Are you a last-minute Mother’s Day shopper? It’s OK to admit it if you are; after all, you’re certainly not the only one. So, no judgment here whatsoever. In fact, at Fairway of the Carolinas, we’re here to help you if you’re running out of time on a gift purchase for mom. Perhaps surprisingly to many folks, it’s not that hard to find an extra-special Mother’s Day gift — even if you’re the procrastinator type. Want to know more? Here are five gift ideas for the Mother’s Day shopper who waits until the last minute.

1. A surprise getaway

As unconventional Mother’s Day gifts go, this one tops the list. Instead of purchasing an item through Amazon or a local retailer, try booking a cruise or otherwise tropical getaway that she’s not expecting. Then wrap up the gift receipt or, better yet, buy her a small gift that provides a hint about where you’re heading. Most moms seem to care more about making memories with the ones they love than stockpiling gifts that will quickly start collecting dust. If you want to go big this Mother’s Day, go with a surprise trip. And if you really want to blow her mind, secretly pack all the bags where you can leave for your destination on Mother’s Day! The best part of this for you is that you can literally wait until Mother’s Day morning to book the trip if that’s how you wish to roll.

2. Fine jewelry

Great news: Most malls don’t close until Saturday night on Mother’s Day weekend. That means you still have time to patronize one or more jewelry stores in pursuit of the ultimate earrings, bracelet, necklace, etc. If you’ve waited this late in the game to go shopping, the least you can do is buy her something with a little bling, right? You might even get lucky and snag a Mother’s Day weekend discount on that gold or silver purchase. In any case, don’t forget the jewelry box. Or the receipt, just in case.

3. A membership to a nice spa

What mom would be anything less than thrilled about a membership to a local spa? Depending on the spa you choose, she will likely be able to visit at least once a month — free of additional charge — for a massage, a facial, a pedicure and whatever else might be part of your particular package. As long as you sign her up for the membership by sometime Mother’s Day weekend, your proclivity for late shopping shouldn’t be an issue.

4. A vase of 24 red roses or an exotic substitute

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the single rose you gave your date to the high school prom just isn’t going to cut it this Mother’s Day. The moms in your life deserve (and likely expect) so much more than this. So if you’re opting for flowers in lieu of a more traditional gift, it’s a good idea to go for the home run. In other words, make sure you buy 24 red roses — or 24 samples of a more exotic plant — and that they’re in a fancy vase. And, by all means, ensure they are fresh and haven’t been picked through. To this end, it’s probably best not to wait until Saturday night for flower shopping. Maybe even leave now and hide the floral arrangement until Sunday morning. Yep, try that.

5. A gift card to somewhere she loves

While this might seem like a lazy choice at first glance, the reality is that most moms have a much better idea of what they want for their big day than the people shopping for them do! Whether for Target, Starbucks, Bath & Body Works, a clothing store or another retail outlet, it’s hard to go wrong with a gift card — especially if the amount on the back is right. If in doubt about the perfect gift for the mom(s) in your life, go the gift card route. It’s highly unlikely she will be disappointed if you sock enough cash to it.

The Wrap-up

Aren’t you thankful for this list? Even if you don’t need it this year, consider bookmarking the article on your phone or computer for a future Mother’s Day. After all, life is unpredictable and you never know when some last-minute shopping ideas for Mother’s Day might come in handy. However, the ultimate Mother’s Day gift is a new house, right? If you want to provide a Mother’s Day experience for the ages, tell her you’re planning to buy her a home and show her photos of a few houses you think she might like. Then, contact us at Fairway of the Carolinas to apply for a home loan and ask any questions you might have about the homebuying process. Let’s chat soon!