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 32 present ideas, ahead, that are actually affordable (a lot fall under $50) and will fool Mom into thinking you got a pay raise.
As if she wasn't powerful enough, she'll own the room with this timeless shade.
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?
A travel-sized set of Caudalie's best, from a rich "moisturizing sorbet" to a detoxing face mask.
May her serving dishes be ever abundant and Instagrammable.
A super-luxe body wash crafted from plant extracts. It smells like fragrant fruit but feels like you're bathing in Veuve Clicquot.
The perfect addition to her morning coffee routine.
Patricia Green, $72
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 and a while.
Rifle Paper Co., $34
A chic phone case to replace an old, clunky one.
Kate Spade, $50
When in doubt, gift her with this simple picture frame holding an adorable portrait of the two of you. Siblings optional.
Anthony Bourdain's first cookbook in years is a 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.
Banana Republic, $38
This gorgeous gold stack ring looks way more expensive than it is.
A modern, roomy leather pouch for the mother who stocks a million shopper cards and receipts.
Warm touchscreen gloves for the mother whose wardrobe is definitely chicer than yours.
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.
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."
Neely and Chloe, $28
A chic little luggage tag for the frequent flyer.
When choosing one scent is too complicated, why not let her choose from 12 different ones?
The prettiest way to steep loose leaf tea bits when you're on-the-go.
The at-home spa starter pack: a snug new robe.
A beautiful glass pour-over for her morning caffeine fix in a spring-ified shade of blue.
Jo Malone London, $95
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.
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.
A handy pair of shears specifically designed for cropping flower stems into beautiful countertop bouquets.
A discreet retractable lint roller that will save her from picking pet hairs off her black pants one by one.
This may be on the higher end of the money spectrum, but for what it's worth she'll invest in these for a lifetime.
Tadahiro Baba, $32
A cheeky bottle opener in the shape of a crow that she can leave out on the countertop as decorative art.
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.
Warby Parker, $95
Say goodbye to the sunnies she's been sporting since the '80s. It's time to introduce her to the oversized lenses. Mom, is that you?