Cheap Mother’s Day Gifts That Still Feel Thoughtful

When you asked mom what she wants for Mother’s Day, she gave an expected response: Your company. But she also taught you never to show up anywhere empty-handed. So what’s a good son or daughter to do? You can’t go wrong with a little token of appreciation. These small gifts are fun and useful, plus show mom that she’s always on your mind. And the best part: They all cost about the same price as that fancy salad you get for lunch every day.

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Heart Crew Socks at Nordstrom, $12

You used to draw her pictures of hearts, but now you can do a little better than that. She’ll be reminded of you every time these colorful (and super soft) socks peek out from underneath her pants.

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Mom Manual Pouch at Paper Source, $9.95

Do you still call mom for, well, everything? We don’t blame you—she’s got all the answers. Let this silly canvas pouch show her how much you appreciate the phone calls she fields at all hours of the day.

Dahlia ‘Penhill Dark Monarch’ Bulbs at Terrain, $12

You could send her flowers… or you could give her a duo of bulbs that will yield stunning pink flowers year after year for a fraction of the price.

Go-Getter Canape Plate at West Elm, $6.99

One thing’s for sure: Mom’s always on a mission. If she manages to hit all of her deadlines at work, keep the house running like a well-oiled machine, and still find time to relax with the family, this trinket dish is for her.

Home with the Heart Typography Doormat at Target, $10.99

A practical present with a touching message. This pretty doormat subtly communicates that, no matter how far you are, a piece of your heart will always be at mom’s house.

Clay Art Jumbo Porcelain Coffee Mug at Target, $5.99

A standard mug holds about 11 ounces, but for mom, that just won’t do. This oversized mug holds 27 (!) ounces of her favorite pick-me-up and features a funny mantra we’re pretty sure she can relate to.

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Popcorn Bowl at Crate and Barrel, $5.95

The pretty ceramic bowl is just a stand-in for the real gift—a marathon movie night together. Don’t forget to grab some popcorn kernels, a box of candy, and a bottle of her favorite wine.

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Oh K! Gold Dust Korean Beauty Hydrogel Sheet Mask at Cost Plus World Market, $7.99

Gold jewelry might not be in your price range, but a sheet mask flecked with gold dust certainly is. This ultra-hydrating Korean beauty product de-puffs and brightens to leave skin looking supple and refreshed.

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Stop Talking Cards at Paper Source, $9.95

Mom deserves a break—and not just on Mother’s Day. These funny cards have a simple message, but will afford her a little peace and quiet every once in a while. Warning: All family members are required to have a sense of humor for this one.

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Celfie Planter at Urban Outfitters, $8

Terracotta is nice for her patio, but she needs something a little more sophisticated for inside her home. This pretty ceramic planter will look great atop her vanity, on the windowsill in her kitchen, or on a shelf in the bathroom. Not a plant lady? She can use it as a home for pens and other office supplies at her desk.

Pot Holder With Printed Text at H&M, $6.99

Everything tastes better when mom makes it. This simple gray pot holder isn’t just a functional present, it offers her the ultimate compliment before anything even comes out of the oven.

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Chevron Seaglass Belly Basket at The Container Store, $9.99

Attractive home decor for less than $10? Mom will be so proud of your ability to bargain hunt. This classic basket makes a nice home for blankets and throws or reading materials and board games.

DCI “Made With Love” Heart Shaped Bamboo Spoon at Amazon, $10.84

Making the family dinner every night is a real labor of love. This handy little kitchen tool, with a heart-shaped spoon and the phrase “made with love” printed on the handle, is a simple way to thank mom for all of those delicious meals.

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Mother’s Little Helper Pad at Knock Knock, $7

When her to-do list is a mile long and her stress level is at an 11, this comical little pad will help take the edge off. It’ll remind mom that, although she’s busier than ever, she’s appreciated.

Mom Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book at Amazon, $8.09

That window of opportunity between the kids’ bedtime and her own may be small, but that me-time is seriously necessary for her sanity. Make sure mom has everything she needs to unwind—a funny coloring book that pokes fun at #momlife, plus some wine and a good movie.

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