Appreciating Mom and the myriad ways she has made your life better shouldn’t require a holiday, but Mother’s Day is a great time to show your eternal gratitude—especially if you haven’t celebrated her enough throughout the year. From the time you were too little to even write your own name, Mom probably stressed, “it’s the thought, not the price, that counts.” We compiled this list of 13 goodies with that idea in mind. From a sweet book about motherhood to a sumptuous hand cream, these affordable yet considerate items are lovely treats for the mom (or moms) in your life. Bonus points if your choice is delivered in person: The greatest gift to Mom is face time, not FaceTime.
Sputnik Vase
Mom might have accumulated a multitude of traditional flower vases over the years, but she probably doesn’t have anything quite like this little vase. It’s perfect for buds, a few blooms, or even some enthusiastically collected dandelions. The “Sputnik” is futuristic yet playful; it’ll look great on a windowsill or on her desk as a sweet little reminder of your affections.

HomArt Sputnik Glass Vase, $11.99

Shea Butter Hand Cream
Hand cream may seem like an uninspired present for the woman who helped raise you, but this luxurious shea butter-based version is a step up from most drugstore moisturizers. It’s also one of those items she can always use and might be something she wouldn’t typically splurge on for herself. The tuberose scent is lovely and fragrant, while the funky print (and attractive accompanying box) is pretty enough to remain on the countertop. If Mom isn’t fond of roses, try neroli or marine scented.

The Soap & Paper Factory Tuberose Hand Cream, $18.49

Brass Tray
A handcrafted round brass tray is an ideal way to infuse a little glam into Mom’s bathroom counter, dressing area, or jewelry drawer. The funky hammered triangle design adds distinctive texture. Whether Mom uses it to corral rings, coins, or bobby pins, the tray will be a shiny reminder of you whenever she spies it. If it’s in the budget, complete the set with other sizes.

Jayson Home Kasbah Brass Round Tray, $17.99

Like My Mother Always Said
Mom may not always know best, but the older we get, we find that she was accurate on many more subjects than we once thought. Reading this book is sure to provide a laugh as well as some fond memories of the oft-repeated words of wisdom shared between mothers and children for generations.

Abrams Books Like My Mother Always Said…, $14.99

Organic Rose Lip Polish
Moms are similar to fine wine: They continue to improve with age. Unfortunately, we all tend to lose moisture and accrue fine lines over time. Cult classic line French Girl Organics’ beloved Rose Lip Polish will help smooth out dry and wrinkled lips—leaving a supple and plump pucker behind. This organic and vegan lip saver features soothing shea and cocoa butter as well as mint and rose geranium essential oils.

French Girl Organics Rose Lip Polish, $14.99

Best Friend Charm
If you are lucky enough to have a mom who is also your best friend, this brass charm is the perfect gift. Split it into two, and add one half to each of your key rings—or put them on chains to create bracelets or necklaces.

Found My Animal Best Friends Charm, $17.99

Tea Towel
What Mom (or person in general) wouldn’t love a sweet tea towel wrapped around a loaf of quick bread? Whether you make the baked sweet inside yourself or purchase it from your favorite bakery, this combo is affordable, always appreciated, and the perfect balance between a treat that can be devoured in the moment and a useful keepsake. This sylvan-themed tea towel is hand block printed with non-toxic ink and is soft and absorbent. We also like this cheerful one.

PATTERN & Posy Forest Block Printed 100% Cotton Flour Sack Towel, $19.99

Inspirational Artwork
This sweet message is always relevant—no matter the age or stage. For moms in the thick of parenting little ones, it’s a great reminder to enjoy the present and focus on the positive. For empty nesters, it serves as inspiration to grow and change with newfound freedom. The gold foil lettering provides a gorgeous contrast to the crisp, classic white background.

The Pink Orange Live Happily Artwork, $24.99

Candle Holder Set
Since these hand-crafted aluminum candle holders come in a set of three, Mom can even repurpose one or two to serve as a beautiful gathering place for pens, pencils, and scissors or even to hold straws or silverware at a party. Should she choose to use them all for their intended purpose, she’ll find that the hammered patterns give off a soft and inviting light.

Brilliant Imports Aluminum Candle Holder Set, $18.99

Salad Servers
Salad days just got a whole lot more vibrant with this set of cheery melamine servers. Vibrant and durable, the servers are BPA-free, scratch and shatter resistant, and dishwasher safe. Whether Mom is making a salad for one, two, or twenty, simple greens and toppings will never look more festive and enticing.

French Bull Ziggy Salad Server – Set of 2, $24

Oil and Vinegar Duo
Even if you can’t whisk Mom away on a trip to Tuscany or Napa, you can still honor her love for the finer things on Mother’s Day with a beautiful and functional gift. This hand-blown cruet features a glass grape cluster inside the larger chamber. Fill the grapes with balsamic vinegar and the rest of the carafe with olive oil for a fun, clever, and useful kitchen accessory that will proudly claim countertop space.

True Brands True 6.75″ Grape Oil And Vinegar Set, $16.18

Cook Yourself Young
Most Moms, especially those with picky eaters, rotate through a tried-and-true (but often tired) list of favorite meals for their families. This cookbook will encourage the moms in your life to diversify mealtime and embrace healthy, delicious food that will benefit everyone. After all, who wouldn’t want to lose the fatigue, boost their immune system, and feel younger? With 100 recipes (including many vegan and raw options), Cook Yourself Young provides the recipes and techniques for healthier living and was created by a naturopath and master herbalist. More energy means more time to play with kids or grandkids.

Chronicle Books Cook Yourself Young, $22.99

A Mother Is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood
What a beautiful way to honor and celebrate Mother’s Day with this thoughtful and sensitive collection of quotes and illustrations. Samantha Hahn created whimsical watercolors alongside wise and observant words from well-known writers, artists, and activists. The result is a gorgeous, compact book that will make moms of any age nod knowingly, reflect, and feel all the feels.

Abrams Books A Mother Is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood, $19.99

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