Yep, you read that correctly. Mother's Day is on Sunday. If you still haven't got your maternal figure anything to show your geeky appreciation of her efforts in raising you, we have some ideas for you.
You wanted to get Mum an e-reader, but you don't knock off until 5pm and most of the stores will be closed by then. Thankfully, the Kindle is sold in places like Big W which are open later than other gadget stores. For $159, you've got your Mum a Kindle Paperwhite. Crisis averted. (Big W, $159)
What better way to compliment that Kindle you just got her than something she can use to download books with? You can get them in practically any denomination, too, and all you need to do is pick a design you like and print it off. You could even use your office printer for that if you don't have your own. (Amazon)
You know what else is open late? The Apple Store, as well as places like Big W and K-Mart that sell stuff like iPods. That means you've got the perfect opportunity to nip in and pick up a great music player like the iPod Touch — or a cheaper one if you're keen on that — by expending minimum effort. (32GB iPod Touch from $329, Apple, Big W, K-Mart, JB Hi-Fi, other resellers)
And of course, no music player is complete without music, much like our e-book example earlier. The thing with iTunes Gift Cards, however, is that they're literally the easiest gift in the world to pick up. Supermarkets, newsagencies, gadget stores all sell them. Even goddamn petrol stations sell the things. They're everywhere. No excuses. ($20-$100, everywhere)
So your Mum is a hardcore music-lover? Why buy her one CD (what even is that?) when you can buy them a library of music? Spotify Premium subscriptions can be given a printable e-card so it's dead easy to get at the last minute. (Spotify)