By Elly Leavitt and Marni Fogelson

Published on April 24, 2018

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Illustration by Phuong nguyen

Appreciating Mom and the myriad ways she has made your life better shouldn’t require a holiday, but Mother’s Day is a great time to show your eternal gratitude—especially if you haven’t celebrated her enough throughout the year. From the time you were too little to even write your own name, Mom probably stressed, “It’s the thought, not the price, that counts.” We compiled this list of goodies with that idea in mind. From an indulgent box of goodies to a sumptuous hand cream, these affordable yet considerate items are lovely treats for the mom (or moms) in your life. Bonus points if your choice is delivered in person: The greatest gift to Mom is face time, not FaceTime.

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Trinket Dish

Another fun accessory, this trinket dish will make an irreverent addition to a dresser or jewelry display. Plus, how cute is this fox?

Imm Living Fox Head Trinket Dish, $21.99

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Queen Keytag

I mean, it’s not wrong. Give mom this playful key tag, which truly shows how much she means to you.

Various Keytags Queen Tag, $15

 
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Green Bookend

A stylish addition to any bookshelf, these agate bookends are a gorgeous accent piece in their own right. Whether or not she actually uses them to prop up books is immaterial; they can function just as well as decorative accents.

West Elm Agate Bookend in “Green”, $24

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Photography by Birchrose + Co

Bath Soak

This Mother’s Day, give the gift of relaxation with a calming bath soak. Pamper mom with this blend of detoxifying and muscle soothing minerals. It’s a small way to recreate that at-home spa experience any stressed out parent will definitely love.

Birchrose + Co Bath Soak in “Coconut + Hibiscus”, $17.99 

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Marble Party Plates

Is your mom always the host for big family get-togethers? Get her these chic marble plates, ideal for appetizers. At under $6, they’re perfect to include alongside other aperitivo essentials, like her favorite cheese or small bites and maybe even a bottle of wine.

Harlow & Grey Marble Hexagon Small Party Plates, set of 8, $5.95

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Chocolate Lover Macaron Box

The best gift to give is one you can eat. That said, if your cooking skills leave little to be desired, it may be best not to risk food poisoning of any kind and instead go with a safe and sure-to-please sweet treat, like this set of chocolate macarons.

Dana’s Bakery Chocolate Lover Macaron Box, $29.99

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Spicy Honey

If Mom’s a foodie, you need to get her this honey. It’s sure to become a pantry staple, updating even the most basic of dishes with a spicy kick. Made by infusing chili peppers in Hudson Valley, it’s the perfect addition to vinaigrettes or marinades.

Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Spicy Honey, $13.99

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Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask

Help your mom give her skin a little TLC with this natural clay mask. Exfoliating and nourishing thanks to ingredients chosen “for a therapeutic reason,”  it’s a great gift that will really show you care.

Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask, $21.99

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Coral Stationery

Is there ever such thing as too much stationery? This classic design makes for quite the sophisticated way to correspond; it’s a useful gift that any recipient, parental or not, is sure to appreciate.

Love. Luck. Kisses & Cake Stationery Set in “Coral”, $9.99

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Tapas Serving Pieces

The subdued hues on these pretty serving utensils are an easy way to add a pop of color to any tablescape—something your mom will love if she’s an avid entertainer.

Royal Doulton Tapas Serving Pieces, set of 4, $19.99

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Photography by birchrose + co. 

Relaxing Mist

It is a well known fact that pretty much no one stresses as much as mothers do, so help yours be more zen (well, as zen as genetically possible) with this soothing mist meant to promote restful sleep.

Birchrose + Co Aura Mist in “Slumber”, $17.99

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Photography by Soap & Paper Factory

Hand Cream

The pretty packaging is only one reason why you need to buy this hand cream. The orange blossom-scented shea butter is moisturizing and soothing, while the smaller size is perfect for popping into a purse and using on the go.

Soap & Paper Factory Neroli Hand Cream, $18.49

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Best Friend Charm

If you are lucky enough to have a mom who is also your best friend, this brass charm is the perfect gift. Split it into two, and add one half to each of your key rings—or put them on chains to create bracelets or necklaces.

Found My Animal Best Friends Charm, $17.99

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Tea Towel

What Mom (or person in general) wouldn’t love a sweet tea towel wrapped around a loaf of quick bread? Whether you make the baked sweet inside yourself or purchase it from your favorite bakery, this combo is affordable, always appreciated, and the perfect balance between a treat that can be devoured in the moment and a useful keepsake. This sylvan-themed tea towel is hand block printed with non-toxic ink and is soft and absorbent. We also like this cheerful one.

PATTERN & Posy Forest Block Printed 100% Cotton Flour Sack Towel, $19.99

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Photography by THE PINK ORANGE

Inspirational Artwork

This sweet message is always relevant—no matter the age or stage. For moms in the thick of parenting little ones, it’s a great reminder to enjoy the present and focus on the positive. For empty nesters, it serves as inspiration to grow and change with newfound freedom. The gold foil lettering provides a gorgeous contrast to the crisp, classic white background.

The Pink Orange Live Happily Artwork, $24.99

This story was originally published April 23 2017. It was updated April 24 2018.

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