With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s easy to feel pressured into giving back to the moms in our lives by way of a grand gesture or extravagant gift. But you don’t need to break the bank to treat mom to something she’ll truly love!
From funky socks to photo books, here are nine inexpensive (but thoughtful!) Mother’s Day gifts to inspire you this year.
1. a homemade photo book will display all of her favorite, treasured memories.
Busy moms don’t always have the time to go through the process of printing photo books, but they’d certainly appreciate being surprised by a curated gift that highlights all of her happiest moments. There are many affordable online services that give you all the tools and templates to create a custom photo book that only *feels* expensive.
2. something sweet to sip will help her “wine” down after a long, busy day.
If Mom’s into vino, consider picking up a bottle of one of her favorites to help her relax and unwind. Bottles that sell for less than $30 can be just as delicious as more expensive options. In our area of California, for instance, where wine is a major industry, you can spend about $14 and get an award-winning local wine. If you don’t have a specific label in mind, read reviews or ask for advice at your local wine shop.
3. she’ll love a soothing candle in a fragrance that reminds her of her favorite place.
When it comes to gift-giving, people often take candles for granted. With so many sophisticated looking and smelling candles out there nowadays, they truly make a wonderful and sentimental gift. Did mom grow up in Florida? Get her a citrus scent that smells like summer sunshine. Does she absolutely love visiting the rose garden a couple of towns over? Pick a sophisticated rose-inspired fragrance that she’ll be able to enjoy for months to come.
4. give her the gift of everything she needs for a relaxing at-home spa day.
A trip to the spa can be expensive for you and too time-consuming for mom. Instead, why not put together a gift basket of spa day essentials so that she can use them whenever she wants? Consider including bath salts, a face mask, lotion in her favorite scent, a luxurious hair towel and a few nail polish options.
5. something completely fun ... like some temporary tattoos!
Moms work hard. Let’s help them let loose instead! One of our silliest, coolest products is these hilariously joyful temporary tattoos from a company called Tattly. They last a week or two, and they come in lots of awesome patterns, from pretty florals to goofy monsters to cute foods! They’re pure fun, and that’s what Mom deserves on her day off! Or if the mom on your shopping list doesn’t seem like the tat type, consider some of our other new non-sock items. We have lots of good stuff from jewelry to stationery to sarcastic oven mitts. Check it all out here.
6. get her favorite coffee blend or an assortment of teas, along with a travel mug so she can have her caffeine fix on the go.
Some moms need a jolt of caffeine energy to help them tackle their busy days. If yours has a favorite blend of coffee or type of tea, consider gifting her some more packs to add to her stash. Include a travel mug in a cute print — or even with her initials — so she’s prepared to go wherever life takes her next.
7. treat her to a sound night’s sleep with a silk pillowcase and eye mask.
Silky smooth pillowcases aren’t just for comfort. They also help your skin and hair retain their natural oils while you’re sleeping. A silk pillowcase and eye mask are a little luxury that the moms in your life will surely enjoy. They’ll help them make the most of the limited hours they actually get to sleep.
8. brighten up her day and her space with a lush, green houseplant.
We’re obsessed with great plants these days! Houseplants have been shown to help clean and purify indoor air, and they can also really make a space feel brighter and more cheerful! Succulents are affordable houseplant options that come in many shapes and sizes, as are snake plants and lucky bamboo. You could also consider a faux version in a cute planter if mom already has enough to take care of at home!
9. gift her with something fun and functional, like cute socks to match her style.
More than anyone else, moms appreciate the value of a practical gift. Mom socks make perfect gifts because of the sheer variety of options there are out there. From a bold pair of women’s knee high socks for the mom who sits on the sidelines when it’s cold, to a sassy pattern that cracks up all those scandalous moms out there, to some cute no-shows for the mom who likes to keep her fun side a little secret, every mom is unique, but socks are the one true unifier!
Mothers are smart, resilient, strong and comforting. They make us laugh and dry our tears. They’re up early in the morning and late at night, working hard and tackling projects that make the lives of those around them a little easier and brighter. Even if they do only get one day dedicated to their efforts, the gift of our gratitude lasts a lifetime.