mother's day 2021

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

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This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 9, which, in case you haven’t looked at a calendar recently, is only a few days away. And though we here at the Strategist have spent the past few weeks digging up the best Mother’s Day gifts for moms — from long-distance 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 even easier for you, we’ve pulled together a list of 31 Strategist-approved, last-minute Mother’s Day gifts at every price point. Order any of these today, and they’ll arrive on her doorstep before the big day — although you might have to pay more for expedited shipping.

Gifts under $25

Cake, by Maira Kalman

This sweet illustrated book will please Maira Kalman fans and/or moms who like baking.

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.

The AirComfy is a favorite of Oneika Raymond — the host of Travel Channel’s One Bag and You’re Out and Big City, Little Budget. It’s made of a soft-to-the-touch fabric and it’s self inflating.

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

Until she can get to the vacation she may be planning this summer, these nontraditional wineglasses will let her at least feel like she’s getting away. “Whenever my husband and I drink wine from these glasses at home, I feel like we’re transported to a little bar in Barcelona. They’re charming, light, and just feel good in your hand,” says Joanna Goddard from the blog A Cup of Jo.

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

Gifts under $50

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 get photos from her phone printed, placed in a handsome frame, and mailed directly to her house.


If your mom takes recycling seriously, she might like this Keep Cup, which yoga instructor Adriene Mishler says is both lightweight and doesn’t leak.

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.

This diaper bag that doesn’t really look like one is lightweight, practical, and stylish, making it another solid gift idea for new moms.

So she has something to look forward to every month (or every week): Bouqs is offering a delivery service, in which you can regularly send her either roses, a rustic farmers’ market arrangement, or an arrangement of roses, calla lilies, and alstroemerias.

For the mom who loves lightweight things, this tote from Baggu can fit all her everyday essentials and weighs only eight ounces.

This is a great book for moms who already have some wine knowledge but want to dive deeper into tasting theory and learn about different wine regions.

One way to save your mom some trips to the grocery store is to buy her a subscription to a meal-delivery service. Strategist writer Lauren Ro particularly likes Marley Spoon, which she says works fairly similarly to other meal delivery kits (premeasured ingredients, step-by-step recipes) but has slightly more generous portions and particularly fresh produce.

Gifts under $100