Do you know mom’s favorite type of flower? What about her go-to pick for brunch? There’s one thing you might be forgetting though and that’s the perfect present. Mother’s Day 2021 is right around the corner on Sunday, May 9th, and we’re here to help you celebrate your mom and everything she’s done for you. Mother’s Day is all about showing her how much you care, whether that’s through watching a badass feminist movie with her, delivering her flowers or gifting her a thoughtful gift.
If her love language is gift-giving (which it probably is) we recommend taking this route, and since the pandemic is still limiting travel and family gatherings, getting a gift delivered is a surefire way to celebrate the holiday even if you can’t be there. You also, thankfully, don’t have to spend a ton to give your mom something that’ll make her day. Cheap Mother’s Day gifts exist, and there are plenty of affordable options out there that aren’t tacky or unoriginal. We’ve decided to give you and your pocketbook a break, and have gathered our favorite Mother’s Day gifts that cost $50 or less, so you can focus more on mom and less on the balance of your bank account.
1. Kate Spade New York Rise and Shine Stud Earrings
A pair of pearl earrings is eternally classic, just like mom. The gold-tone plated prong settings with a trio of clear stones give these a unique touch. Given the quality and the brand itself, it’s hard to believe the price, making these earrings one of the best cheap Mother’s Day gifts.
2. Flora Nikrooz Women’s Maddie Mini Floral PJ Set
Fact: Every mom loves a fresh set of PJs, making these a foolproof cheap Mother’s Day gift. Super soft, she’ll want to wear these lightweight knit jammies to bed every night. Florals are a staple, but the black background gives the print an unexpected twist.
3. Kitsch Women’s Jade Roller
Moms know that a little self-care goes a long way. A jade facial roller is a perfect addition to her skincare routine for that very reason. Made from genuine jade for its healing and calming energy, it’ll massage away stress, reduce puffiness and refresh skin, leaving her with a gorgeous glow.
4. Shopbop @Home Original Duckhead Compact Umbrella
Quack Mom up with this charming duckhead umbrella. It’s petite enough to fit in her purse, yet sturdy enough to be windproof. The wood handle gives it throwback vibes. A cute umbrella is something Mom wouldn’t think to splurge on for herself, which is why it’s a great cheap Mother’s Day gift.
5. Kenneth Jay Lane Women’s Gold Link Chain Bracelet
A gold chain link bracelet is something that every woman needs in her jewelry box. Incredibly versatile, the classic piece easily goes from casual to dressy and will work with so many outfits in Mom’s closet.
6. Taimei Teatime Hand Painted Tea Set
Tea time will feel a whole lot fancier when Mom uses this beautiful hand-painted set made from porcelain. The large tea pot with an infuser brews loose leaf tea and herbal tea, plus it’s a cinch to clean.
7. The Book Club Women’s Blue Light The Art Of Snore Glasses
We’re all spending more time than ever staring at screens, so keep Mom’s peepers protected from blue light with these chic blue light glasses. The lightweight frames will feel comfortable all day long.
8. Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette
Make her the cool mom by gifting her a coveted Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette. The Reloaded palette features 12 highly pigmented shadows that are delightfully neutral and universally flattering, ranging from matte to metallic.
9. Shashi Women’s Riviera Set
The hair accessories trend is still going strong, so get Mom in on the look with this charming trio of Swarovski pearl-adorned bobby pins. They’ll instantly rescue her from a bad hair day.
10. BAGGU Standard
There’s a good chance your mom has a lot to lug around on any given day and this classic tote from Baggu will let her do so in style. The eco-friendly canvas tote is made from 100% recycled cotton and is large enough to hold a 15-inch laptop, plus it has an interior zip pocket to keep everything organized.
11. Umbra Anigram Animal Ring Holder for Jewelry
These cute critters will show off Mom’s jewelry in the most charming way. The set includes a bunny, reindeer and elephant for just $20, making this one of the best cheap Mother’s Day gifts. Each animal holds several rings and she can hang other accessories from them, too.
12. NIRMAN Rustic Farmhouse Style Serving Tray with Handle
If your mom is a hostess with the mostest, she’ll love this farmhouse-style serving tray. The multitasker can be used as a dessert plate, fruit dish or tea tray, and the double handles make it easy to use.
13. Mother’s Day Gift Set
This adorable Mother’s Day gift set is perfectly curated to make any mom feel special, and is quite affordable given the number and quality of the goodies inside. The box includes a pink marble mug, a golden spoon she can prepare her coffee with, a 925 sterling silver necklace, pair of earrings, scented candle and a small bundle of carnations. The package comes wrapped and ready to gift so there’s no need to rewrap, making your job as the #1 favorite child super easy.
14. White Marble Hardcover Journal
A simple, thoughtful gift for the mom who loves to write and make lists is this white marble hardcover journal that costs less than $10. It’s classic ruled and has premium-lined, thick pages designed to resist ink bleeding. It has a stylish design with a ribbon bookmark and an expandable inner pocket for her important scraps of paper, and it comes in five different colors if the white isn’t the right look.
15. Home Smile Ceramic Ring Dish
This is a great cheap Mother’s Day gift as it’s well-made, thoughtful and useful all at once. This dish can hold her wedding ring while she does dishes or house her smaller jewelry on her dresser. It’s made of glazed ceramic and has a lovely, loving message on it that’s the reminder every mother wants to hear. Gift her this on its own or grab a pair of earrings to bundle with it for the ultimate Mother’s Day treat.
16. Pink Marble Mug and Coaster Set
This mug and coaster set is another excellent, affordable Mother’s Day gift if your mom is a big coffee or tea drinker. The pink marbling is very trendy at the moment, and the gold emblazoned words “Best Mom Ever” will leave no doubt in her mind about how you feel about her. This item comes packaged and ready to gift making your job easy, and the two gold pigeons on the mouth of the cup add a nice touch.
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17. Gaiam Yoga Mat
If your mom hasn’t stopped complaining about her old, beat up yoga mat she’s been living on in quarantine it’s probably time to gift her an upgrade. Gaiam makes super affordable yoga mats that’ll support her asanas just as well as the $100+ ones from Lulu. This mat is designed thick and durable with a non-slip surface so she’ll have plenty of traction moving through class. This mat is also non-toxic and PVC-free, making it a healthier choice for the planet and your mom.
18. Ballon Blanc Face Mask Sheet Set
Whether it’s with breakfast in bed or this face mask set, pampering mom on Mother’s Day is an excellent way to celebrate. This sheet mask set is made with all-natural ingredients and the sheets are designed for a higher skin absorption rate, because your mom deserves the best. The set comes with six different sheet masks — egg white, avocado, honey, aloe, tea tree and more. Each one benefits skin in a different way, and all work great when used at night before moisturizer.
19. Esna Home Candle Gift Set
Another foolproof gift? Candles. Some say it’s a boring gift — I firmly disagree. Candles are the kind of thing you never want to spend money on for yourself, but most women like to have a lot of them around — your mom included. This candle set from Esna Home is perfect for mom as it contains four different small candles, each with a different scent and color. The variety includes purple, with aromas of fresh roses and berries, navy, with teakwood and cognac, red, champagne and whipped cream, and white tea. Each candle is 100% natural, soy-based, and designed for a long-lasting, soot-free burn.
20. Baby Rubber Plant
This adorable plant from The Sill is an excellent gift for Mother’s Day, especially if your mom is an empty nester and needs new babies to take care of. This plant comes in a blush planter and is known for its thick, spoon-shaped leaves. It’ll arrive in a nursery pot nestled in the ceramic planter so your mom can re-plant to her liking. It likes indirect to low light and only needs watering every 1-2 weeks.
21. Paint by Numbers for Adults
If your mom is crafty or loves projects, this is a great affordable Mother’s Day gift. Paint by numbers is an easy, fun, relaxing way to use paint with just the right amount of guidance and she’ll end with a beautiful painting of Paris she can show off to her friends. The kit comes with everything you need to complete the painting including the canvas, a set of acrylic paints and a set of brushes. There are plenty of canvas designs out there to choose from, but this Paris one is by far my favorite.
22. Bath Bomb Gift Set
You can’t go wrong with pampering gifts, as we established above with the face mask set, and this bath bomb set is another excellent example of that. This box costs less than $30 and comes with 12 bath bombs she can use to unwind, relax and decompress in the tub. They’re made in California out of all-natural ingredients and are made to help moisturize normal-dry skin. Scents include black raspberry vanilla, kwi & strawberry, lemongrass green tea, mango papaya, shea & coconut and lavender. Some also contain flower petals, for an extra luxurious touch.
23. Himalayan Salt Body Scrub
This salt scrub is much cheaper than a trip to the spa, and will still give your mom something luxurious to treat herself with on Mother’s Day. It’s made with powerful all-natural ingredients for exfoliating the skin pre-moisturizer, including lychee berry and almond oil. The formula is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and contains no irritating chemicals. Himalayan salt is known for its therapeutic, healing properties and this scrub will give your mom some of that right at home.
24. Purple Top-Fill Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbird feeders make great additions to gardens, and this bright purple one will liven up any outdoor setting. It has five hollyhock-inspired feeding ports that are soft, flexible and designed to keep bees out. This hummingbird feeder has a wide-mouth top that makes it easy to fill and the gasket base is designed to not leak.
25. Pink Nail Polish Set
Nail polish makes a great gift, especially when it’s a set of four color-coordinated tones your mom can mix and match with. This set focuses on pink, but this same brand makes ones that focus on sparkles, reddish tones, orange, metallics, pastels and more. The polish is high-quality, chic and dries quickly. It has a shiny finish as well, so she can get that salon-worthy look without paying for a full manicure. The nail polish is 12-free of harmful chemicals and vegan.
26. Votes for Women Puzzle
Show your support for not just your mom but women everywhere with this 500-piece puzzle that celebrates women’s suffrage and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment through beautiful imagery. A whole generation of women (and men) fought tirelessly for women’s rights during the mid 19th century, so the least you can do is buy this puzzle for your mom in solidarity. The spiral includes voting rights champions Hester C. Jeffrey, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass, among others, and the puzzle comes with an informational pamphlet with info about the historic event.
27. Comfy Faux Fur Slippers
Is there anything worse than freezing cold toes? Not really. Keep your mom’s feet warm and toasty in these stylish, cozy slippers that cost less than $25. They’ve got memory foam cushioning on the bottom and the sole is anti-slip, so you can rest assured knowing they shouldn’t cause her to slip on the stairs. They’re warm and fluffy on the inside, and come in a variety of fun colors, the lilac below is my favorite.
28. Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden
Gift your mom the gift that keeps on giving — an indoor herb garden. Never again will she need to buy a whole bunch of basil only to use half the leaves and let the other half rot in the back of the produce drawer. Fresh herbs make all the difference in recipes, and this garden uses a passive hydroponic system that makes it easy to grow herbs anywhere. Inside each mason jar is a mechanism that brings enough nutrients to the herbs’ roots while also regulating moisture, and from the outside they look chic AF. All your mom needs is a sunny window.
29. Diamond Rose Gold Pen Set
Treat your mom like the diamond in the rough that she is, and gift her this rose gold pen set that glistens in the light just like she does. A big sparkling diamond sits atop each colorful ballpoint pen, each with a different color pattern. The rose gold, dotted rose gold, white dotted and blue pens all match seamlessly, and they’re all easy-to-use with a simple twist open function.
30. Reversible Paisley Pashmina Shawl
A pashmina is the ultimate mom gift — because it’s both pretty and functional to wear. It can be a scarf, shawl, wrap and even pillow on a particularly long flight. This one comes in a wide range of colors and intricate patterns, is soft and silky, and can be worn in both hot and cold weather. It has double layered fabric and the tapestry paisley design is made to be anti-fade.
31. Tocca Mini Fragrance Discovery Set
Gift your mom the gift of options this Mother’s Day, with this fragrance discovery set. It has trial-size fragrances with a variety of scents including luxurious Italian citrus, Egyptian jasmine, vanilla musk and wild iris. Each one is modeled after a different city, inspirational persona or natural phenomena, and there’s plenty of variety so your mom is bound to find something she likes. All of them are made without parabens, and they come in a beautiful box that’s ready to be gifted.