So you waited too long again. Mother’s Day is Sunday and you failed to get Mom’s card in the mail, and your options are running out fast. Instead of beating yourself up and sending Mom an “I owe you,” look at this as an opportunity to get a bit creative…and more personal.
Consider the following list of last-minute gift ideas and surprise Mom with your thoughtfulness.
1. Magazine Subscription
There are various dog and pet magazines for every interest, from American Dog magazine to Dog Fancy and your local dog magazine. Check out the discount magazine subscriptions offered by Amazon.com and find reading that will make Mom smile every month.
2. Online Gift Cards
Don’t have time to run to the store, or perhaps Mom’s favorite place to shop is online? Just about every major merchant offers online gift cards that you can have emailed to her within 24 hours, and sometimes instantly. Save by purchasing a discounted online gift card from GiftCardGranny.com, where you can find deals like 20-percent off a Dress Barn gift card.
3. A Phone Call
If Mom lives at a distance, a long phone call is one of the best gifts you can give. Set aside a chunk of time, think about the stuff going on in your life and questions you’d like to ask her, then dial away. If it’s an option, make the call even more special by using Skype video chat or iPhone FaceTime. Be sure to include Fido and/or Fluffy.
4. Club Memberships
You can order special monthly club subscriptions for everything from fruit and wine to movies and massages. Check out SpaFinder.com to get her pampered or set her up with monthly DVDs from Netflix. Birchbox.com is great resource for discovering new beauty products with tips on how to use them.
It’s never too late to send flowers for Mother’s Day. Search online for last-minute deals from merchants that sell fresh flower bouquets. Otherwise, call a few local florists to see what they can offer for under $30. If Mom’s local, hit up your local nursery or farmer’s market for a nice bouquet or find a garden plant for the mom with a green thumb. Be sure to get plants that are nontoxic for pets.
6. Financial Advice
This one definitely falls within the “unique” category, but the gift of financial advice is invaluable for most people. This is especially true for anyone nearing retirement age, and the savvy ladies at LearnVest understand this. Through May 30, you can purchase a Core Financial plan for yourself and gift another plan to your mom for free. If you already have a plan, LearnVest will offer the Core Financial package for half off as a gift to Mom. Visit LearnVest.com for details.
Mother’s Day brunch deals abound in cities across the country. Call Mom’s favorite pet friendly restaurants to find the best specials. If reservations are booked up, consider preparing an at-home brunch. Present your mother with a menu of her preferred breakfast dishes like banana pancakes, veggie omelette or french toast. Don’t forget to buy a bottle of inexpensive champagne and orange juice for a special toast and have pet treats on hand for the furry ones.
8. Her Own Domain
This may not work if your mother’s name is Mary Smith or Susan Jones, but otherwise you might just have a chance of securing an Internet domain in her own name or her furry friend’s name. If you’re handy with the computer, you might whip up a silly website focusing on the pet that she loves. You can often purchase your desired url for as little as $12.
Every mother loves to relive family moments and photos are sure to bring a smile to her face. Put together a slideshow of Mom’s favorite family and pet pictures with captions that spark each memory and sit around the computer while you watch it together. If Mom is miles away, share the slideshow via email so she can access it on the computer or from her smartphone.
10. Make a free appointment at the local Banfield (Pet Smart) vet pet hospital with the coupon below.
11. Make chocolate cupcakes in a gift basket full of favorite items for mom and her pets.
Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.
Note: I added the pet friendly tips and items to this guest blog post…