Show Mom You Care
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Show Mom You Care
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Show Mom You Care

It's nice to show the moms in your life how much you care all year long, but it's especially important on Mother's Day. For some, finding the right gift is easy — especially if mom loves the latest tech or kitchen gadgets. For others, it can be a chore, with hours spent in search of the perfect present. If you're in the latter camp, here are some ideas for heartfelt gifts under $50 — from you or from the kids.


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Related: The Best Subscription Gifts for Mother's Day

Paper Culture Photo Book
Paper Culture

Paper Culture Photo Book

$40 and up from Paper Culture
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Commemorate a special event, vacation, or other time in mom's life by creating photo book at this site. It has lots of themes, colors, and two sizes available and instructions will walk you through the process. 


Related: The Best Gifts for Moms Who Have Everything

Etsy
Etsy

Handwriting Bracelet

$28 from Etsy
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In this digital era, handwriting has become something of a lost art, yet few things are as personal as the written word. Give mom a permanent piece of your penmanship with this bracelet, available in sterling silver, rose gold, or 18-karat gold finish.


Related: 10 Things Moms Really Want for Mother's Day

The Adventure Challenge – Family Edition
The Adventure Challenge

Family Adventure

$40 from The Adventure Challenge
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This book has 50 fun family challenges to make the most of quality together time. Scratch-off entries reveal activities that run the gamut from outside adventures to kooky and creative projects. Each spot also includes a place to include a photo, so this will become a cherished keepsake Mom will love even after the challenges are long-completed.

Dog Mom Box
Cratejoy

Dog Mom Box

Price: $35/month and up from Cratejoy
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With this subscription box, she can spoil her pup and get a little something for herself, too. The Dog Mom Box includes dog treats, toys, and other goodies, along with surprises for doting owners like T-shirts, bath bombs, and accessories.


Related: 16 Pet Subscription Boxes Your Pup Will Love

Karaoke Microphone
Amazon

Karaoke Microphone

$31 and up from Amazon
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She can belt out her inner Gloria Gaynor, Sinead O'Connor, or any other famous crooner with one of these well-rated Bonaok karaoke mics. It comes in nearly a dozen varieties, so you can choose one to match her style. 

Wine and Wineglasses
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Messy Nest Necklace
Amazon

Bird's Nest Pewter Necklace

$37 from Amazon
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Whether she's a mom or a grandma, she'll love this elegant pewter and blue pearl nest necklace. Hand-sculpted and cast in the USA, it includes a 21-inch chain, and the back is engraved with a quote ("In my garden nature grows, a place for birds to raise their young") as well as the maker's signature.


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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
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100 Hikes Book
Amazon

100 Hikes Book

$25 from Amazon
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If your mom loves to hit the trails, she'll love the armchair-hiker nature of "100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Scenic Trails." To really make her happy, find one nearby if possible, and go find the trailhead with her. 

Dinosaur Planters B088TFPG2Z
Amazon
Succulent Stud Earrings
Etsy

Succulent Stud Earrings

$18 from Etsy
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Got one of those moms who just can't resist a succulent, but also can't keep one alive? She'll love a pair of  blue purple echeverias she can't kill. 

Gourmet Tea
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Gourmet Tea

$18 and up from Art of Tea
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Tea is more than a coffee alternative; it's a ritual, providing time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of comfort. As one of the world's most popular beverages, tea comes in countless varieties. For just 30 cents per cup, give mom 60 cups' worth of tasty Meyer lemon tea in a zip pouch.

Essential Oils Relaxation Kit
Amazon

Essential Oils Relaxation Kit

$13 and up from Amazon
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Give mom a treat of relaxation, stress relief, and cleansing. An essential oils starter kit with lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass, sweet orange, and peppermint oils promises all those things, and will leave her house smelling fresh and clean.


Related: 33 Inexpensive Products for Stress Relief

Custom Face Magnet
Etsy

Custom Face Magnet

$36 and up from Etsy
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Etsy seller KitAtlas takes your photos and creates artistic, stylized drawings that she then turns into magnets. The process runs around a month from submitting the photo and payment until delivery, so keep that in mind when timing your gift orders.


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Hand Cream Gift Set
Amazon

Hand Cream Gift Set

$27 from Amazon
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Hand cream can seem like an old-fashioned gift, but this La Chatelaine set — available in six different fragrance combos — comes in a well-designed tin and packaging that makes it seem more hip than dated. 

Superhero Apron
Amazon
Martha Stewart Wine Club
Martha Stewart Wine Co.

Martha Stewart Wine Club

$50/shipment from Martha Stewart Wine Co.
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If your mom is a Martha fan, she'll love getting wines curated by Stewart herself. Available as a one-time purchase or subscription service, the wines are complemented by Stewart's notes on serving and entertaining.


Related: 20 Affordable Wine Clubs That Will Satisfy Even the Snobs

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush
Amazon

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush

$42 from Amazon
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Cheapism readers and moms alike love this styling brush for good reason: It can untangle, smooth, curl, and add volume to hair with ease. The swivel base keeps the power cord out of your way, and the brush has three heat settings. Available in five colors.

Nature Necklace
The Grommet

Nature Necklace

$26 from The Grommet
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If she's got a soft spot for wildlife and nature, this stainless steel pendant necklace comes in many different options — from snowflakes to birds to elephants and more.

Heart-Shaped Picture Collage
Minted

Heart-Shaped Picture Collage

$29 and up from Minted
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A heart-shaped picture collage incorporates 30 pictures to create a keepsake mom will treasure. Prices start at $29 for an 8-inch square print. Spend a little more and get a frame; the cost still won't exceed $50.


Related: The Best Gifts for Photographers from Newbies to Pros

Terrarium Jewelry
Etsy

Terrarium Jewelry

$25 and up from Etsy

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For a truly unique piece of jewelry that's also beautiful, check out these necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and more that are like mini-terrariums disguised as jewelry. The bracelets, in particular, are stunning.

Letter Board
Amazon

Letter Board

$20 from Amazon
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Spell out an appreciative or funny message on this rustic-styled letter board and give it to mom. She'll love it, and if she feels like a change this comes with two-colored numbers, letters, emojis, and even cursive options. 

Scented Candles Gift Set
Amazon

Scented Candles Gift Set

$17 from Amazon
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This is a simple and inexpensive gift that provides hours of aromatherapy. The eight-candle set includes essential-oil scents like Twilight Lavender and Green Zen, and each candle has a 20- to 25-hour burn time.

A Good Book
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A Good Book

$16 from Amazon
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You can't go wrong with a good book — or with Oprah Winfrey. A 240-page collection of her columns culled from O, The Oprah Magazine gets rave reviews and is handsome in hardcover. 


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Handmade Bookmarks
Etsy

Handmade Bookmarks

$2 each from Etsy
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If your mom loves to curl up with a good book but feels vey strongly about not dog-earing her pages, give her a few of these adorable bookmarks. 

Coffee
Snapfish

Personalized Coffee Mug

$13 from Snapfish
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What mom doesn't love (or need) coffee — especially with young children? Put her kids' mugs on a mug and couple it with some fresh-ground gourmet coffee or a gift card to a favorite coffee shop.


Related: 25 Coffee Subscriptions to Make Your Mornings Easier

Purse Organizer
The Grommet

Purse Organizer

$26 and up from The Grommet
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Many moms like gifts that fall into the functional category, and this is one of those. This soft felt organizer comes in three sizes (all under $50) and features four outer compartments, one pen compartment, and six internal compartments. 


Related: Useful Gifts for Practical Moms

Planter's Choice Herb Garden Kit
Amazon

Planter's Choice Herb Garden Kit

$20 from Amazon
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After raising you (and any of your siblings), trust us when we say that keeping an herb kit alive will seem like a welcome breeze to mom. This one gets high marks from buyers, and website The Spruce recently awarded it "Best Overall" in a test of garden kits. 


Adult Coloring Book
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Indoor Plant
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Bathrobe
Amazon

Bathrobe

$32 and up from Amazon
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Give mom a lightweight bathrobe for spring. Retailers offer lots of choices for less than $50, including this comfortable cotton version from Maxmoda that comes in more than 15 colors and prints. That's less than you'd likely spend on flower delivery, and she'll get more use out of it.

Slippers
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Slippers

$12 and up from Amazon
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This practical gift shows mom you're thinking about her comfort. With thousands of inexpensive options, you should be able to find a pair of slippers that suits her style, be they floral, furry, or funky.


Related: Cozy House Slippers for Women

'Wild At Home' Book
Amazon

'Wild at Home' Book

$15
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Warning: This photo book of beautifully styled house plants will make any plant lover want to run out and buy more plants. But it also offers great advice on topics like where to place those plants for optimal health, how to propagate, how to find the right pot, and more.



Cozy Blanket
World Market

Cozy Blanket

$35 from World Market
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Just about everyone appreciates a soft blanket they can curl up with on the couch or in bed, and buyers say this blue multicolor stitch fringe throw is soft and warm. 

Serving Board
Uncommon Goods

Serving Board

$48 from Uncommon Goods
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If you've got a mom that loves to entertain, she can shine with pride at her next get-together by telling all her friends that her wonderful son or daughter gave her this awesome bamboo lotus-shaped serving board for Mother's Day.  


Related: Thoughtful Gifts for Moms Who Love to Entertain

Tea Drops
Amazon

Tea Drops

$17 from Amazon
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These drops can be plopped into some hot water for a sweetned cup of herbal tea. The sample set contains eight drops — two each of caffeinated matcha green tea, rose earl grey, caffeine-free citrus ginger, and sweet peppermint.

Lunarly Plant Subscription
Lunarly

Lunarly Plant Subscription

$50 per month from Lunarly
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There are lots of plant subscription boxes out there, but every plant parent worth their weight in potting soil knows that self-care is part of the appeal. Each Lunarly box includes a thoughtfully selected houseplant, a hand-poured candle, and curated wellness items.


Related: Subscription Box Gifts That Keep the Giving Going

Jewelry Organizer
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Personalized Phone Case
Snapfish

Personalized Phone Case

$40 and up from Snapfish
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Head to a photo site to put together a personalized phone case with one of mom's favorite pictures.

Dainty Custom Roman Numeral Bar Bracelet
Etsy

Dainty Custom Roman Numeral Bar Bracelet

$41 and up from Etsy

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Etch that special date — mom's birthday, wedding anniversary, whatever — in Roman numerals with this personalized engraved bracelet. It's available in sterling silver or 14-karat yellow or rose gold.


Related: Heartfelt and Hilarious Personalized Gifts


Holder
Uncommon Goods

Eye-Catching Eyeglasses Holder

$18 from Uncommon Goods
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Is mom the type who’s always misplacing her glasses — even if she won’t admit it? This wooden eyeglasses holder measures just shy of 6 inches tall and provides the perfect perch for a pair of specs. They’re handcrafted in India, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the communities that produce them.

Peanut Butter Sampler – Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

Peanut Butter Sampler

$40 from Uncommon Goods
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People are finicky about a lot of foods — for many, peanut butter isn't one of them. This small-batch peanut butter sampler set includes six delicious blends she can slather on toast or bananas or pair with chocolate, and it's made in America.


Related: 25 Snack Box Subscriptions for Every Type of Eater

Felted Soap
The Grommet

Felted Soap

$14 from The Grommet
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Like a soap and a (really pretty) washcloth combined, these are functional, beautiful, and unusual all wrapped up in one gift. Available in five scents. 

Garden Harvest Basket
Uncommon Goods

Garden Harvest Basket

$50 from Uncommon Goods
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If you've got a mom who likes to tinker around in the dirt, she'll likely love this durable wire mesh and wood basket that'll let her gather up all her produce and flower cuttings to bring inside. 


Related: Gardening Gifts for a Mom With a Green Thumb

World Map Coloring Tablecloth
Uncommon Goods

World Map Coloring Tablecloth

$30 from Uncommon Goods
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If your mom is also a grand-mom, she'll probably love to share this gift with her grandkids when they come over for some quality time. She can regale the little ones with her life stories from around the country or globe, and the color disappears when washed in warm water, so it can be used again and again. 

Book Club Candle
Homesick

Book Club Candle

$34 from Homesick
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Mom can enjoy some aromatherapy along her your next book club discussion. This soy wax candle has a scent profile that includes hints of oranges, cinnamon, vanilla, and balsam, and can burn for up to 80 hours. 

PyroPet Cat Candle
Amazon

PyroPet Cat Candle

$34 from Amazon
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Scented candles are nice and all, but how about a candle that will make her cackle? These pretty geometric cat candles melt away to reveal a metallic skeleton underneath. 

"Fabulous Since ..." Mug
Etsy
Foxgloves Grip Gardening Gloves
Amazon

Gardening Gloves

$27 from Amazon
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If she has a green thumb, your mom will appreciate this timely gift that'll keep her hands clean and safe. These gloves have a snug fit that extends past her wrists and a no-slip grip. They come in three sizes and many colors.


Magazine Subscription
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Magazine Subscription

$5 and up from Amazon
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Nurture an interest in a topic or hobby with a magazine subscription. For a cheap Mother's Day gift that keeps giving month after month, buy a subscription using discount sources and many titles will be less than $20. Some sites offer bundled deals for two or three magazines at once, so it's not necessary to choose one pastime over another.