The Ultimate Guide To Mother's Day Gifts At Every Budget

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.
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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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Under $20

We’ll kick it off with a product that’s For Moms, By Moms. Not only are Saipua’s soaps heavenly in their scent, they’re also made by founder (and florist) Sara Ryhanen’s mother, Susan, in upstate New York. The beautiful packaging means you can leave the wrapping paper roll behind, this gift is perfect, au naturale.
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Think you can’t find a Mother's Day-worthy clothing item for under $20? Think again! She’ll definitely wear this easy-breezy blouse all summer long, and will appreciate your thrifty, responsible ways.
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— PAID —

We all wish we could give mom the tropical beach vacation we know she deserves, but this travel- (and wallet–!) friendly rollerball perfume, with fresh notes of sparking grapefruit and lush, exotic florals, is just about the next best thing.
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If you don't have a ton of cash to spend, but you still want to get mom something meaningful and gilded, an initial keychain or bag charm is something that will always be by her side.
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If your mom’s ideal weekend involves lounging near a body of water with a very chilly glass of white wine (ice cubes, coming right up!), then get her what she really wants. Help her reach relaxation nirvana with the 2018 L'Atelier du Sud, a smartly-priced Sauvignon Blanc in a super pretty bottle. It's also the top-rated white wine on Winc right now.
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A notepad that pairs well with that bottle of wine.
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The singularly pleasant scent of Weleda’s Skin Food is like no other product we’ve ever used — and don’t get us started on its superior moisturizing ability. A little goes a long way here — a 2.5-oz bottle packs a hydrating punch. This is a perfect “little luxury” for mom, even when she’s insisted she doesn’t want any gifts this year. (She does.)
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Slap your mug on a mug for a goofy yet completely charming gift that only mom could love.
P.S. We're completely hypnotized by this customer's demo of their color changing photo mug — it's quite the parlor trick!
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$20 - $50

Chances are your mom hasn’t replaced her makeup bag since that Estee Lauder freebie that she got at the makeup counter many moons ago. Blow her mind with the sleek, organized design and sturdy neoprene construction of Dagne Dover’s streamlined toiletry bag.
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In typical caregiver fashion, your mom always skimps on the self-care. Encourage her to take a moment for herself with this 10-pack of masks packed with natural herbal ingredients like soothing calendula, chamomile, green tea, and brightening and antibacterial ginger root extract.
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Contribute to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit that supports maternal health programs around the world. They'll send her a card with a personalized message from you, sharing your charitable donation (starting at $50). She'll be so proud. If you're still feeling the urge to gift her something tangible, the nonprofit has also partnered with Clare V, Baked by Melissa, and Farm Girl Flowers to create gifts with a portion of proceeds that go to Every Mother Counts.
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Nothing — and we mean nothing — makes your mom happier than a pair of easy-to-wear shoes, and these chic gray sneakers get high comfort marks from Nordstrom customers. (We’d also bet she’ll be really proud that you scored them on sale.)
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Aptly named, the "Role Model" bouquet, this bunch of 20 farm-fresh pink and purple Lisianthus flowers will perk up the heroine of the home — even if you're not there to deliver them in person. This eco-friendly, freshly cut bouquet starts at $38 but you can supersize for more $$$ if you choose.
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Or you can skip the flowers and go straight to the source. The Hudson Valley Seed Company is maintained by a community of caring farmers and gardeners and they commission artists to design its seed packs, which happen to make gorgeous gifts. Choose any six packets from dozens of veggie and flower varieties to craft your perfect package for a green thumb or budding gardener.
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Personalize your mom's phone case any way she'd like. We suggest starting with the mirror back because it not only ensures easy lipstick application, it's also shatterproof and has a bumper design for protection against drops.
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It's easy to deliver a personal photo collage when you start with the foundation of a fun and functional frame.
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If it’s good enough for us, it’s definitely good enough for our moms. We’re just a bit fanatical about this Danish skincare brand’s products, and we apply their Vitamin C eye cream daily. Paired with a skin brightening moisturizer, it makes a perfect — and very reasonably priced — Mother’s Day gift.
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Newbie jewelry brand Ana Luisa has already captured our hearts with sculptural, heirloom-inspired demi-fine jewelry — they’re the timeless sort of pieces that we can definitely see our moms “borrowing” from us. Spare your family the charade and present your mother with her very own pair of everyday sterling silver studs.
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Maximize mom's resting hours with an irresistibly smooth pure silk eye mask designed with a cheeky nod to dreamy spa life.
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Whether your mom is yoga-curious or an actual yogi, nourish her wellness routine with an absorbent and attractive accoutrement to her owned or borrowed mat.
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$50 - $100

What do you get for the woman who’s always exercising and then running out to the grocery store? A pair of workout pants that do double duty as “trousers” when she’s bumping into her friends at Trader Joes, natch.
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Anthropologie customers raved about this pitcher’s beauty and practicality, citing its usage as either a beverage vessel or a vase. Your mom will adore something so pretty, and be thankful that it’s so functional.
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Amazon added the all-new Kindle to its beloved (yep, we said it — beloved) e-reader suite a few weeks ago. Now that it's been on the market for a month, there are plenty of positive reviews that helped weigh in on our recommendation for this gift. The lower cost makes it an excellent value and it comes with something that's key for people with sensitive eyes or low vision: an adjustable front light for indoor reading and a 167 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper, even in direct sunlight. Listen, if mom is an advanced Kindle-owner, you may want to upgrade her with the queen of e-readers, the Kindle Oasis, but for first-timers this gift is a solid gem. Throw in your favorite book to make it personal.
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The "best-sellers" set from Tatcha is a crowd-pleaser if we ever saw one. This grouping of vegan, cruelty-free skin saviors is packed with Japanese anti-aging superfoods. It includes; Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, The Water Cream, and Luminous Dewy Skin Mist all packaged in a pretty, giftable box.
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No summer vacation would be complete without your mother’s ubiquitous and plentiful hat collection. This wide-brimmed Kate Spade chapeau is soft and summery, in mom-approved neutral stripes.
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This "smart indoor garden" takes care of plants by making sure they have enough water, LED light and nutrients at all times. This countertop garden is a magical gift that truly keeps giving.
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There’s a reason that Rodin Olio Lusso is on the pricier side — it contains a cauldron’s worth of natural ingredients that makes for supple, glowing skin. Go in with your siblings to treat your mom to a super-luxurious elixir that she’d never buy for herself. The lavender scented option is the calming halo that pushes this over to heavenly present. Tell mom to apply before sleep for serenity, sweet dreams, and soft skin.
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The original statement-earring wearer will appreciate the funky design of these turbo shell danglers — and she’ll love telling her friends that her daughter picked them out at a cool Brooklyn boutique.
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And for the less funky mom, Catbird makes a beautiful, classic locket — you supply the photo.
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Show you're the only bee in her bonnet —gift a little birdhouse for her soul. They Might Be Giants Lyrics aside, moms with backyards will enjoy this chic bird hideaway almost as much as the birds. Glass feeders sold separately.
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Over $100

Cashmere is a year-round accessory for the comfort-loving mom, and Everlane’s is the best value out there.
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Pooling the Mother’s Day gifting budget with other family members is a wonderful way to splash out on your well-deserving matriarch. Choose a fine gold bracelet set with turquoise — a precious stone traditionally associated with feminine energy and well-being.
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Even if she never burns it — which, you know, she might not — your mom will enjoy the sight of a Diptyque candle sitting on the mantle. The French olfactory-pleasing perfume house created limited edition duo sets of its most cherished scents just in time for Mother's Day. Each duo comes in a keepsake box.
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Your mom will melt over the dreamy feel of this reversible lightweight jacket from sustainable design duo, Ace & Jig. The organic cotton, belted jacket is handmade in India (check out their beautiful process) and makes for the perfect spring to summer layering piece.
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Send mom the gift of a spa-quality massage. Right to her home — she doesn't even need to lift a finger. Each of the Soothe therapists are vetted by industry veterans and arrives with a massage table, sheets, lotions, oils and music.
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Soup to nuts, this package is it. Female-founded and co-owned luxury leather goods brand Cuyana has a quality-first mentality that mom will welcome. The best selling tote bag ($195) is paired here with the organizer insert ($95) and we added on the monogram because she deserves it all. Mom will prize this handbag setup for years to come.
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Your mom’s ability to style neckwear has been on fleek since the days of disposable cameras. She’s always on the hunt for unique new scarves, and this evil-eye adorned silk square is sure to surprise her.
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For moms who love to gather, gift her a modern hearth for warm moments with friends and family. This industrial-rustic fire pit features an extended bowl on the top and firewood storage on the bottom, making it a practical, beautiful addition to the backyard.
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