25 Small & Budget-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s time to finalize plans for a Mother’s Day gift. The task can seem daunting, especially if you don’t have a large budget or if your mother always buys herself what she wants. Even so, there are plenty of ways to get creative and find meaningful small gifts for mom. Think outside of the box and seek out unique gift ideas that your loved one would probably never think of on their own. Whether your mom is a wellness fanatic or a homebody who likes to spend their days in the garden, there is something for everybody. Our gift guide was designed to provide gift ideas for every age and area of interest.

 

Here are 25 Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2022

 

1. A Photo Album

Photo albums are the perfect way to any loved one’s heart. You can opt for a simple photo album filled with pictures of your family, or you can take a creative approach. For example, you could find photos that represent family memories and include a little story about that moment alongside the photos.

2. Harney & Sons Mother’s Day Tea

If your mom loves a nice warm cup of tea to end her day, you can’t go wrong with this caffeine-free tea from Harney & Sons. Every time she opens the beautiful decorative tin, she’ll be greeted by the smell of chamomile, oranges and rose petals and reminded of how special she is to you.

3. Yogalicious Leggings

These leggings are known for being comfy and flattering. You can choose from more than ten colors to fit into any wardrobe. Best of all, the leggings come in two different lengths, so there’s no need to worry about them being too long or too short.

4. Paperless Towels

For the minimalist in your life, a thoughtful Etsy gift that promotes sustainability can be a great choice. These reusable towels are handmade and machine washable. You can choose between bleached, unbleached and organic unbleached fabric, as well as a variety of colors for the perfect gift.

5. A Scalp Massager

One of the best things about getting a haircut is the scalp massage, right? Now you can give your mom the gift of a scalp massage from the comfort of home with this inexpensive tool. The scalp massager can help mom destress after a long day as well as allow her to exfoliate her scalp for a better clean.

6. A Milk Frother

An inexpensive gift like the milk frother can help your mom save money, too. With this frother, your loved one can recreate her favorite drinks (or make up new ones) in her cherished coffee mug.

7. Edible Flower Seeds

If your mom has a green thumb, this unique gift from Uncommon Goods might be just the thing she didn’t even know she was looking for. This set of organic seeds can not only add some new plants to her life but also provide some new garnishes for her favorite meals or cocktails.

8. Skinny Mesh Bracelet Band for Apple Watch

For the mom who owns every popular gadget already, a new accessory can add some new life to her everyday essentials. This Apple watch band from The Posh Tech can elevate the look of this accessory so Mom can wear it from the grocery store to a nice restaurant and everywhere in between.

9. DIY Gifts

DIY gifts can be the perfect keepsake for any holiday. There’s really no limit to the options here. You can make this homemade aromatherapy spray to bring a spa-like experience right to your mom’s living room. Or if you need something for the kids to do, have them create this picture frame craft to give to your mother and mother-in-law.

10. Mother’s Day Gift Box

Looking for a great gift that will allow the mom in your life to pamper herself? These gift boxes (available on Etsy) provide everything they need for a relaxing day at home. There are a few options to choose from based on the scents that you think she’ll love the most. Some boxes include an eye mask, a pillow spray infused with essential oils and an all-natural floral bath soak. Others include fuzzy socks, botanical facial steam and a soft shawl. No matter which you choose, you can’t go wrong.

11. A Monogram Wine Tumbler

You know what’s better than a monogram water bottle? A monogram wine tumbler! These steel wine glasses come with a lid and is vacuum insulated to keep her drinks cold. You can customize just about everything with this gift, including the color of the wine tumbler, the initials or names and the monogram design.

12. Bombs and Bubbles Subscription Box

Whether you’re shopping for new moms or the mom who’s been in your life forever, if she loves to take baths, this subscription box is the perfect gift. This box has a different theme each month and comes with three to six full-size bath bombs and bubbles. All of the products are vegan, cruelty-free and handmade. If you’re a last-minute gift-giver, you can even print out a little gift note to let the mom in your life know that their present is on its way!

13. A Rose Gold Birthstone Bracelet

Personalized gifts don’t always have to include names. This unique present will let the mom in your life keep her children close by incorporating their birthstones into her everyday attire. The bracelet is made-to-order, so it may take some time to arrive, but it will be worth it.

14. An Essential Oil Diffuser

An essential oil diffuser is a great gift for the mom who likes to promote a calming home environment. The diffuser is quiet and delivers a consistent fine and cool mist to keep the humidity level in the home just right. Best of all, this gift is inexpensive but adds a calming vibe to any room.

15. A Gift Set From Sephora

For the mom who likes to try something new, a gift set from Sephora could be just what they need. There are several gift sets to choose from, but the Hello! — Beauty Hall of Fame set provides a great value for a small cost. It includes six trial sizes of Sephora’s best-selling makeup, skincare, hair care and perfume products. The set also includes a reusable bag and a 15% off voucher that can be used to purchase a full-size item of any trial size in the set!

16. Strawberry Shortcake Truffles From Milk Bar

Whether your mom is a New York native or not, if she likes sweets, she’s going to like Milk Bar. These strawberry shortcake truffles are a new item from the bakery, but you can’t go wrong with any of the treats available.

17. Silk Pillowcase

Pampering isn’t just for the waking hours. Silk pillowcases are beneficial for several reasons and can keep the moms in your life comfortable all night long. These pillowcases are naturally hypoallergenic and can help prevent the buildup of dust mites and other allergens. They are also believed to benefit your skin and hair, unlike traditional cotton pillowcases.

18. A Personalized Tote Bag

A reusable tote is the perfect practical gift for the mom who insists that she doesn’t need anything. These tote bags from Etsy come in different color-blocking patterns to match any style. You can also personalize the tote by adding your mom’s name or any other text that you’d like to the bag.

19. The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook

Plant-based diets are on the rise, and spring is the perfect time to start experimenting with new recipes. This cookbook is an equally great gift for your grandma, your best friend or anyone else you want to celebrate this Mother’s Day.

20. Healthier Together: The Deck

If you like to give unique gifts, how about a card deck that is meant to start thought-provoking conversations? This gift is a great way to connect and learn more about the moms in your life and allow them to do the same with others. Questions in the deck include those about mental and physical wellness, money and love. There are also hypothetical questions and questions about growing up that can help families bond over the way their relationships have helped shape their lives.

21. Clever Fox Budget Planner

Whether the mom in your life is a professional planner or needs a little bit of help organizing their thoughts, this budget planner can be a lifesaver. It can help set and track financial goals, monthly budgets, savings and debts. The planner comes in more than 20 colors and has dozens of stickers, a pocket for receipts and more.

22. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

This popular lip balm provides hydration as well as a pop of color, making it a great multi-use product for anyone to keep in their bag. The balm can also be used on chapped elbows and knees to help reduce irritation and dryness.

23. Oster Electric Wine Opener

Let your mom toss her corkscrews aside and enjoy a much easier way to pop open her favorite bottle of wine. This gift is also great for people who suffer from arthritis or hand pain because it allows you to open a bottle with just the push of a button. The wine opener is rechargeable and sleek enough to sit on the counter or get tucked away in a cabinet. It also comes with a foil cutter to remove seals. And since this gift is probably sitting on the shelf in your local Target store, you can stop in and pick it up on the way to Mother’s Day brunch!

24. Supergoop! Handscreen

Just about any hand cream is useful for relieving dry skin, but this hand cream takes it one step further by adding sun protection to the mix. The Supergoop! Handscreen includes SPF 40 to protect one of the most sun-sensitive spots on the body. It also includes antioxidants and natural oils to help improve skin texture. This hand cream comes in a 1.0 fl. oz. size, making it the perfect item to slip into a beach bag or to keep in mom’s everyday bag.

25. A Gift Card to Her Favorite Store

When all else fails, there’s nothing wrong with a gift card! Purchasing a gift card to your mom’s favorite store can be a thoughtful gift because it shows that you know what stores she loves. Plus, it eliminates the stress of choosing the right scent, shade or color of whatever you’re buying. Give mom the gift of picking out her new favorite item!

 

Mother’s Day is a beautiful time of year, and the perfect day to celebrate the moms in your life. We all know that quality time is the best gift of all, but it doesn’t hurt to buy mom something special to show her your appreciation. There are more than enough good Mother’s Day gifts under $25 to satisfy just about any personality. Any item on this gift guide can be great as a standalone gift, or if you want to do a little more, you can combine several into a gift basket. No matter what your family looks like, the RISE team hopes that your Mother’s Day is full of love and laughter.

 

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