Does your mom love it when you get creative or is she a stickler for tradition? I found 28 fabulous presents—all under $100—to suit every mom, whether she likes sparkle or the spa.
Mom’s One Line a Day Journal ($14.40) at Calendars.com
She’s probably too busy to keep a proper journal, but this book’s format allows her to enter something as brief as a single thought or as much as a paragraph each day for up to five years. Life goes by so quickly that she’ll appreciate having this keepsake to help her remember those small moments.
Chef’n Sleekstor Large VeggiSteam ($15.93) at Amazon
Anyone who loves to cook, especially a mom on a health kick, will love this silicone steamer, which comes in bright green or pink. It’s so practical and easy to use that it will immediately go into heavy rotation.
Scosche magicMOUNT Vehicle Mount ($18.99) at Office Depot
The mom who reads recipes off a tablet or phone will adore this magnetic mounting system because it provides a safe spot to place and view her device. The kit comes with two slim, adhesive metal plates (one for phones and one for tablets) and one extra-powerful magnet with an adhesive back that will stick just about anywhere, from the fridge to the backsplash.
Ask Dad Funny Pillow Cushion Case ($13.61) at Etsy
Don’t bother her with questions. Ask Dad! The pillow is so soft and luxurious-feeling that Mom might just give it a permanent spot on the couch.
Provisions Candles ($22) at Paddywax
I love a multifunctional gift! These candles, which are available in lemon coconut, salted caramel and strawberry balsamic, will fill Mom’s home with a scrumptious scent, and when it has burned to the bottom, she can repurpose the stylish jar.
Mitscoots Mother’s Day Mix ($24) at Mitscoots
So I’m kind of obsessed with these socks. As cute in person as they look in this photo, they fit nicely and feel darn good. Two bonuses: Mitscoots employs the homeless to package the socks at its Austin, Texas, headquarters, and for every pair purchased, the company donates a pair to someone in need.
AAA Emergency Road Assistance Kit ($24.56) at Amazon
You never know when your mom might find herself stuck on the road. This 42-piece kit has everything she needs, including a flashlight with batteries, rain poncho, jumper cables, first aid supplies, fuses and even a drop cloth. These things are good for her to have on hand, but if she’s not the type to get her hands dirty, maybe just get her a AAA membership. Either way, you can worry a little less!
Divoom Bluetune-bean V2 ($24.90) at Amazon
A deceptively little gift that does a lot, this cute, colorful speaker delivers a big sound, streaming her favorite tunes via Bluetooth from any smart device. It also features a carabiner clip, a remote shutter for taking selfies and a speakerphone, so she can answer calls hands-free.
Eyn Smartphone Case ($24.99 and up) at Eyn
If she’s prone to dashing out the door with just her phone in hand, this gift will be a lifesaver. The case, which is available in several pretty colors and patterns, protects her device but also has a secret compartment in the back with a mirror and a clip for a credit card, some cash and even a spare house key. Also, when the handy trap door is open, it serves as a kickstand so she can watch videos from her desk or nightstand. The case can also be customized with any number of playful designs like peace signs and hearts.
Satechi Waterproof Tablet Series ($24.99) at Amazon
If she likes to multitask poolside—or even in the pool—make sure her beloved device is protected. These surprisingly slim cases keep her iPad or Kindle Paperwhite dry in water up to 20 feet deep, so she’ll totally be fine in a floating lounge chair! The clear front panel gives her full access to the touch screen and camera, and the front cover folds down to function as a stand for easy viewing.
H2O Plus Sea Salt Therapy Skincare Gift Set ($29.50) at Kohl’s
We all need a spa day, but who has the time? This five-piece set contains all the goodies she needs to treat herself at home: body wash, skin smoother, body butter, body gloss and hand-and-nail cream.
Element: Stretch, Release & Restore Yoga Kit ($29.98) at Amazon
If a good stretch is more her speed or she has repetitive stress issues, this DVD will guide her through an invigorating program of yoga and tension relief with the enclosed massage ball.
Whole Trade Flowers (starting at $29.99 per dozen) at Whole Foods stores
If you’re going the tried-and-true route with flowers, aim for something a little different, and give her a bouquet of gorgeous, ethically sourced, fair-trade roses from Ecuador. Pick up a bunch at your local Whole Foods.
Mario Badescu Skin Care Kits ($30–$40) at UIta
These kits from Mario Badescu, one of my favorite skin care brands, make great gifts! They contain all the basics, including cleanser, toner and moisturizer, and they are available for a variety of skin care concerns and types, from brightening to combo/oily, so there’s something for every mom.
Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio ($45) at Sephora
Does she always want to be on-trend? Contouring, which is the process of creating the appearance of facial definition, like higher cheekbones or a sculpted jaw, with makeup, is all the rage. With the three creamy crayons and easy-to-follow instructions she’ll create a more youthful, angular look in no time. Her friends will wonder what she “had done”!
Greatest MOM Petite Caramel Apple Gift Set ($39.99) at Mrs. Prindable’s
Looking for a sweet treat that’s a bit unique? She’ll adore the four individual pink gift boxes proclaiming “Greatest M-O-M,” but it’s what’s inside that will really blow her away. The mouthwatering set contains two triple-chocolate petite apples and two milk chocolate–walnut petite apples, and I’m sorry to say that she will not want to share.
Arwen Scarf ($40) at Prana
A nice change from the standard pashmina, this 100 percent fair-trade-certified cotton striped scarf with raw-edge fringe is casually chic and comfortable. It’s available in Cool Green and Vivid Viola patterns.
Raise Them Pillow ($42.50) at Evelyn Hope
For the sentimental sort, this pretty pillow has heartfelt statements on both sides, and its neutral tones make it a tasteful addition for any living room or bedroom. The pins pictured on the pillows cost an additional $34.95, by the way.
1974 Sterling Silver and 18k Lilly Post Earrings ($39) at Amazon
If your mom is in need of a go-to pair of studs, your search stops here. I received a pair of these recently, and I wear them to death. They are sterling silver with an 18-karat-gold pistil, so they can be worn with silver or gold jewelry.
Robin’s Egg Necklace ($49) at Ten Thousand Villages
Flaunting the perfect pop of color for spring, this necklace features blue ceramic beads strung with brass wire. The necklace is lovingly handmade by artisans of the Jacaranda Workshop, which provides training and employment to mentally handicapped adults in Nairobi, Kenya.
Black & Decker Lean Green Prep Machine ($44.85) at Walmart
I love this little kitchen gadget! The food-prep attachment has four different blades (which are stored inside) to shred, slice and chop, and the frozen-dessert attachment uses an auger to blend her favorite fruits or sweets for a delectable cold treat. She’ll wonder what she ever did without it.
Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit ($49.99) at Staples
Every crafty mom needs one of these! With this clever gadget, she can personalize gift ribbons, party favors, bookmarks, place settings—the list goes on. The portable printer comes in its own carrying case and includes two ribbon cartridges to get her started. It requires six triple-A batteries, or it can be used with an AC adapter (not included).
Juara Radiance Vitality Oil ($65) at DermStore
You’ve probably been reading about how good facial oils are for the skin, and this one from Juara is truly fabulous. It softens lines, nourishes, hydrates, brightens and firms with the help of essential oils like candlenut, coconut, macadamia, avocado and jojoba. The elegant packaging and amazing fragrance will enhance the spa-like experience during the morning and night.
I See Myself in You Pendant ($65) at Uncommon Goods
One of my favorite indie jewelry designers, Andrea Panico of Pico Design, created this lovely gem for Uncommon Goods. I love the cleverness, the sentiment and the all-over coolness of this necklace.
Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Tote/Backpack ($59.99) at Shoebuy
This ultra-functional gift is a tote, an even roomier tote and a backpack all in one! Your mom can use it for everything from a trip to the farmers market to a day on the hiking trail, and she will cherish the water-resistant fabric, moisture-wicking straps and the handy pockets. Plus, it packs down into a small pouch, so she can take it on trips with no added bulk. It’s available in black, blue and green.
Boll & Branch Cableknit Throw ($115 but see coupon below!) at Boll & Branch
If she doesn’t have a soft, cozy throw to snuggle up with on the couch, snag one of these for her. It’s slightly oversize to provide full cover and is available in five beautiful, neutral tones. The fair-trade blanket is made ethically in India out of 100 percent certified-organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes. It comes in a tasteful storage box with a ribbon, so all you need is the card!
Jennifer Adams Essentials Collection Luxury Robe ($98) at Jennifer Adams Home
Don’t let her lounge around in her ratty old robe for even one more day. This incredibly luxurious fleece and microfiber robe will make her feel like a queen, even when she’s relaxing in her pj’s on a Saturday night. It was designed for high-end spas and hotels, and it feels that way. It’s available in ivory and gray.
Le Creuset Peruh Tea Kettle Set ($99.95) at Wayfair.com
Sick of looking at that drab old teakettle every time you visit? Cheer things up with this colorful, whistling 1.7-quart kettle-and-mug set from Le Creuset. It’s available in six colors like this lovely teal as well as yellow and red.