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All year, mothers make their children breakfast, forward (hilarious) spammy emails, help translate tax returns, teach proper dinner party etiquette and lead the never-ending quest for a perfect roast chicken. Or maybe that’s just my mom. Regardless, mothers work tirelessly every day making their kids’ lives a little better.
Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mom how much you care. So spend the day appreciating her. And don’t forget a gift! Whether you simply put a fun spin on breakfast in bed or splurge on something pricey, these ideas will make make mom’s day.
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It’s The Thought (Under $25)
After bills and that unexpected parking ticket, spending on a present can hit the wallet pretty hard. We’ve all been there, no need to worry. With a little extra research, you can find presents to give mom a fun day or last her well past Mother’s Day.
For the gift of a relaxing spa experience without springing for the all-day package, just think outside the box. Etsy shop Aubrey Elizabeth Apothecary makes charming soaps fashioned after various treats. Consider the cinnamon bun soaps for $6.25; the sweet scent will add a little luxury to mom’s next hot bath. This Etsy shop also carries macaron and popsicle soaps, lip scrubs and lotions — all for less than $10.
Breakfast in bed is a Mother’s Day go-to for youngsters looking to impress mom with their toast-making and coffee-pouring skills. Now that you’re older, update the classic breakfast in bed with McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix. McClure’s, a Detroit and Brooklyn-based pickle company, makes the mix with its spicy pickle brine and heaps of garlic, hot peppers, dill and fresh cucumber juice. Order her a 32-ounce batch online for just $10.50.
For a useful present with longevity, choose the Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker for $19.77. The sleek design and ease of use will make this stovetop maker a family favorite for years. Throw the Moka on the stove with some fresh espresso grinds for classic espresso in minutes. Curl up on the couch and catch up with mom as you enjoy your morning boost of caffeine.
Or, give mom something she probably wishes she had all along: a “No” button! The Spoon Sisters‘ big red button emits ten different variations of the word we heard all too much growing up. Grab this silly gift for just $11.95.
Cinnamon Bun Soaps – Aubrey Elizabeth Apothecary on Etsy ($6.25)
Bloody Mary Mix – Dean & Deluca ($10.50)
Moka Stovetop Espresso Maker – Amazon ($19.77)
The “No” Button – The Spoon Sisters ($11.95)
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Spend A Little More ($100 Or Less)
A larger budget lends itself to presents with lasting sentimentality. Jewelry is a classic go-to, while a present speaking to your mom’s hobbies will create new memories.
Jewelry never fails to impress. Personalize it, and you’ve struck gold — or silver. Uncommon Goods offers a Mother Nestling Birds Necklace in recycled sterling silver. The necklace models silver birds — a “momma bird” and one for each child — perched on a branch. It’s a delicate choice, and ensures your family will always stay close to your mother’s heart. Price varies from $70.00 – $79.00, depending on how many birds.
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If mom has a green thumb, or is looking for a new hobby, give her a garden in a basket. Red Envelope offers a Gardener’s Delight Gift Basket, $59.99, filled with handy gardening necessities and a few extra goodies. The useful gardening tote, rake and mini trowels are packed next to English tea cookies, peach tea bags and rosemary hand wash. Pick up a few flower, herb or vegetable seed packets for a buck or two each, and you’ve given your mother a full garden… snack break included.
Mother Nestling Birds Necklace – Uncommon Goods ($70.00 – $79.00)
Gardener’s Delight Gift Basket – Red Envelope ($59.99)
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The Sky’s The Limit (Over $100)
Options abound, if you’re really looking to really spoil mom. Give her a taste of glamour with the Signature Spade Leather Lacey wallet from Kate Spade, at $218. The classic shape, cushioned texture and sophisticated gold-plated hardware pair well with the fresh pop of color — available in “Adriatic blue” or “flame red.” She’ll think of Mother’s Day each time she opens this clutch.
Invite the whole family for this gift. The Williams Sonoma Wicker Picnic Basket, $349, is jam-packed with picnic necessities. From handblown wineglasses and porcelain plates to a fleece blanket for spreading across the grass, this basket has everything for a delightful spring outing. Invite each relative to bring one dish and enjoy the holiday picnicking together.
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Instead of a boring calendar, get your mother something she can hang proudly in her home. A customized family tree is both a beautiful decoration and an insightful look into the family’s past. Custom Family Tree Art fine-tunes this beautiful wall art to your specifications. Choose the number of generations to include and how the tree should be presented. Prices vary according to your choices, but the 20″ X 24″ size starts at $145.
Signature Spade Leather Lacey – Kate Spade ($218.00)
Wicker Picnic Basket – William-Sonoma ($349.95)
Canvas Family Tree – Custom Family Tree Art ($145.00 and up)
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Adrienne Smith is an Associate Producer for CBS Local. She loves all things ‘cheesy,’ and has made a pizza app for that. Follow her on Twitter here.