It's no secret that holiday shopping can be tough on the wallet, especially when all you want to do is gift your mom the world. At the very least, she probably deserves an island or two, and maybe even an ocean named in her honor. But when you've been pinching pennies all year, this isn't exactly an option. The next move? Brainstorm cheap holiday gifts for mom that are affordable yet meaningful, because you can't put a price tag on thoughtfulness.
The key to thinking of an awesome yet inexpensive gift idea is to look at her lifestyle. What does she use everyday? What are her daily habits? Is there something that would make her life easier? Ask yourself these questions, and look into practical, simple items.
This technique even works for the moms who have everything. You can buy consumables, like tea or chocolate. Oh, and don't forget the power of cards and notes. Include thoughtful sayings, quotes, and inside jokes instead of just writing "For Mom" on a gift tag and calling it a day. Better yet, if you're crafty, whip up a DIY holiday card. That effort will not go unnoticed.
At the end of the day, remember that your presence is the best, well, present. Lend mom a hand if she's going crazy trying to prep dinner or wrap gifts. Catch up, make small talk, and show her you care. In her eyes, it'll be the perfect gift.
Does mom have sensitive skin? Gift this simple yet practical gift set of some of the brand's favorite products. Clinique is known for creating gentle formulas, and the eyeliner, mascara, and makeup remover will definitely fit the bill.
Every mom deserves a zen garden in her own backyard, but since that's not always possible, this tabletop zen garden kit will have to do. I mean, how can you resist the cuteness? She can play around with it while she's chatting on the phone with you.
Is mom all about hosting parties or trying new drinks? Amp up her mixology skills with a chic mini gold cocktail shaker. Who knows, maybe she'll even put it to the test on Christmas day and whip up something special for her favorite daughter.
When mom is one of the most wonderful ladies in the world, she deserves a book featuring similar ladies. Great Quotes from Great Women by Peggy Anderson, is the perfect example. It also doubles as a pretty tabletop display, offering inspirational messages on every page.
Aspiring and veteran gardeners alike will love a seed bomb kit to add to their garden. From the Pacific Northwest to the Rocky Mountains, you have multiple areas to choose from. It's a great way to remind mom of her hometown or a place she's always wanted to visit.
Yes, you read that right. Chocolate infused with supplements is now a thing, and you can be sure every health-conscious mama will be all about it. This set of treats includes ingredients like melatonin, caffeine, and turmeric, to suit several types of moods.
With a mini rollerball perfume, you can help mom start off the new year fresh with a new scent. Choose from soothing aromas like white bergamot or aquatic sea kelp. It doesn't hurt that these babies are travel-friendly, too.
Help mom live out her coziest winter dreams with a mini hygge candle ($15, Paddywax). With scents like Tobacco & Vanilla and Wild Fig & Cedar, you really can't go wrong. Also, how beautiful is that container? She can repurpose it to hold hair ties or jewelry after the candle has burned out.
The winter season can do a number on the skin, but it's nothing a luscious lotion can't fix. This purse-sized lotion comes with a bar of soap in a matching scent and is available in tons of different fragrances.
If your mom is obsessed with cheerful prints and bright colors, and constantly throwing a coaster under your glass, consider this coaster set the perfect gift that will instantly transform the simplest of tabletops.
Is your mom the sassiest of all sassy moms? Gift her a charming insulated mug (with a totally accurate slogan that describes her) to use when she's on the go. On Ban.do's site, you can choose from various sayings like "I Don't Work Here" and "But First, Coffee" that are all guaranteed to make her smile.
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