20 Affordable Mother's Day Gifts That Look Pricier Than They Are

When you want to show your appreciation, but are also low on $$$.

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.

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For an Aspiring Ina Garten

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.

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Flying in Style

A chic little luggage tag for the frequent flyer. 

Large Tag, $28; neelyandchloe.com.

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Tea on the Go

The prettiest way to steep loose leaf tea bits when you're on-the-go. 

Jardiniere Infuser Bottle, $34; anthropologie.com.

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Cool as a Cucumber

A modern, roomy leather pouch for the mother who stocks a million shopper cards and receipts. 

Emma Rfid Tab Clutch, $45; fossil.com.

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For Crisper Bouquets

A handy pair of shears specifically designed for cropping flower stems into beautiful countertop bouquets. 

Floral Shears, $34; shopterrain.com.

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A Steamy Skincare Kit

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.

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A Gorgeous Glazed Cheese Board

May her cheese plates be ever abundant and Instagrammable. 

Tracery Cheese Board, $42; anthropologie.com.

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A Colored Glass Coffee Aid

A beautiful glass pour-over for her morning caffeine fix in a spring-ified shade of blue. 

Glass Pour Over, $32; food52.com.

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Touch-Screen Running Gloves

Chic and warm touchscreen runner gloves for the mother who's even more active than you. 

'Run With Me' Gloves, $28; lululemon.com.

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Bubbly Bath Oil

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.

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Minimal House Slides

A comfortable pair of light cotton slippers that won't feel too warm come summer. 

Cotton Blended Cushion Slippers, $12; muji.us.

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A Lint Bulldozer

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.

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A Bird-Inspired Bottle Popper

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.

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Cooking with Anthony Bourdain

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.

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A Deluxe Skin Sampler

A travel-sized set of Caudalie's best, from a rich "moisturizing sorbet" to a detoxing face mask. 

Caudalie Favorites Set, $39; sephora.com.

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A Rose-Gold Phone Shell

An affordable, chic rose gold case to replace an old, clunky one. 

Savoy Case, $20; caseologycases.com.

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An All-Purpose Pouch

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.

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A Stacking Set

Chic, minimal rings that she can wear one at a time or all-together for a triple effect. 

Stackable Rings, $50; anntaylor.com.

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Nourishing Lip Balm

One of the best nourishing lip balms from Fresh's Sugar lip care line that feels like an eye cream for your pout

Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy, $26; fresh.com.

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A Calming Heat Wrap

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.

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