When you're strapped for cash and looking for a gift for Mother's Day, all obvious signs point to a bouquet and a Hallmark card. But should you want to ditch the tradition for more creative shopping, find 20 ideas ahead that are actually affordable (most fall under $40) and will fool her into thinking you got a pay raise.
For the foodie goddesses who don't mess with your average sea salt, here's a pink rock salt grater so they get more of that fresh flavor.
Rivsalt Himalayan Salt & Grater, $24; poketo.com.
A chic little luggage tag for the frequent flyer.
Large Tag, $28; neelyandchloe.com.
The prettiest way to steep loose leaf tea bits when you're on-the-go.
Jardiniere Infuser Bottle, $34; anthropologie.com.
A modern, roomy leather pouch for the mother who stocks a million shopper cards and receipts.
Emma Rfid Tab Clutch, $45; fossil.com.
A handy pair of shears specifically designed for cropping flower stems into beautiful countertop bouquets.
Floral Shears, $34; shopterrain.com.
Whether she's an aspiring Goop-er or just goes really hard on skincare, usher her into the steaming business with an assortment of lavender and herbs.
Fig & Yarrow 4 Season Steam Kit, $26; shopterrain.com.
May her cheese plates be ever abundant and Instagrammable.
Tracery Cheese Board, $42; anthropologie.com.
A beautiful glass pour-over for her morning caffeine fix in a spring-ified shade of blue.
Glass Pour Over, $32; food52.com.
Chic and warm touchscreen runner gloves for the mother who's even more active than you.
'Run With Me' Gloves, $28; lululemon.com.
A super-luxe body wash crafted from virgin olive oil and plant extracts. It smells like fragrant fruit but feels like you're bathing in Veuve Clicquot.
Lafco Champagne True Liquid Body Soap, $30; net-a-porter.com.
A comfortable pair of light cotton slippers that won't feel too warm come summer.
Cotton Blended Cushion Slippers, $12; muji.us.
A discreet retractable lint roller that will save her from picking pet hairs off her black pants one by one.
Flint Lint Roller Device, $7; bedbathandbeyond.com.
A cheeky bottle opener in the shape of a crow that she can leave out on the countertop as decorative art.
Crow Bottle Opener, $32; shop.nalatanalata.com.
Anthony Bourdain's first cookbook in years will be a certain favorite for anyone who sees cooking as an art form. FWIW, there's a whole section devoted to Thanksgiving and plenty of globe-trotting recipes for No Reservations lovers.
Appetites: A Cookbook, $22; barnesandnoble.com.
A travel-sized set of Caudalie's best, from a rich "moisturizing sorbet" to a detoxing face mask.
Caudalie Favorites Set, $39; sephora.com.
An affordable, chic rose gold case to replace an old, clunky one.
Savoy Case, $20; caseologycases.com.
A sweet all-purpose bag for toiletries or traveling that's easy to clean and even easier-on-the-eyes.
Medium Carry-All Pouch, $12; baggu.com.
Chic, minimal rings that she can wear one at a time or all-together for a triple effect.
Stackable Rings, $50; anntaylor.com.
A lavender scented heating wrap that's ideal for relaxing at home. She can heat it up in the microwave for sore joints and cramps, or chill it in the freezer as an icepack.
Relax Neck and Shoulder Wrap, $20; gaiam.com.