Paddywax, Stash Tea,, Target

20 Cheap Holiday Gifts For Mom That She Will Totally *Love*

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.


"Mom Fuel" Mug

Mom Fuel mug ($6, Look Human)

Whether it's coffee or wine, every mom has something that keeps her going. Give it a home with this mug that doubles as a reminder to drink up.


Holiday Teas

Stash Holiday Teas gift set ($16, Stash Tea)

Nothing beats the flavors of the holiday season. Cranberry pomegranate, apple cider, and cinnamon vanilla? Yes, please. With box of assorted teas, mom can sip on the season's best flavors.


Clinique Gift Set

Clinique "Take the Day Off" set ($12, Ulta).

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.


Personalized Cutting Board

Personalized cutting board ($10, Etsy)

For the mama who loves to cook, nothing beats a bespoke kitchen tool that they will use everyday. Don't hesitate to get creative with this one.


Tabletop Zen Garden Set

Tabletop Zen garden kit ($12, Walmart)

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.


Personalized Journal

Personalized notebook ($12, Etsy)

If your mother is a writer, doodler, or die-hard note-taker, she'll appreciate this gorgeous journal that she can stash in her purse and take everywhere. That metallic gold is to die for.


Cowl Neck Sweater

Cowl's neck sweater ($15, Sears)

During the winter season, you can't beat a cozy sweater. Help mama stay warm with with this classic jumper, available in multiple colors.


Mini Cocktail Shaker

Gold mini cocktail shaker ($12, CB2)

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.


Great Quotes By Great Women

Great Quotes from Great Women ($14, Amazon)

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.


Seed Bombs

Native regional seed bomb kit ($10, Shop Terrain)

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.


Wine Bottle Glass

Wine bottle glass ($10, Bed Bath & Beyond).

If mom can't live without her wine, she'll get a kick out of this drinking vessel that is essentially a wine glass attached to a wine bottle. Sometimes a single glass of red simply won't cut it.


Personalized Starbucks Cup

Personalized Starbucks mug ($8, Etsy)

It's no secret that when someone loves Starbucks, they really love Starbucks. And if that person happens to be your mother? Treat her to a personalized Starbucks mug with her name or favorite phrase.


Chocolate Supplements

Box of chocolates infused with supplements ($11, Lucky Vitamin)

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.


Vanity Mirror

Nate Berkus hexagon vanity mirror ($19, Target)

Help complete mom's vanity with a simple yet trendy mirror for her vanity designed by the one and only Nate Berkus. It also makes a stellar accessory for the sink or desk.


Mini Rollerball Perfume

Mini rollerball perfume by Illume ($12, Anthropologie)

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.


Sheet Masks

Sheet mask set ($15, Macy's)

Thanks to the wonders of sheet masks, mom can have a spa day in the comfort of her home, anytime. This sheet mask set includes three different kinds, so she'll be sure to find a favorite.


Hygge Candle

Mini hygge candle ($15, Paddywax)

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.


Hand Cream Set

Hand cream and soap set in Tuberose ($10, World Market)

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.


Floral Coaster Set

Assorted floral coaster set ($14, Lulu & Georgia)

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.


Thermal Mug

Thermal insulated mug ($14,

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'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.

Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.