The 43 Best Cheap Mother’s Day Gifts—All Under $50
In case it’s slipped your mind: Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Luckily, there’s no shortage of cheap Mother’s Day gifts that will arrive before May 8. Given how fast things sell out (and how soon dates tend to creep up), now is a great time to buy a sweet little something for your mom or maternal figure (including mothers-in-law and grandmothers) so you don’t have to worry about it last minute.
Of course, you shouldn’t have to spend a ton to make her smile. Whether you’re on a budget or just want to give her several small things, we’ve assembled a gift guide of excellent, inexpensive Mother’s Day gift ideas—all of which fall nicely under $50. You’ll find a curated selection of the best gifts for mothers of all types—from new moms to moms who could use pampering to moms who garden, run marathons, rave about their favorite reads, savor a Sauvignon Blanc, or who feel comfiest lounging at home.
Below, we’ve broken down the best (cheap) Mother’s Day gifts by price: gifts under $15, gifts under $25, and gifts that are $50 and under. Though their price tags are wallet-friendly, each gift is thoughtful and sure to be appreciated, with creative options from big-name retailers like Amazon, Target, Nordstrom, Etsy, Anthropologie, and more. Plus, these affordable finds all ship right to your mom’s door, or to you (to deliver in person on Mother’s Day).
Mother’s Day Gifts Under $15
T2 Scandi Teapot Small White
Here’s a minimalist speckled stoneware teapot with a stainless steel infuser for any mom looking to upgrade her tea station. It could also double as a watering can in a pinch—just sayin’.
Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash
For any mom who has used her fair share of harsh hand sanitizers, lovingly give her this hand wash from Aesop, which makes cult-favorite luxe body-care products. It has earthy, citrusy notes of mandarin leaf, rosemary, and cedar.
Baggu Standard Tote
If she brings a smile to your face, bring a smile to hers with this cheery Baggu reusable tote, which folds down small into a pocket so it can be easily thrown in her purse (or serve as her purse instead).
Anthropologie 50 Things About My Mother: A Celebration Book
Some of the best affordable Mother’s Day gifts are personalized fill-in journals that leave space for you to answer prompts like “Things I know you can’t live without” and “Things I learned from you along the way.” It is an especially useful gift for anyone who struggles to find the right words when writing Mother’s Day cards. Plus, it comes in a beautifully-illustrated package that will sit pretty atop her bedside table.
Nuanchu Pressed Flowers and Resin Scrapbooking Kit
Though you can find under-$15 fresh flowers available for delivery, here’s a longer-lasting gift that also gives her an enjoyable activity. This neat best-selling craft kit includes 68 real dried pressed flowers and leaves and tweezers, so she can add a floral splash to her scrapbooking, soap-making, table decor, stationary, nails, resin molds—really wherever.
Anthropologie Mother Mug
There are a lot of mom-themed mugs and tumblers out there that feel trendy or just plain tacky. This one from Anthropologie, however, looks like a fun abstract ceramic coffee vessel. But up close, it’s a sweet, timeless reminder to her of your thankfulness.
Flower Embroidery Kit for Beginners
Whether your mom already has a craft room in her house or would appreciate a project that’s not too intimidating, this embroidery kit is just easy enough that it’s fun while still producing home decor-worthy results. The daisies and dandelions are sewn onto mesh, so they seem to float realistically within the hoop all on their own.
Mother’s Day Gifts Under $25
Esarora Ice Roller
Ice rollers help release facial tension (including TMJ and headaches) and de-puff the undereye area. It’s not only a solid addition to her skin-care routine, but it could aid in her overall wellness too. This large roller is easy to use—all she needs to do is pop it in the freezer for a few hours, and it’s good to go for soothing tired eyes in mere minutes.
You know the mom (she might be yours)—the one who won’t drink a beverage if it’s room temperature; no way, no how. Blow her mind with this SELF Favorite hyperchiller, which gets a beverage (be it hot coffee, tea, or room-temp wine) ice-cold in under a minute. Just what she needs for summer.
HoMedics Bubble Bliss Deluxe Foot Spa
There’s nothing so nice as a relaxing foot bath at the end of a long day. This spa-grade tub includes water jets that will massage her tired toes as well as a pumice stone for smooth soles.
Five Two by Food52 Ultimate Apron
Besides looking sharp and possessing ample pockets, this handy apron has sewn-in pot holders, as well as an attached (and absurdly useful) conversion chart for any mom who often forgets things like how many cups convert into fluid ounces.
DaisyCustom Mother’s Day Socks
Sometimes, you choose the corny gift because you know she’ll laugh. Case in point: these splendid crew socks, which come plastered with the family’s faces on them. This way, instead of pulling photos out of her wallet to show off, she can just roll up her pant leg.
Luminam Book Light
If your mom is a major bookworm who swears by reading tangible paper, this little light is for her (and will clip to an e-reader too). A SELF writer calls this SELF Favorite book light her “bedfellow,” saying it has a “stable clip for attachment, a flexible neck that can turn every which way, and a slim head with a slender rectangle that graciously sheds light on my reading material of choice.” The writer also notes that the light itself is fully dimmable and can clip conveniently onto a side table, “transforming it into an impromptu lamp.”
JewelryBlues Custom Initial Necklace
She can wear her heart around her neck (instead of on her sleeve) in the form of this delicate personalized pendant necklace. Choose custom initials for her, her kids’ names, and the fur babies too. The necklace can be made in sterling silver, 14k gold fill, or rose gold.
Artifact Uprising Color Series Photo Book
Instead of giving her a picture frame, give her an entire book of memories—because some of the most thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts are the ones that show the time you spent curating them. This book includes 30 photos, and you can customize the foil title, colors, and cover design. Not to mention it’s under $25.
Uncommon Goods Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden
Here’s a DIY herb garden that might actually double as decor, thanks to the cute tinted mason jars that serve as nifty hydroponic growing vessels. She doesn’t even have to have a green thumb for these to grow like weeds—there’s no soil involved!
Serene House Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aromatherapy Diffuser
Turn her bathroom or bedroom into an oasis with an essential oil diffuser that can fill the room with calming, grounding, or energizing fragrances. This cool-mist diffuser features run-time options of 60, 90, and 120 minutes, plus has an automatic shut-off.
Laneige Berry Sweet Set
Laneige’s cult-favorite lip masks are a step above your typical lip balm, using a blend of moisturizers (like shea butter and murumuru seed butter), vitamin C, and antioxidants to seal in lasting hydration. Plus, they taste like a summer treat.
Uncommon Goods Floral-Printed Weeder Glove Spa Gift Set
If she’s a goddess in the garden, it might be time to replace her far-gone weeding gloves with this pretty floral set. Don’t let looks fool you, though; the set has waterproof nitrile coating on its palms. The spa gift set also nicely includes a bar of skin-loving, ultra-moisturizing hand soap to counteract a hard day’s efforts.
Mother’s Day Gifts That Are $50 and Under
Papier Wildflower Notebook
True story: Our commerce editor purchased this very journal for her mother only to find out her mom had already purchased herself the exact same one. If that’s not a good indicator for a foolproof Mom gift, what is? The blank book is printed with paintings of beautiful flowers, can be personalized with your mom’s name, and you can choose the type of paper she’ll most want to scribble on.
That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life by Marissa Mullen
If you’re looking for a perfect gift for the mom who moonlights as the hostess with the mostest, there’s this informative (and enchanting to look at) cheese-board recipe and inspiration book—so inspiring she’ll want to craft one of these artful plates just for herself.
Hanahana Beauty Lavender Vanilla Shea Body Butter
If she often skips lotion after a shower, this rich, whipped-lavender-vanilla body butter (which is a SELF Favorite) might just be the touch of luxury she needs to prompt more frequent moisturizing.
L.L.Bean Boat and Tote
A sturdy built-for-everything tote is an essential for every mom. She can bring it along for spontaneous farmers market runs, summer beach days, and stow contraband candy in it during trips to the movies.
Nekteck Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager
This massaging device is just what your mom needs if she stores a lot of tension in her neck and back. The Nekteck is our former senior health editor’s absolute favorite; she says the magic lies in its shape, particularly its handle straps. “With the massager resting on your shoulders and your hands or forearms looped through straps, you can hold it in place, maneuver it to the perfect spot, and adjust the pressure by pulling it against your body,” she writes. It has eight kneading massage modes, adjustable intensity, and a soothing heat function—plus it works on lower backs, feet, and more.
Kitsch Satin Beauty Sleep Set
Kitsch’s satin pillowcase is less absorbent than her typical pillowcase and silky soft against her hair and skin. This one also comes with a pillowy satin eye mask and scrunchie (no more ponytail lines).
USB Candle Ligher and Flashlight
This sleek pink lighter puts an end to her ongoing hunt for matchbooks and disposable lighters to light her favorite candles (or stove or grill). The lighter doesn’t need toxic butane to start a flame, and is rechargeable via a USB cable, making it both sustainable and practical. Plus it functions as a flashlight.
The Sill Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Sill makes it simple to send your mom a hearty fiddle-leaf fig (and many other plants) in a pretty pot, even if you’re far away.
Stars Above Cozy Chenille Robe
If your mom’s whole vibe is hygge, she’ll love this ridiculously soft bathrobe that feels almost as nice as a hug from you. The plush robe has pockets and can be easily popped in the washing machine, if she ever stops wearing it.
Available in sizes XS/S, M/L, and XL/XXL.
Lululemon Double Roller Mini
There are plenty of Mother’s Day fitness gifts for active mamas, including this therapeutic (and portable) double foam roller from Lululemon. Muscle soreness has met its match.
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Reusable Water Bottle
Hydro Flask’s water bottles keep her favorite icy beverage chilly for a full 24 hours, and hot drinks warm for 12. Now she has no excuses to skimp on hydration.
Jall Wake-Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock
Give your mom the gift of a relaxing start to the day with this top-rated alarm clock that simulates the slow glow of a sunrise to gently coax her from sleep (and a sunset to ease her into slumber). The sunrise clock plays soothing nature sounds, such as bird calls, ocean waves, and white noise, and can display a rainbow of colors. Plus, your mom can set different alarms, use it as a night light, and charge her phone with it too.
Minted The Big Picture Custom Heart Puzzle (252-Piece)
Cheap Mother’s Day gifts don’t have to sacrifice heart—literally. If she loves a good puzzle, surprise her with this heart-shaped jigsaw featuring a photo of your choice. She can glue it together and frame it once she’s finished.
Pipette To Mama, With Love Self-Care Body Ritual Set
Here’s a thoughtful gift for any new (or expecting) mama who’s likely a little short on self-care time these days. The hypoallergenic set includes a body lotion, body wash, dry brush, and belly butter, all of which are gently scented with mandarin orange and bergamot oils.
UrbanStems The Lola Bouquet
Any mom loves a classic, vibrant bouquet of flowers like this one, packed with dazzling rose lilies. If you want to spend a little more, opt for an UrbanStems flower delivery subscription, which sends her a fresh bouquet every month.
Kiehl’s Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask
After a long winter, repairing and nourishing her skin is essential. This sizable best-selling face mask from Kiehl’s is creamy, fragrance-free, and packed with avocado extract and avocado oil to smooth and soften her skin. Doing a mask also invites her to enjoy some quality R&R instead of rushing through her skin-care routine.
Abco Tech Store Garden Kneeler And Stool
She can stave off knee and lower-back soreness with this ergonomic garden kneeler and stool when she’s weeding, seeding, and planting. It also has a handy side pocket for gardening tools, and it collapses for easy storage. Wins all around, if you ask us.
Golde Make Your Matcha Kit
Whether she’s trying to cut back on caffeine, hates the taste of coffee, or loves matcha, set her up with everything she needs to make her own matcha latte with this kit from Golde, which includes the powder as well as the special bamboo whisk to froth an iced or hot version of the beverage.
Ekouaer Pajamas Set Long Sleeve Sleepwear
SELF readers recommend this pajama set for its “not too hot, not too cold” comfort and wide variety of cute colors and patterns. “These are the best,” writes one enthusiastic owner. “I loved them so much I bought a second pair for myself and a pair for both my mom and mother-in-law.”
Available in sizes XS to XXL.
Dearfoams Sydney Scuff Slipper
If your mom is never seen without her house slippers—or, horrors, has never experienced the pleasure of owning a pair like these, get her some cozy, shearling-lined clogs that are simple to slide on, have a cushy foam sole for added comfort, and feature durable rubber bottoms for runs to the mailbox.
Available in sizes 6 to 11.
Winc Custom Gift Card
This gift card from wine subscription service Winc allows your mom to choose the reds, white, and rosés from all over the world that best suit her palate—and hopefully expand it too. Note: A one-month subscription costs $60, but you can choose an amount to gift, starting at $50.
Mouth’s Build Your Own Gift Box
If one of your mom’s greatest joys is a cheese board (and you’ve already bought her the aforementioned book), customize a box of goodies from Mouth to send her way, including savory artisan salami, rich tapenades, goat cheese, and all manner of crisps, cookies, and chocolates. Nicely, the budget for the box is customizable too.
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