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

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

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When you're strapped for cash but need a Mother's Day gift, all obvious signs point to a bouquet and a Hallmark card. Who likes obvious? In order to help you stand out from your siblings this year, we curated 39 present ideas, ahead, that are actually affordable (a lot fall under $50) and will fool Mom into thinking you got a pay raise.

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A Gold-Plated Ring

Michael Kors, $70

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The 14k gold plating makes this chain-link ring look way more expensive than it is—the perfect excuse to gift it to mom this year.

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A Ceramic Candle

Paddywax, $35

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Imagine the scents of saltwater and lily wafting through your mom's home courtesy of this chic, hand-painted porcelain candle.

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A Summer Scarf

Ralph Lauren, $40

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Mom can wear this stylish cotton sailing scarf around her neck or as a headpiece and pretend it's summer all year round.

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A Colorblocked Cuff

Les Georgettes, $99

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This reversible cuff bracelet is perfect for dinner with the family or a night out with her girlfriends.

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A Meghan Markle-Esque Necklace

J. Crew, $88

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Meghan Markle is known for frequently wearing dainty jewelry. Tell your mom she's a princess in your heart by gifting her with this 14k gold–plated hexagon pendant necklace.

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A Cotton Kimono

One King's Lane, $95

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Introducing the cotton kimono of your mom's dreams—perfect for vacationing or lounging around the house.

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The Carry-On for Your Carry-On

Away, $325

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Away's "Everywhere Bag" is not only spacious, but also features a laptop pocket and waterproof umbrella pocket—ideal for mom to use on her work trips or an upcoming vacation.

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A Statement Lip

Chanel, $37

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As if she wasn't powerful enough, she'll own the room with this timeless shade.

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A Nostalgic Classic

Amazon, $15

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She likely grew up reading Didion, and these excerpts from her personal notebooks are great to share with each other. Can you say mini book club?

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A Canvas Tote

Madewell, $58

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Allow us to introduce the versatile tote she can schlep everywhere from the beach to the mall. (She'll think of you every time, too.)

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A Deluxe Skin Sampler

Caudalie, $39

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

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A Gorgeous Serving Dish

Anthropologie, $38

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May her serving dishes be ever abundant and Instagrammable.

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Bubbly Bath Oil

Bamford, $63

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A super-luxe body wash crafted from plant extracts. It smells like fragrant fruit but feels like you're bathing in Veuve Clicquot.

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A Monogrammed Mug

Anthropologie, $8

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The perfect addition to her morning coffee routine.

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Statement Slippers

Patricia Green, $72

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A comfortable pair of slippers that won't feel too warm come summer, and a firm reminder to your mother that she needs to take some time to chill out every once in a while.

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A Clear Floral Phone Case

Rifle Paper Co., $34

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A chic phone case to replace her old, clunky one.

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A Minimalist Frame

Kate Spade, $50

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When in doubt, gift her with this simple picture frame holding an adorable portrait of the two of you. Siblings optional.

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Cooking with Anthony Bourdain

Amazon, $19

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Anthony Bourdain's first cookbook in years is the perfect present 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.

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A Delicate Ring

Banana Republic, $29

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This gorgeous gold stack ring looks way more expensive than it is.

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An All-Purpose Pouch

Madewell, $25

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

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Leather Touchscreen Gloves

ASOS, $26

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Warm touchscreen gloves for the mother whose wardrobe is definitely chicer than yours.

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For an Aspiring Ina Garten

Poketo, $24

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For the foodie goddesses who don't mess with average sea salt, here's a pink rock salt grater to get more of that fresh flavor.

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A Personal Assistant

Google, $399

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Okay, okay hear us out: This may not be the cheapest on the list, but consider this your way of paying your mom back for all those years of hard work. She deserves to sit down and say, "Google, play Drake for me."

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Flying in Style

Neely and Chloe, $28

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A chic little luggage tag for the frequent flyer.

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A Chic Candle Set

Voluspa, $75

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When choosing one scent is too complicated, why not let her choose from 12 different ones?

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Tea on the Go

Anthropologie, $34

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

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A Plush Robe

Parachute, $99

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The at-home spa starter pack: a snug new robe.

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A Colored Glass Coffee Aid

Food52, $32

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

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An Elegant Perfume

Jo Malone London, $95

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Jo Malone's wood sage and sea salt fragrance will transport her to a beach vacation without having to step foot outside of her house. If you're looking for a cheaper option, consider a smaller bottle for her to test.

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An Empowering Scarf

CJW, $195

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This one's worth the splurge...promise. The wool scarf features iconic women throughout history like Jane Fonda, Hillary Clinton, Serena Williams, Rosa Parks, and more. Your opening line: "You've empowered me all these years, and I thought I'd return the favor." You're welcome.

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