Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas!

Posted by Brian Pietrus on May 12, 2017

Mothers Day spelled out in tiles with flowers

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you may be scrambling to put something together for your mom. Sure, she would probably understand that things just got a little too busy. But if you want to show your mom that you really appreciate her and you don’t have a lot of time to plan it out, can help you put together a nice, thoughtful day that your mother will love.

Mothers Day card with tulips

Make a Card for Your Mother

A card is a great way of expressing your sentiments. Instead of just buying a generic Mother’s Day card from the store, show your mom you really care by making a custom card for her from scratch! It’s easy to do at home, and you can easily make your card look like a professionally-designed greeting card.

  • You can use templates that you find online and customize the text, or work from scratch and design the card entirely on your own!
  • If you’re not sure what to write, just speak from the heart. Tell your mother the things she’s done for you that you appreciate, talk about your favorite qualities/characteristics in your mother, let her know she inspires you, or just tell her that you love her and are grateful for everything she’s done for you.
  • Design the card on a computer and print it out at home. You can add color photographs or illustrations, type up your message, and print it out on thicker stock paper. It will look and feel like a store-bought card, but it’ll have the personal touch of a hand-made gift!

coupon to give to mom for Mothers Day

Print a “Coupon Book” for Your Mom

It’s common for children to give their parents a book of “coupons” that are redeemable for things like a free hug, help doing the dishes, and so on. If you’re still young, then these coupons can still work great; if you’re an adult, though, you can still give your mother coupons. Some of the coupons can be for things like taking your mom out to dinner (and picking up the bill!), washing the car for your mother, running errands for her, and other tasks that she may not want to do.

  • Create your coupons in a word-processing program like Pages (on an Apple computer) or Microsoft Word. This will make them look more professional than a hand-drawn coupon and it will show that you took the time to make a quality gift.

photo album and printed photographs

Make a Photo Album or Scrapbook

You have years of memories with your mother. Road trips, family vacations, holidays, birthdays, family get-togethers, and day-to-day photographs of your mother (or you and your mother together) are all over your house and your hard drive. What better way to show your mom appreciation for all the fond memories than by making a photo album or scrapbook to commemorate some of your favorite moments?

You don’t have to be a scrapbook wizard to put together a nice collection of photographs and mementos. Simply brush up on one of our previous blog posts, “Making a Family Scrapbook,” and put together a small photo and/or memorabilia collection that your mother would appreciate.

  • Include photographs of you and your mother together, as well as other family photos that prominently feature your mom.
  • Save the original photographs! Use your printer to scan the images and print out copies for your scrapbook or photo album. That way you can trim, glue, and mount the copies in your scrapbook/photo album without damaging the original photographs.

heart made out of dandelions

Plant Flowers Together

If your mother has a green thumb and loves to garden, spend some time together doing something she loves. May is prime time for planting in many regions across the country, so why not incorporate some beautification and quality time together into your plans for the day? If you want to get really creative, you can use seed-embedded paper to print your Mother’s Day card and/or coupons on. Seeded paper is typically made from recycled paper and has wildflower seeds embedded into the pulp. Once your mom has read the card or cashed in a coupon, you can dig a small hole together using a hand trowel, lay the card down in the earth, and give it some water before covering it back up. In a couple weeks your yard will come to life with brilliant petals every color of the rainbow!

kids cooking dessert for Mothers Day

Cook and Serve Your Mother a Meal

Serving your mom breakfast in bed or a home-cooked dinner is a classic Mother’s Day tradition, and for good reason: it shows that you care, and it allows you to take care of your mom the way she took care of you. You don’t have to be an award-winning chef to make a nice meal for your mom. Try your hand at a favorite recipe your mother makes, or turn to the internet for some new recipes you can follow at home.

If you’d really like to build a tradition out of your special gesture, you can print out and compile some recipes in a binder or notebook. That way you and your mother can collaborate in the future on your favorite dishes and easily recall dishes that you’ve successful made in the past!

woman holding her baby

You don’t have to spend months, weeks, or even days planning out a nice Mother’s Day with your mom. All you have to do is spend time with her and try to do things she’ll enjoy. Buy your mother some roses, share a meal together, and make her a card – she’ll love the sentiment and she’ll be thrilled to spend an enjoyable day with you. And instead of buying your Mother’s Day supplies, try making them at home! You can print everything you’ll need on your own printer, and thanks to you can even save money while you work! Hop over to and use the coupon code “MOM10” at checkout to save an additional 10% off our already low prices!

We here at would like to express our gratitude and admiration for mothers everywhere. Have a great day, moms of the world!