting at $67.19 or at Best Buy for their full retail price. Read our review.
The best last-minute gifts between $50 and $150
If your mom is a bookworm, you can’t go wrong with gifting her Amazon’s latest entry-level Kindle. Although it’s not waterproof like the more expensive Kindle Paperwhite, both e-readers offer a crisp 300ppi display and long battery life. Admittedly, the base model is smaller than the Paperwhite, at 6.2 inches, though that could also be a plus given it makes the e-reader far more pocketable and easier to hold with one hand. Normally $99.99, the entry-level Kindle is currently on sale at Amazon and Best Buy with ads starting at just $79.99. Read our review.
The Fitbit Luxe is a good choice if you want to gift an active mom something practical yet pretty. In fact, your mom might actually think you’re gifting her a piece of jewelry because the wearable resembles a traditional bracelet — well, at least more than most fitness trackers do. While it lacks newer fitness-tracking features like the ability to track stress, it boasts a colorful OLED display and can keep tabs on the basics, including your heart rate and sleep patterns. Right now, you can buy it on sale in various colors for $89.95 at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target.
The Echo Show 8 is the midsize smart display in Amazon’s current Echo lineup and can be used to display the weather, news, calendars, grocery lists, and more. You can also use it to control your smart home devices, watch streaming video, or listen to music. It even supports video calling via Zoom and Amazon’s Alexa calling service.
A smart display like Amazon’s latest Echo Show 8 is a versatile gift that moms can use to perform a wide range of voice-enabled tasks. It can function as a digital photo frame, sure, but it will also allow her to control other smart home devices, stream video content from Netflix, and even make Zoom calls using the same 13-megapixel camera on the Echo Show 10. Normally $129.99, the Echo Show 8 is currently on sale at Best Buy and Amazon for $74.99, which marks its best price of the year. Read our review.
The best last-minute gifts over $150
If you have the money, why not buy a gift that can act as a note-taking device, an e-reader, a laptop, and all-around entertainment and productivity gadget? Yes, I’m talking about Apple’s entry-level iPad from 2021, which is on sale at Amazon and Best Buy in the Wi-Fi configuration with 64GB of storage for $269.99 ($59 off). The affordable ninth-gen tablet is also on sale for $10 more at Walmart and should arrive in time for the holiday.
“Why the old one?” you might ask. Well, despite the fact that there’s now a larger 10.9-inch iPad in town, we think the last-gen model offers a lot more value for your money, especially since it costs $130 less. The 2021 model is still an excellent tablet, but it doesn’t support USB-C and lacks Apple’s newer processing chip, meaning it’s a little slower than the latest model. That said, it does have a headphone jack, just in case mom isn’t a fan of wireless earbuds.
For moms who like to soak in the tub or lounge by the pool with a good book, the Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect gift. The e-reader is waterproof, after all, and sports months-long battery life so she can leisurely read for as long as she’d like. Other notable features include USB-C support and a sharp 6.8-inch display that’s easy on the eyes.
Regularly $139.99, the ad-supported model with 8GB of storage is currently selling for $109.99 at Best Buy and Amazon. Read our review.
Gifting mom a Theragun Mini is kind of like buying her unlimited soft tissue massages whenever, wherever. The three-speed massager is powerful but also tiny and quiet enough that she can pull it out whenever she needs some relief. Right now, you can buy the last-gen model in time for Mother’s Day from Amazon for $144 ($54 off) and from Best Buy for $149.99.
If your mom is a fitness fan, the Beats Fit Pro are a gift she’ll appreciate while sweating it out at the gym. With their integrated wing tips, the wireless earbuds are designed to stay securely in mom’s ears no matter how vigorous her workout is. They also offer active noise cancellation and excellent sound quality, so she’ll be able to easily stay focused and motivated while getting her reps in. If you want to pick them up in time for the holiday, you can grab them at either Best Buy or Amazon (if you’re a Prime member) for around $159.99 ($40 off). Read our review.
Last-minute digital gifts you can buy on short notice
If you want to give mom the gift of relaxation but it’s too late to buy a physical gift, rest assured that you can still buy a ton of digital gifts that’ll help her practice self-care.
For example, you could buy her a subscription to a meditation or mindfulness app like Calm or Headspace. A one-year Calm subscription runs $69.99, while a year of Headspace currently retails for $54.99 ($15 off). You can also subscribe to a couple of months of Headspace for $12.99 per month if an annual subscription is too pricey for you.
Alternatively, you could buy your mom something that’ll help her lighten the load in other ways. For example, gifting her an Instacart or DoorDash gift card means she won’t necessarily have to cook after a tiring day of work. Instead, she can just sit back and relax while somebody else delivers dinner (or groceries) to her door.
For nature-loving moms or ones who are simply in need of a break, there’s also the $80 America the Beautiful National Park Pass. The pass grants mom a year of access to all of the country’s national parks, so she can visit the Grand Canyon or Yosemite whenever she wants. Plus, if she can’t visit one of the nation’s flagship parks, it still provides access to plenty of recreation spots scattered throughout the US.
If your mom is all about exercising, there are a ton of subscriptions you can gift her, including Peloton’s $12.99 a month plan. With it, your mom will be able to enjoy thousands of on-demand fitness classes spanning a range of workouts, from dance to strength training. Best of all, she doesn’t need to own a Peloton bike or treadmill to use it.
For the mom who loves to sit back and binge the latest hits, a gift card to one of her favorite streaming services — or one she has yet to try — can make for a great gift. A Netflix subscription, for example, starts at $6.99 and grants mom access to popular shows like The Diplomat and Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story along with a host of well-known staples.
A subscription to the $12.99 a month Disney Bundle is another good option given it provides access to Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus, allowing your mom to tap into the latest season of The Mandalorian, her favorite sports team, and more.
For $12.99 a month, you’ll get ad-supported access to Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus, which is cheaper than you’d otherwise pay if you purchased each subscription separately. Alternatively, you can also gift a year of the ad-free version for $109.99.
If mom’s more into reading the latest bestseller or audiobook, picking up either a Kindle Unlimited or an Audible subscription might be the better option. Kindle Unlimited grants access to 2 million digital ebooks for $9.99 per month. However, right now, Amazon is offering the first two months for $4.99 instead of $19.98.
For moms who prefer listening over reading, there’s also Audible, which starts at $7.95 per month for access to thousands of audiobooks. However, if you gift the monthly premium plan for $14.95, mom will also be able to keep one title every month.
There are also a wide range of music streaming services that’ll grant mom access to millions of songs and podcast episodes. These include Spotify (Amazon, Best Buy), of course, but also others like Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited (Amazon). Amazon’s goes for $7.99 a month, is ad-free, and lets mom choose from more than 75 million songs in SD, HD, and Ultra HD. (There are even spatial audio tracks.) Meanwhile, an Apple gift card (Best Buy, Target), grants mom access to over 90 million songs through Apple Music ($9.99 a month).
Finally, if you’re still on the fence about what to buy mom, there’s no shame in buying a gift card from a major retailer like Amazon or Best Buy. After all, it’s the gift that’ll give her the most amount of options, so she can get exactly what she wants.