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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)
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
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.
Comme des Garçons WalletClassic Leather Line SA4100 Wallet in Blue
Many of our editors carry the beloved CDG zip wallet. This one is on the cheap end of the spectrum.
It’s not cheap for toothpaste, but it’s easily the most affordable thing from Aesop’s understated skin-care line.
Le Creuset Stoneware Mortar and Pestle
If you’re not ready to go all-in on a
Dutch oven this year, a mellow blue stoneware mortar and pestle is a great alternative she’ll actually use.
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Blood Drop single earring
For the goth mom, the mom with a real flair for drama, or the mom who consistently mentions the blood, sweat, and tears it took to raise you.
Now House by Jonathan Adler Terrazzo Decorative Tray
This decorative Jonathan Adler tray would make the perfect companion to her new bar of Chanel soap.
Isabel Marant Gold Horn and Hand Earrings
Mismatched earrings are always fun, including these horn and hand danglers from French cool-girl label Isabel Marant.
Sferra Terzo Throw
Sferra’s linens tend to be super pricey, this cotton throw is surprisingly affordable.
Dior Nail Glow Nail Enhancer
This Dior nail glow magically enhances the natural color of your nails, and it’s a favorite open-toed shoe hack of Strategist writer
Alice Gregory’s, who uses nothing else. This little bottle might become your mother’s favorite, too, and will definitely save her money on manicures and pedicures this summer.
Clare V. Sandy Rope Tote Bag in Black
This open-weave tote is great for the beach, the farmer’s market, doing errands, or even for bringing to work. And it’s a lot less expensive than the $300 fanny pack from boho brand Clare V.
Cire Trudon Marie Antoinette Bust Decorative Candle
Okay, it’s definitely not the
cheapest item from fancy candle line Cire Trudon, but this Marie Antoinette bust is more than just a candle — it’s also a design piece.
Herman Miller Formwork Tissue Box
For the design snob: a tissue-box holder from Herman Miller.
Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Heart Box
A crystal holder for rings or earrings that subtly screams
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