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Mother’s Day in the time of coronavirus is probably not going to be what you’re used to, but you can still treat the most important woman in your life to a gift she’ll love. Don’t forget to Skype her too, of course; a virtual hug is better than none at all. As for the other present, these chic gifts will please any mom with expensive tastes—without maxing out your credit card.

Yes, you need to make a big deal over Mother’s Day even if you can’t be together this year; quarantine isn’t a reason to “keep it chill.” Make sure to call your mom and maybe send her flowers, and definitely think about an affordable mother’s day gift that isn’t just a bottle of wine (homemade gifts are acceptable if you’re actually good at baking). 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 pearly vases that scream “special day.” Put some thought into all the other ways you can show mom you care—we’ve got your backs on the gifts that have nothing to do with jewelry, a book, or for heaven’s sake, cleaning supplies.

W&P Design Metal Porter Straws, 4 for $18 at Sur La Table

W&P Design Metal Porter Straws

Sur La Table

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

Gold Rimmed Pink Glass Cake Stand, $19.99-$24.99 at World Market

World Market Gold Rimmed Pink Glass Cake Stand

World Market

For the mom who knows pastel 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

The White Company Milford Carafe, $29 at Nordstrom

The White Company Milford Carafe


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

White Ruffle 11-Inch Serving Bowl, $24.95 at Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel White Ruffle 11-Inch Serving Bowl

Crate & Barrel

Elegantly 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

Indigo Shibori Hand Dyed Cloth Napkins, Set of 4 for $29.99 on Etsy

Etsy Indigo Shibori Hand Dyed Cloth Napkins

Flatland Alpacas/Etsy

We love the grown-up tie-dye look of these napkins. They’re coordinated without being too perfectly matchy and lend a pop of color to any table.Buy Now

Thada Vase, $20-$34 at Anthropologie

Anthropologie vases


No matter which of these three designs you choose, it will be a standout centerpiece that’ll do half the work for mom’s next dinner party tablescape. Add flowers—buy a big bouquet of hydrangeas—and you’re done.Buy Now

Fox Run Gray Marble Lazy Susan, $26.99 at Kohl’s

marble lazy susan


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 $30.)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

Printemps Serving Platter, $38 at Anthropologie

Anthropologie Home Seasonally Good Oval Platter


Garden party dinners call for appropriate serving pieces. This delicate floral patterned platter fits the bill but doesn’t try to compete with Mother Nature.Buy Now

A Mano Confetti Spoon Rest, $26 at West Elm

West Elm A Mano Confetti Spoon Rest

West Elm

For the mom whose stovetop is never quite clean enough—this cute and colorful spoon rest will add some pretty pop to her already sparkling kitchen surfaces.Buy Now

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