Mother’s Day is all about showing your mom some love, and while we think handmade Mother’s Day cards are pretty darn cute, you know you can do better. We do, of course, recommend taking your mama out for a ridiculously good brunch in Chicago, placing an order at one of the top flower shops in Chicago or booking luxurious spa treatments for two at one of the finest spas in Chicago, but you’re also going to have to buy a gift, because that’s your mom, dammit! If you need a little inspiration, we’ve picked out some beautiful presents—all under $100—that will convince your mom that you are, truly, her favorite out of all your siblings.
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Mother’s Day gift ideas
For the fashion plate mom
This cute, bright orange leather clutch is the perfect choice for a mom who likes her accessories. Crowned with a fun beaded snap, the sleek bag can be worn with or without the detachable chain.
Sam Edelman Lolita Leather Mini Bag, $148 at samedelman.com
For the deal-loving mom
Even though it’s a gift, any comparison-shopping mom will appreciate the value of this set of delicate druzy studs: just $42 for three pairs, in varying but complementary shapes, sizes and colors.
BaubleBar Meteorite Druzy Stud Trio, $42 at baublebar.com
For the green thumb mom
For the mom who’s always holding a trowel, this cute, mid-century style earthenware planter will make a happy home for mom’s latest plant project.
CB2 Helena Planter, $19.95 at cb2.com
For the preppy mom
If your mom’s a prepster, you can’t go wrong with a lovely sweater from J. Crew. We like this mom-appropriate merino-linen blend v-neck, with a flattering fit and side slits.
J. Crew Merino-Linen V-Neck Sweater, $79.50 at jcrew.com
For the mom whose home always smells amazing
If you have one of those moms whose house always seems to smell like a freshly baked apple pie/spring garden/mulled cider, she’ll no doubt appreciate another set of scented candles to add to her collection. This set from Parisian parfumerie Diptyque features three mini candles in subtle scents: rose, fig tree and bay.
Diptyque Set of Mini Candles, $90 at diptyqueparis.com
For the jewelry-loving mom
If your mom wears a lot of jewelry, chances are she’s often misplacing it. These charming bone china ring dishes provide a place for mom to stash her rings, earrings and necklaces—and they’re printed with her initial for a personal touch.
Anthropologie Monogrammed Garland Ring Dish, $10 at anthropologie.com
For the tote-it-all mom
Is your mom the type to stuff absolutely everything into her purse? You know, mints, band-aids, scarves, an extra sweater (“just in case”)? Then this handsome, roomy tote is just the thing for her. In goes-with-everything taupe with gold-toned hardware, it’s a timeless look she’s sure to appreciate.
Dune Tote Bag, $94 at asos.com
For the product-addicted mom
For the mom who’s always trying out the latest lipstick/shampoo/hand cream, Birchbox’s monthly Beauty Box is just the thing. Each month, mom will receive a curated selection of five beauty samples—makeup, skincare, haircare and fragrance—delivered straight to her door. At just $10 per month, an entire year of making mom happy will cost you only $120. To top it off, they’ve just released a limited edition Mother’s Day box called “Beauty in Bloom” for $64.
Birchbox Monthly Beauty Box, $10 per month at birchbox.com
For the mom who’s all about those nails
Is your mom always rocking a gorgeous manicure? The she’ll love this set of six fabulous nude polishes from nail color expert Deborah Lippmann, in shades from “Born this Way” to “Skin Deep.”
Undressed Nail Polish Gift Set, $34 at deborahlippmann.com
For the classy mom
It’s not always easy to shop for a classically put-together woman, but if there’s anything we know, it’s that you can’t go wrong with Tiffany. This initial pendant on a simple silver chain will fit right into any classy mom’s look.
Tiffany Alphabet Disc Charm Pendant with Chain, $125 at tiffany.com
For the lipstick queen mom
If your mom’s lips always look fab, then treat her to this set of three dependable shades from the aptly named Lipstick Queen. Featuring a universal red lip stain, a classic understated nude and a goes-with-everything raspberry pink, each lipstick contains hydrating shea butter and Vitamin E.
Lipstick Queen Discovery Kit, $48 at lipstickqueen.com
For the not-so-green thumb mom
Does your mom love plants—but always seem to kill them? Then hook her up with this DIY air plant terrarium. Air plants barely need any care at all—just a spritz of water every now and then—so they’ll be sure to survive mom’s “love.”
Makerskit DIY Air Plant Terrarium Kit, $19.99 at urbanoutfitters.com
For the sweet-smelling mom
Is your mom a fan of fragrances? Indulge her by picking up a bottle of classic Lauren by Ralph Lauren eau de toilette spray, which balances delicate florals with woodsy notes and undertones of spice.
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Eau de Toilette Spray, $80 at ralphlauren.com
For the phone-addicted mom
If your mom is the type whose “read” receipt shows up the second you text her, she’s likely to need a little extra help keeping her phone charged. This attractive leather iPhone wristlet is as functional as it is pretty: with interior storage for up to three credit cards and a battery to recharge the phone, it’s the perfect way for mom to manage her addiction in style.
Rebecca Minkoff iPhone 6/6s Charging Wristlet Wallet, $120 at rebeccaminkoff.com
For the not-so-punctual mom
Is arriving to appointments on time an issue for dear old mom? There’s no better way to drop a hint than to gift her with a cute and versatile watch. OK, we’re mostly kidding: any mom would appreciate this pretty, suede-banded watch from affordable NYC maker Rumba.
Soho Suede Watch, $60 at rumbatime.com
For the cozy mom
Poor mom: it always seems as though she’s cold, as she layers on three sweaters, a coat and a hat just to step outside to get the newspaper. Help keep her warm while she’s hanging out at home with this cozy jacquard-weave throw that she can bundle up in to watch TV or read.
H&M Jacquard-Weave Throw, $49.99 at hm.com
For the spa-loving mom
We stand by what we said earlier—that you should book a spa appointment with mom—but for those times when she wants to unwind at home, Lush’s spa in a box is just the ticket. Featuring a hot chocolate scrub, a cocoa butter massage bar, lavender-scented temple balm and more, these indulgent bath products will keep mom’s skin soothed and moisturized.
Lush Spa Gift, $69.95 at lushusa.com
For the chef mom
If your mom is an amazing home cook, chances are she’s always happy to add some classic cookware to her collection. You simply can’t go wrong with beautiful enameled cast iron from Le Creuset, and this gorgeous wood-handled saucepan won’t gouge your wallet too much.
Le Creuset Heritage Cast Iron Saucepan, $119 at williams-sonoma.com
For the snacking mom
Is your mom less of a cook, more of an eater? Then she’ll love this monthly curated snack box from Graze. With snack mixes such as Dark Rocky Road with Belgian dark chocolate, pecans and cranberries and apple-cinnamon granola bars, mom’s sweet tooth will be sated in a healthy way.
Graze Snack Boxes, $11.99 per month at graze.com
For the coffee-loving mom
Does mom always have a cup of joe in her hands? Fuel her habit with this gift box of three half-pound bags of coffee geek-approved Stumptown beans: Hair Bender, Holler Mountain and House Blend.
Stumptown Blend Coffee Trio, $35 at stumptowncoffee.com