Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

Scrounging for last-minute gifts can be stressful, especially if the recipient is your mother.

For Mother’s Day, May 14, finding a last-minute gift requires a bit of inspiration. Click through the gallery below for gift ideas.

Journal

Mom’s words of wisdom appreciate in value over time. Get her a quality journal so she can jot down her thoughts, or consider giving her an interview journal, like this one from Amazon, that includes prompts for mom to write stories about her experiences.

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Wind chimes

It’s that time of year, when mom’s want to sip iced tea on the porch or curl up with a book in the sun room. Help mom create a tranquil ambience with wind chimes that she can listen to on breezy afternoons. Home Depot offers an assortment of wind chimes on its website.

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Gardening tools

Spring is the perfect time for moms to try a new hobby, especially gardening. A set of gardening tools like this one from Amazon, or easy to grow seeds can help her plant her new garden. If she already has a green thumb, give her a variety of new plants she can cultivate.

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In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, grower Regina McKee works with tulips in a greenhouse growing plants for the Philadelphia Flower Show at Meadowbrook Farm, in Jenkintown, Pa. The Philadelphia Flower Show is teaming up with experts from the Netherlands to celebrate the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture. The theme of this year's floral festival is "Holland: Flowering the World" and it runs March 11 through March 19. Last year, the show attracted about 255,000 people. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
House plants

If gardening isn’t mom’s forte, start her off small with a houseplant. Better Homes and Gardens has a list of the easiest house plants to grow, such as the Chinese Evergreen or Grape Ivy. For busy moms, consider succulents, which only need a sunny spot and an occasional sprinkle of water.

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Summerwear

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get mom ready for fun in the sun. If she has vacation plans in the works, give her sandals, an outfit or accessories to dress up her trip. Shoe brands such as Aerosoles, Born, Naot and Birkenstock offer comfortable, yet stylish, picks.

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Lotion

Give her facial lotion, but not under $10 tubes found at convenience stores. Try a higher end products such as anti-aging cream, a mask or scrub from a beauty shop. Good Housekeeping has a list of the best anti-aging products of 2017 on their website. If this gift doesn’t put a smile on mom’s face, the compliments she’ll get a few week into her beauty regimen will.

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Eyewear

If it’s time for mom to update her eyewear, take advantage of Mother’s Day sales and get her a new pair of glasses. Whether she needs reading glasses, bifocals or just a new pair of sunglasses, help mom ring in the summer in style.

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Family portrait

If you think family portraits are out of fashion, you may be thinking of stuffy studio shots from decades past where everyone looks uncomfortable. Today, family portraits are all about capturing the essence of the family, and the photos sessions can take place indoors or outdoors. JCPenney portraits is an option, or you can search for local photographers near you.

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The CPR Party helps hosts organize gatherings that share a similar model to the traditional jewelry and tupperware parties. Think: first aid meets Pampered Chef. (Thinkstock)
Surprise party

Nothing beats a surprise party. Gather all of mom’s loved ones for a last-minute shindig to celebrate the woman who brought you all together.

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This handout photo provided by the National Restaurant Association shows house-made charcuterie, which is among the hot new menu items that restaurant-goers can expect to see in 2017, according to the association's annual survey of chefs. (Courtesy National Restaurant Association)
Cooking class

Who doesn’t like trying something new? Buy her an “experience” such as a cooking class, spa day, massage, fitness class or horseback riding lesson. Groupon is a great resource to search for deals in your area.

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"Consider them the modern equivalent of traveler's checks," Larry Larsen at Fairfax-based Apple Federal Credit Union told WTOP. "They are pre-loaded. You determine how much you want to put on each card and it is unique to the card itself. It is not tied back directly to you, so if the card is lost you are only out the amount you pre-loaded it with." (Thinkstock)
Personalized gift cards

Tuck a “homemade” gift card inside a handmade Mother’s Day card for an extra special surprise. At Giftcards.com, you can design your own gift card, or choose one of their custom designs. Load up a card to mom’s favorite store or restaurant, design her a prepaid Visa card, or customize an e-gift card straight from your phone or computer.

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In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, grower Regina McKee works with tulips in a greenhouse growing plants for the Philadelphia Flower Show at Meadowbrook Farm, in Jenkintown, Pa. The Philadelphia Flower Show is teaming up with experts from the Netherlands to celebrate the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture. The theme of this year's floral festival is "Holland: Flowering the World" and it runs March 11 through March 19. Last year, the show attracted about 255,000 people. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
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Reading glasses laid on desktop.
A Young Woman Holding a Full Frame Camera.
The CPR Party helps hosts organize gatherings that share a similar model to the traditional jewelry and tupperware parties. Think: first aid meets Pampered Chef. (Thinkstock)
This handout photo provided by the National Restaurant Association shows house-made charcuterie, which is among the hot new menu items that restaurant-goers can expect to see in 2017, according to the association's annual survey of chefs. (Courtesy National Restaurant Association)
"Consider them the modern equivalent of traveler's checks," Larry Larsen at Fairfax-based Apple Federal Credit Union told WTOP. "They are pre-loaded. You determine how much you want to put on each card and it is unique to the card itself. It is not tied back directly to you, so if the card is lost you are only out the amount you pre-loaded it with." (Thinkstock)

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