mother's day 2020

The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts for Mom From the Most Expensive Brands

Photo-Illustration: From the retailers.

What do you get for the mom whose taste for the finer things means she’s only ever filling her closets and shelves with designer goods? Often times, for nearly impossible-to-please mothers, size doesn’t matter — but a fancy brand name does. And the nice thing about many fancy brands is that unwrapping their less expensive stuff offers the same thrill as unwrapping any of their pricier things. Below, we’ve rounded up 27 of the most affordable gifts — that are still really thoughtful — from the nicest brands, any of which we think would impress the Very Picky Mother (or mother figure) in your life.

A note about shipping: Of all the retailers in this piece, only Nordstrom provides any sort of shipping window (today, for instance, it says that products will arrive between May 7 and 12). So with less than a week until Mother’s Day, we suggest ordering as soon as possible, as shipping delays are common due to the nature of the pandemic. And for more — lots more — gift ideas, we’ve compiled all of our Mother’s Day shopping guides here.

In this sample-size bottle, the cult-y cream said to be the secret behind “rich-person skin” is priced closer to a normal person’s budget.

Staub’s larger Dutch ovens go for a couple-hundred bucks, but this set of three mini cocottes would be just as useful if she’s cooking for one (or two).

Another heritage French brand, Astier De Villatte is known for its delicate, simple china like this dainty hand-molded bowl. She could use it as a candy or nut dish, or to enjoy her morning grapefruit.

You truly can’t go wrong with anything that comes wrapped in a Tiffany-blue package, but we don’t know any mom who would refuse this crystal catchall for her baubles.

She’ll love the bright pattern on this (full-size) bath towel from Missoni, which can also double as a décor in her bathroom thanks to its graphic print. While it appears with smaller towels in the photo, the price shown is just for one regular-size towel.

Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton and celebs like Brooke Shields love Dr. Barbara Sturm’s typically expensive skin care. This face mist — which is not sample size and falls at the less expensive end of the line — contains super-moisturizing hyaluronic acid, making it a great thing to give just as warm weather heats up.

Photo: Shopbop

For the mom who likes to flex on the sly, this go-with-everything Acne baseball cap has the subtlest logo.

For the mom who’s a T-shirt-and-jeans kinda gal (and also likes a logo).

With all the hand-washing she’s been doing, mom will surely appreciate having this rich body balm with almond oil and shea butter around.

A petite, pocket-sized notebook with lined and gilt-edged pages and a lambskin cover from English stationer Smythson that mom can keep with her at all times, for whenever inspiration hits.

Larger than the pocket-sized notebook above, this Hermès option, even with its simple design and paper cover, will surely make an impression. The notebook’s pages are unlined, allowing for more free-form scribbling, and it also comes in navy.

If she’s got a nightly happy-hour ritual, mom’s gin fizz will look a lot nicer sipped from this Christofle crystal highball glass. (Bookmark it for Father’s Day, and come June, your parents will have a matching set.)

Diptyque candles are covetable at any size, and opting for a mini one means you could even get her two!