Mother’s Day gifts don’t have to be extravagant or expensive to be wonderful — something I’m very appreciative of considering the price of everything from groceries, to gas, to how many kids are we putting through college? In fact, my favorite Mother’s Day gifts will always be the DIY gifts that my kids make. But that isn’t to say there aren’t some incredibly wonderful, affordable Mother’s Day gifts you can buy as well.
I’ve tracked down more than two dozen amazingly thoughtful, special, and creative Mother’s Day gifts, all under $25.
Every one of these Mother’s Day gifts is guaranteed to put a smile on her face — and for more ideas, don’t forget to look at our suggestions for our favorite self-care gifts for moms or the subscription gift boxes for moms, which allow you to spread out your spending over the year
Just don’t forget a card. That’s mandatory! – Liz, with Christina
25 special Mother’s Day gifts under $25
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This post has been updated for 2022
Custom digital illustration
photo by Whitney White on Etsy
A custom portrait for under $25 may sound too good to be true, but the many amazing reviews at Tamerswork’s Etsy page say otherwise. I love how expressive and detailed these digital prints look. And once you have the digital file, just print it on your own and frame for a really special Mother’s Day gift. (Note the price is based on the number of figures in the photo.)
90-minute flower arranging class
$25, Uncommon Goods
Give mom some beautiful time to herself on Mother’s Day that includes learning flower arranging from expert floral artist, Nsombi Woodson. Pair this online class with some fresh-cut local flowers in her favorite colors or a gorgeous new ceramic vase (white goes with everything). This way, she can be ready to start arranging.
Super Mom coffee mug
$20, Rifle Paper Company
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… your mom! Love that so many different moms are represented around this colorful mug that makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift under $25. For an extra few bucks, include some of her favorite coffee beans to fill it up.
A lightweight linen scar for springf
$18.99, Jeelow on Etsy
This lightweight, versatile linen scarf in one of four neutral colors is the perfect wrap for dinner al fresco or when a shop’s air conditioning is cranked up a little too high. It’s also perfect for travelers — I tucked one right in my bag to carry around Italy to cover my shoulders every time we entered a church!
All About My Mom photo book
$15.99 for a limited time, Pinhole Press
Just like those adorable “about my mom” papers that come home from school with the kid, but so much nicer since this is an actual photo book with pictures. But don’t stop with mom: there’s also a custom All About My Grandma book.
A monogrammed locket necklace
$15 on sale, Bauble Bar
I never would have dreamed we’d find such a lovely piece of jewelry to share in a guide to Mother’s Day Gifts under $25, but this is stunning and so special. Add your own tiny photo for a keepsake gift she’ll treasure.
Faux fur slippers
$14.99, Pottery Barn
Featured in our post about 20 of our favorite self-care gifts for moms and grandmas, you can grab these soft and luxurious slippers while they are on super sale! These slippers are so affordable, that you may want to throw in a faux fur trimmed robe — so many styles to choose from, and also at great prices right now. And yes, we’d wear them all four seasons.
Fleur de Sel and Jules of Paris caramels
$24.95 for medium box, Sweet Jules
A box of these luscious caramels, all hand-poured in Minnesota, are the perfect sweet treat for mom this year. Especially since we all deserve some extra self-care after the past few years and, yes, caramels definitely count!
A bottle of bubbly
$24.99, Black Girl Magic
Kick off Mother’s Day brunch at home with a bit of bubbly, like this tasty Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut blend from McBride Sisters. You not only get a delicious toast, but you’re supporting the largest Black-owned, women-owned wine company in the U.S.
(Also check stock at Drizzly, if you’d like to have a bottle delivered.)
After years of worrying about our kids’ physical, mental, and emotional health, this ode to a mother’s protective and comforting role is so meaningful. Take it from us: even if your kids are way past the bedtime story phase, this will still be a special gift…especially if your teens write a personal note to mom inside the cover.
Find even more special Mother’s Day book gift ideas here.
What Would Dolly Do? bracelet
$24, Draper James
I know I would appreciate seeing this little reminder on my wrist during the day. Because we all know that what Dolly would do is to take the high road, always. Also check out our post on 12 wonderful Dolly Parton gifts for the Dolly fans in your life. — you might find a Mother’s Day gift under $25 or two to include with this pretty bracelet.
Pocket Spa Self-Care Box
$24, Sweetgum Botanicals on Etsy
Taking time to take care of ourselves is always hard for us moms, so a gift that gives her a chance to relax is really special — if only because it lets her know that you see how hard she works. So let her lock those bathroom doors, light an awesome candle, pour a glass of wine or sparkling water, with a slice of fresh cucumber, spa-style, and give her that ahhhhh moment she’s been needing.
Tea & Honey Gift Set
$23.50, The Honeydew Drop
Created entirely by women in Florida, this rare Tupelo honey is harvested in the Apalachicola swamplands in the Panhandle during only a few weeks in the spring each year — and 10% gives back to an organization that trains beekeepers throughout the Caribbean. The gift set comes paired with a container of orange blossom green tea, making is such a special Mother’s Day gift under $25.
A magazine subscription — digital or in print
Prices vary, Amazon
If she’s a fan of architecture, design, sports, movies, or pop culture, there’s a magazine out there for her. Our own moms would love hard copies arriving in the mailbox each month.
Calm Sleep Mist
I know I could use some help calming down at night so I’d be thrilled to receive this lovely-smelling sleep mist to usher in sweet dreams. Now, if only this could guarantee the kids wouldn’t get out of bed so early. . .
DIY Mother’s Day Cookie Medal
free tutorial, Paging Supermom
All you need for this DIY Mother’s Day gift are a few basic materials and some homemade chocolate chip cookies, of course. Bonus? You’ll have lots of extra cookies to share!
Custom birth month flower necklace
$20.92+, Life Prints Products
We love personalized Mother’s Day gifts, and this custom birth month flower necklace is so different and special. It really stands out. This artist on Etsy also offers lovely personalized bracelets, most under $25 as well.
Handprint heart t-shirt
$10.20+, Dreamy Tees
We believe in a world that can be kinder, more inclusive, and filled with love. This beautiful handprint tee from Dreamy Tees is the statement we want to be making — and makes for a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift under $25.
Garden gloves and soap set
$24, Uncommon Goods
If she likes to garden, these pretty floral gloves will help protect her hands while she’s digging in the dirt. The accompanying gardener’s hand soap makes it a really nice Mother’s Day gift under $25; and it will last longer than a bouquet, too.
Fruit infuser water bottle
Help her stay hydrated with this clever fruit infuser water bottle that she can fill with berries or citrus for an even more refreshing drink. Love that this is bottle is stainless steel too: Easy to keep clean and it won’t take on any of the flavors of the fruits inside.
CLEAN roll-on fragrance set
Perfume is a classic Mother’s Day gift under $25, but it’s sometimes hard to choose the right one. Fortunately you get more than one in this set — they’re made for layering. Plus, they’re formulated from safe ingredients.
Milk Bar assorted cookie tin
$24, MilkBar Store
Personally, I’d go for an entire tin of their famous Compost Cookies, but an assortment gives her more options to love.
Eco-friendly, convertible utensils kit and lunch bag
$21.08, VIS Paradise Goods
If she’s an eco-conscious mom, she’ll love this compact, portable, stylish kit made for grabbing takeout for lunch or road trip fare. It even includes chopsticks and a straw — and converts to a large shopping bag so that she can carry her lunch right with all those utensils.
Just Between Us: Conversation cards for the whole family
These conversation cards are great way to bring everyone closer — or get to know Mom better. Give her this Mother’s Day gift after you cook brunch or dinner for the family and gather everyone around the table to eat together. Or, start written conversations in a pretty shared journal between Mom and her kids.
Mom Tattoo Soft enamel pin
$10, Fishcake Design
So she can wear it on her sleeve. Or lapel. Or handbag.