Mother’s Day Gift Guide: On a Budget

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: On a Budget

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: On a Budget

    It’s that time of the year when many of us struggle to find the right gift for the special women that mean so much to us. Whether you’re shopping for your mother, grandmother, or wife, finding a gift that she’ll love is an important part of celebrating this special day.

    This year, we’re also facing the added challenge of very limited options for in-store shopping as many retailers are closed due to COVID-19. Fortunately, there are plenty of great gifts that you can buy online that will be loved and appreciated.

    The gifts showcased here include sentimental, thoughtful, and practical options. We’re also thinking about the budget, so most of these gifts are under $100, and some are even below $20. Within our Mother’s Day gift guide you’ll also find several options for personalized gifts that any mom is sure to love.

    Best Mother’s Day Gifts Under $100

    Mother’s Day in Quarantine Shirt

    Mom is sure to remember Mother’s Day 2020 and what made it so unique with this shirt. You’ll have more than 25 different colors to choose from and sizes range from XS to 4XL.

    What I Love About You

    This fill-in-the-blank journal is a great idea that any mom will love. The pages give you simple prompts and all you need to do is fill in the blanks. For example, “You deserve the ______ award”. This is an inexpensive gift that is both personalized and thoughtful.

    I Love You Mom, And Here’s Why

    This is another book that will be personalized and serve as the perfect keepsake for any mom. It’s a hardback book with some text, and then you’ll fill in your own stories and thoughts.

    You & Me, Mom Journal

    This journal is intended to be passed back and forth from mother and child. There are opportunities for both of you to write and share your memories and thoughts. The left side of each spread is for the child (with prompts) and the right side is for the mother.

    What Are Moms Made Of?

    This hardcover book includes witty and heartfelt sentiments with room for your own thoughts and stories. It features a classic design and compact size at 6.75 inches by 6.75 inches.

    Best Mom Ever Custom Photo Art

    This custom photo art available at Minted will include your own photo, a brief personalized message and a “best mom ever” message, plus a frame. Depending on the size and frame that you choose, the price may exceed $100, but there are options under that price as well.

    Love Lives Here Map Pillow

    The Love Lives Here Map Pillow is the perfect gift for a mother that has kids (or other family members) spread out and living in different places. The pillow comes in different sizes and your choice of material, plus a large selection of colors.

    Home is Wherever Mom is Pillow

    Here is another pillow idea that is cheaper. It’s not personalized but still has a heartfelt message that moms will love.

    What a Difference a Day Makes Burlap Print

    This framed burlap print (frame is optional) features important dates like the birthdays of everyone in your family or a wedding anniversary. It’s an affordable personalized gift that will be appreciated in any home. You can also purchase just the print and frame it yourself if you’re on a tighter budget.

    Filter Heart Snapshot Mix® Photo Art

    This creative piece from Minted features your own photos in a heart-shaped collage. Upload your own photos, choose the size that you want, and choose your frame. The smaller prints (8x8 and 11x11) can be purchased with a frame for less than $100, but the larger sizes plus a frame will exceed $100.

    Personalized Family and State Art

    This piece features your family as well as information about your home state in a whimsical design. It is 20 inches high and 16 inches wide (no other sizes available). It’s a unique option that can add a lot of character to your home.

    Handwritten Bracelet

    This bracelet features a personalized note with your own handwriting, not simply a font with a handwritten style. You’ll write your message on a piece of paper, take a photo (you can use a photo taken with your phone, and send it to the seller after the purchase. You can choose from gold, silver or rose, all available with either brushed or shiny finish. The bracelet can be engraved on the inside, outside or both.

    Personalized Notebooks

    Minted has a nice selection of personalized notebooks that you can choose from, including the one pictured above. Use your own photos to create a notebook that mom will love. You’ll be able to select a journal-style notebook, address book, monthly planner, or weekly planner. There are different interior options, wraps, and colors to make it something special.

    Personalized Stationery

    Minted also has a wide range of personalized stationery. It comes in packs of 25 for $50, and there are options to get thicker cardstock for higher prices.

    Drawing as an Art Print

    What mother wouldn’t love a framed piece of art created by her child? At Minted, you can upload a line drawing and they’ll turn it into a print. You’ll be able to choose the color and select from foilpressed, letterpressed, or standard printed. You’ll also choose the size and a frame (the frame is optional). The larger sizes with a frame will exceed $100, but there are framed options as low as $41.

    Mother’s Day Gift Box Set

    This gift box includes a 2-inch terra cotta pot with soil, a card, and a soy candle (chose from coconut verbena, white tea, watermelon, and lavender). You’ll also be able to send a personalized note.

    Personalized Birthstone Necklace

    This gift has plenty of options to make it perfect for any mom. Choose the birthstones of each child (1-10 stones), gold or silver (16 inches to 20 inches), and leaves or no leaves. You can put an initial on each leaf if you’d like. Prices start at $33.30 and will stay under $100 unless the necklace has 9 or 10 stones.

    Exhausted/Exhausting T-Shirt Set

    Get mom an “exhausted” t-shirt with a matching “exhausting” t-shirt or onesie for kids. The adult shirts come in women’s small to men’s large. The onesies come in 0-3 months or 3-6 months. The kids’ t-shirt is 12-18 months. The price includes one adult shirt and one kids’ shirt or onesie.

    Momisms - The Daily Struggle Coloring Book

    This coloring book features 30 pages of sayings and phrases that moms often have to say to their kids. It’s perfect for a relaxing break, which every mother needs.

    Customized Tumbler

    This 30 oz. tumbler comes in your choice of black, teal, pink, white, blue, red, or purple. There are 12 different pre-made designs (4 includes messages for moms) or customize it with your own personal details. The cups are engraved to reveal the stainless steel, it’s not a decal that will eventually come off. You can get it engraved with one of the pre-made designs for $19.94. Custom options will cost more.

    Personalized 9 Piece Garden Trug Basket with Tools / Engraved Trowel and Fork

    Moms that enjoy gardening will love this personalized set of 9 tools. You can choose to engrave the basket tag only, two handles only, or the basket tag and two handles (the engraving doesn’t add very much to the price). For any personalization, you’ll get a mockup of the design before the product is created. The 9-piece set with a personalized basket tag and two personalized tool handles costs $75.45 ($63.74 for the set with no personalization).

    Tile Mate

    While many of the gifts on this list have been sentimental, this one is more about practicality. For the mother who frequently misplaces keys or other items, the tile mate will be extremely handy. Mom will be able to use her smartphone to make the Tile Mate ring whenever an item is misplaced. It also works in reverse; press a button on the Tile Mate to make the phone ring. There is also a tile map that you can use to find the location of an item.


    While it may not be the most creative or original gift idea, every mom loves getting flowers. 1-800 Flowers has a wide selection of Mother’s Day arrangements, including the tulips shown above.

    Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Over $100

    The following items in our Mother’s Day gift guide features items that may not be as budget-friendly as the ones listed above, but mothers are sure to love them.

    Deep Clean

    Amazon offers a deep cleaning service, although it is currently not available due to the Coronavirus. This is one gift that many moms would be happy to wait for, so even though the service is not available right now, it still might be something that you want to consider. You can customize the deep clean to include or exclude specific things like full bathroom and kitchen cleaning, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, having trash cans emptied, and more. Pricing depends on the options you choose and the size of the home.

    Custom Silhouette Foil Art

    This custom item from Minted uses your choice of rose gold, gold, or silver foil to create a custom silhouette of a child. You’ll also be able to choose the size of the print and the frame. All you need to do is upload a side profile photo and Minted will use it to create the silhouette. Pricing depends on the size of the print and the frame.

    Custom House Letterpress Portrait Art

    Turn your house (or mom’s childhood home) into a custom piece of art with this letterpress print. You’ll upload a photo and Minted will create the line drawing for you. You can choose the size of the print, the frame, and select from a wide variety of colors for the print. Pricing depends on the size of the print and your choice of frames.

    Weighted Blanket

    Weighted blankets can help with stress and anxiety, something that most moms will experience. This blanket at Amazon comes in a variety of sizes, weights, and colors. It’s recommended that the blanket should be about 10% of the person’s body weight.

    Fitbit Versa 2

    A Fitbit is a great choice for a mother’s day gift. There are a few models that are priced below $100, but most (including this one) will be over that threshold. It will track heart rate, steps, distance, calories burned, and more. It integrates with Spotify, Pandora, Alexa.

    Kindle Oasis E-Reader

    The Kindle Oasis E-Reader has a 7-inch high-resolution screen, 32 GB of storage space, built-in Audible, Wi-Fi, and more. It’s great for use at the beach or around the pool since it is waterproof. You can choose from champagne gold or graphite.

    Massage or Spa Gift Certificate

    While most spas may be closed right now, this is another gift that many moms would be more than happy to accept, even if they have to wait a little while to redeem it. Almost all spas sell gift cards or gift certificates and it’s an easy way to let mom choose exactly what she wants and enjoy a nice relaxing time.

    With this list of gift ideas, you have plenty of options to find a gift within your budget that will surely bring some joy to the special women in your life.

    For more gift ideas for mother's day and any other occasion too, check out our 100+ minimalist gift ideas list.

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