Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

Mother’s Day is a special day set aside to celebrate the importance of our mothers (or another significant woman in your life) and show them what they mean to us. However, some people often leave gift buying to the last minute.

Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood looks at ten last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that will still show your mom that you love her.

  1. Buy her some pyjamas. Who doesn’t love to cuddle up in a new pair of winter pyjamas on those cold winter nights? And every time she wears them they will be a reminder of you.


Pick n Pay and Woolworths have a range of items available for Mother’s Day. For example you can get a set of microfleece pyjamas from Pick n Pay for R140*, or a fleece nightdress for R450* from Woolworths for those looking to spend a bit more.

  1. Give her something to pamper herself with. It’s not for everyone, but for the mothers who like to relax in a long bubble bath, Clicks has a range of products available that will allow your mom to pamper herself after a long day at work.


Clicks has the Oh so Heavenly Mum and Cherubs pamper pack on special for Mother’s Day for R55.95* per set.

Also, if you act quickly, the Bodyshop has a ‘Happy Hour’special on for the 7 May, where you get 50% off on 200ml Body Butters and 20% off everything else. The special is only on between 3-6pm and excludes gift sets and other promotions.

  1. Send her flowers. NetFlorist has a range of flower arrangements on offer for Mother’s Day in a range of prices, ensuring that you can spend as much or as little as you would like. They also deliver, so if you won’t be able to see your mom this Mother’s Day, you can still ensure that your mom gets something for Mother’s Day.


  1. Buy her favourite sweet treat. For those not able to spend a lot on their mom at Mother’s Day, buying her favourite treat will be cost effective for you and enjoyable for her.


Pick n Pay and Woolworths have a variety of chocolates and other sweets on offer. For example, you can get 200g of Lindt Lindor white chocolates for R74.95* at Woolworths, or a 200g box of Nestle Quality Street for R40.99* from Pick n Pay.

  1. Get her something for her house. Online shopping takes the hassle out of going to the shops and struggling to find the gift that you are looking for. If you have left your Mother’s Day shopping to the last minute, Mr Price Home offers a wide variety of items for around the house on their website.


For the moms who love to decorate and like to receive nice things for their home, or cooking or baking items, this might be an option. However, if you order online now, your gift might not be delivered in time for Mother’s Day, but you can at the very least look at what is on offer and go to the store knowing exactly what you are going to buy and how much it costs.

  1. Send her for a spa treatment. If you are on a tight budget, group buying websites may be the way to go. Groupon offers a range of deals for Mother’s Day on spa and beauty treatments. For example, you can get a 40 minute Chinese or Thai Medicine head, neck and back massage for one person at Rose Massage & Beauty in Cape Town for R120*.


In Johannesburg, Double Infinity is offering a half day spa package for one person on Groupon for R380*.

  1. Send her for a manicure. If your mom won’t enjoy a spa day, perhaps a manicure might be an alternative. Unique Nails Studio in Johannesburg is offering one subscription for a unique manicure and pedicure for R99* on Groupon.


Five on Main in Cape Town is offering a manicure for R72* on Groupon.

  1. Take her out for a meal. Rather than spending money on a gift, taking your mother out for a meal is an option. It may also be easier to arrange if you’ve left getting your mom a gift for the last minute.


Seelan Restaurant & Bar in Cape Town is offering a two-course meal for four people for R421* on Groupon.

The Grill Shop & Sportsbar in Johannesburg is offering a choice of main meal and dessert for four people for R315* on Groupon.

If it’s fine dining you’re after and if you can afford to splash out so much Eat Out have just compiled a list of fine ding restaurants across South Africa and how much they charge. It may not be as much as you think:

  1. Alternatively, cook her a meal. It might not be the type of gift you were thinking of giving, or something that your mother was expecting, but cooking your mom her favourite meal will be a way of treating and surprising her if this is not something that you usually do. It will also be a way of paying her back for all the meals she cooked you when you were growing up.


  1. Make her something special. It’s the thought that counts, not how much you spend on your mom. If you can’t afford to splurge on your mom this Mother’s Day why not try making her something yourself?


It doesn’t have to be extravagant. A homemade card with a personal message thanking your mom for everything that she has done and still does for you would be appreciated.

At the end of the day Mother’s Day is about showing the women in our lives how much they mean to us and how much we appreciate everything they do. Spoil your mom but make sure you do it in a way that you can afford. We’re sure that most moms would not want you to get into debt over a gift.

If you won’t be seeing your mom for Mother’s Day, click here for tips on sending gifts long distances.

*Prices and Groupon deals accurate as of 6 May 2015.