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40 Mother’s Day Gifts Under $30 (for Every Type of Mom)

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Picking the perfect gift for the mom in your life isn’t easy, especially when you’re on a budget. We searched through our archives and expert recommendations to find mother’s day gifts under $30 that will delight a range of moms — from the outdoorsy mom to the foodie mom to the cool dog mom — to help you give the perfect present without breaking the bank. While all of the things on this list are available on Amazon, we’ve found many of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around. And if you’re looking for some more Mother’s Day gift inspiration, we’ve gathered plenty of recommendations from our writers and editors in this hub.

Note: To receive most of these items in time for Mother’s Day, you’ll need to choose two-day shipping. We have removed any items that definitely won’t arrive in time.

Around $10

For the mom who likes a spicy meal

“Some hot sauces are just spicy and lack true flavor,” says actress Meghann Fahy, “Zab’s is dynamic. If you tasted it on your pinky finger alone, you’d get spice and an interesting taste.”

For the mom who’s always jotting things down

These pocketable notebooks will ensure she never loses an idea.

For the mom who likes to shine

In various options for different skin types, this moisturizer adds glow in an instant.

For the mom who loves a cat-eye

“This works just as well, if not better than more expensive brands,” says comedian Catherine Cohen of Maybelline’s stay-all-day eyeliner, which works well for a simple wing and intricate liner looks both.

For the mom with frizzy hair

For moisturizing what’s underneath, this moisturizing protein mask is a favorite of former Strategist writer Nikita Richardson, who says it healed her split ends and minimized frizz.

For the mom who still does Jazzercise tapes

A pack of nostalgia-inducing velvet scrunchies beloved by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell.

For the mom who likes a tidy kitchen

This TikTok-famous sponge is truly all-purpose, cleaning silverware just as easily as stuck-on messes.

For the mom who gets competitive on game night

Strategist contributor Laura Guidry loves this energetic take on Solitaire, especially when the stakes get high.

For the mom who likes to show off her grandkids

Umbra Prisma Picture Frame
$12
$12

No mom can resist a framed family photo.

Around $20

For the mom who washes her hands constantly

Weleda Skin Food Original
From $11
From $11

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has tried Skin Food and walked away not obsessed with it: Author Stephanie Danler is a noted fan, as is makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, as well as our very own Rio Viera-Newton. If your mother has complained about having dry hands (or elbows, or face, or … anything), this is the perfect, inexpensive gift.

For the mom who’s getting ready for sandal season

You can’t go wrong with this peel, which Rio says is gentler than cult-favorite Baby Foot, but makes even the most dry, calloused heels silky-soft.

For the mom who needs a few more hours of shut-eye

An ultra-thick mask that Alison Brie says puts her right to sleep.

For the mom trying to up her water intake

This nice-looking water bottle comes recommended by Madison Powers, co-founder of L.A. Hike Club, who likes that it keeps water at room temperature (better for hiking) and that it’s big enough to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

For the mom who won’t give up her cotton pillowcase

If your mom is still wearing a frilly satin bonnet, consider upgrading her to this one from Strategist-favorite Grace Eleyae, which is lined with charmeuse satin and subtle enough to be worn long after she wakes up.

For the mom who remembers your birth time

If your mom has managed to master Co–Star and is ready to move on to something slightly more advanced, consider this astrology book by Jan Spiller that focuses on the north node, which, according to What’s Your Sign? podcast co-host Julia Loken, “basically explains the overarching themes and lessons you need to learn in order for you to feel fulfilled on a soul level.”

For the mom who’s always on the go

For the mom who’s constantly on her iPad

This stylish pair of blue-light-blocking glasses helps prevent eye strain caused by staring at screens. Plus, it has optional added magnification.

For the mom who’s a bit of a honey snob

And for the tea-drinking mom, this slightly salted honey from Bushwick Kitchen will zhuzh up her morning routine.

For the mom who has been using the same umbrella for years

This whimsical umbrella is a worthy replacement.

For the mom who likes to laugh

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Get her one of Vulture’s best comedy books of 2022 was written by Conan O’Brien’s personal assistant Sona Movsesian.

For the mom who’s always on the go

These handy, water-resistant organizing cubes can help her make the most of her carry-on’s limited storage space.

For the mom who’s always in the gym

This affordable foam roller is dense enough to apply plenty of pressure during pre- or post-workout muscle care.

For the mom who’s limited on pocket storage

From $17

Jansport bags are known for their classic aesthetic and durable construction. This stylish fanny pack is no exception; it’s light, looks great, and can add some much-needed storage space to an outfit that’s light on pockets.

For the mom who’s always FaceTiming you

Actress Ally Maki loves this phone stand, which can prop up a screen without your having to hold it; it’s perfect for a weekly FaceTime call or as a place to store your mom’s phone when it’s not in use.

For the forgetful mom

Around $30

For the Goop mom

From $30

This super-thoughtful gift can help relieve aches and pains.

For the mom who keeps things simple

We’ve called this shampoo the best for “normal” hair (not too oily nor too dry).

For the mom who’s trying to improve her tikka masala

From Grub Street contributor Priya Krishna, Indian-ish is a cookbook inspired by her mother’s Indian American home cooking.

For the mom who loves to entertain

A colorful serving tray made from shatterproof melamine that will zhuzh up light bites or cocktails.

For the mom who books her next flight while on vacation

Pair her vaccine card case with this inflatable neck pillow, a favorite of Oneika Raymond — the host of Travel Channel’s One Bag and You’re Out and Big City, Little Budget. In addition to being made of a soft-to-the-touch fabric, it’s self inflating, so she doesn’t have to put her mouth on something that’ll touch an airline seat.

For the mom who keeps it classic

A classic Casio watch your mom might have owned back in the day.

For the mom who likes to clean every nook and cranny

Writer Maxine Builder cites the Drillbrush as the best thing ever to happen to her bathroom: “The initial deep-cleaning was almost two months ago, and I’m still riding high, basking in my gleaming tub.” If your mom’s natural enemy is soap scum, this is the gift for her.

For the mom who’s getting into mindfulness

This gratitude journal asks you to write down your intentions for the day in the morning and check back in on them at the end. Loved by celebrities and wellness gurus, it’s meant to be calming in times of stress (like, say, now) and would make a great gift for seasoned journalers and those new to the practice alike.

For the mom who’s always carrying ChapStick

Actress Annie Murphy uses this overnight lip treatment night and day. “It’s really, really moisturizing without being sticky,” she says. “You forget it’s on, but you can tell it’s working.”

For the mom who keeps losing her wallet

From $30

Get her a wallet that sticks to the back of her iPhone.

For the mom who takes her coffee to go

Cookbook author and recipe developer Carla Lalli Music has multiple Zojirushi bottles, and she has been using them for years. “We did a whole beach day, and at the end, there were still cubes inside,” she says. “You don’t have to keep it in a cooler. It is a cooler.”

For the mom who loves her garden

These solar-powered garden lights can give her greens a little glow without adding to the electric bill.

For the mom who loves a classy drink

Let her pop the top off her favorite canned beverage so she can add a few ice cubes or a fancy garnish.

For the mom who likes a colorful room

This vintage-style smart bulb can change the vibe of any room just by switching colors, and there are vibrant presets that can add some flair by displaying pulses and flashes of different colors.

For the mom who’s a bookworm

Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst’s debut novel, Homebodies, is set in the DMV and doubles as a love letter to her Maryland hometown.

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40 Mother’s Day Gifts Under $30 (for Every Type of Mom)