Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and you know what that means: You have to get the perfect gift. You just have to. This woman literally walked (with you inside her for nine months) so you could run, and then had to deal with you for 18ish years after that—the least you can do is get her something nice. That being said, it doesn’t have to be something fancy as long as it is thoughtful and/or creative, and, in my opinion, that includes a lot of fun and delicious foods that you can easily find at your local grocery store, especially if you’ve procrastinated to the point that you don’t have time to shop anywhere else. Or, you know, there’s always the old standby (aka an old pic of you and your siblings in a hot glue/macaroni/cardboard frame—also a classic). Here are six last-minute Mother’s Day gifts you can grab at the grocery store.
- Theo Organic Pure Dark Chocolate
(Many) moms love chocolate. And they love you. Make your mom love both just a little bit more with this delicious dark chocolate bar from Theo. The Sporked crew loves Theo chocolate. When contributor Danny Palumbo tried their Dark Chocolate Sea Salt bar, he noted that it’s “smooth and creamy but still has that pleasant bitterness you expect from dark chocolate.” If you have a sweets-loving mom or a dark-chocolate-connoisseur kind of mom, this chocolate bar has gotcha covered.
- Simply Orange Pulp-Free (for Mimosas)
If you are throwing a Mother’s Day brunch soiree for your mom, you simply have to have mimosas. And don’t just throw any ol’ orange juice in there with your sparkling wine (or non-alcoholic sparkling wine!), spring for the good stuff. And this orange juice really is the good stuff. Editor-in-chief Justine Sterling called this one “Tart, tangy, but not too acidic,” and noted that while this is not the world’s sweetest orange juice, it is the closest to freshly squeezed you can get while still being pre squoz-ed in a bottle.
- Rao’s Marinara
Make dinner for her. It doesn’t have to be difficult, though. This marinara from Rao’s tastes like an Italian nonna made it special to cheer up their grandchild after a long day, so you can make a beautiful pasta dinner for your mom and cheer her up! She’s done it for you countless times; pay it forward with a wonderful, comforting meal. Or you can gift her a jar of this and some fancy pasta, and she’ll love it either way.
- Fromage d’Affinois Double Cream
People need to give cheeses as gifts more often. I’m telling you, it’s one of the best last-minute Mother’s Day gifts you can buy. Honestly, if my child got me this cheese as a present, they would probably be my favorite after that (interpret that how you will). But, y’all, this cheese is, in my opinion, the best cheese in existence, and I do not bestow that title lightly. It is like if butter, pudding, and brie had a beautiful, salty, complex child, and if you try it spread on a little bread with a dollop of some jam, oh my lord, you just might pass out from overexposure to pure happiness. Anyway, pass along all those experiences to your mother and get her this cheese (I’ve had pretty good luck finding it at Ralphs and Whole Foods). It is a little bit of a splurge, but trust me, it is 10,000% worth it and your mom will flip (in a good way, not a “you tracked mud in the house” kind of way).
- Baker’s Real Milk Chocolate Dipping Chocolate
Sometimes all a mom needs to relax and recharge is strawberries dipped in chocolate. Well, lucky you. Mother’s Day always falls exactly when strawberry season starts, so get her some fragrant, ripe, beautiful strawberries, pick up a little tub of this delicious, microwaveable dipping chocolate, and watch all of her worries melt away. Managing editor Gwynedd Stuart described this dipping chocolate as tasting “like melted Hershey’s Kisses, but smoother. It’s so rich and thick that it really clings to a dunked strawberry.” In other words, go get some of this for your mom, ya dingus!
- Macaroni (for the frame)
Any macaroni will do, but I personally like the big kind. Don’t eat the pasta once it has glue on it, though. I’ve been burned before…literally.