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.
A box of 100 Chanel cotton makeup pads is ridiculous … but it’s also kind of fabulous.
Diptyque’s eau-de-rose solid perfume comes in a lovely little carrying case, and is the perfect size for keeping in her purse, and taking out when she needs a little pick-me-up.
This Mason Pearson comb is a lot more handsome (and sturdy) than her dinky one from Duane Reade.
A festive, floral silk neckerchief from Tory Burch that’s meant to recall “the prep spirit of the East Coast in the 1960s.”
For a cool mom: Some D.S. & Durga “pocket perfume” that features base notes of “spiced tree resin, cedar, and moss.”
If a Louis Vuitton duffel is a little out of your price range, a Louis Vuitton guidebook is a nice option for a travelin’ mom.
Also a good one for the mom on the move: a Smythson luggage tag, so she can find her suitcase at baggage claim.
Frederic Malle, maker of very expensive perfume, makes a much-less-expensive body wash, in its cultish Eau de Magnolia scent.
This herringbone throw from luxury Italian-linen-line Sferra comes in six calming colorways.
Pair one of these La Mer face masks with a Seamless gift card, and tell your mom to have an indulgent night in, on you.
And if you’re really feeling crazy, throw in these absurd-slash-fabulous chopsticks from the French silversmiths at Christofle.
This Georg Jensen tea strainer, made in collaboration with Spanish jewelry designer Helena Rohner, is practically a piece of art.
Make it a twofer with this teabag holder from Le Creuset.
This Fendi card case with six slots features an elegant brass dongle.
A pair of Frette hand towels will immediately zhuzh up her bathroom.
A mini–Dolce & Gabbana bag in “millennial pink” that she can use for short errands.
This jacket ticks off two things that moms (as a rule) love: Eileen Fisher and linen.
A “statement” necklace from Max Mara.
Like the Frederic Malle body wash above, this Le Labo lotion (in the ubiquitous and delicious Santal 33 scent) is a lot cheaper than its perfume counterpart.
A Missoni umbrella that’ll be hard for her to lose.
Linda Rodin’s newly released lip pencil is infused with her luxurious oils for smooth application.
For the “directional” mom: a pouch made from Issey Miyake’s signature geometric panels.
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.”
These ballet flats from Tod’s come in mom-friendly purple suede (and happen to be 40 percent off at the moment).
A set of two Royal Copenhagen mugs that are a step-up from the WNYC ones she’s currently drinking her coffee out of.
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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