$50 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (That Don’t Suck)

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My mom's favorite Black Opium perfume from Yves Saint Laurent is currently on sale at Fragrance.com for only $51.09! - www.theballeronabudget.com
Mother’s Day is just two weeks away, and for those of you who have a picky mom just like mine, the pressure will start stacking for us really quickly. Unfortunately, like most women, finding a gift for Mom can be a hard task, let alone one that’s less than $50.

There’s nothing worse than getting a gift rejected – even worse, by Mom. So to be sure that the queen is pleased this year, continue reading for some unique Mother’s Day gifts that’ll leave a lasting impression on her, all for less than $50.

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For the Mom Who Loves Perfume


Mom might be very particular about her choices when it comes to perfume – I’m not sure what woman isn’t. But Clean’s Skin, Philosophy’s Amazing Grace, and L’Aromarine’s Vanille are 3 safe and popular choices for women that are sure to impress. My last pick, Salt Air, is one of the most favored within the Demeter Fragrance Library, and their extensive line features various sizes of bottles and fragrances that can be layered for customized fragrances at reasonable price points.

If you want more fragrance choices, Fragrance.com carries thousands of brand-name perfumes for discounted prices. A 1.7 oz bottle of my favorite Versace Eros Pour Femme is currently on sale for only $39.19! My mom’s personal favorite Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium is also on sale for $51.09.

For the Mom Who Loves Watches


If your mom is still rocking outdated watches, it might be time for an upgrade. With modern styles like oversized watch faces, leather straps and sleek ceramic, Mom will love a brand new watch, even if it isn’t a $200 Michael Kors.

For the Mom Who Loves Shoes and Handbags


If you know her shoe size (or can devise a plan to get it), a pair of classy Louboutin-inspired pumps or strappy sandals resembling Aquazurra’s “Wild Things” will make killer statements in her wardrobe. If she’s more of a handbag gal, a genuine leather dupe for Chloe’s mini Faye will take the cake. But don’t forget – a soft, quilted leather crossover bag inspired by Chanel is always a classic choice.

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For the Mom Who Loves to Throw Parties

Now that you’re all grown up, I bet a few of you have moms who love to throw dinner parties for their friends. To make her get-togethers more impressive, be sure to get her a cocktail and wine set or a bar cart to add a touch of class to all of her parties.

For the Mom Who Loves to Cook

Let’s face it – if you’ve got a big family, odds are, Mom is constantly slaving in the kitchen. To thank her for the daily homecooked meals, why not upgrade her kitchen utensils and make cooking more convenient and fun for her again? Slicing through meat like butter with a new knife set feels so good after years of old knives! Or, if she’s already got some new knives, consider a dutch oven to cut down her time at the stove.

For the Mom Who Loves DIY Projects

Moms who are constantly looking for a new DIY project will love a pottery wheel or a gardening set for a new hobby. If they’re already interested in things like knitting or sewing, it’s always good to get them more tools, needles and thread with a new sewing kit.

For the Mom Who Loves Essential Oils

Any mom that loves the healing power of essential oils has to get a few oils from my favorite company, Edens Garden. This Top 6 Aroma Set is just $32.95, which is usually the price point of a single bottle for Young Living oil. If she’s already got an impressive oil collection, getting her a diffuser for another room in the house or even a case to store her oils will be a wonderful way to fuel her oil addiction.
If you need ideas of specific oils that suit her needs, be sure to check out my Edens Garden essential oil guide.

For the On-the-Go Mom

If your mom’s always fumbling for her stuff in a hurry, make sure to get her a Tile for her wallet or keys so she’s not scrambling for her things as she’s running late. The mom who drops her phone on the daily? Invest in a cute Lifeproof case to protect it from falls and even water. And for the mom who is always in a rush in the morning: the Echo Dot will help her get up to speed on everything as she’s getting ready for the day.

For the Mom Who Needs to Have Some Fun

If Mom is always working, it’s probably safe to say she’s always in need of some good entertainment. Why not invest in a Fire Stick and set up Kodi and Exodus on it so she can get all the latest movies and TV? Or if she’s not as tech-savvy, a Netflix subscription with a Roku stick is a safe choice. If she’s absolutely bored and wants some unique fun, get her a virtual reality headset with built-in earphones and install some horror or adventure games for a nice kick (she’ll probably hate you for the zombie shooter game, but she’ll be laughing, no doubt).

For the Mom Who Loves Fitness

If your mom is trying to make an effort to hit the gym, you’ve to congratulate her. It’s already tough for anyone, mom or not, to carve out time in their busy schedule for the gym. Now doing that while being a mom is an amazing feat. Make sure to get her something to make the gym less of a living hell, like this ultra-sleek activity tracker or some cute bluetooth headphones!

For the Mom Who Needs a Spa Day

You can never go wrong with a spa gift basket and some wine, but I’m sure Mom has received this at least once or twice in her lifetime already. This time, make her feel like a queen with some gold-infused skincare and bath products!
Not sure where to start? You can also read my Korean skincare guide or Korean hair care guide and get her a complete regimen to impress her.

Or, if You Can’t Think of Anything Else: You Know She’s Probably Obsessed With Amazon

Okay, a 1-year subscription to Prime may be $99, but you can also get her 3 months for $33! I don’t know anyone who isn’t an avid fan of Amazon Prime – you get unlimited free 2-day shipping and sometimes even 1-day or same-day shipping, depending on what’s in your shopping cart. Amazon beats prices of competitors both online and in-store, making it one of the most convenient memberships you can get your hands on.

Also included with a membership is unlimited photo storage, access to Amazon Video AND Amazon Music, plus much more (you can read more about all the perks here). And then you can teach mom a few of my tricks on doubling her Prime subscription or even getting up to 1-year of Prime for free!

Click here to give Amazon Prime to Mom.

Other Great Ideas For Mom

The prices for the above gift ideas vary and may not necessarily be less than $50, but are ideas that she may love nonetheless.

What will you be getting your mother for Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter for more affordable and unique gift ideas!

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Looking for an affordable gift for your picky mom? Here is a selection of unique and affordable gifts for even the pickiest queen in your life, all under $50. - www.theballeronabudget.com



  1. emily
    / 10:39 am

    As a young person, I came across an intriguing DIY project that caught my interest. The project involves creating a book that inside, has a cozy library with an open front the book, (so you can see it) lights, and other features. I plan to personalize my book by designing a fantasy cover with a mountain, and a cave featuring a waterfall, and adding flowers to create a natural ambiance inside. Although it will require a significant amount of effort, I am excited to undertake this project.

  2. emily
    / 10:42 am

    ahem. to make for my mothers day. kinda forgot to mention that part.

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