32 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $25 (Even Though Mom Is Priceless)
Checked coasters, pasta pot holders, and more.
Updated May 4, 2023 12:40 PM
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From the time you were too little to write your own name on a card, your mom probably stressed ahead of Mother’s Day that “it’s the thought, not the price, that counts.” We kept that sentiment in mind when compiling our list of under-$25 goodies, including fancy-feeling tabletop finds, delicious food and drink presents, and just-because jewels. These affordable yet thoughtful gift ideas are lovely treats for any maternal figure in your life.
For the mom whose idea of a good time is getting her hands dirty in the garden, these handmade leather work gloves will keep her digits safe from prickly stems. Available in two shades (a buttery yellow and rich olive) and three sizes, they’re much more stylish (and will fit far better) than a random pair from the hardware store.
Tablecloths can enter splurgy territory fast. Opt for a few of these cheerful H&M Home placemats instead (the retailer is who we turn to for all kinds of cool budget buys). Available in a dusty dark rose, each two-pack is a combination of cotton and hemp, and the design features a fun fringe detail.
In need of more tabletop ideas? These chunky taper candleholders will bring a modern edge to the next family dinner. At just $8 a pop, grab a couple in a matching shade or mix and match for “a l’il pizzazz,” as one reviewer so aptly writes.
Forget overpriced eye creams and spring for Patchology’s cannabis-seed-oil–infused gel mask instead. Reviewers rave that they stick like glue and simultaneously moisturize for a glowy look. Your mom can choose whether to slap them on and multitask or sit back and relax for the 15 minutes it takes to work their magic. Hot tip: Have her pop them in the fridge first for an extra-cooling sensation.
Pick up this luxurious pillowcase for Mom while it’s priced at a steal. Made with 100% mulberry silk and sold in a variety of colors, it’s one of our favorites for skin and hair.
Squiggly silicone for the win. Molly Baz just dropped a ton of new product at Crate & Barrel, but this sculptural trivet takes the Mother’s Day gift cake. For less than $20, she can set this statement-maker on the stove or lean it on a counter to add a bit of decorative flair to the kitchen. And unlike a fancy-schmancy William and Mary hot plate, this one is safe to stick in the dishwasher after holding a saucy one-pot meal.
As adorable to look at as it will be to serve up petite puddings and cakes. If your budget doesn’t allow for a Dutch oven, gift Mom Le Creuset’s mini cocotte in the brand-new shallot colorway—a soft, milky shade of purple inspired by the root vegetable it is named after.
This forged iron opener offers entertaining moms a weighty tool that has vintage appeal; it’s sleek enough to become a permanent fixture on any bar cart.
Treat your mom like the queen she is with this clay pot from Tuscany, inspired by those first made at the Royal Danish Palace in 1860. Frost resistant and punctured with a drainage hole, it will instantly make her greenery—whether an indoor herb garden or an outdoor floral arrangement—look regal.
We all know how devastating a water ring can be—hence the importance of a solid coaster. Tap these recycled propylene checks to add a (protective) pop of color to your mom’s coffee table.
Lipstick can be fussy, especially if your mom is a makeup-in-the-car type. Merit’s hydrating tinted lip oil will be a welcome improvement to her daily routine.
If your mom would rather be on a beach somewhere, this oyster-shaped dish will always serve up the right summer vibe.
The humble fish spatula is actually a multifaceted tool in disguise—one any cook can appreciate. Yes, it can pick up and flip her favorite piece of salmon, but it can also act as a slotted spoon, vegetable turner, and impromptu whisk.
The most organized mom will appreciate these oversize brass clips. Whether she wants to flag recipes or collect sewing patterns—or just likes to know exactly where she is in her planner—they’ll delight her.
These stainless steel and acrylic salad servers come with their own giftable wood tray—all you have to do is add a big flouncy bow. The gray color squeaks in just under $25, while the turquoise set is a few dollars more.
This set of exclusive–to–MoMA Design Store glasses from Bodum is just an insanely good deal. The translucent amber and green colors are timeless, as is the ribbed borosilicate glass. If your mom loves to host brunch or just needs a water glass refresh, this is a fabulous (and affordable) gift.
We love Machete’s hair products, which are made from Italian acetate and come in all kinds of sizes and patterns. The mini claw’s chunky design is taking us all the way back to the ’90s, and she can toss it in her bag for days on the go.
Table-worthy kitchen tools are always a welcome gift, whether they’ll just look nice on countertops or indeed make the trek across the room to a dinner party. This durable cruet from Hawkins New York has delightful design details, including a drip catcher, and is made of high-quality glass.
If she has a sense of humor and loves a bowl of pasta, your mom will likely be delighted by these farfalle-shaped pot holders.
People can make jokes all they want that a candle is a basic gift, but we’re thoroughly in the pro camp. Whether she wants to burn a few of these small sculptures at the table or just place one among other knickknacks, we know she’ll love it.
This chic little tin will outlive its original use of ferrying sea salt caramel and orange chocolate to your mom—we guarantee she’ll save it to store trinkets, recipe cards, matchboxes, or whatever else she keeps around that needs corralling.
This set of two napkin rings will bring a bouquet to her table in beaded form. Pick up a couple boxes or pair them with napkins for an extra-full gift bag.
Tinned fish continues to steal hearts and space on snack trays, so why not give her conservas a tiny home? The Jose Gourmet dish is adorned with a fancy finned friend and should fit most regular-size tins. What’s not to love?
Maybe your mom doesn’t know who Emma Chamberlain is, but that’s not really necessary in order to enjoy the organic matcha from her line, Chamberlain Coffee. The small tin size belies how far the product stretches—she can probably get nearly 15 drinks out of one.
This tea’s name speaks for itself. Rose petals, chamomile flowers, cornflowers, and orange peel are found in the caffeine-free herbal blend. Gift her the decorative tin, which includes 30 sachets, with a mug that’s sure to become her new favorite.
If she moved into a new place or just needs to cleanse a corner of her home where a plant died, this sage stick from Sageful will do the trick.
This charming cup, dressed in painterly green stripes, is sure to spark joy during every snack session.
Made of glazed porcelain, this scalloped Kassatex tray can be tapped as a cute catchall for her nightly skin-care products or her favorite baubles.
Who doesn’t enjoy a bite of chocolate every now and then? From bean to bar, every aspect of Raaka’s best-selling trio is totally traceable, down to the factory in Brooklyn where the treats are made in small batches.
Featherlight yet durable, this glass cup offers the best of both worlds. If Mom likes her morning cup very hot, she can safely stick this mug in the microwave. On the flip side, if she takes her coffee with a couple of ice cubes, it won’t sweat either.
We never met a check we didn’t like. Share the pattern love with your mom in the form of these Portugal-made socks to keep her toes cozy for a night in or out.
Mom might swear off drip and paper filters for good after she takes her first sip of full-bodied coffee brewed by this personal French press. The baby blue accents make it even cuter.