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    35 Mother's Day Gifts That Only Look Expensive

    So you can show your mom there's no limit to your love (even if there is for your spending).

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    1. A stainless steel coffee filter so she can start the day with high quality cups of joe right in her own kitchen. The better the aroma and taste = the more prepared she'll feel to deal with your shenanigans.

    It's designed to fit most carafes ($19.99 on Amazon) and has a ~dual filter~ construction (high quality mesh inside and a laser-cut filter outside) to bring out bolder flavors in coffee you already have.

    Promising review: "This is my third reusable filter. I have two others from other brands but this one is the best — it's amazing at providing the right drainage rate for the best cup of coffee. I had a suspicion my original one drained too slowly (bitter coffee, even with course grind). This one is beautiful and does, as they say, drain at the best rate! You're going to taste all of the coffee flavors with this!" —Sarah B.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    2. A silk sleep mask in an already gift-able box that'll not only encourage her to REST, but actually make downtime feel a little more luxurious. Consider this the perfect solution to overpriced spa trips.


    Promising review: "This is so soft and comfortable and the elastic holds up nicely. It's the best eye mask I've purchased yet, and I've been using masks for years. It really helps me sleep better. The little bag and box helps with travel and showing it on display." —Elena

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in six colors).

    3. A five-year journal with one question a day for letting her finally make some "me time" every darn night without ~reflecting~ on how much you actually spent. Self-care > big credit card bills.


    The book will ask anything from anything serious to silly so she can make personal goals or just share a funny thought to look back on later!

    Promising review: "This is a neat book that makes journaling so easy, because it asks the questions and then you just need to answer briefly with your thoughts. The thought of journaling came be intimidating, because we all think of how much time it might take out of our busy schedule. That is not the case with this book. You will also enjoy the reward you will experience later when the book is filled in." —FiFi's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59.

    4. A studded leather belt, because this'll easily upgrade just about all of her office ensembles. Are you her personal stylist now? Just call us Tan France.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $19.95 (originally $38; available in two colors).

    5. A Nooni foaming cleanser to make her skincare routine feel a little more rich when adding this to her usual face wash. How? It transforms regular ol' cleansers into a *fluffy marshmallow texture*. Talk about cloud nine.


    It's especially great for people with sensitive skin, because it tones down harsher formulas!

    Promising review: "This thing is the bomb. Does exactly what it advertises; makes a thick whipped cream/foam out of washes, making it economical as well as fun. It can soften harsh washes to make the concoction gentler on skin. It's also great for mixing washes if you have two or more you'd like to combine for different effects. And of course, a little goes a long, long way with this puppy. For the price, it's a steal. Definitely give it a try if you're not sure. It's a really cool device." —Knock Knock Me

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in two colors).

    6. A Paris street style coloring book so you can ~technically~ transport her to the land of couture and fancy pastries (just minus the $$$ airfair). But don't be surprised when she starts to dress très chic!


    It's filled with Parisian window shopping, fashionable outfits, and chic French hairdos to keep you feeling sophistiqué.

    Promising review: "I've ordered many adult coloring books (I'm kind of addicted) and this is the second Zoe de las Cases book I got through Amazon (these are hard to find and I was on a waiting list for this one). They are very well-made, the paper is beautiful, and the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous in person. The picture does not do it justice. There is even an elastic band around it to hold it shut. It is quite exquisite looking and will be on my coffee table. It looks like you bought it from Paris Fashion Week." —Linda M. Olarin

    Get it from Amazon for $10.87 (also available as Tokyo).

    7. A Tasty non-stick dutch oven that'll quickly become a centerpiece if she's always dreamt of a copper-accessorized kitchen. She may actually love you more than Ina after this...


    This bb is non-stick, has *diamond* reinforced coating, and distributes heat fast and evenly. And! Its base is suitable for all cooking surfaces.

    Promising review: "First of all, it doesn't stick. Also, it's pretty enough to cook and serve. So far, I've made beef/vegetable stew and chicken tortilla soup, and everything turned out great. I love cooking from scratch, and this is the pot for it." —Doreen

    Get it from the BuzzFeed Tasty collection at Walmart for $27.88 (available in three colors).

    See what won best dutch ovens on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    8. And! A decorative tin for giving her a chic place to put all her homemade recipes on display. If this doesn't earn you her famous chocolate chip pecan pie recipe, you are simply out of luck.,

    Promising review: "I love everything about this lovely recipe holder, from the basic design of the box to the lovely floral outside. It is a very pleasing addition to my kitchen!" —Norma Nichols

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two styles).

    9. A faux fur throw blanket, because this'll be a major step forward toward redecorating the house like she always talks about. Step one: toss on couch. That's it. She owes you everything.


    Promising review: "This has a nice weight, good material, and is great quality for so cheap! It reminds me of an Anthropologie throw! I would totally recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in four styles).

    10. A trio of Mario Badescu face mists with three best-selling facial sprays: cucumber and green tea (to hydrate and tone), rosewater and herbs (to energize tired complexions), and chamomile and lavender (to calm in the evening) so she'll always have a fancy-feeling pick-me-up wherever, whenever.,

    Promising review: "I've been searching around for a great spray mist after I ran out of my previous one. It seems like everyone I came across was $20 itself so I couldn't believe that these were $21 for a three-pack! They are great sized bottles so the value is incredible for how much they cost a piece. The scents are not too strong at all, and they all have a unique smell. There's no added oiliness and they're always so refreshing!" —Meaghan C.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.

    To learn more about the cult-fave rosewater spray, check out "This Facial Spray Is $7 And Will Make You Feel Refreshed".

    11. A marble-patterned aroma diffuser that'll not only turn her home into a spa-like oasis, but double as sophisticated decor. AND she'll probably use it forever — prepare for some dirty looks from your siblings.


    Just add a few drops of essential oil ($9.99 on Amazon) for a balance of natural aromas and a cooling mist. You are now solely responsible for decreasing her stress.

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a diffuser that actually works and have to say that I couldn't be happier with this aroma diffuser. With the time settings, I'm never worried about it running to long and the lights are a great bonus! It works like a charm and fills my living room with scents from my therapeutic essential oils. I get compliments every time I have guests." —Daryl O.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    12. A set of Tarte vegan lipsticks with a glimmering pouch for *kissing up* to her in the best way possible — you're giving her five creamy, super pigmented lipsticks for the price of one designer option. She will be colored IMPRESSED.


    PLUS! They're chock-full of algae and marine plant extracts to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, shea butter to retain hydration, and olive oil to soothe and restore chapped puckers.

    Promising review: "I really like the variety in colors of this set. They can be applied for just a little color or a lot — and they mix nicely with a little gloss or moisturizer for a lighter effect. Their coverage usually lasts me halfway through the work day and I re-apply after lunch. I love the size, too. It's perfect for carrying in my purse or wallet!" —Lydia F

    Get it from Tarte for $27 (available in two styles).

    13. An embroidered sun hat, because this may not be a ticket to a tropical beach vacation but it could definitely inspire one!!! Not to mention, this'll dress her in one of this season's biggest trends without the usual department store cost.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this hat! It arrived flat in the box and I easily molded it into shape. After some use, I packed it in a suitcase flat for a trip to the Dominican Republic. I was able to reshape it for use on the trip and had it in and out of a beach bag for a week. I have received so many compliments on this adorable hat! I would not hesitate to purchase a second one." —Amanda K

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 32 phrases).

    14. A set of ultra-fine stainless steel tea infusers so she can enjoy some afternoon *high tea* — aka her tea will be stronger, more flavorful, and smell more aromatic. It's still up to you to bring the finger sandwiches.


    This comes with two tea infusers, two drip trays, and one tea scoop.

    Promising review: "This is the last infuser you'll buy. There are no loose bits anywhere with this next-tea-perfection infuser. I love the plate that comes with it as well, making it very convenient to just place the infuser on it after a quick brew, and then cleaning the infuser AFTER you enjoy your cuppa." —Jonathon

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.95 (available in three colors).

    15. A pair of customizable silk pajamas that'll make her feel like she's staying in the Four Seasons every time she gets ready for bed. Be ready for a bell to ring when she wears these. You're expected.

    Totally Brides / Etsy

    These also work well for bridesmaids gifts, but for now let's focus on MOM. You can customize on the front or back of the top. Just write out her name, which color you'd like (from their color chart), and font style (from their style chart).

    Promising review: "I ordered these for me and my bridesmaids and they came out better than I ever could have imagined. I love them!" —Totally Brides on Etsy for Jennifer Moran

    Get it from Totally Brides on Etsy for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL, five colors, and three customization options).

    16. A stainless steel fountain pen for making her desk feel more sophisticated as she writes your own grocery list for you. Don't lie. I know you distract her from her actual work ALL THE TIME.

    **Calls mom to help you write an email** **Calls again when you hit reply-all**

    Promising review: "This is a very nice fountain pen, especially for the price. This pen writes like a much more expensive fountain pen and can be used with both cartridges and ink, via the enclosed converter. It has good heft to it without being overly heavy. It has a nice feel in the hand and a smooth writing nib (I prefer a fine point). I have purchased several of these over the last couple of years and all of them are holding up perfectly." —MML

    Get it from Amazon for $14.66 (available in six colors).

    17. A pair of velvety pom-pom slippers, because it would honestly be weird to give her a glass slipper but she still deserves to feel like royalty.


    Did I mention they have memory foam?

    Promising review: "These slippers have a non slip light duty sole. Most slippers sold today have a thick hard sole designed to be worn outside. I looked far and wide to find a true ‘house slipper’ and these are PERFECT! I immediately ordered a second pair to have on hand. The little puffs make me feel all fancy and elegant in them!!" —Ali Benny

    Get them from Amazon for $16.55 (available in sizes 5/6–9/10 and two colors).

    18. A literary ceramic vase so she can store anything from culinary tools to desk supplies (or, of course, bouquets!) as a unique, sophisticated display. It's such a different and elegant idea, she'll never ~read~ into the price.


    Promising review (for Compendium of Flowers): "WOW! WOW! This is such a gorgeous and well-made vase. I am a librarian and will use this both with and without flowers. It makes a beautiful decoration just on its own. I loved it so much that I just bought one as a gift for another librarian. This makes a unique and inexpensive gift for anyone who loves books!" —Shannon

    Get them from Amazon: A Compendium of Flowers vase (left) for $23.45 and Collected Curiosities (right) for $19.98.

    19. A floral print top that'll last much longer than just regular flowers. Plus its upscale, stylish appeal will make sure her outfits never *wilt*.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $25 (available in sizes 1X–3X and two colors).

    20. A facial massager kit for treating her to a healthy dose of self-care in the form of (seemingly) high-end skincare. These'll reduce fine lines and dark under-eyes, stimulate blood circulation, and bring out a natural glow. So long, scary facial bills.


    One is 3D roller face massager, while the other is a “T”-shaped electric energy bar (that gently vibrates on your face to promote better blood circulation). Both are waterproof!

    Promising review: "I was looking to buy a device to tone my face and had searched for more expensive tech products initially. I decided to give this a try initially, given that it was not at all pricey. I am happy I decided to do that. I don't know what the more expensive gadgets do, because this works wonderfully. My skin is absolutely toned and tighter after just five minutes of use! I'm very happy with the results, there are no issues with the quality so far (I've had it for two weeks though used it several times), and it has a very nice presentation. It is a nice gift for someone!" —carolina

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    21. A stylish pet carrier tote, because unfortunately no matter how much you spoil her, we all know who the favorite child is. At least she'll always look en vogue while bringing them everywhere — Louis who?

    It comes with a pad for the bottom to keep your pup *happy* and lots (and lots) of POCKETS.

    Promising review: "This is the best purchase I made for my little dogs. It actually fits my smallest (3.6 lbs fully grown) and my biggest (10 lbs fully grown). I've taken my littlest into at least 10 different stores while leaving the side mesh uncovered and not a single person realized I had a dog with me. If I take this with me I never have to bring a purse because there's enough room for dog treats, my wallet, keys, doggy bags, and a leash. It's wonderful. I wish they made more print options, because this really is a winner." —kelsitabonita90

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    22. A three-piece Drybar dry shampoo set so she'll always look and feel put-together even during weeks that are just busy, busy, busy. You can't always treat her to a blowout, but this will be pretty darn close.

    This comes with their Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam (to absorb oil and leave hair bouncy and fresh), Detox Dry Shampoo (to cancel greasiness and make hair feel clean in-between washes), and Detox Dry Conditioner (to weightlessly detangle, soften, and hydrate in-between washes).

    Promising review: "These are the best dry shampoo products ever! I have tried several and these really make you feel like you just washed your hair!" —Bean629

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $19.97 (originally 29).

    See what won best dry shampoo on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    23. A wine-chilling aerator that'll not only make all her wine taste bolder and more expensive, but will also keep it refreshingly cool even when drunk outside in the heat. Prepare for a lot of toasts in your honor.


    This also comes with a foil cutter, stopper, storage pouch, and wine tasting ebook!

    Promising review: "I've always been a casual wine drinker but over the past couple years, I’ve started to learn as much as I can about wine. A friend of mine suggested I look into this wine chiller so I decided to check it out. We immediately had to give it a try at dinner: As promised, double-lipped pourer left no drips on the table and the wine stayed chilled until the bottle was empty. But what surprised me the most is that our favorite wine actually tasted better than normally, due to the aerator. We also took it to an outdoor concert/picnic and it was perfect for enjoying some nice chilled wine in the summer heat, as well." —Austin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. A tube of Josie Maran whipped argan oil hand cream for giving her a *rich* way to protect those manis from dryness and damage. Plus this'll feel like an indulgent treat every time she uses it, thanks to its shea butter and olive fruit oil formula and vanilla apricot scent.

    Free People

    And it's cruelty-free!

    Get it from Free People for $22.

    25. A stoneware floral salad bowl with bamboo servers, because when you're not having dinner she'll still want to use this as an eye-catching centerpiece. There's a reason she brags about you to all her guests.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this set! The colors are so pretty! It has a heavy stoneware quality. The salad hands are awesome and go so well with this bowl. It arrived safely packed and the box it came in is perfect, if you want to give this item as a present. It had handles to carry it. Just put a bow on it and you have a fantastic present for a wedding, or birthday, or whatnot. I definitely recommend this item!" —German_USA

    Get them from Amazon for $31.99.

    26. A set of vintage-y botanical prints so she can ~spruce~ up her wall decor all thanks to you. Your siblings will definitely get a little green, but you were always the favorite anyway.


    Promising review: "These are really nice prints which have been printed on a semi-glossy card stock. The images are clear. They don't look cheap by any means and if placed in a nice frame they can pass as expensive artwork." —Crazy mom

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.99+ (also available in three colored frames).

    27. A set of intricate blossom-pressed placemats that'll inspire even you to set the table (at least on her special day, PLEASE) — even leftovers look like five-star meals on these babies.


    These deserve at LEAST two Michelin stars.

    Promising review: "I love these so much I will buy another set! I refinished a table recently to a rich dark brown and the legs of my table have gold accents so these look high-end and beautiful! They are also easy to clean and the material makes it so they don't slide all over the table." —Kels n Trav

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $10.99.

    28. A pair of floral socks for helping her outfits flourish one *step* at a time. May she forget she ever even had boring, overused socks.


    Promising review: "These socks are super great! I really wasn’t expecting much when I saw how cheap the socks were, but now that I have them I’m blown away. I wear a men’s 9 shoe, and these socks fit me fine. The embroidery is very neat, and the colors didn’t fade after I washed them. The socks are very stretchy and I expect them to last quite awhile." —Stuart Beach

    Get them from Amazon for $3.09+ (available in one size and 14 styles).

    29. A set of golden metal straws, because this'll make everything she drinks from iced coffee to seltzer feel so much more posh — it's time to introduce her to La Croix.


    Promising review: "How could you not like these. They are not only helping to save the environment, but they are durable and fit easily in your purse so you can take them out and use them at a restaurant. They are super easy to clean and make fantastic gifts. When you drink something cold through them, the beverage is cool to your lips. If it's warm, the straw is warm. I love, love them." —gwenda perez

    Get them from Amazon for $10.70 (available in five colors).

    30. A ceramic curling iron so she can look *and* feel like she's at the salon every time she does her hair. She can now thank you for every good hair day she has (without you having to pick up a blowout bill).

    This bb is 1.25" in width, 5.9" in length (for styling wider hair sections), and reaches up to 450ºF!

    Promising review: "This curling iron is great. I am not a pro at curling my hair at all, but this iron made it look like I knew what I was doing. It works great and I even found that it smoothed my hair and removed any frizz as it curled. I have all three now, this iron, their flat iron, and their hair dryer. I LOVE them all." —Brandy Laundry

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    31. A lipstick-sized portable charger that'll a) look like an expensive tech gift and b) put an end to days of her worrying about her phone dying. Thank goodness, because we need her available at ALL TIMES.


    This baby recharges in three to four hours (you will survive until then). It adds over one full charge (about 14 hours of talk time) to an iPhone 8, almost one full charge to a Galaxy S8, or one full charge to most other phones. AND it comes with a travel pouch to protect your beloved.

    Promising review: "This is the best portable phone charger I've ever had! I love that it has its own case to travel with that keeps it nice, and I would say it has two full charges on it. I took it along to a amusement park and we both were able to charge our phones full one time each. I like that it has an on button to charge so it won't waste any charge ever. Ten stars!!" —Mel Troy

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five colors).

    See what won best portable chargers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    32. A pair of gold-plated hoops for giving her *seemingly* high-end jewelry. Except now you still have money leftover to take her out to dinner.


    Promising review: "WOW, I'm so impressed with my earrings. I absolutely love them. They're such high-quality and before I even had the product out of the package I knew I was going right over to Amazon and ordering more. I'm extremely impressed with them. I've been searching the local stores for hoop earrings and have not been able to find any, so I really had my fingers crossed that these would be nice and they are." —Valerie Forkner

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in gold, rose gold, and silver, and in two styles).

    33. A pair of duo-sided makeup brushes, because these'll make her feel golden every morning when her foundation looks flawlessly finished. This definitely counts as giving her some plush treatment.


    You'll get two duo-sided brushes:

    * Duo flat buffer and pointed powder brush: one side is a rounded kabuki-style brush to buff and seamlessly apply foundation, while the other is a pointed brush to apply bronzer and blush to more precise areas.

    * Duo angle contour and large powder brush: one side is to contour and sculpt, while the other is to buff and smooth for a natural-looking finish.

    Promising review: "I love the quality of these brushes! The bristles are lush and so soft! I accidentally ordered two and can see the quality is consistent. This brush is now my favorite and stands out against all my other ordinary brushes." —M. Webb

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99.

    34. A patterned silk pillow case so she can feel like she's literally sleeping in the lap of luxury every night — something we were previously unaware we could afford to gift her.


    Promising review: "I spent days looking for a pillowcase that was good quality and had a pattern that I wouldn’t mind having in my house. I’m so glad I went with the gray flowers. It goes so well with everything in my bedroom and I don’t wake up with dry, frizzy hair anymore. For a few months I was bleaching my hair and I didn’t want to add anymore damage to it. I’m so glad I found this. I loved it so much I bought one for my daughter and she doesn’t wake up with frizzy hair anymore." —m0urning-star

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in eight styles).

    35. A cashmere-scented candle that'll literally be the gift that keeps on giving when her whole house smells like fancy fabric *and* she can use the holder as a drinking glass once the candle has burned out.

    It's hand-poured and cruelty-free!

    Get it from Linnea's Lights for $16 or a similar style on Amazon for $13.95.

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