On May 12th, moms all over the U.S.A. will be pampered and celebrated for their abilities to raise children, run households, and juggle careers, all while showering their family members with unconditional love. And if you clicked on this article, that means your mom is in for a real treat — she’s got a present hunter on her hands. Maybe she’ll be unboxing an exotic plant; uncorking bottles of her favorite wine; or opening a little velvet jewelry pouch to reveal something sparkly. No matter what gift you buy for Mother's Day, everyone’s presents probably have one thing in common: they were agonized over by you and your family; and were the subject of much discussion, budgeting, and group-texting before being purchased and wrapped with anticipation and hope that they’d land.
Don’t worry — we’re all in the same boat. No one has the ability to stymie us in the gift-giving department quite like our moms. As the ones who have historically been in charge of present distribution for the whole family, they’re experts in what you want and need, but figuring out what will genuinely delight them can be a little more of a mystery. With this in mind, we dug deep, rounding up the most thoughtful options in every budget bracket from under-$20 treasures to a few special finds in the low hundos (and a whole bunch of things in between). Whether you’re looking for something small and symbolic, or working with a sibling-combined budget that will enable you to invest, we’ve collected an arsenal of no-fail items that will definitely surprise her — in a good way.
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