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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Get more great Mother’s Day gift ideas and more tips, tricks, and recipes for impressing your mom.
And check out our sister sites’ picks too:
- CNET’s 15 favorite Mother’s Day gifts
- GameSpot’s Mother’s Day gaming and tech gifts
- ET’s Mother’s Day gift guide
- ZDNet’s Mother’s Day tech and gadget gifts
- Rachael Ray’s last-minute virtual Mother’s Day gifts
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