Moms are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. It’s objectively true that the vast majority of moms “don’t want anything” for Mother’s Day, maybe just “spending time together” if possible, along with some kind of heartfelt card or even just a quick phone call.
But given all the work they did to keep us alive well into adulthood, they definitely deserve a lot more than that. And since you know mom doesn’t want you to spend too much, we’re sticking to a budget this year. Ahead, 29 affordable Mother’s Day gifts all ringing under $35—don’t forget to give her a call though!
1. Repurposed Sari Patchwork Apron, $30
Both a piece of art and a kitchen essential, this apron is handmade by artisans in Bangladesh with swatches from previously loved saris and featuring kantha stitching in contrasting colors. The patchwork is on the front of the apron (which also has a large pocket) while the back features a single print.
2. Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Eyemask,
For the mom whose only wish is to get more sleep, a silk eye mask can help. It’s super soft on the skin and won’t cause any frizz or breakage on her hair, and most importantly, blocks out light for as long as she wants.
Grab a few tubes of moisturizing hand cream in her favorite scent so she’s never without one when she needs it most. Go the extra mile and stash one in every purse and jacket pocket, we bet she’ll smile at the thoughtfulness the next time she (inevitably) forgets to grab one before leaving the house.
4. Essential Oil Shower Steamers, $15
A bathroom remodel complete with a freestanding tub is likely out of the question, but she can still get all the spa vibes with these little shower steamers. Drop one on the shower floor and let the water dissolve the puck and release essential oils like energizing eucalyptus and calming lavender.
Help her feel like every day is Sunday morning with this inspired candle. Fruity and floral with a woodsy base, it’s a perfectly balanced scent with great throw even when it’s not lit.
A few spritzes of this editor-favorite pillow mist means she can drift off to dreamland more easily. It’s a little luxury she might not buy herself, which makes it a great gift idea.
7. The Sill Snake Plant Laurentii, $32
If she prefers stick-around plants over flowers that wilt too soon, a hardy snake plant fits the bill. It only needs to be watered every few weeks (in fact, too much water will send it straight to the nursery in the sky) and can grow in low-light conditions, but make sure pets don’t confuse it for a snack.
8. Great Jones Holy Sheet, $40
This half-size sheet pan has a special nonstick coating for all manner of oven successes. It’s a colorful take on an everyday essential, though she might be tempted to only use it for special occasions.
This Parisian bistro-inspired catchall tray is perfect for specs, keys, and jewelry—don’t be surprised if she asks you where you bought it so she can grab a few more.
Fancy coffee is one thing, but how about fancy hot chocolate? This blend, crafted in Napa, California, will make for a really lovely treat.
11. Palais des Thés Signature Tea Blends, $21
To make your mom feel like French royalty.
12. Sunflower Garden Grow Kit, $12
If you usually send a bouquet, switch it up this year with a grow-your-own sunflower kit that includes seeds for six heirloom varieties and easy-to-follow instructions.
13. Fellow Carter Travel Mug, $30
This gorgeously designed mug will keep drinks hot for 12 hours, and cold for up to 24.
14. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $22
Beauty lovers swear by this overnight mask to help prevent cracked, chapped lips.
15. French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler, $39.95
This doubles as a vase, or a chic place to stash cooking utensils.
16. Piecework Modern Jigsaw Puzzles, $26
If your mom has taken up jigsaw puzzles during the pandemic, these food and booze designs will be a fun surprise. Pair it with actual snacks for a double whammy.
17. Lululemon Uplifting Scrunchie, $8
If your mom has a habit of “borrowing” your scrunchies, send her one of her very own.
Perfect for weekend breakfasts at home.
19. A Little Tea Book: All the Essentials from Leaf to Cup by Sebastian Beckwith and Caroline Paul,
If your mom’s a tea enthusiast, this book will be a massive hit. For bonus points, get one for yourself so you can compare notes.
20. Blooming Lollipops, $20
Instant candy gratification and long-term florals.
21. Bee’s Wrap Reusable Food Wraps, $18-$46
Help mom green her kitchen with reusable food wraps to keep her bread and vegetables and cheese fresh without plastic. It might even mean more snacks-to-go for you.
22. Women’s Tri-Block Ankle Socks, $12.50
It’s an undeniable fact that a good pair of socks are, in fact, a fantastic gift because no one ever buys nice ones for themselves.
23. Five Two Silicone Baking Mat, $15
If your mom is still fussing around with parchment paper and tinfoil, gift her this multipurpose silicone mat for all her baking needs.
Leave it to Moleskine to create low-key perfect notebooks for scribbling in everyday musings. There’s one here for your mom’s recipes as well—that you will steal later, naturally.
Because moms are gonna mom, which means worrying about everything from if you’ve eaten dinner to if you’re wearing enough layers in the winter.
26. Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap, $21.99
Surely we all deserve some nice soap after using harsh hand sanitizers that smell like rubbing alcohol.
27. Five Two Wool Dryer Balls, $36-$70
Because your family’s miracle worker needs a few miracle workers of her own. Go on, make laundry day easier, eco-friendlier, and just plain happier.
28. Bushwick Kitchen Salted Honey, Set of 2, $27.99
This is the condiment mom didn’t know she needed.
Is there anything moms love more than baskets? This set of hand-woven seagrass baskets is perfect for storing little items around the house.