Happy Mother's Day! (You didn't forget, did you?)

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Ah, Mother's Day. The one day we set aside each year to recognize the incredible sacrifices our mothers have made for us...and to apologize for all of the grief we gave them along the way. Wait a minute.... You didn't forget that today is Mother's Day, did you?

OK, don't panic. It's not too late to show her you care. Forget the last-minute bouquet (she'll know it came from the gas station down the street — mother's intuition) and instead try one of these thoughtful, unique, and incredibly last-minute ways to say: "Thanks for everything you do, Mom!"

1. Write a heartfelt letter.

Cynics may see this as the "Oops, I forgot about Mother's Day until five minutes ago!" confession that it is. But whether written by a 4-year-old or a 40-year-old, this sincere display of affection is guaranteed to melt a mother's heart...even if it doesn't get you completely off the hook for forgetting her special day.

Alternative: Not one for words? Try a haiku:

Mom — kind, forgiving.
(Broke that antique vase, sorry.)
Happy Mother's Day!

2. Serve breakfast in bed.

Rise and shine, Mom! Start her day off right with a serving of French toast, a bowl of fresh fruit and granola, or (for the kitchen-challenged) toast-and-jam with a tall glass of OJ. It doesn't have to be fancy for her to get the message. (So unless your name is "Emeril," you can forget the soufflé.)

Extra Credit: Keep the good will flowing, and clean the kitchen when you're done.