Mom deserves a break… or at least a token of appreciation when Mother’s Day arrives on Sunday. We’ve already rounded up some gift ideas that we’re sure will make great gifts for moms of all kinds, but with this mini gift guide, we’re focusing on budget-friendly ideas that are just as smart.
Some affordable gifts highlighted below include a one-of-a-kind phone case adorned with Japanese decoden-style embellishments, an inexpensive fitness tracker, and even an adorable recipe book of cat-inspired cookies and cakes. Even if you normally only treat your mom to a fancy day-of-day brunch or dinner, showing up with one of these little gifts can help make her Mother’s Day one to remember.
Obviously it’s going to be hard right now to order something that will arrive in time for the upcoming holiday, but even if one of these gifts is late, rest assured it will be worth it.
The best Mother’s Day gifts under $50
It’s hard to keep a pretty plant like an orchid alive for long, and if Mom doesn’t have the greenest fingers, the Lego version makes for a more enjoyable experience – one that will never sour for lack of water. The 608-piece set takes a few hours to build, including the cute pot for mom to show off her new plant.
Apple Air Tag
Mothers often have too many things to worry about, so a little help tracking down a set of keys or a bag will go a long way. Luckily, if your mom has an iPhone or iPad, an AirTag is a handy, inexpensive gift that makes it easy for her to keep an eye on her most important possessions.
Aeropress original coffee maker
Making a whole jug of coffee is overkill if you only need one good cup for yourself. The AeroPress is a simple manual brewer that makes a great cup of black stuff or up to three espressos even when you’re away from home. They are also great for camping and other forms of travel, especially if you hate the tar usually served in hotels.
Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Power Bank 2.5K
If your mom owns a MagSafe-compatible iPhone, a magnetic power bank is a great everyday charging accessory. The 2,500 mAh Belkin BoostCharge is good for small to medium top-ups, and it’s compact enough to fit easily in a purse or bag. The best part is that your mom doesn’t have to worry about lugging a cable around — she just needs to tape it to the back of her phone and go.
A fun board game about growing plants
Table games are no longer about buying old-fashioned real estate or complex dungeon crawls, at least not all of them. In Planted, two to five players compete for the best collection of houseplants. It’s easy to learn, family-friendly, and filled with zen vibes. And if you can’t keep a mistletoe cactus alive in real life, at least you can pretend here.
Gold Leaf Soft Touch Gloves
For moms with real green fingers, buy them the best gloves. The Gold Leaf garden gloves are the same ones trusted by the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain and the pro gardeners of Buckingham Palace. They’re a nice reminder that Mom needs to feel chic and appreciated, even when she gets dirty in the yard.
Coowoz large travel backpack
A stylish and functional backpack is a must for travel. Coowoz’s lightweight package comes in a range of pleasing colors and offers plenty of space, including a 14-inch laptop. The interior is roomy enough to also store clothes and even has a separate shoe compartment, which can be a deciding factor if you’re considering checking in a bag or staying with your carry-on.
StylusHome pencil for iPads
A second-generation Apple Pencil is a great, if pricey, accessory for an iPad user, but it’s a bit overkill if you just want to take notes by hand or draw fun doodles. This third-party stylus alternative from StylusHome offers most of the Apple Pencil experience with only minor sacrifices in the software integration department.
A cute decoden style phone case
Phones are pretty much designed to go into cases these days, and few options are as adorable as those dripping with decoden aesthetics. “Decoden” is derived from “decorated” and “denwa” (Japanese for “phone”), and while cases with excessive amounts of kawaii tchotchkes can block conveniences like wireless charging, they’re just so much fun.
Madewell MWL Keeta sports sunglasses
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy quality sunglasses with exquisite style. The Keeta Sport sunglasses from Madewell’s MWL athleisure line are light enough to wear on a casual run or bike ride and sleek enough for a spring afternoon on the town.
Amazfit band 7
Amazfit’s Band 7 is a great fitness tracker that captures the essentials for just $50. It has a nice OLED display, a comfortable design and up to two weeks of battery life (or just under a week if you use the always-on display). Try hitting those numbers with an Apple Watch.
An igloo cooler straight out of the 90s
Whoa, that’s a full tubular cooler, umm… Mom. This endearing igloo is big enough to store lunches and drinks on the beach, along with groceries on the way home, making it a great everyday helper. It will hold up to 36 cans of what I assume is supposed to be Mountain Dew. You know, to go with the vibe.
The best Mother’s Day gifts under $25
Cushiony Feather Slide Sandals
A comfortable pair of sandals is a small boon during the warmer months of the year, and Cushionaire’s Feather Slides provide nearly two inches of support. Your mom will both feel comfortable And long while wearing them, so really, it’s a win-win situation.
The Great British Baking Show: baking for all seasons
Is mom more of a Paul Hollywood or Prue Leith? (I hope for your sake it’s the latter.) Anyway, whatever Great British Bake Off fan can not do without this recipe book, which collects a wide variety of baking. It’s also the kind of gift you can give all year round, as the recipes take into account seasonal ingredients inspired by nature.
Anker 313 Magnetic Wireless Charger (with USB-C Adapter)
A magnetic charger is a convenient way to charge a newer MagSafe-compatible iPhone overnight. Even when you’re exhausted, all you have to do is drop your phone on it and let the magnets snap it into place. Anker’s 313 charger may not offer the fastest speeds, but it is relatively affordable and has a long built-in cable.
Apple Arcade subscription ($4.99 per month)
There are plenty of great mobile games you can get into with an Apple Arcade subscription, including Pocket Card Jockey: Drive On! And Monument Valley 2+. However, one of the best parts about the service is that Mom never has to worry about annoying ads or predatory microtransactions. The only downside is that the only way to gift it is with a standard Apple gift card.
Bake me a cat
Bake me a cat is a cake and cookie recipe book that captures the essence of author Kim-Joy’s quirky and adorable baking style. You don’t need a Bake fan to enjoy the recipes, art, and photos in this book, as long as mom is a fan of cats, candy, and some sweet kitties.
AmorArc mugs for cats and dogs
Dog and cat moms, we see you too. The matching set of AmorArc ceramic mugs make a fun gift for any pet owner, especially since each oversized vessel can hold up to 22 ounces of liquid.
E-Senior Foldable Water Bottle
You need to stay hydrated, and a collapsible bottle is one of the easiest ways to do that no matter where you are. E-Senior’s adorable milk carton-style bottle holds up to 20 ounces of water and when empty, rolls up to fit easily in your purse or bag.
Kodak M35 film camera
Everyone can (and should) appreciate the charm of analog photography with an easy-to-use camera. The Kodak M35 is a bit like a classic 35mm disposable camera that is reusable, one that comes in a whole range of vibrant colors. It may not produce the sharpest photos, but the beauty is in the process and the small imperfections.
Amazon smart plug
Does your mom hate it when you leave a certain light on? Do yourself a favor and buy an Amazon Smart Plug. The handy device allows her to make that light — or any device — smart, so she can set it on a timer or turn it off remotely with a phone or tablet.
Stars above cotton mesh top
Comfort is key. If your mom likes to spend time relaxing at home, a gift of casual comfort that still looks fashionable might be just what you’re looking for. This cotton gauze top from Stars Above is perfect for those quiet spring or summer days (however rare they may be).
A foldable, washable picnic blanket
Whether it’s for a beach day or a picnic in the park, these foldable blankets are perfect for lounging or dining al fresco on a nice day. It fits a few adults and small children, and the waterproof material makes it easy to wash away messes. In addition, the extra large blankets are nice and small to fold, complete with carrying handle.
The edge Mug
Your mom is cool and hip. The edge is cool and hip (we swear). So just imagine how cool and hip your mom will look sipping from one of these sweet mugs. The mug is also microwave and dishwasher safe and comes in orange, yellow and pink.
Substandard parks started as a light-hearted Instagram account that used quotes from bad national park reviews as inspiration for cheeky tourist-style illustrations. However, now you can view them in a beautiful coffee table book. The beautiful art, which depicts famous institutions like Yellowstone and Yosemite, is combined with hilarious real-world reviews such as, “Save yourself some money, boil some water at home.”