May 3, 2011 11:59 AM
"Oh no! I forgot it's Mother's Day!" Clearly, many of you are in the same boat as Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, as our staff email inbox is full of "OMFG PLEASE HELP ME FIND A MOTHERS DAY GIFT NOWWWWWWWWWW!!!" Personal Shopper requests. And while every Personal Shopper request we receive is a special, unique little snowflake in its own way, we're sorry to say that we can't get to all of 'em. Especially since any Mother's Day Personal Shopper request we get this week would probably get published around Father's Day, and dear old Dad probably doesn't want a lovely birthstone necklace or mani/pedi gift certificate.
So, what's a last-minute-Mother's-Day-gifter to do? We're here to help.
1. Your time means more than your money: You never call, you never write, oy vey gevalt! In this age of texts and tweets, you may think a quick "I ♥ you Momma!" post on her Facebook wall is enough, but trust us when we say she'd love to see you. Show up for church like you promised. Take her shopping for a new pair of shoes. Grab a couple of chick flicks, make some brownies & popcorn & mudslides, and head over to her place for a girl's night in.
2. Pull a culinary role reversal: Instead of her making YOU brunch or dinner, whip out your own spatulas & frying pans and cook up a feast. It doesn't have to be gourmet, but setting a nice table with linens, candles, etc will really make her feel special.
3. Make like a second grader and craft it up: Chances are, your Mom still has those misspelled, glitter-glued construction paper cards and macaroni-covered pencil cups you made in elementary school, and they mean more to her than any Hallmark card. Get out the scissors and markers and create a homemade card for her - but you might want to run a mental spell check this time, as a 34-year old writing, "My momy iz teh BESST!!" isn't nearly as cute as when a 7-year old does it. (And if you live far away, you might want to do this tonight and FedEx it out.)
4. *knock knock* "Housekeeping!": This is for all you broke young'ns out there... How nice would it be for Mom (and Dad!) if you showed up, mop & bucket in hand, and proceeded to clean their home? Answer: Very, very nice.
5. Go viral: Make your mom some sort of homage video of you dancing like a fool, childhood photos & videos, etc, and post it on YouTube, Facebook, and every other social media platform you can think of. The more you embarrass yourself (without being lewd & crude), the better.
6. When all else fails, reach out and touch someone (virtually): There's a reason phone companies say the 2nd Sunday in May is one of the busiest calling days of the year.... Mommies like to hear their sweet babies' voices, even if said sweet baby is 50. Talk for as long as she wants, about whatever she wants, and don't forget to tell her you love her before you hang up.
P.S. Willing to pay through the nose for last-minute shipping? Our friends over at The Bargainist have posted about tons of great Mother's day coupons and sales for everything from flowers to jewelry to shoes.