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 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.
Maker Vase
This chic vase is super elegant in its simplicity. A contemporary leather strap is the only embellishment needed to elevate this piece and add some interest; though at the same time, it won’t detract from whatever assortment of fresh blooms it houses.

Jayson Home Maker Vase, $23.99

Spicy Honey
If Mom’s a foodie, you need to get her this honey. It’s sure to become a pantry staple, updating even the most basic of dishes with a spicy kick. Made by infusing chili peppers in Hudson Valley, it’s the perfect addition to vinaigrettes or marinades.

Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Spicy Honey, $13.99

Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask
Help your mom give her skin a little TLC with this natural clay mask. Exfoliating and nourishing thanks to ingredients chosen “for a therapeutic reason,”  it’s a great gift that will really show you care.

Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask, $21.99

Coral Stationery
Is there ever such thing as too much stationery? This classic design makes for quite the sophisticated way to correspond; it’s a useful gift that any recipient, parental or not, is sure to appreciate.

Love. Luck. Kisses & Cake Stationery Set in “Coral”, $9.99

Tapas Serving Pieces
The subdued hues on these pretty serving utensils are an easy way to add a pop of color to any tablescape—something your mom will love if she’s an avid entertainer.

Royal Doulton Tapas Serving Pieces, set of 4, $19.99

Relaxing Mist
It is a well known fact that pretty much no one stresses as much as mothers do, so help yours be more zen (well, as zen as genetically possible) with this soothing mist meant to promote restful sleep.

Birchrose + Co Aura Mist in “Slumber”, $17.99

Hand Cream
The pretty packaging is only one reason why you need to buy this hand cream. The orange blossom-scented shea butter is moisturizing and soothing, while the smaller size is perfect for popping into a purse and using on the go.

Soap & Paper Factory Neroli 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

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

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

This story was originally published April 23 2017. It was updated March 13 2018.

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