The Best Mother's Day Gifts Under $50

by Krystal Rogers-Nelson
Apr 26, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. ET
The Best Mother's Day Gifts Under $50
Image: Gaia Guy, Mythologie, Lula's Garden, Drishti Handmade/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’ve been wracking your brain trying to think of the perfect mom gifts that you can actually  afford, don’t worry — we’ve got you. Ahead, you'll find our short list of gifts she'll truly appreciate, all under 50 bucks. 

From an elegant desktop garden and fantastic facial oils to a hand-curated monthly beauty subscription box and a scratch map she can proudly display to show off her travel adventures, this list has something for every mom — and for everyone shopping for mom on a budget. Whether your favorite matriarch deserves to be adorned in jewelry, admired with words or just wants you to do something nice for her, make sure to choose a gift that fits her style — and hey, while you're at it, why not take into account her love language  too?

Here are fun gift ideas to show all those moms just how much you care without maxing out your credit card in the process. 


1 /10: A Surprisingly Satisfying Map

1/10 :A Surprisingly Satisfying Map

Scratch ticket-meets-pushpin travel map in this one-of-a-kind gift that will give your wanderlusting mom a new way to humblebrag about all of her trips. This delicately handcrafted watercolor scratch map allows her to mark all the states or countries she’s visited by scratching through a golden finish to uncover vibrant hues on a handwritten map of the U.S. or the world.

Watercolor scratch map; $27.99 – $29.99 at Kuuly’s/Etsy.

2 /10: The Most Festive Nails Ever

$50 Spa Gift Card
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2/10 :The Most Festive Nails Ever

For $50, you’ll be shooting for a mani or pedi rather than a facial or a massage — but why not throw some fun nail art in there? You can even both go to a day spa that includes other amenities, like a hot tub, sauna, steam room or tea lounge to extend the R&R experience. If you can find one with a salt cave, definitely book it. 

Spa gift card, $50 at Spafinder

3 /10: A Houseplant That’s Hard to Kill

Succulent Jewel Garden
Image: Lula’s Garden

3/10 :A Houseplant That’s Hard to Kill

Succulents don't need much water to thrive and grow, and they’re so irresistible. Give your mom a darling little jewel garden with a burst of color to brighten her day and her windowsill. This one includes a care kit.

Jewel garden, $35 at Lula’s Garden

4 /10: Stylish Sunnies

Bamboo Sunglasses
Image: Gaia Guy

4/10 :Stylish Sunnies

Make sure your mom is ready for summer with these chic, classic wayfarer-style bamboo sunglasses from Gaia Guy. Did we mention they’re made out of bamboo? That means they're recyclable, biodegradable, nontoxic and hypoallergenic. And you can’t beat this price.

Bamboo sunglasses $19.99 at Gaia Guy

5 /10: Just-Expensive-Enough Jewelry

5/10 :Just-Expensive-Enough Jewelry

If your mom appreciates the beauty and mystique of Mother Nature, she’ll love one of these handmade opal rings. Each opal stone is different, and traditionally opal is said to give courage, creativity and confidence. What mom doesn’t need more of those?

Opal ring, $49.50 at Drishti Handmade/Etsy

6 /10: Beauty in a Box

Birchbox 3-month subscription
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6/10 :Beauty in a Box

If your mom isn't yet on the subscription-box bandwagon, Birchbox is a great place to start. This company sends you a hand-tailored selection of makeup and body care products every month based on your beauty profile. Get your mom a three-month subscription to try it out.

Three-month beauty box subscription, $30 at Birchbox

7 /10: Mini Mobile Power

Mini External Battery Power Station
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7/10 :Mini Mobile Power

Does your mom have a hard time keeping her cell phone charged? Does she never remember to plug it in? And/or does she plug it in but, like, not all the way into the wall so it never actually gets the charge? Is your mom us?? This mini external battery power station in rose gold is a great choice for charging on the go.

Mini external battery power station, $39.99 at Amazon

8 /10: Marlon Bundo, Duh

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
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8/10 :Marlon Bundo, Duh

If your mom is a John Oliver fan, a Trump/Pence non-fan and/or a just plain nice human being, then A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is a must-have. It’s an adorable children’s book that advocates for LGBTQ rights — yep, starring VP Mike Pence's apparently gay pet bunny — with a message of tolerance and love. Plus,100 percent of the proceeds go to The Trevor Project and AIDS United. It’s worth it to get the audiobook version too, which features the voices of Jim Parsons, Ellie Kemper and RuPaul, among others. 

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo hardcover book, $11.91 on AmazonA Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo audiobook, $0 with trial subscription at Audible 

9 /10: The Perfect Antidote to Airplane Air

Mythologie Skincare Travel Size Facial Oils
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9/10 :The Perfect Antidote to Airplane Air

If you've got a jet-setting nomad mom on your hands, you probably don't need to buy her luggage tags (oh, she's got 'em) or houseplants (is she even home long enough to keep them alive?!). What you can do, though, is set her up for silky skin both in-flight and on the ground with Mythologie's travel-size facial oils. The blends of wild-crafted and organic cold-pressed active botanical oils come in three editions: toning, antiaging and rejuvenating. And they all smell like heaven, even at 30,000 feet. 

Mythologie facial oils, $17 at Mythologie

10 /10: The Prettiest Travel Guide Out There

Best Mother's Day Gifts Under $50: Paris In Stride Travel Guidebook
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10/10 :The Prettiest Travel Guide Out There

And speaking of travel moms, if you've got a Francophile on your hands, there's no better gift than the latest — and hands-down prettiest — guidebook from Rizzoli, Paris in Stride. Paris locals (and American expats) Sarah Moroz and Jessie Kanelos Weiner teamed up to create this illustrated gem of a walking guide to the City of Lights, complete with wit, watercolor maps and plenty of je ne sais quoi.

Paris in Stride, $20.75 at Amazon