Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day gifts... for the procrastinator

In case you haven't realized yet, let me remind you that if you're going to see your mother on Sunday you probably need to show up with a little something for her.  Yes, you could do flowers, but if you want something original and don't have time to order anything online, here are some ideas that will look like you planned in advance:

Mini Bathroom Makeover
I did this for my mom once since she was still using old towels in her bathroom and I wanted to surprise her.  I bought a great shower curtain, 8 new towels (on sale at Target), some new counter accessories and a piece of art from TJ Maxx.  While she was at work, I put the room together (with the tags still on) and waited for her to find it.  It was a hit, and only cost me about $60.

Pre-framed Artwork
Stores like West Elm, Crate and Barrel, and Z Gallerie are an awesome source for art, and you can walk out with a pre-framed piece ten minutes.  This is especially good if you have siblings who also didn't plan since one item may be $100+

A Year of Magazines
I inherited my mother's magazine addiction, and subscriptions are always a good gift in our family.  Depending on how much you want to spend, you could head to Barnes and Noble and pick up copies of whatever magazines appeal to your mom's interests and then create your own certificate good for a one year subscription to four magazines of her choice.  (I like to let the recipient have a chance to make requests before I actually pay for the issues online, so if she is happy with my choice I go home and order all of them at once)

What did you get your mom this year?


  1. nothing yet :/ going to get something today!

  2. Magazines are a great gift. This year I did some lavender sachets.

  3. Me and the FI sent our mother's flowers for Mother's Day! So far it's a hit!

  4. o! the magazines are a great idea. im giving my mom a candle and some tea towels this year, and taking her out to brunch :) xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  5. Those are great and original ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  6. the makeover idea is brilliant! so thoughtful and unexpected :)

  7. I'm getting my mom botox! But I love these ideas. :)



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