20 Thoughtful Gifts for Mom That Are Under $25

Your mom is there for you every day — Mother's Day is your day to be there for her. Shower her with a little extra love with one of these sweet (but budget-savvy) gifts.

May 02, 2018

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby, Styling by Jill Tennant Anderson

The Star of Her Own Story

Give her the gift of memories with this five-year journal. Beautifully decorated with elegant watercolor flowers and foil-stamped lettering, the book is designed to record a moment each day. It's a lovely way to reflect on the everyday and the every extraordinary. BUY IT: Terrain, $16.95

Storage Gets Sparkly

Storing her go-to necklaces in plain sight isn't only an easy way to pretty up her bedroom, it's also a necessity for fashionistas on the run who need to grab just-the-right finishing touch before heading out to conquer the day. BUY IT: Umbra, $25

Take a Picture. It'll Last Longer

Whether she needs a chronicle of your latest trip to Europe, beautiful photos of the two of you together or something to show off pics of grandbabies (or grandpuppies), design a book for mom of your favorite Instagram photos. The smaller size is perfect for stowing away in her bag or the larger one will find a place of honor on her bookshelf. BUY IT: Artifact Uprising, $15 and up

A Little Help in the Kitchen

For the mom who loves making a meal just as much for herself as for a crowd, gift her a new cookbook chocked full of yummy recipes. Not only is this second cookbook from How Sweet Eats' Jessica Merchant full of delicious food, it also has party ideas (complete with playlists!) and beauty DIYs, like face masks and lip balm — a fun way for mom to pamper herself. BUY IT: Amazon, $19.49

Plant Some Salsa

What's better than chips and salsa? Nothing. Except salsa that comes fresh from your own garden. This package of seed bombs allows mom to plant everything she needs to make that delicious combination of tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and basil. BUY IT: lovebybean at Etsy, $19.95

Blooming Stationary

Of course, there's no mama out there that'll turn her nose up at some Rifle Paper Co. love. Restock her notecard inventory with an assorted collection of botanical prints that are perfect for every letter-writing occasion. BUY IT: Rifle Paper Co., $16

Initial Here

The best gifts come in little packages. Dress her neck with a personal hand-stamped initial necklace, available in rose gold, silver or gold. Get a single disc with her own monogram or multiple discs with each child's first letter for her to wear as a symbol of motherhood. BUY IT: CoCoWagnerJewlery at Etsy, $16.90 and up

Indulge Her Inner Chocoholic

Truth be told, there's a little chocoholic in all of us, right?! Make it easier for mom to get her fix with this playful ceramic server that separates the two camps of chocolate mania — dark and milk — and comes with a handy vintage-inspired scoop. BUY IT: Mudpie, $22.50

Fuel Her Get Up 'n' Go

Upgrade her morning coffee or afternoon tea with a new travel mug. Delicate blossoms pair with a sky-blue lid for a stylish design that's sure to put a little pep in her step. BUY IT: Kate Spade New York, $18

A New Take on Home Brew

If mom can't decide between pouring herself a glass of wine or a mug of coffee, gift her the best of both worlds with these 100% Arabica beans that are aged in oak wine barrels for a smooth coffee kick with the fresh berry notes of red wine — but without the boozy after-effects. BUY IT: Uncommon Goods, $20

Help Her Green Up Her Thumb

Who says you can’t get water from a stone? Make from hand-blown glass, each 'stone' holds 7 ounces of water that slowly irrigates parched plants over the course of 3-4 days. Ideal for ensuring veggies or flowering plants stay hydrated when you’re traveling, these little stones (each box comes with a pair) are designed to unobtrusively blend in with your garden. BUY IT: Kikkerland, $19

The Only Manual You Need

From how to boil eggs to where to plant your azalea bush, mom is almost always our first call. This zipper pouch is a reminder of that very sentiment and a handy addition for her everyday purse or travel bag. Plus, she'll appreciate a little extra organization. BUY IT: Paper Source, $9.95

A Breath of Fresh Air

Plant a pretty flower in one of these hand-painted terracotta pots to bring instant life and color to her home. And if mom doesn't have a green thumb, try a succulent or cactus to add a hard-working little air cleaner to her space without the upkeep. BUY IT: Anthropologie, $8 and up

Freshen Up With Flowers

Make her kitchen bloom with one of these lovely tea towels that feature a graphic dandelion print that has been artfully hand screen-printed onto durable 100-percent cotton. BUY IT: LuluandLuca at Etsy, $15

Scents of the Library

Step into the worlds of notable authors with candles inspired by their work and featuring a favorite quote. Fill your mom's home with exquisite fragrances that get their notes from Louisa May Alcott, William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. BUY IT: Paddywax, $8 and up

Help Her Never Forget to Organize

This little pachyderm packs in a lot of storage space to keep mom's desktop stylishly organized. Sit him on a table or desktop to store bills, notes or cards or tap a nail through the elephant’s mesh backing to create a wall-mounted storage pocket where the elephant’s trunk becomes a handy key ring holder. Steel construction with a baked enamel finish ensures a durable design. BUY IT: Kikkerland, $22.50

Weed and Maintenance Free

Remind her how much she means to you with a tiny but adorable ceramic planter. The little succulent looks like the real thing but is super easy to care for since it's faux. BUY IT: Francescas, $12

Help Her Sip in Style

Mom can chill out with her favorite cocktail or mocktail in this handcrafted cutie that's a playful addition to her home bar. The stainless steel liner keeps cold drinks cold, while the copper plating will take on a beautiful patina over time. BUY IT: Pier 1, $19.95

Flowers That Won't Fade

Gift flowers that'll last longer than a week; the sweet scent from this set of lavender sachets will actually last up to two years. Twill tape loops allow her to hang the sachets on door knobs and drawer pulls to bring luxurious aroma to her home. BUY IT: Food52, $18

Make Her Smile

Give mom a little chuckle with this irreverent coaster set that'll keep tabletops moisture- and damage-free while encouraging a smile. BUY IT: Ellembee Home, $20 for the set

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