mother's day 2022

34 Last-Minute Gifts That Will Arrive by Mother’s Day

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This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 8 — which, in case you haven’t looked at a calendar recently, is less than a week away. And though we here at the Strategist have spent the past several weeks digging up the best Mother’s Day gifts for all types of moms — from long-distance moms to foodie moms to new moms — at this point, you probably just want to know which gifts are going to arrive in time. It might be too late to order a personalized gift, but that doesn’t mean your gift can’t be personal.

To make things easy for you, we’ve pulled together a list of 34 Strategist-approved, last-minute Mother’s Day gifts at every price point. Order any of these today and they’ll arrive on her doorstep on or before May 8 — although you might have to pay more for expedited shipping.

Gifts under $25

These rattan placemats come recommended by ANGL co-owner Alana Grim, who likes the fringed edges almost as much as how easy they are to wipe down.

If your mom prefers to read in bed, she’ll love this amber-hued book light that writer Molly McGhee says “keeps the blue-light blues at bay.” In addition to helping her wind down without a screen, it doesn’t keep her partner up when she reads late into the night.

This set of 20 iconic, brightly patterned notecards will make any mom smile. Just make sure you include a note as well.


Brewing baskets hold on to tea leaves better than infusers, and they can be easier to clean. This particular brand comes recommended by Tony Gebely, owner and founder of Tea Epicure. “They last forever and can be thrown in the dishwasher. Mine are ten years old now and are showing no signs of wear,” he says.

While she counts the days until her next vacation, these nontraditional wineglasses will let her at least feel like she’s getting away.

Whether she’s a fan of the classics or whatever random movie popped up on Netflix, she’ll enjoy this streaming subscription, which lets her watch some of the best films from around the world.

Gifts under $50


One step up from a disposable camera, this 35-mm. reusable camera is still pretty bare bones with a fixed, focus-free lens and automatic flash. You’ll get the same unexpectedly cool results, but it’s more eco-friendly since you don’t have to buy a new camera body each time.

A good gift for an artsy mom looking for a new medium to explore.

While gift cards are often the mark of a last-minute gift, they can still be quite thoughtful — like this one from Keepsake Frames, a service that will allow her to have photos from her phone printed, placed in a handsome frame, and mailed directly to her house.

John Bettencourt, the head roaster at Oslo Roasters, says you don’t need to be a barista or coffee nerd to make delicious coffee with a Chemex. “It’s simple to use, elegant, and the specially made paper filters contribute to a very clean cup of coffee,” he says.

If all that caffeine keeps her up at night, give her one of these luxuriously soft weighted eye masks to help her sleep.