Above, an overhead view of the New York Botanical Garden’s stunning rose gardens.

Even though you probably have it marked on your calendar, a packed schedule might have let Mother’s Day slip your mind. If you haven’t yet found the perfect gift, don’t panic. We have a few last-minute Mother’s Day ideas that range from unforgettable experiences to unique gifts that certainly won’t feel last-minute.

Take her out to brunch instead of tea.

Though famed tea rooms book up in advance for Mother’s Day, brunch is an easier reservation to get. For a more refined atmosphere than your usual brunch spot, opt for a hotel restaurant like Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air.

Visit a botanical garden.

Every city has an exquisite public garden, and May is usually when flowers are in peak bloom. Chances are, Mom has long wanted to explore the beautiful sights but has never had time in her schedule for a full day of garden touring. Near New York City? Visit the New York Botanical Garden, which is having a weekend-long Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party.

Meet for cocktails.

After all, Mom still might need a drink at the mere memory of your teenage years. Pay her back with a craft cocktail at a mixology-focused bar like Bowen House in Dallas. Here, old-school drinks like Sazeracs help keep the conversation flowing.

Build a better gift “basket”.

Instead of a pre-made gourmet basket, package a few of her favorite things together. For instance, pair a vanity tray (like the White Bijoux Tray by Blue Carreon Home) with an exquisite new perfume, lipstick, or jewelry. Or, select a vintage ice bucket to pair with her favorite champagne.

Send a bouquet now – and something for her garden later.

If Mom lives further away, you can’t really go wrong with a stylish bouquet. (We’re partial to the ones by The Bouqs Co. and BloomThat.) But, you can keep the Mother’s Day celebration going by surprising her with a gift for her garden – like the Antique Cast Stone Garden Urn – a few weeks later.




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