50 Great Holiday Gifts for Mom Under $50
You don't have to break the bank to spoil her with thoughtful gifts. These amazingly affordable items will do just the trick.
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Surefire ways to make your mom smile
You want to give her the world, but when that’s not possible because your bank account says otherwise, these affordable gifts are a good second option. From fuzzy mitts to luxury skin-care items, there’s something for every type of mom on this list. Pick one perfect present that you know she’ll cherish year-round, or mix and match to create a package she’ll love—and not just because you took the time to do it. (Though she’ll certainly love that, too.)
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Skinfix Brrrrrrier+ Kit
We aren’t pointing fingers, but you must’ve gotten your eczema from somewhere, right? Make her winter skin woes a thing of the past with this clinically proven kit that strengthens the moisture barrier between her delicate skin and the brutal winter weather. When used in tandem, the four formulas will leave her skin glowy and hydrated all year long. Here are more mini beauty finds that make the best stocking stuffers.
Pinrose Rollerball Wardrobe Fragrance Set
Keep your mom on her toes with this perfume pinwheel that houses ten distinct scents. The travel-size perfume bottles have rollerballs, so she can apply on the go. And since there are so many, she can keep one in her gym bag, one in the car, one in her purse, and a few decorating her vanity. Ever wonder what someone’s favorite perfume says about their personality? We’ve got the answers!
Target Beauty Great Complexions Kit
You don’t have to spend big bucks to add the perfect things to her skin-care arsenal. This kit is valued at over $40, but you can get it for less than $15! It features six must-have brand-name products that sure to be her new favorites, including DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Cream Mini, Vichy Mineral, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Facial Cleanser, Sweet Chef Ginger + Vitamin C Serum Shot Mini, and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Mini. Now she’ll be able to create the perfect skin-care routine.
Universal Thread Faux Fur Mittens
She’s been complaining about the chilly temperature in the house since before you were born, and Dad can attest to that. This holiday, give her the coziest pair of faux fur mitts that money can buy. They come in two colors but one universal size to make picking the perfect pair a cinch. What else can you give that’s super cozy? This $35 Sherpa fleece blanket Amazon shoppers can’t stop buying.
Delicora Pearl Street Hoops
These delicate Pearl Street Hoops from Silicon Valley-based jewelry company Delicora are the perfect marriage of two mega trends: hoops and pearls. But the stunning earrings only look expensive, with their fresh water pearls and 14K gold-fill, because in fact, they will set you back less than $50. Bonus: For every piece sold, Delicora donates 20 meals to fighting hunger through Feeding America.
WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo & Hair Conditioner Set
Although we’ve rolled our eyes at her home remedies before, sometimes Mom does know best. Case in point? Apple cider vinegar, which can also be used on hair. This shampoo and conditioner duo revitalizes dull locks, removes buildup, and adds shine. Another active ingredient is saw palmetto, which slows the natural hair thinning that often results from aging.
Embraceable Exotic Animal Pajama Pants
Let her take a walk on the wild side in the most harmless way. These pajama bottoms come in a variety of sizes; from XS to XXL, they’ve got your mom covered. The best part is that they also come in different lengths to accommodate her height. Because your mama raised a smart child, make sure you know these tricks to shave up to 90 percent off your holiday shopping this year.
Member’s Mark Cozy Sherpa Pullover
This cozy sherpa pullover will make her feel like the star of the show. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and it features two side-slit pocket openings. It’s also machine-washable, so she doesn’t have to worry about spills during wine night with her girlfriends. If you want to get her something even warmer, check out this coat that has thousands of 5-star reviews on Amazon.
Chico’s Short Shimmery Mixed-Metal Pendant Necklace
Every woman likes jewelry, and your mom is no exception. She can never have too many necklaces to pair with her wardrobe, and this shimmery mixed-metal pendant is the perfect accessory to finish any look. Mixing metals is actually one of the 11 tricks to perfectly accessorize your outfit, according to fashion stylists.
Garden of Life Essential Oils Starter Pack
This essential oil starter pack is the perfect gift for any mom who likes to stay on top of her wellness—or should really start. The kit includes lavender, peppermint, lemon, and tea-tree oils she can use with her diffuser or dab on her pressure points. The soothing oils are non-GMO, organic, and sustainably sourced, making this a super responsible holiday gift, to boot. By the way, these are the best essential oil scents for every room in the house.
Lipstick Queen Treat Yourself Mini Lip Trio
You’ll never forget the first time you were allowed to wear makeup and your mom expertly doled out tips. This lip trio pays tribute to that special memory with three products she can wear day and night. Pair it with more must-have beauty gifts for a truly show-stopping gift.
Lanolips Rose Gold 101 Ointment
If your mom is all about no-fuss beauty, who can blame her? With everything she takes care of, she deserves an easy beauty routine. So give her Lanolips’ world-famous Original 101 Ointment that has been upgraded with an injection of rose-gold pigment. She can use it on her lips and cheeks to get a beautiful glow instantly. If you’re shopping for a colleague, check out these 30 thoughtful gifts for coworkers for $25 or less.
Urban Decay Seeking Sugar Perversion Mascara and Heavy Metal Glitter Liner Set
Your mom’s eyes are inviting and bright. Make them stand out even more, especially during holiday parties, with the perfect amount of sparkle. The gold glitter eyeliner subtly accentuates green, blue, and brown tones alike, and the mascara will really make her eyes pop. Make sure to share these all-time best mascara hacks with her, too.
She taught you how to floss as a kid, and now it’s time to return the favor. A hip upgrade to her typical mint fare, Cocofloss is made with more than 500 fibers. The fibers are infused with coconut oil to pull out gunk and leave her pearly whites clean. If you’re looking for a themed gift, add one of these best electric toothbrushes, according to top dentists.
Port + Polish Pill Case
Taking her daily meds shouldn’t be a daunting task. Thanks to the chicest pillbox out there, she won’t be embarrassed to pull out her medicine case. About the size of an iPhone, this matte box opens up to reveal a mirror and sleek, minimalist design. Aside from choosing an affordable gift, here are 40 other ways you can save money on Christmas shopping.
The Good Patch by la Mend Pain Patch
Don’t let minor aches and pains take her away from the holiday festivities. These transdermal patches are made with 4 percent topical lidocaine and 1 percent menthol, providing sustained relief and comfort. Even better? The formula is free of latex, parabens, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.
Coola Organic Liplux Tinted Mineral Lip Balm
She hates it when you poke fun, but seriously, she’s been slathering on the same cherry-flavored drugstore balm since she was a teen. Give her an upgrade this holiday season with Coola’s Mineral Liplux tinted lip balms, which are made with mongongo oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, and offer SPF 30 protection. With names like Coral Reef and Summer Crush, these formulas are sure to transport her to her favorite vacation destination. Speaking of SPF, do you know which sunscreen is the only one the FDA wants you to use?
Mary’s Nutritional Hemp Massage Oil
We’ve put our moms through the wringer, and nobody deserves a spa day more than them. If a luxe weekend getaway isn’t in the cards, get her the second-best thing: this CBD massage oil from Mary’s Nutritionals. All of her anxieties will melt away with 50 mg of activated hemp extract, which also hydrates and restores skin. If she’s been dealing with some extra challenges lately, check out these amazing self-care gifts for anyone in need of pampering.
Aquis 03 Prime Rapid-Dry Hair Turban
She’s always running errands all over town, and sometimes wet hair becomes part of the equation. For those days when she needs to be out the door fast, this rapid-drying turban from Aquis will do the trick. She can have it wick moisture as she dresses, thanks to the ultra-lightweight technology in the material that quickly dries hair to a damp state with less heat and damage. If she dyes her hair, share these secrets from professional stylists for saving color-damaged hair.
Sterling Forever Personalized Initial Bar Necklace
Sterling Forever’s gold-plated initial bar is a personalized gift she can keep close to her heart. The sleek design will match with any outfit and have her looking like a million bucks for a fraction of the price. If you love this idea, check out these 30 other personalized gifts that really go the extra mile.
Hydro Flask 40-Ounce Bottle
Let her take this bottle to her pilates class or on her next hiking adventure. The durable material can take anything she throws its way. This bottle from Hydro Flask, which comes in four colors, holds 40 ounces to make sure she gulps down her daily H20.
Calpak 5-Piece Packing Cube Set
Make packing for her next trip a breeze with these five cubes from Calpak. She’ll arrive organized and in style at her next destination with this water-resistant travel system, which makes the best use of space in her luggage. Has your mom been bitten by the travel bug? Here are another 20 gifts for jet-setters.
Laura Lombardi Luna Ring
Mom can be hard to shop for, but don’t get discouraged. There are certain classic items that will always be welcomed in her closet—and her jewelry box. Case in point? Laura Lombardi’s Luna ring. The thick “cigar band” model is plated in 14k gold, has a contemporary flair, and looks like it costs a lot more than it actually does. Don’t miss these 11 simple style upgrades that make you look expensive.
Nordstrom at Home Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw
If cozy and stylish describes your mom well, this is the gift for her, since the same two adjectives can be used to describe this plush throw that she can use daily. Whether she hangs it over a chair or lays it on her bed, she won’t want to be without this machine-washable throw (which comes in a wide array of colors). This also happens to be one of those great holiday gifts for first-time homeowners.
Target Faux Fur Eyemask
Finally, a luxurious gift that’s easy on the wallet. This faux fur mask has a fuzzy material on the front and a silky cloth over the eyes. The elastic band ensures comfort for Mom as she tries to catch up on her zzz’s. Looking for more super affordable gifts? Check out these 100 stocking stuffers under $10 for everyone on your list.
Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Potholders
Let her safely transfer piping pots and pans from her kitchen straight to your plate. The faux leather loops make them easy to store when not in use. For a quirky take on a traditional home gift, check out these 32 weird kitchen gadgets you won’t believe are a thing.
The North Face Osito E-Tip Gloves
Keep her connected even in the freezing cold with these screen-responsive gloves. They feature palms with silicone material and tough-as-nails nylon on the knuckles and fingers. She can scroll through her Facebook feed to see what you’re up to even when she’s running errands in the cold. If you have a tech-savvy mom, consider these tech gifts you’ll probably want to keep for yourself.
Herschel Supply Co. Fourteen Belt Bag
Fanny packs are a ’90s staple your mom will be happy to revisit due to their functionality. Have her sling it over her shoulder for an updated look or let it hang from her hips for an all-out ’90s extravaganza. This model from Hershel is also easy on your bank account. Clocking in at $25, you can afford to buy yourself one, too. If she likes to travel light—but not quite that light—check out these carry-on bags with 5-star reviews on Amazon.
Diptyque Baies Scented Candle
The famed Parisian brand is now available stateside and offers one of its celebrity-loved scents, Baies, in a 2.4-ounce version that’s perfect for gift-giving. What does it smell like? Berries! Or, more specifically, “a bouquet of roses and blackcurrant leaves.” Candles also make a great hostess gift during the holiday season. For other times of the year, check out this guide to find the right hostess gifts for every occasion.
Eve Lom Iconic Cleanse Ornament
Who said Christmas ornaments had to be boring? See a smile light up her face when she discovers this ornament box actually doubles as the best cleansing kit she will ever use. The Eve Lom set includes the brand’s iconic cleanser and a muslin cloth to give the gift of great skin. For a fun family project, make these DIY Christmas ornaments with her.
Universal Thread Lanae Riding Boots
Riding boots are always in season, especially in flattering neutral tones. Get Mom a pair that looks designer but doesn’t have a designer price tag. Microsuede material covers these high-heeled boots, which offer a refined but casual feel, thanks to the slouchy design. By the way, here’s what your favorite shoes say about your personality.
A New Day Kasia Leopard-Print Ballet Flats
Animal print turns an everyday staple like ballet flats into a chic accessory that can transform any outfit. She can pair them with jeans or slacks for the office or with a mini dress for a night out on the town. The design makes them easy to slip on and off, not that she’ll want to take them off anytime soon—especially since they’re lined with cozy faux fur. When you’re doing your Christmas shopping this season, make sure you know these money-saving secrets that Target employees won’t tell you.
Melinda Maria Icons Queen Bee Charm
Let your mama know she’s the queen bee of your household with this adorable 18k-gold-plated charm by Melinda Maria. She can mix and match with her current collection or assign a special charm for each member of her hive. Over the holidays and throughout the year, you’ll both enjoy these funny mom quotes that will have you cry-laughing.
Threshold Stoneware Mom’s Hotel Mug
Once you check into Mom’s hotel, it’s hard to check out. Her yummy food and stocked kitchen will make you want to extend your stay. Remind her that you appreciate her hospitality with this cheeky mug. Remember: Room service is not included. If your mom has a sense of humor, these funny gifts will tickle her fancy.
Wondershop Bourbon Mixers Gift Set
You always knew she was tough, but seeing her down her favorite bourbon drink really convinced you of that. This cocktail kit will help the drinks go down smoother. In traditional flavors like Kentucky Mule and Old Fashioned, these cocktail syrup mixers are sure to get the holiday party started.
Project 62 Clear Resin LED Accent Lamp
If she’s a fan of the marble trend but not the sky-high prices that come with the expensive stone, gift her a faux marble accent that she’ll show off in her favorite room. This pink table lamp will spruce up any area, and it only looks like a million bucks. If your mom has enough stuff, consider these 15 experience gifts for everyone on your list.
The Wine Savant Diamond Glasses
You can barely keep your kitchen stocked, but your mom seems to have every type of glassware in her cabinets. Gift her a four-pack of truly unique stemless wine glasses that she doesn’t own yet. The set—which can also be used for whiskey, scotch, or bourbon—also happens to be one of Mariah Carey’s favorite holiday gifts. And hey, if it’s good enough for Mariah, it should be good enough for your mom, too. Here are 60 more Amazon Prime gifts for everyone on your list.
Pat McGrath Labs Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Trio
Pat McGrath is a celebrity makeup artist with a cult following. Your mom will be spoiled rotten with this matte trio of lipsticks that look great with any skin tone. They come wrapped in the brand’s signature glitter confetti, which is very appropriate for the holidays. Just make sure she doesn’t make one of these common lipstick mistakes.
Pattern On-the-Go Kit
Diana Ross’ daughter has something in common with your mom: She lives for great hair care that can tame her unruly mane. That’s why Tracee Ellis Ross developed a line for hair with various needs. This refillable travel kit includes Hydration Shampoo, Heavy Conditioner, and Leave-In Conditioner. Speaking of people who know hair, these are the hair-care products stylists can’t live without.
Vahdam Limited Edition Assorted Chai Teas
Your mom’s favorite album is Butterfly, and she can recite the lyrics to any Mariah song on command. Give her a taste of the diva with Mariah’s collaboration with Vahdam, the award-winning tea company. This chai gift set has been featured in Oprah’s favorite things, so you know it’s a good buy. If she loves curling up with a cup of tea and a good book, you should also check out these must-have gifts for book lovers.
DII Mrs. Clause Apron
Get your mom into the holiday spirit, even when she’s in the kitchen. This imported festive apron is one size fits all, so you don’t have to fuss with getting her measurements. The extra ties allow her to double wrap the apron, just like she likes it.
Dash Hot Air Popcorn Popper
Give her the movie night of her dreams with this at-home popcorn maker. She can enjoy the taste of movie-theater fare without any of the extra chemicals and calories microwave packs pile on. Plus, she can play with her own flavors and oils to customize her treats. Here are some more kitchen gadgets she’ll wish she had years ago.
Kitchen HQ Cookie Stamp Set
Some of your fondest memories took place in your mom’s kitchen. If baking is still one of her favorite pastimes, these cookie stamps are the gift for her. The kit comes with six different designs that she can interchange to personalize her favorite batch of treats. Doing a cookie swap with family or friends? Try these 17 Christmas cookie recipes you’ll want to make this year (and every year).
Brookstone Stainless Steel Heated Car Mug
Between commuting and school drop-offs, moms seem to spend more time in their cars than they do at home. These Brookstone stainless steel car mugs will guarantee her java stays warm as she goes through her hectic day. She can even plug them in for all-day warmth. Don’t miss these 20 car accessories that will change the way she drives.
Tech2 5-piece Social Media Kit
It seems like just yesterday when Mom was asking you to help set up her iPhone. She’s all grown up now and a total selfie pro. Up her game with this social media kit that includes a tripod, remote, and three camera lenses. Still working on your selfie game? Here are 10 tricks to make yourself look better in photos.
Sugarfina Champagne Bubbles Candy Cube
What’s better than a cold flute filled with bubbly? Sugarfina’s cute candy squares with champagne bubble candy! Gift her one cube or pile on a few to create a mini collection. This way, you can both toast to the holiday, even when it’s not yet time for an actual cocktail. If champagne is making you think of end-of-the-year celebrations, check out these tips for planning a stress-free New Year’s Eve cocktail party.
Anthropologie Bistro Monogram Mug
Cheaper than a cross-Atlantic flight, this mug from Anthropologie will transport her right back to her favorite little bistro in Paris. It’s personalized with an initial, so you can gift her one or multiples to spell out a word. If you’re looking to actually go to Paris or somewhere else abroad with your mom, check out the European travel experience most people don’t know about.
Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese Loaf
If your mom likes to pair fancy cheese with her vino, Tillamook’s expert cheesemakers have the perfect gift for her. The premium cheeses, including this extra sharp cheddar, are a welcome addition to any spread she puts out when having her friends over. Arrange a variety for her and watch her love of cheese grow with every bite. Doing a group gift exchange for the holidays? Here are the best Secret Santa gifts under $20.
Lilah B. AglowFace Mist
Help her look revitalized all day long with clean brand Lilah B.’s lavender-oil-infused hydrating mist. It refreshes and hydrates with beneficial botanicals—perfect for when she’s on the go. She can spritz herself for an afternoon pick-me-up or during a long flight. Cutting it close to the holiday? Check out these last-minute Christmas gifts with free overnight shipping.
Shiffa FaSha Crystal Clear Quartz Tool
A jack-of-all-trades, this tool is perfect for depuffing face, neck, and chin areas. Here’s how to use it: Simply apply a face-friendly oil, and then push the quartz tool in an outward motion to visibly reduce inflammation and puffy areas. Bonus points if she stores it in the freezer and uses it cold for further benefits. If your budget’s a little (or a lot) bigger, pair this gift with a trip to one of the most luxurious spas in the world.
Made by Mary Birth Flower Necklace
Personalize her gift this year with a birth flower charm she can wear year-round. Choose from gold, silver, or rose-gold colors and different chain lengths. Proudly made in the USA, each piece is hand-cut, shaped, assembled, and packaged by a loving team in Utah. For everyone else on your list, don’t miss these Christmas gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.
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