With less than a week to go, it is crunch time. Read about gift ideas based on the age of the giver.

You better hope the kids are making something at school for mom. Just kidding, but all the dads (and adult kids like me) out there are panicking about Mother’s Day. I know I am! It is down to the wire. So now what? It is too late to order something online or have something delivered? Of course not, but what? That’s where I come in. I am a mom, and a daughter, and I have ideas for you, but with a new spin. Depending on your age, I have the goods on gifts for mom.

What Generation is the Giver?

0-10 Years Little kids are probably doing something at school, seriously. Teachers or babysitters are planting seeds, making paper flowers, or something. At this age, it’s pretty much covered, but is super-sweet if dad takes kids to pick out something for mom, like earrings maybe, or even something for the kitchen, if mom likes to cook. Fresh flowers might be blooming too, but be sure not to pick from the neighbor’s garden!

11-20 Years Teens are not usually doing something artsy-crafty at school, but might make a creative writing or “real” art piece for mom. Kids this age, though, should be able to do or make something at home for mom, like make her a light breakfast of fruit salad, toast, juice and coffee or tea. Maybe do an extra chore or anything that would ease mom’s burden of work-work-work.

21-30 Years College students and new-to-the-workforce kids aren’t usually well-off enough to buy pricey gifts for Mother’s Day. Gift-givers of this generation should get creative with what little money they have in their pockets. Photos, poems, letters and food make great, low-cost gifts college kids and (low-on-the-totum-pole working adults) can handle for mom. This generation of kids might also start to have kids of their own! It’s a great time to start family traditions to pass on to the next generation.

31-40 Years Finally out of college, “kids” in their 30s might finally be able to afford to take mom out to a restaurant for dinner on Mother’s Day, buy her some nice flowers or a pretty piece of jewelry. For those who have children, don’t forget your wife and mother-in-law (even if you’re not married). Photos of the baby make great presents for mom, and grandma. It’s not too late to start a tradition like a Mother’s Day breakfast; we did that in my family for years.

41-50 Years “Kids” in their 40s will likely want to give mom an experience to remember for Mother’s Day. This is the time to plan a memorable event like a whole-family get-together or even a reunion. Maybe take mom on a trip. It could be a day trip or a regular vacation. Sign up to do something fun together, like ceramics, painting, or even sky-diving (okay, maybe not that).

51-older If you are lucky enough to have a living mom when you yourself are in your 50s, congratulations and God bless you! Hope you got those good genes! Take the time to tell mom how much you love her (even more than you always have) and celebrate Mother’s Day together, no matter what you do. It is time to pass those traditions on to your kids.

Remember that moms are not always mothers. Many women in my life have provided much love, wisdom and support. Above all, show your mother and any mom-figure in your life how much you love and appreciate the love, wisdom and support of her as your mom. Happy Mother’s Day!