mother's day 2018

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

Mother's Day Gift Ideas From Designer Brands 2017
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We’ve said it once (actually twice) and we’ll say it again: Getting someone a small gift from a super-fancy brand can feel incredibly special and indulgent. This is particularly true when it comes to moms (and when you are totally at a loss for what to get her). Below, a special Mother’s Day edition of our “cheapest, nicest gifts from the most expensive brands” series — and remember, cheap is a relative term when we’re talking about the Fendis and Dolce & Gabbanas of the world.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Antioxidant Protect and Repair Moisturizer
$22 at Dermstore

You really can’t go wrong with an antioxidant-packed daily moisturizer at only $22 (a steal for Sunday Riley).

DVF x IWD #InCharge Tote
$89 at DVF

For the mom in charge who would appreciate this graphic tote (and kicky braided strap) that’s roomy enough to fit all of the essentials.

Wolford ‘Nude 8’ Socks
$17 at Goop

For an everyday staple, these sheer Wolford socks would make a solid springtime upgrade from any ribbed hosiery or pilled trouser socks she’s currently wearing.

Ralph Lauren Cocktail Napkin Set
$26 at Orchard Mile

A handsome colorblocked cocktail napkin set from Ralph Lauren Home, for the mom who loves to entertain.

La Prairie Cellular Radiance Blush
$70 at Saks Fifth Avenue

A soft, creamy blush in a sleek compact (that also comes very well-reviewed) from La Prairie.

Skultuna Brass Napkin Rings
$52 at Goop

For the avid entertainer, here are some fetching brass napkin rings from Skultuna, a brand that’s notorious for their Swedish brass.

Olivia von Halle Silk Eye Mask
$105 at Moda Operandi

If mom’s the type to covet one of Olivia von Halle’s silk pajama sets, get her this more affordable silk eye mask instead.

Sisley Paris Phyto Lip Twist
$50 at Violet Grey

This fancy twist-up lip balm from French skin-care brand Sisley Paris is extra large, so she won’t have any trouble locating it at the bottom of her bag.

Lobmeyr Strnad Glass Box
$120 at The Line

A crystal blown vessel from Lobmeyr that would look nice on a bathroom sink for holding cotton rounds or used as a serving glass.

Isabel Marant Etoile Mohair Sweater
$118 at FWRD

An ultracozy mohair sweater from Isabel Marant Etoile that she can save for winter or throw on around the house when it gets nippy.

Chanel Sublimage Le Coton
$20 at Neiman Marcus

A box of 100 Chanel cotton makeup pads is ridiculous … but it’s also kind of fabulous.

Diptyque Un Air de Diptyque Car Diffuser
$60 at Nordstrom

For the Upper West Side mom who would never be caught dead with one of those Little Trees air fresheners in her car.

Emilio Pucci iPhone 7 Case
$85 at Moda Operandi

Even if she’s not bold enough to actually wear Pucci, she might still get a kick out of this wild color palette going on here for her iPhone.

Mason Pearson Rake Comb
$35 at Bergdorf Goodman

This Mason Pearson comb is a lot handsomer (and sturdier) than her dinky one from Duane Reade.

Tory Burch Safari Silk Neckerchief
$68 at Nordstrom

A colorful printed silk neckerchief from Tory Burch that evokes wildlife and safaris, for the mom who still isn’t over her Cape Town vacation.

D.S. & Durga Bowmakers Pocket Perfume
$72 at Need Supply

For a cool mom: Some D.S. & Durga “pocket perfume” that features base notes of “spiced tree resin, cedar, and moss.”

Anya Hindmarch Heart Chubby Leather Charm
$125 at Saks Fifth Avenue

A leather Anya Hindmarch key chain in the shape of a heart, which would incidentally make a very thoughtful keepsake.

Smythson Panama Luggage Label
$81 at Saks Fifth Avenue

A good one for the mom on the move: a Smythson luggage tag, so she can find her suitcase at baggage claim.

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Eau de Magnolia Body Wash
$60 at Neiman Marcus

Frédéric Malle, maker of very expensive perfume, makes a much-less-expensive bodywash, in its cultish Eau de Magnolia scent.

Sferra Brushed Cotton Herringbone-Weave Throw
$89 at Neiman Marcus

This herringbone throw from luxury Italian-linen-line Sferra comes in six calming colorways.

Coach Signature Mini Umbrella
$33 at Orchard Mile

A mother who appreciates a teeny-tiny umbrella (and has designer tastes) will gladly take this stylish upgrade to her bodega umbrella.

La Mer Mini Lifting and Firming Mask
$75 at Nordstrom

A mini-version of one of La Mer’s luxurious face masks that she can break open for indulgent nights in.

Christofle Uni Silver Plated Chinese Chopsticks
$120 at Michael C. Fina

And if you’re really feeling crazy, throw in these absurd-slash-fabulous chopsticks from the French silversmiths at Christofle.

Georg Jensen Helena Tea Egg
$50 at The Line

This Georg Jensen tea strainer, made in collaboration with Spanish jewelry designer Helena Rohner, is practically a piece of art.

Missoni Home Tamara Bath Towel
Photo: Matthew Savins, Photographer
Missoni Home Tamara Bath Towel
$68 at Neiman Marcus

These colorful Missoni towels will add character to any drab bathroom.

Le Creuset Stoneware Tea Bag Holder
$6 at Amazon

Zhuzh up the kitchen counter with this tea-bag holder from Le Creuset.

Fendi Liberty Calfskin Card Case
$200 at Nordstrom

This Fendi card case with six slots features an elegant brass dongle.

Frette Hotel Collection Hand Towel
$30 at Bloomingdale’s

A pair of Frette hand towels will immediately zhuzh up her bathroom.

Dolce & Gabbana Hi-Tech Accessory
$65 at Yoox

A fancy red leather Dolce & Gabbana iPad case she can make use of while reading her e-books.

Eileen Fisher Lightweight Organic Linen Box Top
$96 at Neiman Marcus

This flattering top ticks off two things that moms (as a rule) love: Eileen Fisher and linen.

Le Labo Santal 33 Hand & Body Lotion
$68 at Nordstrom

Like the Frédéric Malle bodywash above, this Le Labo lotion (in the ubiquitous and delicious Santal 33 scent) is a lot cheaper than its perfume counterpart.

Barbour Telescoping Tartan Umbrella
$45 at Nordstrom

A tartan Barbour umbrella that’ll be hard for her to lose.

Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Pencil
$30 at Nordstrom

Linda Rodin’s striking lip pencil is infused with her luxurious oils for smooth application.

Burberry Beauty Fresh Glow BB Cream
$44 at Nordstrom

For the mom who wants to perfect that “no-makeup makeup” look.

Chloe Perfumed Body Creme
$85 at Neiman Marcus

Normally, a body lotion might be an underwhelming gift, but not when it’s this luxurious lotion in a jar scented with a Chloé fragrance.

Tod’s Loafers
$294 at Yoox

These loafers from Tod’s come in a “goes with everything” tan color (and happen to be 30 percent off at the moment).

Astier de Villatte Dishwashing Soap
$21 at ABC Carpet & Home

Dish soap is a weird gift, we know, but it’s less weird when it’s Astier de Villatte dish soap, in “Poivre” and “Cyprès.”

Royal Copenhagen Fluted Plain Mugs in Blue (Set of 2)
$89 at Bed Bath & Beynond

A set of two Royal Copenhagen mugs that are a step-up from the WNYC ones she’s currently drinking her coffee out of.

Alessi KnifeForkSpoon Salad Server Set
$32 at Design Within Reach

These salad servers, properly known as “KnifeForkSpoon,” were designed by Jasper Morrison for Alessi and “reduces flatware to its barest essence and definitive form.” They are also dishwasher safe.

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Cheapest, Nicest Mother’s Day Gifts From Expensive Brands