mothers day 2019

The Cheapest, Nicest Mother’s Day Gifts From the Most Expensive Brands

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Having a mom with expensive taste can make things complicated when it comes to shopping for Mother’s Day gifts. But there’s nothing more gratifying than watching her eyes glow as she unwraps a gift from Gucci or Dior or one of her other coveted brands. Let’s face it, splurging is fun, even if it’s a just a tiny little splurge. We went on the hunt for the fanciest, most obsessed-over brands, and found the cheapest, nicest item from each (many of which, we should note, are not cheap cheap — only relatively so). Every one of these micro-splurges will make a wonderful, indulgent gift, especially for notoriously hard-to-shop-for moms.

Chanel No. 5 Bath Soap

An indulgent treat she would never get for herself in a million years.

Vitra Sun Key Ring

A daily reminder of good design from the Swiss furniture brand.

Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte Alcohol-Free Deodorant Stick

How luxurious to swipe a little Hermès under your arms.

Dries Van Noten Emerald Cut Duo Ring

A very interesting-looking (in a good way) cocktail ring from cult designer Dries Van Noten.

Gucci Argyle Socks

A nod to the Italian brand that’s really not that subtle at all.

Drunk Elephant Travel Duo With Case

Two travel soaps from the best natural skin-care line, Drunk Elephant, with a carrying case to keep her other toiletries dry (and pH-balanced).

Le Labo Shower Gel

If springing for expensive eau de toilette feels too indulgent, try this plant-based shower gel instead.

Adidas by Stella McCartney Logo-Print Rubber Slides

For the hypebeast mom who works out.

Jacquemus Le Bracelet Braided-Metal Bracelet

French it-brand Jacquemus is known for its tiny bags. But you can get her one of these giant bracelets for half the price.

Yayoi Kusama Love Forever Dots Umbrella

You might not be ready to shell out for one of Kusama’s iconic pumpkin cushions, but this umbrella, covered in the artist’s famous red dots, is well within reach.

Cult Gaia Oversized Marble Acetate Hair Clip

This may seem like a lot to spend on a barrette, but compared to the shoes she’s been eyeing, it’s a steal.

Swarovski Remix Pop Strand Bracelet

A super sparkly bracelet from a fancy brand with history is the perfect affordable Mother’s Day gift.

Kenzo Walking Tiger Bandana Cotton & Silk Scarf

French brand Kenzo is known for its bright colors and animal prints. Here’s a condensed and subdued standout.

Issey Miyake Prism Basic Pouch in White

Artsy moms will love this miniature version of the Prism bag.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (Single)

The famed Japanese beauty brand’s best-selling face mask (if you don’t want to shell out for one of their essences).

Ganni Printed silk scrunchie

Moms in the know will appreciate this silk scrunchie from fashion darling Ganni (it’ll help keep their locks from breaking, too).

Georg Jensen Elephant Bottle Opener

You can’t even tell at first that this stainless-steel elephant by Danish silversmith Georg Jensen is actually a bottle opener.

Rachel Comey Cuba Hoop Earrings in Blue

Don’t have the funds for that $450 denim jumpsuit? Get her these much more wearable resin earrings instead.

La Mer Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask

Instead of a $490 La Mer serum, try this $25 single sheet mask.

Karen Walker Castaway 48 mm Round Sunglasses

These statement sunglasses are on sale, making them by far the cheapest thing you can find from designer Karen Walker.