Mother's Day is Sunday. As in tomorrow. If you still haven't purchased a present, you're cutting it close. Luckily, I'm here to offers some last-minute gifts ideas.
Buy a mom-friendly DVD: In "It's Complicated" Meryl Streep plays a successful, confident divorcee whose ex-husband, played by Alec Baldwin, wants her back. As if being chased by Alec — who is ignoring his hot, young wife in favor of wooing Meryl's character — isn't exciting enough, Steve Martin is also a suitor. This funny female-empowerment flick is perfect for moms, divorced or not. "The Blind Side," for which Sandra Bullock won the 2010 Oscar for Best Actress and "Crazy Heart," for which Jeff Bridges won the 2010 Oscar for Best Actor, are also available on DVD. Bones points if you watch the movie with mom.
Take mom to a movie: "Babies," which follows four babies from around the world starting at birth and ending with their first steps, is playing at Carmike's Ritz 10 Hollywood Connection this weekend. Click here for movie times. A special sneak peak of "Letters to Juliet" screens at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ritz 10. The movie doesn't officially open until Friday (May 14), so mom will surely feel like a VIP. Bonus points for buying mom's snacks including her favorite giant box of candy and taking mom out for a drink after the film for a chat.
Give the gift of reading: Surely mom needs a beach book. "The Help," set during the Civil Rights movement in Jackson, Miss., details the complicated relationships between white women and their black housekeepers. "The Book Thief" is narrated by Death, but in a funny way. It tells the story of a girl being raised by a German family hiding a Jewish man during World War II. Bonus points for buying two copies so you can read along with mom. Set a date in the future to meet for a book discussion.
Far-away gift: You and your mom live in different states and you won't be able to see her tomorrow? Oh, and you forgot to buy and send her a present earlier this week? You are naughty! Don't panic, though. In just a few seconds you can e-mail mom a gift-card to Amazon.com: Follow this link for instructions. Mom doesn't have e-mail? You need to call her and have a nice, long chat.
Don't forget to include a card with a personally written note inside. Mom will appreciate that more than anything else.