It’s not too late! 10 ideas for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts

Savannah Vasquez
A great shopping destination for mom could be the Destin Commons.

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, but there is no need to panic if you haven’t gotten her or those other important ladies in your life a gift yet. The Destin area is brimming with places to surprise and entertain mom at affordable prices, for those needing some advice, here are 10 easy ideas.

1-Day at the Beach

Pamper mom with time to relax alone at the beach. For a fun accompanying gift prepare a tote bag full of items for ample surf-side relaxation. Include a towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, granola bar or favorite snack, water bottle or chilled beach-safe white wine cup, her favorite magazine, a sun hat and a new pair of flip-flops.

2-Shopping Spree

If your mother has a favorite place to shop, grab her a gift card to that store, and give her the day off to shop to her heart’s delight. Better yet, take her on a personal shopping date and save some time to enjoy a coffee or frozen yogurt together.

3-Dinner Date

There are so many options for dining in Destin, take your pick. Does mom like seafood, Italian, Mexican or all-American? There are lots of local favorites to choose from. If home cooking is more her style, take the time to prepare her favorite dish or order in from some of the area’s pre-made meal businesses.

4-Spa Day

Pedicure, manicure, massage; these may be foreign words to some, but to the pampered mom receiving them they are music to her ears. If you have two leading ladies in your life (i.e. mother and grandmother, or mother and wife) try scheduling a dual date for the women to enjoy together.  

5-Appreiciation Roast

Ever heard of a roasting? Well this will be the perfect time to tell mom what you appreciate about her. Have everyone in the family make a list of memories and grateful moments mom has impressed in their lives and plan a get-together. At the party take turns reading your notes to mom, then create a keepsake album for her with all of the memories collected.

6-Family Picnic

Destin is full of great places to picnic, from city parks to public beaches. Pack up a basket full of pre-made snacks such as crackers and cheese, fruits and veggies, and wine and chocolate. Bring along a Frisbee, kite or volleyball and make a fun evening of it for the entire family.

7-Day Trip

Does mom like the outdoors? Plan a day trip to some of the amazing places that Northwest Florida has to offer. From caverns and hikes to wineries and zoos, there are plenty of choices to entertain mom and even the little ones. Check out and search Beyond Destin for local day trip ideas.


Dinner entertainment is widely available in Destin. Some options include; Destin Magic, a family-friendly comedy and illusion show at the HarborWalk Village. The Painting Vine, a social canvas painting gala located at 234 Harbor Blvd Destin. Or Act4Murder, a local dinner acting crew that appears in area restaurants with weekly plays

9-Home Haven

Does mom long for quite time? Take the kids out for the day and leave mom with the house to herself. So that she knows you care about her leave behind some tokens of love such as cards from the kids, her favorite snacks, magazines and beauty items. Bring back her favorite take-out meal, movie or coffee for an added bonus to this gift.

10-Family Photos

Has it been awhile since you’ve gotten the crew together for a family portrait? Schedule a professional beach session and get the group together for a lasting memory. Make a full evening of it by planning dinner and a movie afterwards.