Target pink glass pitcher
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Yes, you need to make a big deal over Mother’s Day or be prepared to deal with the wrath that will surely ensue if you “keep it chill” this year. Make mom’s favorite pancakes and a pot of coffee or tea, buy the perfect flowers, and definitely think about an affordable mother’s day gift that isn’t just a bottle of wine (and don’t even think about homemade gifts). Thankfully, we are living in the golden age of high design that comes cheap—without looking like it. Affordable Mother Day’s gifts are out there and with a little extra digging (which we’ve done for you) there are loads of design-minded home goods for under $40 that she’ll associate with you—her favorite child—every time she glimpses it.

That’s why we rounded up these 10 perfect gift ideas that will be bound to make memories—from an endlessly useful (and elegant) marble lazy Susan, to a terrazzo vase that screams “special day.” Concentrate on the pancakes and breakfast in bed—we’ve got your backs on the gifts that have nothing to do with jewelry, a book, or for heaven’s sake, cleaning supplies.

Glass Drinking Straws, $9.98 on Amazon

Amazon colorful glass straws


There’s no better way to celebrate the elimination of single-use plastic straws than with a rainbow of glass straws. We can hear the clinking glassware now.Buy Now

Jadeite Scalloped Cake Stand, $39.96 on Sur la Table (originally $50)

For the mom who knows Jadeite never goes out of style, this is a great gift. Plus, maybe she’ll make more cakes of which you’ll absolutely have to taste test for, you know, quality control.Buy Now

Glass Beverage Pitcher, $12.99 on Target

Target pink glass pitcher


Kick cocktail hour up a notch. Summer drinks will taste that much better when poured from this delicate pitcher. Here are a few fun tropical ideas for what to put in it.Buy Now

Stoneware Pedestal Serve Bowl Cream, $24.99 on Target

Target Magnolia ceramic pedestal bowl


Scalloped edges instantly elevate ordinary serveware. Bonus: this is one of those great gifts that looks expensive but can be used on the regs without fear of wearing it out.Buy Now

Shibori-Dyed Cocktail Napkins, Set of 4 for $24 on Food52

Food 52 shibori napkins

Food 52

We love the grown-up tie-dye look of these napkins. Any cocktail enthusiast will be keen to give her concoctions this hand-dyed backdrop.Buy Now

Now House by Jonathan Adler Terrazzo Hourglass Vase, $38 on Amazon

Jonathan Adler modern vase on Amazon


This standout centerpiece will do half the work for your next dinner party tablescape. Add flowers—buy a big bouquet of hydrangeas—and you’re done.Buy Now

White Marble Lazy Susan, $16.99 on World Market

World Market white lazy Susan

World Market

Multitasking moms will love this fun workhorse gift: This lazy susan is a counter or table organizer and a serving piece. Plus it’s got major design points. (You don’t have to mention it was a great buy under $20.)Buy Now

Uni Candlestick, $38 on Food52

Food 52 modern abstract candlestick

Food 52

An unexpectedly elegant sconce that can be dressed up or down. Trust us, this candlestick has range. It will add design interest to plain tablescapes, or a touch of simplicity to more elaborate ones.Buy Now

Purple Watercolor Tie Dye Placemats, Set of 4 for $19.96 on World Market

World Market purple watercolor tie dye placemat

World Market

Twilight dinners call for sunset-hued placemats. Time for mum to start planning a garden party.Buy Now

White Terrazzo Spoon Rest, $11.99 on Macy’s (originally $34)

Macy's white terrazzo marble spoon rest


For the mom whose stovetop is never quite clean enough—this terrazzo spoon rest will add some pretty matte trim to her already sparkling kitchen surfaces.Buy Now

Get more Mother’s Day gift ideas and tips and tricks for impressing your mom.

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