The mother of all Mother's Day gift guides. 

By Annie Campbell
Updated: May 08, 2019
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Looking for a gift that says “I love you,” “Thank you for all you do,” and “You are absolutely wonderful in every way”? We get it, and we’re here to help. We have the perfect gifts for her to use in and outside of the kitchen, all under $50. Go beyond breakfast-in-bed and treat Mom to a thoughtful gift that she’ll actually use. She deserves it.

Anthropologie

Super Mom Dish Towel

If you spot your mom on this epic hand towel, she deserves to know just how super she is. This makes the perfect kitchen gift for the mom who always saves the day–and saves dinner. Grab the charming towel for $20.

Buy It Here: anthropologie.com, $20

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Julia's Cats: Julia Child's Life in the Company of Cats

If you haven’t already read over our many reasons for gifting this book, here’s a short synopsis: “Julia’s Cats is a must-read for any cat lover, home cook, or Julia Child fan.” If your mom falls into one of these categories, she is no exception. Grab this fun summer read for mom for only $11.

Buy It Here: amazon.com, $11

Urban Outfitters

Sipski Shower Wine Glass Holder

Name a better way to decompress from the daily stresses of being a mother than with a tall glass of wine and a warm, bubbly bath. You probably can’t. This silicone holder secures to the bathroom wall to keep Mom’s wine steady when she’s not sipping on it. Make her life easier with this trustee bathing buddy, available in two chic styles for $16.

Buy It Here: urbanoutfitters.com, $16

Etsy

Custom Bamboo Cutting Board with Laser Engraved Recipe

Preserve the sacred words of your most beloved family recipe—written in your mother or grandmother’s very own handwriting. This Etsy artist engraves bamboo cutting boards with treasured family recipes to keep them alive and remembered for years to come. Order one for your favorite cook for $33.

Buy It Here: etsy.com, $33

Pottery Barn

The Emily & Meritt Denim Indigo Runner

Dress up her dining table for the season with a little pop of denim. This trendy table runner is bold while still being neutral enough for any table arrangement. Get it while it’s on sale for $31.57.

Buy It Here: potterybarn.com, $31.57

Anthropologie

Emma Floral Apron

Nothing makes working in the kitchen more fun than having a darling floral apron to wear as you do it. Give your mom an apron that reflects her beauty and colorful charm for $36.

Buy It Here: anthropologie.com, $36

ModCloth

Meals in Motion Lunch Bag

If your mom is still brown-bagging it to work, give her lunch a style upgrade. This cross-body bag is fashionable yet fully insulated, and big enough to fit any lunch or snacks she pleases. Lunch bags don’t get much cuter than this one, available for $19.99.

Buy It Here: modcloth.com, $19.99

Blue Q

Blue Q I’ve Got a Knife Oven Mitt

You’ve likely heard this phrase from your mother when she’s busy cooking up a storm... Gift this cute and quirky mitt to the mom that you don’t wanna mess with for $12.99

Buy It Here: blueq.com, $12.99

Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. x Corkcicle Lively Floral Blush Stemless Wine Cup

This triple-insulated tumbler, decorated in eye-catching florals and pretty pastels, will keep your mom’s glass of white wine or rosé chilled through hot days at the park or long nights of neighborhood swim meets. The way we see it, this isn’t just a thoughtful gift; it’s a summer necessity. Choose from one of three colors for $29.95.

Buy It Here: riflepaperco.com, $29.95

ModCloth

Flower and Sugar Measuring Spoons

We can’t lie—baking is way more fun when your measuring spoons are smiling back at you. If you can’t make her famous cake recipe quite as well as she can, you can at least give her this darling spoon set to encourage her to make it for you more often. These friendly flowers are on sale right now for a shockingly low $4.97.

Buy It Here: modcloth.com, $4.97

Anthropologie

Colloquial Tea Infuser Tumbler

Pair one of these charming tea tumblers with a bag of loose-leaf tea to make the perfect gift for your zen-seeking mom. The built-in infuser and durable glass container can brew tea on-the-go with the added flair of a fun and stylish print. Pick one up for $28.

Buy It Here: anthropologie.com, $28

ModCloth

Charcuterie Cat Wooden Serving Board

For the cat mom who loves a good cheese board, surprise her with this fun but functional serving tray. Loaded with Brie, Parmesan, and aged cheddar, it’ll have all of her favorite things wrapped up in one plate. Find this feline platter for $30.

Buy It Here: modcloth.com, $30

ModCloth

Artful Entertaining Cocktail Shaker

Shake up her drink routine with this unique and charming cocktail shaker and strainer. She’ll love the shaker’s vintage-inspired design and hand-painted flowers, as well as whatever delicious drink comes out of it. Find this fun bar item on sale for $19.99.

Buy It Here: modcloth.com, $19.99

Target

Cathy's Concepts Striped Backpack Cooler

This roomy cooler bag will hold all of her (and the rest of the family’s) summer essentials. The personalized bag comes with pockets and comfortable straps that make transporting the cooler easy. Grab this nautical travel pack for $54.60.

Buy It Here: target.com, $54.60

Crate and Barrel

Herb Planter with Scissors

If your mom loves fresh herbs but always buys a single-use amount, give her this sleek, ceramic planter to grow basil, mint, and thyme on her windowsill year-round. The container comes with scissors on the side to easily snip off leaves as you cook. Find this for $29.95 and pair it with seeds or bulbs to complete the gift.

Buy It Here: crateandbarrel.com, $29.95

Amazon.com

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables

This is one of our staff-favorite cookbooks, and we’re pretty sure your mom will fall in love too. A James Beard Award winner for Best Book in Vegetable-Focused Cooking, this book is praised by readers for its fantastic recipes and innovative approach to utilizing fresh produce. Buy on Kindle or get the hardcover for $22.93.

Buy It Here: amazon.com, $22.93

Amazon.com

CucinaPro™ Classic Heart Waffler

Show your mom all the love with a plate of hot, heart-shaped waffles (and top with strawberries and whipped cream for extra aesthetic appeal). Get five perfectly-browned waffles every time with this non-stick, novelty kitchen appliance, available for $34.95.

Buy It Here: amazon.com, $34.95

ModCloth

Orange You Glad? Cooler Bag

Chances are, your mom is already ready for long, relaxing days by the pool, so she needs this adorable citrus cooler tote to sit alongside her. Not only does it scream summer, but it’ll also keep her favorite sunny day sippers cool after hours in the sun. Snag this fun, insulated bag for $32.

Buy It Here: modcloth.com, $32

bando.com

Recreation Center Grid Mug

This handmade, speckled clay coffee mug will become the best part of her mornings. While this mug is probably pricier than a mug you’d pick up for yourself, remember it’s Mom we’re talking about. Order this grid mug for $40.

Buy It Here: bando.com, $40

Anthropologie

W&P Porter Plastic Lunch Bowl

If your mom’s always on the go, give her a cute and practical way to bring meals along with her. The BPA-free bowl and silicon strap-on lid are both microwave and dishwasher safe, making this the perfect container for a pasta or rice bowl. This set is available in a variety of stylish colors for $26.

Buy It Here: anthropologie.com, $26

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Portmeirion® Chelsea 3-Tier Server

If mom is the hostess with the most-ess or just loves a gorgeous table centerpiece, her lemon bars or finger sandwiches will shine on this three-tiered porcelain display. Detailed with gold accents and a classic floral design, it’s likely it’ll stay on her table all season long. This server is available for $49.99 from the Portmeirion® Chelsea Serveware Collection.

Buy It Here: bedbathandbeyond.com, $49.99

Wayfair

Dahlia Floral Placemat

Swap out her old placemats for an updated look that lightens up the whole table setting. These lace-like placemats are elegant yet summery, and give any dining set a makeover without the need to replace the dishes themselves. Find them in a variety of metallic shades for $10 each.

Buy It Here: wayfair.com, $10

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