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60 Mother's Day Gifts She'll Love for Less Than $50

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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 an annual rite of consternation, 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.

Prices and availability are subject to change. 

Kris Scott also contributed to this story. 

Related: 30 Amazing Mother’s Day Gifts That Last the Entire Year

Superhero Apron
Amazon

Superhero Apron

Price: $17 from Amazon
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For the mom who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. Show her that you appreciate the many, many sacrifices she's made (not to mention the superhero-like strength that's often required to do so) with this brightly colored apron that shoppers have given 4.6 stars. 

Bake Cookies
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Bake a Treat

Price: Free or low-cost
Has your mom got a sweet tooth? Instead of ordering and paying someone else to send her treats, why not put a little more thought into it and bake her something that she'll love, like a dozen cookies or a loaf of sweet bread? You can two-day ship or even overnight them to preserve the freshness, and UPS and FedEx will even pick them up from your house if you can't get out.

Plant Theatre Cocktail Garden Kit
Amazon

Plant Theatre Cocktail Garden Kit

Price: $27 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. Keeping one that grows herbs she can add to yummy cocktails will be even more welcome.

Magazine Subscription
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Magazine Subscription

Price: $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.

Grandkid Video
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Send a Grandkid-Centric Video

Price: Free 
Lots of moms are also grandmoms who are overjoyed by just about any photo or video of their grandkids. Pull the kids together to produce a video — it could involve singing, showing off a new skill, or just telling her about their day. Or do all three and, if you're handy with a video editing program, you can string everything together to make it seem truly impressive. 

Gourmet Tea
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Gourmet Tea

Price: $18 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.

Clearstory "For Mom" Photo Album
Amazon

Clearstory "For Mom" Photo Album

Price: $17 from Amazon
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Give mom the gift of memories with this sturdy, accordion-style photo album messaged to let her know you bought it specifically with her in mind. It'll hold six of your favorite photos that are 5-by-7 inches or smaller. Mom will cherish the gift, which can be passed down through the generations. 

Related: 11 Cheap Ways to Print and Display Your Photos

Create a slideshow
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Create a Slideshow

Price: Free 
Just about everyone has thousands of photos on their phones and laptops these days, many that represent important occasions, fun memories, or just a slice of everyday life that would mean the world for mom to see. Use free or low-cost websites and apps like Smilebox or PicPlayPost to create a slideshow of photos for her, and set it to music that will warm her heart. 

Slippers
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Slippers

Price: Under $25 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.

Flowers
Amazon

Flowers

Price: $35 from Amazon
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Flowers are a good gift for a small budget because they're all about the gesture. Amazon has gotten in on the flower delivery game, a good option especially if you've waited until the last minute to find a gift. A dozen white roses already arranged in the vase will set you back just $25. 

Related: Best Flower Delivery Services

Video Chat
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Plan a Video Chat

Price: Free 
Sure, moms love flowers and other lovely little gifts, but most moms cherish time with their kids over pretty much all else, especially if those kids are grown and out of the house. Using Google Hangouts, Zoom, or some other video-calling software, plan a video chat with her. Schedule it so that she knows you're giving her 30 minutes or an hour of your time. 

Scented Candles Gift Set
Amazon

Scented Candles Gift Set

Price: $26 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.

Luxury Soap
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Luxury Soap

Price: $7 from Walmart
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A simple gift of luxury soap can encourage mom to take a little time for herself. Go for something that will pamper the skin and leave her feeling beautiful, such as Walmart's Dead Sea mud soap.

Listening to Podcast
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Make a Podcast List

Price: Free 
You probably know your mom better than just about anyone, meaning you know what her interests are. Whether those are crafts or true crime or comedy, chances are there are podcasts dedicated to whatever subject she's into. Come up with a podcast playlist that'll keep her entertained for hours. Then, if she's not already tech-savvy, teach her how to download a great podcast app like Castbox or Pocket Casts, and help her set up her tailored-by-you playlist.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Price: $40 from Shari's Berries
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Who doesn't love a little sweet indulgence? A dozen — dipped in white and milk chocolates — can be delivered right to mom's door. 

Send Donation Request Letters
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Write Her a Letter

Price: Free 
Let's be honest — moms get taken for granted a lot of the time. So, there's probably no mom alive who wouldn't love a letter from her kid with the retelling of a great memory or a reminder about that one time she helped you out when no one else could. If you can handwrite it and mail it, even better — but even an email, with enough heart put into it, would make her day, too. 

Customized Stamps
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Customized Stamps

Price: $30 from Shutterfly
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Use personal photos to create one-of-a-kind postage stamps, which can be used to send letters and postcards. This is a fun gift mom will love to show off and share with friends.

Scented Mist or Bath Spray
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Scented Mist or Bath Spray

Price: $6-$9 from Amazon
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J.R. Watkins body oil mist is available in three different scents — lemon, coconut milk and honey, and aloe and green tea — and will leave mom feeling pampered. Buyers say it smells great and is super-moisturizing. 

Heart craft
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Create a Heart(felt) Craft

Price: Free or low-cost 
OK, it doesn't actually have to be felt, but there's no denying that felt has been having a moment for quite some time. Plus, it's an easy material to work with and super-economical (you can purchase 28 pieces of felt on Amazon for less than $11). And, if you follow a tutorial on a site like this one, the finished product will be pretty impressive.

Footbath
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Footbath and Pedicure Kit

Price: $27 from Amazon
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While we're on the subject of pampering, mom will love this gift. It has features like a splash guard and spa attachment, but the real star is the footbath that massages and soaks away cares. 

Beach/Pool Gear
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Beach/Pool Gear

Price: Starting at $10 from Target
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Mother's Day means pool/beach season is near. Help mom get prepped with a new beach bag — then consider filling with gear: Slip in some sunscreen, a new beach towel (starting at about $10), and flip-flops (sometimes below $4 at Old Navy). She'll be decked out and ready to hit the waves.

Make a Music Playlist
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Make a Playlist of Her Favorite Songs

Price: Free 
Create a playlist of tunes you know she loves, whether it's stuff she used to sing to you, songs from when she was growing up, or just some ditty she used to hum while cooking dinner. If she doesn't already have a subscription to a music app like Spotify or Amazon Music, you can set her up with one and share the playlist with her — it's not only thoughtful, but she'll always think of you when she listens to it. 

Heart-Shaped Picture Collage
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Heart-Shaped Picture Collage

Price: Starting at $29 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.

A Good Book
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A Good Book

Price: $13 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. 

Coffee
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Journal
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Journal

Price: $12 from Shutterfly
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Pick up a nice 6-by-8-inch, 150-page journal in which mom can jot down her innermost thoughts — personalized on the spine and front and back covers.

Create a Homemade Coupon Book
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Create a Homemade Coupon Book

Price: Free 
No matter if your mom is close by or in another town or state, you can guarantee she knows you're there for her with a coupon book promising future hugs, trips, help around the house, and other encounters. Sure, it's been done — but if it's homemade and from you? She'll love it no matter what. 

Adult Coloring Book
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Adult Coloring Book

Price: Starting at $5 from Michaels
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Coloring for adults is still relaxing fun. Get mom set up to try this therapeutic hobby with adult coloring books and packs of colored pencils, also starting at just a few dollars.

Essential Oils Relaxation Kit
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Essential Oils Relaxation Kit

Price: $12 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.

Wine and Wineglasses
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Indoor Plant
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Indoor Plant

Price: $24 from Home Depot
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For a mom who doesn't have space for an outdoor garden, or simply doesn't want to mess with gardening outside, opt for easy-to-care-for indoor plants like this two-piece, pre-potted set of succulents in containers that will go with just about any decor.

Personalized Phone Case
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Personalized Phone Case

Price: $40 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.

Bathrobe
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Bathrobe

Price: $33-$36 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.

Jewelry Organizer
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Hammock
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Hammock

Price: $31 from Dick's Sporting Goods
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May is a beautiful time of year to hang out in the yard and relax in a hammock with a good book. There are good options from many places for less than $50. If mom doesn't have a yard or trees for hanging a hammock, a portable chair could be just the gift for her to take to the park, to the beach, or on a day trip.

Peanut Butter Sampler
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Peanut Butter Sampler

Price: $40 from UncommonGoods
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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 the U.S.

Serving Board
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Serving Board

Price: $48 from UncommonGoods
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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.  

Garden Harvest Basket
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Garden Harvest Basket

Price: $50 from UncommonGoods
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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. 

World Map Coloring Tablecloth
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World Map Coloring Tablecloth

Price: $30 from UncommonGoods
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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. 

Custom Dog Keychain
Etsy

Custom Dog Keychain

Price: $38 from Etsy
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We all know (and are maybe even related to) those moms who, now that their children have fled the coop, treat their dogs like kids. Help her really lean into it with a keychain that lets her carry her pup with her whenever she leaves the house.

Handmade Bookmarks
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Handmade Bookmarks

Price: $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. 

"Fabulous Since ..." Mug
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"Fabulous Since ..." Mug

Price: $15-$18 from Etsy
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What mom wouldn't appreciate the fact that you appreciate the fact that she's been freaking fabulous since birth? Not a one we can think of. 

Succulent Stud Earrings
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Succulent Stud Earrings

Price: $20 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. 

Reusable Paper Bag
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Reusable Paper Bag

Price: $8 each from Anthropologie
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If you've got a mom on your list who's also an eco-warrior, she'll appreciate two or three of these sturdy reuseable paper bags that she can use at the store, in the garden, or even for kitchen storage. 

Related: 31 Products to Help You Use Less Plastic

Double Sided Jigsaw Puzzle
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Double-Sided Jigsaw Puzzle

Price: $25 from Paper Source
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This 500-piece, 24-by-18-inch puzzle is really two puzzles in one, and both, when finished, feature idyllic coastal and beach scenes in Italy. It not only looks fun to do, but it'll be lovely to admire — two times over! — when finished. 

Big Night In Kit
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Big Night In Kit

Price: $45 from Paper Source
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Yes, you can get your mom a scented candle, or a sleep mask, or a cool mug ... or you can get a few of those things together in this gift set, which includes all of the above, plus a pair of cozy socks and a mindfulness puzzle. 

Cozy Blanket
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Cozy Blanket

Price: $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. 

Purse Organizer
The Grommet

Purse Organizer

Price: $26 and up from The Grommet
Buy It
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: 10 Look-Alike Handbags for Summer Style

Gardening Gloves
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Gardening Gloves

Price: $27 from The Grommet
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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.

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Promise Her Regular Correspondence

Price: Free 
Did we mention all mom really wants is to hear from you? Promise yours that you'll email or call her every day for a month, and then do it. She'll never forget the gift (or your commitment to follow-through), and it just might bring you closer than ever. 

Felted Soap
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Felted Soap

Price: $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. 

Bangle Bracelets
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Bangle Bracelets

Price: $26 from The Grommet
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If the mom in your life likes a bit of bling, this set of six leather-and-metal spangles will be a classic-yet-modern addition to any jewelry collection. 

Nature Necklace
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Nature Necklace

Price: $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.

Letter Board
Amazon

Letter Board

Price: $22 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. 

PyroPet Cat Candle
Amazon

PyroPet Cat Candle

Price: $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. 

Tea Drops
Amazon

Tea Drops

Price: $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.

100 Hikes Book
Amazon

100 Hikes Book

Price: $28 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. 

Related: 21 Epic Hiking Trails Around the World

Karaoke Microphone
Amazon

Karaoke Microphone

Price: $33 and up from Amazon
Buy It 
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. 

Hand Cream Gift Set
Amazon

Hand Cream Gift Set

Price: $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. 

Picnic Blanket
Amazon

Picnic Blanket

Price: $25 from Amazon 
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Picnic season is upon us, and this heavy-duty, extra-large, waterproof blanket can take your picnic with mom to next-level status. When not in use, she can roll it up and belt it for easy stowing. 

Related: 30 Places That Will Pack You a Gourmet Picnic Basket