25 Affordable Gifts for Mothers Who Say They Don't Want Anything

But they actually do (you know it).

March  4, 2020
Photo by Mark Weinberg

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Moms are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. It’s objectively true that the vast majority of moms “don’t want anything” for mother’s day, maybe just “spending time together” if possible along with some kind of heartfelt card, but given all the work they did to keep us alive into adulthood, they definitely deserve a gift. Since you know mom doesn’t want you to spend too much, here are 21 options under $30.

1. Great Jones Holy Sheet, $25

This half-size sheet pan has a special nonstick coating for all manner of oven successes.

2. Mepal Veggie & Fruit Travel Cup. , $26

This is a much more sustainable (and chic) snack storage than plastic zip-up bags—and how cute is the mini fork, too?

Photo by Rocky Luten

3. Mark & Graham Iris Catchall Tray, $19

Add a monogram to this eyeglasses-shaped catchall, perfect for reading specs or jewelry.

4. 212 Everything Dish, $24

This will work with literally any other tableware designs your mom may own.

5. Palais des Thés Signature Tea Blends, $21

To make your mom feel like French royalty.

Photo by Rocky Luten

6. Asakuki Essential Oil Diffuser, $29

This essential-oil-diffuser-meets-humidifier is both thoughtful and stylish.

7. Jonathan Adler Bird Salt and Pepper Set, $24

These matte lovebirds are charming, but modern.

8. Fellow Carter Travel Mug, $30

This gorgeously designed mug will keep drinks hot for 12 hours, and cold for up to 24

Photo by Ty Mecham

9. Modern Sprout Hydroponic Plant Kit, $25

For growing basil, mint, or chamomile.

10. Moonlit Skincare 'Let Me Sleep' Sleeping Eye Mask, $19

For the mom who does not want to be disturbed.

11. French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler, $30

This doubles as a vase, or a chic place to stash cooking utensils.

Photo by Ty Mecham

12. Marram Dip-Dyed Market Bag, $24

Ideal for puttering around the farmers’ market.

13. All I Need Travel Scarf, $30

For the mom who is always cold in the car.

14. Silicone Bagel Maker Kit, $28

Buy the necessary ingredients, too, and try your hand at making bagels together.

Photo by Rocky Luten

15. White Porcelain Coupe Divided Serving Platter, $18

A nice option if your mom loves to entertain.

16. Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup, $29

Perfect for weekend breakfasts at home.

Photo by Mark Weinberg

17. Magnolia Table, Volume 2, $21

Surprise your mom by pre-ordering Joanna Gaines’ newest offering.

18. Blooming Lollipops, $20

Instant candy gratification and long-term florals.

19. Reusable Silicone Food Savers, $26

An excellent alternative to plastic wrap.

Photo by Rocky Luten

20. Printworks Night 500-Piece Puzzle, $25

If it’s time to up your mom’s puzzle game.

21. Dog Person Dish Towel, $17

Ideal if the family dog is actually your mother’s favorite child.

22. Mini Porcelain Vase Trio, $25

A cluster of these baby vases creates an instant centerpiece when your mom has surprise guests.

Photo by Rocky Luten

What are you getting your mom for Mother's Day this year? Let us know in the comments!

23. Mini Preserved Bouquet, $16

We've sung the praises of dried florals before, and it's mostly because they last and last and last. Mom will love looking at a reminder of you every day.

24. Patchology Rejuvenating Eye Gels, $15

Because mom surely needs some under-eye hydration with all staying up all night worrying about you she does.

25. Hedgehog Heating & Cooling Pad, $29

A heating pad that's just a little cuter, to make aches or pains just a little better.

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