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18 Best Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts of 2023


Mother’s Day 2023 is Sunday, May 14, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll inevitably find yourself rushing to get presents at the last minute. Whatever the mother figure in your life, we’ve rounded up a wide variety of new and expert-recommended products that are sure to please. Almost every item on this list offers two-day shipping, which means they’re more likely to arrive on time, especially if you’re shopping late.

Our top picks

Last minute gifts for Mother’s Day in 2023

Below is a collection of Mother’s Day gifts that offer expedited shipping options in case you’re shopping last minute. Many have been featured in our staff or in expert-recommended guides.

Levoit Core 300 Air Purifier

The Levoit Core 300 air purifier is an excellent choice for offices, bedrooms and other small spaces. Featured Updates editor Mili Godio recommended it in our guide to the best affordable air purifiers, and said it’s quiet and “does a great job cleaning the air in my small apartment. “. It’s recommended for spaces under 219 square feet, and has a noise level between 24 and 50 decibels, depending on the brand.

Dragon Touch Digital Photo Frame

One of our favorite digital photo frames, this touchscreen frame has 16GB of storage (in other words, the brand says it can store up to 40,000 photos) and an HD resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels. You can flip the frame from portrait to landscape mode and use the Dragon Touch app, email, SD card or USB to share photos.

Brooks Ghost 15 for women

Brooks’ Ghost running shoe is one of the brand’s most popular and featured in our guide to the best running shoes for women. It offers neutral support, is lightweight at less than 8.8 ounces, and can handle multiple surfaces, according to the brand.

KeepCup Brew Cork Reusable Coffee Mug

This reusable KeepCup tumbler is made from sustainable waste glass and cork reclaimed from wine production, according to the brand. This 12 ounce version with pop-top closure is perfect for coffee, home and coffee. It is dishwasher and microwave safe, as long as you remove the cork strip first.

AeroGarden Elite Harvest

The AeroGarden Harvest Elite can grow herbs and vegetables indoors, without direct sunlight. In our guide to the best indoor garden kits, our experts said the Harvest Elite has advanced lighting and hydroponics over the competition. The included seed kit contains thyme, curly parsley, dill, Thai basil, Genovese basil and mint.

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Wake Up Light

Recommended in our guide to the best sunrise alarm clocks, this cheap alarm clock can display seven colored lights, and has 20 brightness levels to gradually wake you up in the morning, depending on the brand. It also offers seven alarm sounds, as well as an FM radio.

Takeya Originals spout bottle

The Takeya Spout Bottle is one of the best reusable water bottles. It’s a favorite of Select editor Christina Colizza, who’s been using it for years with no issues. It’s dishwasher-safe, waterproof, and comes with a lifetime warranty, depending on the brand.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Select staff have been enjoying different versions of L’Occitane hand cream for years. During the cold and windy NYC winter, this cream is a luxurious way to rehydrate my hands. Editor-in-chief Christina Colizza swears by the rehydrating power of the more intense balm version of this hand cream, while editorial projects associate Rebecca Rodriguez loves the cherry blossom-scented version.

Apple Air Tag

The Apple AirTag is a great gift for anyone who misplaces items such as their keys, purse, or bag. It connects through Apple’s FindMy app and can show precisely where the AirTag is. It doesn’t come with a strap, so adding something like this Belkin AirTag holder can help make it more versatile. This is our top pick of travel accessories available on Amazon.

Bala Wristbands

Bala is one of Select’s favorite fitness brands, and these Bala bracelets are one of our top expert-recommended ankle weights. Zoe Malin, associate editor of Select Updates, says they’re comfortable and versatile for various workouts like yoga, HIIT, walking, and running. They are available in several fun colors, as well as 1 and 2 pound versions.

Magnolia Bakery Sample Pack

Bring New York’s famous Magnolia Bakery right to its doorstep with this “Best of Magnolia” sample pack. The small package includes two large banana pudding cups and two cupcakes, two “fan favorite” items that I really appreciate. Magnolia Bakery delivers nationwide and ships packages with dry ice packs. Their cupcakes ship frozen, while their banana pudding cups ship fresh.

Gaiam Classic Solid Color Yoga Mat

If your mom sounds like Team Select, yoga mats aren’t just for yoga. Ideal for stretching, strength training, and more, consider this expert-recommended yoga mat from Gaiam, which Select writer and yoga teacher Stephanie Mansour called her “go-to” mat. It measures 0.2 inches or 5 millimeters thick and is available in over a dozen colors to match your mom’s personal style.

Wonderboom 3 Bluetooth speaker

The Wonderboom 3 is a small, lightweight and waterproof Bluetooth speaker that can be ideal for moms who like to take their music on the go. It’s my favorite speaker for travel because it’s small enough to fit in almost any bag and durable enough to be used worry-free on hikes, kayaks and more. It’s also simple to use, with large buttons for volume and power, and offers up to 14 hours of battery life.

Coop Home Goods Original loft pillow

As recommended in our pillow guide, this memory foam pillow is one of our team’s favorite sleeping products. The padding is made of shredded hypoallergenic memory foam and it comes with an extra foam bag if you want a firmer feel. Both the outer zippered cover and the inner pillow are machine washable.

Apple iPad (9th generation)

I’ve used various iterations of Apple’s iPad for years. They make dozens of chores around the house a lot more fun, whether it’s watching videos or following a recipe while I cook. They also make a great travel companion as reading books and watching media is much more enjoyable compared to a small smartphone. This iPad is Apple’s 2021 release, and while newer models exist, it’s excellent value for money for the features on offer.

Hypervolt Go 2

In our guide to the best massage guns, our experts recommended the first iteration of this travel massage gun. With the Hypervolt Go 2, the controls are now more easily accessible on the rear panel, like their other products.

Teleflora’s Playful Pitcher Bouquet

Teleflora’s Playful Pitcher Bouquet is available in three sizes: standard, deluxe and premium. The flowers come in a pitcher with a dragonfly design that your mother can use later for drinks or as a vase. The flowers included in the bouquet include pink roses, purple matsumoto asters, pink carnations and lavender daisy chrysanthemums. They are arranged with lavender waxflower, dusty sucker and leatherleaf fern.

Instant Pot

If your mother figure likes to make great meals quickly, the Instant Pot can be a good gift for Mother’s Day. We discuss several of the brand’s electric pressure cooker models in our Instant Pot buying guide, but recommend this 6-quart version for meal prep chefs for the week. Instant Pot also sells separate accessories for the kitchen appliance, including a steamer basket and a springform cake pan.

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Harry Rabinowitz is a journalist at Select and has written product and gift guides for years. For this article, he chose products from Select’s past coverage as well as top-rated items from online marketplaces like Amazon.

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