We are just days away from Mother’s Day, May 8th. But don’t panic if you haven’t started gift shopping yet. There are still great gadgets that you can purchase that should arrive on time. Many of these gadgets are also on sale at incredible prices, including the Amazon 2021 Kindle Paperwhite, and the second-gen Echo Show 8. You can also get free shipping! For those who wait until the last minute to shop (no shame!) We’ve also included a few digital gifts that can be purchased as late as Mother’s Day.
If you need more help or prefer to explore other options than those listed here, be sure to check out our complete Mother’s Day gift list or list of the top Mother’s Day deals.
The new Kindle Paperwhite impressed with its display and long battery life. Photo by Chaim Gartenberg / Verge
Here are a few gifts that should arrive on time
The Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect gift for book-loving moms. The waterproof e-reader is water resistant, so she can spend hours reading by the pool and not worry about running out of batteries. This is in addition to other perks like a 6.8-inch screen that’s larger than its predecessor, a USB C charging port for faster charging, and an adjustable color temperature.
The ad-supported model, which is normally $139.99, is now available at a record low of $99.99 at Best Buy, with free next-day delivery. Amazon, however, has it for $104.99. Only Amazon Prime members will be able to receive the gift on time. Check out our review.
Kindle Paperwhite (2021)
Amazon’s new Kindle paperwhite features a 6.8 inch, E Ink display with adjustable temperature for nighttime reading. It boasts a faster processor and longer battery life. It is also waterproof to IPX8 and has a USB-C port.
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You can also buy Mom an iPad if you are willing to spend an additional $200. She could use it as an e-reader, portable Netflix machine, entertainment device, and general productivity tool. The 2021 iPad is powerful and fast thanks to its A13 Bionic CPU. It also features the unique Center Stage feature that keeps subjects in the frame during video calling. Amazon will sell the base Wi-Fi model with 64GB storage for $309.99 ($20 discount), but Prime members will receive it free of charge in time for Mother’s Day. Non-members can also buy the iPad at the same prices from Walmart or Full Price from Best Buy and get it free of charge in time for Mother’s Day.
2021 iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB)
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Apple’s latest entry-level iPad is a slight upgrade with a new A13 Bionic Chip and a 12MP front cam that supports Apple’s Center Stage feature.
You could buy Mom a beautiful bonsai tree, but they require attention and will eventually die. Lego’s Bonsai Tree is a great gift for plant-loving moms. This unique gift allows mom to have fun creating a bonsai tree from Lego pieces that she can decorate her home. If you’re a Prime member, you can get it delivered free of charge by Mother’s Day at $40.33 from Amazon. If you don’t have Prime, you can still buy the Lego tree at full price at Best Buy and have it shipped to you on time.
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Lego Bonsai Tree
Mom can make her bonsai tree from Legos and use it as decor in her home.
The second-gen Echo Show 8 smart display is our favorite. Photo by Dan Seifert/The Verge
Smart displays are a popular gift for a reason. Amazon’s second-gen Echo Show 8 smart device can be used by mom for a variety purposes, including as a digital photo frame, to control smart home devices, play music, and control other smart homes. The new 13-megapixel camera can be used to make Zoom calls using the Alexa-enabled smart screen. The Echo Show 8 retails for $129.99 and is now on sale at Best Buy or Amazon for $89.99. This is an incredible price. The Echo Show 8 will be delivered on Mother’s Day if purchased from Best Buy. However, if you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership, you’ll need to pay an additional fee. Read our review.
Amazon Echo Show 8 (second generation)
The Echo Show 8 smart display is Amazon’s mid-sized model. It can display news, weather, calendars, grocery list, and more. It can also be used to control your smart home devices and stream video. It supports video calling via Zoom or Amazon’s Alexa calling services.
Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 11 instant camera is a fun way to capture great memories. Instax Square Mini 11 prints small photos in a matter of seconds. The camera also features a selfie mode that allows Mom to take a picture with the onboard mirror and pull-out lenses. The cute camera comes with five accessories for the shutter button. The camera is easy to set up and use, which may be a benefit for moms with less technical skills. It’s a great gift because Best Buy currently sells it in different colors for $69.99 and includes free shipping.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 instant camera
Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 11 prints small wallet-sized photos in a matter of seconds and offers additional features such as a selfie mode.
A one-hour massage is nice for mom, but a Theragun Mini massager allows her to treat herself whenever and wherever she likes. The powerful, three-speed massager allows you to relax at home while getting a great soft tissue massage. It’s small and quiet so she can carry it around when she needs some relief. It’s available at Best Buy for $159.99, which is a savings of $199.99. Best Buy offers free shipping.
The Theragun Mini Massager is a compact, portable massage device that provides pain relief and tension relief.
Google’s last Chromecast will give you recommendations for apps that you’re already using. The latest Chromecast from Google is the best streaming device under $50. It supports 4K content, Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos sound and Dolby Vision sound. It grants Mom access to all major streaming services, and more. It’s available for purchase at $49.99, and you can order it in time to celebrate the holiday with free shipping from Walmart and Best Buy. Read our review.
Chromecast with Google TV
Chromecast with Google TV features a dedicated remote control and software that brings together recommendations from all your streaming services. It supports Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos.
Jabra’s Elite 3 true-wireless earbuds, which retail for $59.99 at Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart, are another budget-friendly option. This is a $20 savings. These lightweight, comfortable buds are among the best true wireless headphones you can purchase. They don’t have active noise cancellation but they provide everything Mom could need in an earbud pair, including reliable performance and easy-to-use controls. These earbuds can be ordered at Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon Prime members. Read our review.
Jabra Elite 3
Jabra’s Elite 3 earbuds are more stylish than its previous models. They aren’t overly complicated or have extra features, but they perform well in key areas like sound quality, comfort and battery life.
You can also purchase the Beats Fit Pro for Mother’s Day if you’re willing to spend a little more. They offer active noise cancellation and sound quality comparable to the AirPods Pro, unlike Jabra’s Elite 3. They are more focused on workouts and can be securely inserted into Mom’s ears during exercise. This makes them a great gift for fitness enthusiasts. If you’re a Prime member, you can get them in time for the holidays by purchasing the earbuds at Best Buy or Amazon for $179.99 ($20).
Beats Fit Pro
Beats Fit Pro earbuds feature integrated wing tips to keep them secure during running and exercise. They are also noise cancelling and have the right amount bass and kick to keep your motivation high.
Fitbit’s Versa 3 is a great gift for fitness enthusiasts and moms who want to keep their kids healthy, just like the Beats Fit Pro. It’s currently $179.99 (51 percent off), making it a far more affordable option than an Apple Watch. It tracks many of the same activities and works with both iOS or Android. Other nice perks include NFC payments support, Alexa and Google Assistant options, and a long battery life. The Fitbit Versa 3 can be purchased at Best Buy for $179.99 to arrive in time for Mother’s Day. Amazon Prime members can purchase the purple tracker at the same price and have it shipped in the time of the holiday.
Fitbit Versa 3
Fitbit’s Versa 3 watch is a doppelgänger to the Apple Watch. It has GPS, Voice Assistance and heart rate monitoring. NFC payments are supported, as well as Alexa and Google Assistant options and a long battery life.
Last-minute digital gifts that you can purchase in a short time
Being a mom can be one of the most difficult and stressful jobs in the entire world. You can show your appreciation by gifting Mom a subscription to meditation, or a mindfulness app such as Calm or Headspace. This is a great alternative to buying a Theragun Mini Massage or if you don’t have the budget. If that seems too expensive, you can purchase Mom a Calm or Headspace subscription for $69.99. Or a couple months for $12.99 per monthly.
Headspace subscription (one month)
Headspace offers hundreds upon hundreds of guided meditations that can be used to reduce stress, improve productivity, help you exercise, and many other topics. You can subscribe for $12.99 per month or $69.99 for the full year.
Calm gift card (one year)
Calm membership for one year. Unlimited access to the app’s content repository, where you can enjoy guided and unguided meditations on sleep, stress, gratitude and other topics. Masterclasses with mindfulness experts are also available. A one-year subscription costs $69.99.
Peloton subscriptions are great for moms who care about their health and wellbeing. Peloton offers thousands of fitness classes on-demand for $12.99 per monthly. You don’t even need a treadmill or bike to participate. Each class falls under one or more of 10 different workout types. These range from strength training and stretching to dancing.
Peloton monthly subscription
Peloton’s $12.99 monthly subscription provides thousands of streaming fitness classes that revolve around a variety different workouts. These include strength training, stretching, and more.
After a long day, grocery shopping and cooking are not something anyone wants to do. A DoorDash or Instacart gift card for mom means that she can relax at home while someone else makes and delivers dinner (or groceries).
Instacart gift cards
You can purchase an Instacart gift certificate starting at $25 or an Instacart Express Membership starting at $29 for three-months. This membership offers unlimited delivery and more, as well as unlimited free shipping.
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DoorDash gift card
Mom can get dinner delivered to her home with a DoorDash app gift certificate. The app also delivers from restaurants and convenience stores, grocery stores and pet shops.
Mom can keep up with Moon Night with a Disney Plus subscription.Marvel Studios
A gift card to a streaming service can’t be wrong. A Netflix subscription might be a good choice, so she can catch up on recent hits like Bridgerton 2 and more. The $14-per-month Disney Plus Bundle subscription, which grants Mom access to Disney Plus and Hulu as well as ESPN Plus, is another great option. This allows her to keep up with Moon Knight, her favorite team, and many other sports.
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Netflix gift card
The streaming service is well-known and offers individual subscriptions starting at $10 per month. There are also premium tiers that allow you to access 4K resolution and more users.
Disney Plus Bundle (monthly subscription)
You can get access to Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus for $14 per month. This is a much cheaper price than if you bought each subscription separately.
Are you a bookworm mom? You have many thoughtful digital gifts that you can give your mom, such as a Kindle Unlimited subscription or an Audible subscription. Kindle Unlimited gives you access to over 2 million digital titles, from classics to best-selling titles. Amazon is currently offering the first two months at $4.99 instead $19.98.
Audible, however, offers thousands upon thousands of audiobooks that can be downloaded, sometimes even by the authors. Prices start at $8.50 per monthly. The first month is completely free.
Kindle Unlimited (monthly).
Kindle Unlimited gives you access to 2,000,000 digital titles, from bestsellers to classics, for $9.99 per Month.
Audible offers thousands upon thousands of audio books that can be downloaded for as low as $8.50 per month.
Apple gift cards can be used to purchase Apple Music and other Apple services. Image: Apple
A music streaming service gift certificate is a great present for moms. You can purchase gift cards or subscriptions for many services, including Spotify (Amazon and Best Buy), Apple Music (Amazon), and Amazon’s Music Unlimited Unlimited (Amazon).
No matter what you choose, all offer millions of songs and podcast episodes. A Best Buy, Target Apple gift card will give Mom access to more than 90 million songs via Apple Music ($9.99 per month), while Amazon’s ad free Music Unlimited subscription ($7.99 per month) allows Mom to choose from over 75,000,000 songs in SD, HD, Ultra HD and even audio tracks.
Spotify Premium gift card (digital)
A Spotify Premium gift card grants giftees unlimited access to millions of songs, podcast episodes, and other music.
Apple Music gift card (digital).
An Apple gift card can be used to access over 90 million songs on Apple Music and other products and services.
Amazon Music Unlimited subscription (digital).
Amazon Music Unlimited allows you to access millions of podcast episodes and more than 75 million songs for $7.99 per month.
Last but not least, if it’s difficult to choose what gift to buy Mom or you just want to give her as many options as possible, a general gift certificate works well. You can purchase one at a major retailer such as Amazon or Best Buy so she can pick the gift she likes.
Amazon gift card (digital).
Amazon gift cards start from $25 (or a amount of your choice) and can be used towards almost any item, regardless of department.
Best Buy gift card (digital)
Gift cards from Best Buy start at $25 and can also be used in-store or online.