It's almost Sunday May 11, and you're down to the wire. If you've put off finding Mom the perfect Mother's Day gift until the very last minute, we're here to save you.

While flower and chocolate shops may see crowds of people right before (or on!) the big day, this year we suggest going to big-box and department stores in your neighbourhood to pick up the perfect last-minute gift. It may not seem unique or personal, but remember, Mother's Day is all about the thought — though you may also want to include a handmade card just in case Mom figures it out (or your gift receipt gives you away).

So even if it's something small like a new piece of decor or a brand new kitchen accessory, here are 25 last-minute gifts you can pick up at retail stores across Canada. And hopefully next year, you won't have to run into this problem again. Happy shopping!

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  • Useful Headphones

    Aren't these gorgeous? These stylish rose gold and white headphones can also answer calls with a built-in mic. (You can call her and ask her how she likes her headphones). <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/electronics/frends-layla-headphones-rose-gold/819249010233-item.html?ref=by-shop%3aseasonal%3amothers-day-gift-shop%3a_landing-page-list%3a1%3a" target="_blank">Frends Layla Headphones, $150, available at Chapters Indigo </a>

  • Breakfast Buddy

    Make weekend mornings fun with this easy-to-use waffle maker. Don't forget to add the chocolate chips! <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/Oster-Belgian-Waffle-Maker-Stainless-Steel-CKSTWF2000-033/6000137024645#http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/Oster-Belgian-Waffle-Maker-Stainless-Steel-CKSTWF2000-033/6000137024645#" target="_blank">Oster Belgian Waffle Maker, $20, available at Walmart </a>

  • Rug Love

    If your mom's been mentioning how her living room could use some sprucing up, surprise her with an easy change — a gorgeous new rug (that she can easily return if she wants). <a href="http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/70264728/" target="_blank">Flatwoven multicolour rug, $129, Ikea</a>.

  • A Smarter Phone

    If Mom is in need of a serious phone update, see if you can work out a brand new contract or upgrade her current phone to a new one. <a href="http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/google-fido-lg-nexus-5-smartphone-2-year-tab24-agreement-nexus5blk/10278310.aspx?path=9968ba2c52dad1ef39d400f71dbdfad6en02&SearchPageIndex=1" target="_blank">Nexus 5 Smartphone, available at Best Buy</a>

  • Scented Candles

    Help Mom's room or kitchen smell like fresh flowers and oranges. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/house-and-home/gifts/hobnail-mercury-candle-orange-flower/882709114086-item.html" target="_blank">Hobnail Mercury Candle – Orange Flower Citron, $12, available at Chapters Indigo </a>

  • Frozen Yogurt.. At Home

    If your mom loves everything and anything about frozen treats, she'll be super surprised with her very own frozen dessert maker. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/Yonanas-Healthy-Dessert-Maker/6000125992624" target="_blank">Yonanas - Healthy Dessert Maker, $48, available at Walmart</a>

  • Cute Bird Feeder

    This teeny-weeny bird feeder is perfect for Mom's garden. You can even include a pair of binoculars so she can bird-watch from her window. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

  • Adorable Mug

    Instead of buying your mom a mug with the letter of her first name on it, you can even buy her this "M" one to symbolize Mom. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/house-and-home/gifts/monogram-blue-travel-mug-m/882709098164-item.html?ref=by-shop%3aseasonal%3amothers-day-gift-shop%3a_landing-page-list%3a2%3a" target="_blank">Monogram Blue Mug, $12, available at Chapters Indigo </a>

  • Cookie Jar

    Borrow a Costco card (someone you know definitely has one), and get Mom this adorable cookie jar filled with shortbread cookies. <a href="http://www.costco.ca/Chocolate-Crunch-Shortbread-Cookie-Jar.product.10359678.html" target="_blank">Chocolate Crunch Shortbread Cookie Jar, $79, Costco </a>

  • A New Camera

    Mom may have spent most of her life taking pictures of you, but this Mother's Day we suggest not only getting her a new camera, but also calling in a photographer (or Dad) to take a picture of you and your mom. <a href="http://www.target.com/p/nikon-l830-16mp-digital-camera-with-30x-optical-zoom/-/A-15272000#prodSlot=medium_1_55" target="_blank">Nikon L830 16MP Digital Camera with 30X Optical Zoom, $200, available at Target </a>

  • Slow Cook To Success

    Everyone seems to be talking about slow cookers these days. The best part? Mom can fill the pot in the morning and have dinner ready by the time she comes home. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/8-Qt-Stainless-Steel-Slow-Cooker-with-Little-Dipper-SCV803SS-033/6000043715281" target="_blank">Stainless Steel Slow Cooker, $40, available at Walmart </a>

  • Light It Up

    Mom hates dark corners in rooms, so make sure she has an extra lamp on hand — one she'll be proud to show off. <a href="http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/10222388/" target="_blank">Table lamp in lilac, $19.99, Ikea</a>.

  • Essential Manicure Set

    Mom may not have time to hit the spa (this is a good gift idea for next year), so bring her something like this manicure set she can use when she needs touch-ups. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

  • Floral Wall Art

    Summer may be coming up, but your mom should feel a sense of warmth all year long. Add a white frame along with this print. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/house-and-home/gifts/peony-bottle-11x14/882709114888-item.html?ref=by-shop%3aseasonal%3amday-hh-framesart%3apicture-perfect-prints%3a3%3a" target="_blank">Peony Bottle, $46, available at Chapters Indigo </a>

  • This Isn't Outdated Yet

    You may have seen an infomercial about the Magic Bullet years ago, but this handy little blender will become essential in your mom's kitchen. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/17-Piece-Magic-Bullet/6000057441003" target="_blank">17-Piece Magic Bullet, $49, available Walmart </a>

  • Solar Bhudda

    Zen out with this solar-powered Buddha light that adds a bit of brightness to your mom's outdoor garden. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

  • Tech Chic

    Like any mom, yours likes to look pulled together, even if she's just carrying her phone. Make sure she has everything in its place with this gorgeous phone wallet. <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/gift-guides/bq-2014-mothers-day-tech-accessories/tiff-phone-wallet-0087-147hpbm--24" target="_blank">Lodis Tiff Phone Wallet, $120, The Bay</a>.

  • Trendy Lamp

    A lamp with <em>this</em> much contemporary flair will make Mom feel like she has a super trendy apartment in New York City. <a href="http://www.costco.ca/Trina-Chrome-Lamp.product.10367127.html" target="_blank">Trina Chrome Lamp, $46, available at Costco</a>

  • Active Mom

    If your mom is training for a marathon or just likes to hit up a hiking trail on the weekend, get her something that will keep her motivated. It also has a GPS so Mom won't get lost. <a href="http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/runtastic-runtastic-digital-sport-watch-with-gps-rungps1-black-silver-rungps1/10275087.aspx?path=725f1288acbbf48c165b756d49d6300een02" target="_blank">Runtastic Digital Sport Watch, $162, available at Future Shop</a>

  • Pretty Lantern

    Mom can use this lantern in her backyard or as a decorative piece in the living room. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

  • Singing Machine

    If Mom loves to sing, give her something that will make her feel like Beyonce on family nights. <a href="http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/singing-machine-singing-machine-karaoke-machine-ism-1030-black-ism-1030/10281261.aspx?path=fea289ecd5474c716179ca2631b8a18cen02" target="_blank">Singing Machine Karaoke Machine, $280, available at Best Buy</a>

  • Two Lip Balms

    The perfect summer flavours (strawberry sorbet and passion fruit) are ideal for the mom on the go. Warning: these EOS lip balms may result in more smooches. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/style/eos-lip-balm-flower-2/892992011665-item.html" target="_blank">EOS Lip Balm – Flower, $10, available at Chapters Indigo </a>

  • New Dinnerware

    Mom probably has dishes and cups she uses every single day, so if she is in need of new plates to work with, buy her a new dinnerware set. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/Corelle-Square-Simple-Lines-16pc-Dinnerware-Set/6000012973001" target="_blank">Simple Lines 16pc Dinnerware Set, $50, available at Walmart </a>

  • Mirror Mirror

    We love this simple mirror for Mom's vanity table, complete with branches for her necklaces, bracelets and rings. <a href="http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/10255982/" target="_blank">Table mirror in white and birch, $19.99, Ikea</a>.

  • Caffeine On The Run

    Mom can't help but be a coffee snob, but she doesn't have time to wait around for baristas. Give her a French press she use while on the go (which works for tea, too!). <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/gift-guides/bq-2014-mothers-day-gifts-under-50/thermal-french-travel-press-15-oz-green-0046-11057565bus--24" target="_blank">Bodum Thermal French Travel Press, $29.99, The Bay</a>.

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  • DIY Rustic Chalkboard

    Does your mom love the idea of a chalkboard, but hate the idea of dark colours in her kitchen? Make her a stunning option using Easter-inspired hues, and watch it get put it use each and every day. <a href="http://smashedpeasandcarrots.com/rustic-chalkboard-easter-eggs-tutorial/" target="_blank">Learn how to create this at Smashed and Peas</a>.

  • DIY Frame Vases

    Sure, Mom loves those glass vases you got three Mother's Days ago, but her home is now in need of a pop of colour. Give her the option with these gorgeous frame vases. <a href="http://www.shelterness.com/diy-frame-vasesto-create-a-flower-masterpiece/" target="_blank">Learn how to create these at Shelterness</a>.

  • DIY Tile Photo Coasters

    Coasters are actually one of the most useful things any homeowner can have, and you know Mom will love ones that let her brag about her gorgeous family even more. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Tile-Photo-Coasters-30160439" target="_blank">Learn how to create these at Savvy Sugar</a>.

  • DIY Lace Doily Bowl

    Your mom might be far from the doily generation, but that doesn't mean she can't appreciate the prettiness of this delicate bowl, perfect for candies on her coffee table. <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2012/09/diy-lace-doily-bowl/" target="_blank">Learn how to create it at Free People</a>.

  • E-Book Cover

    Your mom adores her Kobo (or Kindle, or iPad), but feels a little too geeky reading on it. Cure her of her technological squeamishness by making a cover that speaks to her personality — perhaps a favourite literary quote would work too. <a href="http://www.mommybydaycrafterbynight.com/2012/01/all-wrapped-up-kindle-case-tutorial.html" target="_blank">Learn how to create these at Mommy By Day, Crafter By Night</a>.

  • Heating Pads

    If your mom's toes tend to get a bit chilly at night, or she just likes being cozy all year-round, she'll cherish these adorable heating pads (in the shape of owls, or anything at all!). <a href="http://modernmrsdarcy.com/2014/01/valentines-day-crafts-gifts-kids-adorable-rice-owls-heating-pads-pocket-warmers-sweet-baby-gifts/" target="_blank">Learn how to create them at Modern Mrs. Darcy</a>.

  • Mom Silhouette

    If your mom loves old-fashioned artwork, a silhouette of her profile could be just the thing she wanted for her wall. If you're feeling really ambitious, try to make it multi-generational, with her, her mother and you! <a href="http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/other-areas/silhouette-wall-art/project" target="_blank">Learn how to create this at Lowe's</a>.

  • Easy Meal Planning Board

    Does the mom in your life desperately want to organize her meals, but keeps forgetting each week? Nothing says motivation like a super pretty planning board, complete with spots to put in all of your meal options, and the all important "eat out" one too. <a href="http://www.lifesweetlifeblog.com/2013/01/diy-easy-meal-planning-board-free.html" target="_blank">Learn how to make this at Life {Sweet} Life</a>.

  • DIY Inspiring String Art

    This piece of artwork for Mom's walls goes way beyond your finger painting — but the best part is, it's not all that much more complicated to make. <a href="http://wearethatfamily.com/2014/04/wfmw-diy-inspiring-string-art/" target="_blank">Learn how to create this at We Are That Family</a>.

  • Hand-Painted French Kitchen Sign

    This is the perfect kind of craft — it looks extravagant, can be personalized for any message you'd like, and it is so, so easy. <a href="http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/05/hand-painted-french-kitchen-signso-easy.html" target="_blank">Learn how to make this at I Should Be Mopping The Floor</a>.

  • Cement Garden Stones

    Your mom's garden is stunning, but she's always too busy working with the flowers to think about decorating it any further. Make her something personalized that she'll look at and smile every time she goes outside. <a href="http://prudentbaby.com/2012/02/entertaining-food/seasonal/get-creative-with-the-lorax-how-to-make-cement-garden-stones/" target="_blank">Learn how to create this at Prudent Baby</a>.

  • Text Art

    Moms often spend a lot of time deciding on the names of their kids, so it stands to reason she'd love to see them displayed beautifully. Add in grandkids, and you have yourself a beautifully designed family tree. <a href="http://simplesisterblog.blogspot.ca/2011/04/mothers-day-text-art-guest-post.html" target="_blank">Learn how to make this at Simple Sister Blog</a>.

  • DIY Mini Notebook

    If Mom loves jotting down notes whenever the mood strikes, but hates wasting paper, these are the notebooks for her. Mom's thrifty side (which, she'll tell now, people now call 'eco-friendly') will especially appreciate that they come from cereal boxes. <a href="http://www.cremedelacraft.com/2012/06/diy-mini-notebook-from-cereal-box.html" target="_blank">Learn how to make this at Creme de la Craft</a>.

  • Handprint Flower Planter

    This is an adorable project that can bring in the grandkids. Give each family member a colour for their handprint, and personalize a planter (which, of course, will come complete with seeds for Mom's favourite flower). <a href="http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/handprint-flower-planter/" target="_blank">Learn how to create this at White House Black Shutters</a>.

  • Cookies — And Time!

    Your mom may have taught you how to bake, but you've learned a trick or two since then, and it's about time you showed off. The best part about this gift is it'll give Mom something she really wants — an afternoon hanging out with you. <a href="http://www.foodbeam.com/2010/12/09/le-neuf-des-cookies-au-chocolat-et-aux-pretzels-dans-un-pot/" target="_blank">Learn how to make this recipe at Foodbeam</a>.

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  • For The Lover Of All Things Cute

    There's nothing Mom will admire more in her kitchen than this adorable handmade spoon rest made from a Mason jar. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/158117981/melted-modern-blue-mason-jar-spoon-rest" target="_blank">Melted Modern Blue Mason Jar, $19, Etsy</a>

  • For The Chocolate Lover (Read: Addict)

    If your mom hides all the chocolate around the house so she could secretly eat it on her own, she will <strong>love</strong> this chocolatey cookbook to try out. <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=29022852&parentid=A_FURN_DINNERWARE" target="_blank">Nutella's Best Recipes, $11, Urban Outfitters</a>

  • For The Classic Cook

    If Mom could drop any hints about what she actually wants for Mom Day, she'd probably hint at this mixer. This is a classic kitchen staple for all chefs and chefs-in-the-making. <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/home/Kitchen/artisan-stand-mixer-boysenberry-0100-63182877--24" target="_blank"> Artisan Stand Mixer Boysenberry, $450, The Bay</a>

  • For The Decor/Wine Lover

    If Mom has a huge collection of unused wine glasses, let her showcase them with this oak-finished hanging wine glass holder. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Wine-Enthusiast-Hanging-Mahogany-Glass/dp/B002NJSA4O/ref=sr_1_16?s=kitchen-substore&ie=UTF8&qid=1399401365&sr=1-16" target="_blank">Wine Enthusiast Hanging Mahogany Wine Glass Rack, $50, Amazon</a>

  • For The Health Freak

    If Mom has dabbled in the vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free/healthy eating world lately, she'll drool over every one of these recipes. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0143187228/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=0143187228&linkCode=as2&tag=ohshgl0c-20" target="_blank">Oh She Glows Cookbook, $15, Amazon</a>

  • For The Late Night Worker

    Keep your mom's office desk a lot more festive with this cheeky manatee tea infuser. Actually, we should say manaTEA. <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=30155642&parentid=A_FURN_DINNERWARE" target="_blank">Tea Infuser, $14, Urban Outfitters </a>

  • For The Mom Who Appreciates Something Vintage

    If Mom can't get enough of vintage wall art or black and white movies, she'll love this tea towel set from Lord & Taylor. <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/home/Kitchen/vintage-illustration-tea-towel-0064-lt14002r--24" target="_blank">LORD & TAYLOR Vintage Illustration Tea Towel, $15, The Bay</a>

  • For The Entertainer

    Does your mom only bring out the fancy dinnerware during the holidays? This year, get her something she can use every single night. <a href="http://www.stokesstores.com/en/new/black-damask-dinnerware-set-16-pcs-service-for-4.html" target="_blank">16 Dinnerware Set, $80, Stokes </a>

  • For The Mom Who Appreciates Art

    These handmade and hand painted ceramic bowls come in "happy faces," "flowers" and "animal" designs. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/179091715/ceramic-serving-bowl-red-serving-bowl?ref=br_feed_9&br_feed_tlp=mothers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Ceramic Serving Bowls, $39, Etsy</a>

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