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Five great last-minute ideas for Mother's Day

By Rachel Chase

Showing your mom how much you appreciate her doesn’t have to mean complicated plans or tons of money— it just takes a little love.

Five great last-minute ideas for Mother's Day

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Did you wait too long to make Mother’s Day plans? That can be frustrating— you can’t order flowers, because the florists are all booked up, and no reservations are available for any of your mom’s favorite restaurants. But have no fear, my procrastinating friend— we here at Peru this Week have got your back.

1. Make her a meal!
I know it’s more fun to go out on a festive occasion, but making a meal for your mom is an even more heartfelt gesture. She’s probably prepared countless meals for you throughout your life— so why not return the favor?

At a loss for what to make? Check out our recipes! We’re chock-full of Peru-inspired ideas that are sure to impress even the snootiest of mamas. And if you really want to take your mom out for a fancy meal, why not go next week? After all, it doesn’t have to be Mother’s Day to give your mom the royal treatment.

2. Mom’s favorite movies marathon
Why not spend the afternoon indulging in your mom’s favorite entertainment? This idea is as easy as it is fun. All you have to do is get some family-favorite snacks— popcorn is an absolute must— put up your feet, and let the magic of Netflix do its work. If you’re celebrating in the chilly early winter days in Peru, wrap up with some blankets and hot tea.

The best thing about this plan, though, is that you can even do it from afar— if, like many of our readers, you’re far away from your mother on her special day, you can watch the same movie online and talk via video or text chat. Just because you’re on different continents doesn’t mean you can’t spend time together.

3. Write something for her
Here’s another idea for those of us who live far away from our mothers but still want to express our love: write something for her. It could be anything— poetry, a heartfelt reflection, a funny childhood memory written up as a short story. It doesn’t have to be perfect, either. The most important thing you can do is to let your mom know how much you really do appreciate her, and it won’t mean less to her if it’s not exactly Mario Vargas Llosa-quality stuff. Just say what you feel.

4. Guilty pleasures
Bring your mom a whole pile of some of her favorite forbidden foods. Is there a chocolatey treat she doesn’t usually indulge in? An pricey luxury item that she always feels bad about buying? Use this special occasion to give your mom an excuse to eat some of her guilty pleasure foods. This works even better if you combine it with the movie marathon— provided, of course, that at least one of the movies is a deliciously dumb guilty pleasure.

5. Ask for a raincheck.
Sometimes time just gets the best of you. You didn’t order flowers, you didn’t get a restaurant reservation, and you have a lot of work that needs to be ready on Monday morning. Instead of stressing out about pampering your mom, let her know that you messed up and can’t celebrate this weekend. Apologize and extend a concrete invitation for some kind of celebratory activity later in the week. It’s not ideal, but you know what? She’s your mom. She loves you. She’ll give you a break. Then when Sunday rolls around, make sure you give her another call to tell her how much you love her. You’ll celebrate together soon enough, but it never hurts to call and remind her how great she is.

What about you, readers? Do you have any ideas for a last-minute Mother’s Day? Comment below with your thoughts!

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