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    41 Mother's Day Gifts That Only Look Expensive

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    1. 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".

    2. A chic stoneware planter that'll instantly make your mom's succulent collection look extra *sharp* — even fake plants will come off as fancier now.


    Promising review: "I saw this online and had to have it! It’s bigger and sturdier than I expected and I’m very happy with my purchase. I love that I can change her hair or hat with the seasons!" —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $7+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    3. A set of metallic straws to make every single one of her drinks feel more sophisticated, including when it's just tap water. Though she may start demanding lemons now.


    Each set comes with three different sized straws, a straw cleaner, and carrying tubes.

    Promising review: "As more and more places are starting to get rid of plastic straws — and I loathe the paper ones that start to come apart in my drink — this set of three turned out to be the best solution for me as they are sturdy, insert inside of one another, and can handle any size beverage from a cocktail to a smoothie! I think I will be giving my bestie a set of these for her birthday next month!" —Chellie

    Get it from Food52 for $24+ (available in 10 colors).

    4. A silk sleep mask in an already gift-able box, because this'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).

    5. A Smashbox eyeshadow palette so you can give her the gift of higher-end makeup for half the usual price. She'll get a range of six shadows, ranging from shimmering to matte, and two double-size base shades. That's a lot of payoff.

    Promising review: "I really like this palette. The colors in it are beautiful, and it is a versatile palette. I use it daily, and I am glad it is cruelty-free." —Kamal26

    Get it from Sephora for $29 (available in seven shade combinations).

    6. A Voluspa champagne-scented candle for making all of her evenings feel a touch more sophisticated whenever she needs to unwind. I sense a lot of *toasts* coming your way.

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite all-time candle brands and scent! It is a mild very slightly sweet (not sickeningly so) fragrance that really does remind me of popping open a champagne bottle. I love that Voluspa uses a coconut wax base and it burns very clean." —Spagirl72

    Get it from Nordstrom for $29.

    7. A DIY embroidery kit, because this'll be extra heart-warming if you can't spend Mother's Day together this year. Plus, it'll be the gift that keeps on giving when she learns a new hobby (something you'd usually have to buy a subscription box for).

    Nelly Makes Embroidery / Etsy

    She'll get the design outline printed onto calico cotton fabric, a stitch and color diagram, embroidery floss, picture tutorials on how to start and finish, embroidery tips, an illustrated embroidery stitch glossary, an embroidery stitch practice fabric piece, an 8” embroidery hoop, and two embroidery needles.

    Promising review: "Nice Mother's Day gift to keep my mum entertained during the lockdown boredom! She loved doing this easy re-introduction into embroidery." —lhendo1

    Get it from Nelly Makes Embroidery on Etsy for $25.93.

    8. A decorative tin that'll give 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 Fenty longwear lip paint so she can join the thousands of beauty lovers who swear by this for its weightless, longwear formula. A classic red lip (in a gorgeous tube, I might add) never fails to impress, my friends.


    Promising review: "I love this lipstick!!!! It glides on effortlessly and really stays. The color is beyond vibrant and the matte finish doesn’t leave you feeling dried out. This is my new go-to lipstick and I can’t wait to see new colors." —Samatt14

    Get it from Fenty for $25 (available in eight shades).

    See why Fenty's Mattemoiselle Plush Lipstick is our mid-price pick for best matte lipsticks in "The Best Matte Lipsticks (That Will Actually Stay On)".

    10. A birthday flower kit to make your gift feel a little more special *without* personalization charges. Each month has its own flower with a note about what it symbolizes. Even Scorpios are sure to be touched by your thoughtfulness.

    Uncommon Goods

    She'll get seeds, a glass bottle to grow them in, soil-less growing medium, instructions, and info about what her flower symbolizes.

    Promising review: "This was a lovely personalized gift for my mother-in-law, who enjoys gardening. It was special to give her something that was tied to her birthday. She planted it immediately and she's excited to have something to grow indoors." —Julie

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34 (available in all 12 months).

    11. A wine aerator that'll infuse oxygen to release any inexpensive wine's ~aromas~ and bolden the taste right out of the bottle. It'll basically be like an expensive wine tasting that never ends.


    Promising review: "All other reviewers are correct. I tried my wine with and without the aerator, WOW and WOW. What a difference. I drink two glasses per day, and this is a treat. I highly recommend this aerator for wine drinkers." —Jai T. Doshi

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A sherpa bathrobe so she can feel like she's getting spa-level treatment every darn day — is there anything more luxe than a fluffy robe? I think not.


    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, this is so luxurious and soft. I traded my gray thin bathrobe for this fluffy fuchsia one and couldn't be happier." —LaLa82

    Get it from ModCloth for $24.99 (originally $35; available in sizes S/M-L/XL).

    13. A Caudalíe hand cream for pampering her 24/7 whenever her hands need a little TLC. Its ~rich~ blend of grape polyphenols, shea butter, and avocado, plus a sweet citrus fragrance will instantly become the fanciest-feeling part of her day.


    Promising review: "I catch myself reaching for it nonstop. It doesn’t leave a sticky feeling, smells very nice to me, and it makes my hands super soft." —Ivana

    Get it from Caudalíe for $15.

    14. A Clare V. mug and dessert plate, because this'll always make her spreads look très chic without revealing how much you actually spent.


    Promising review (for the plate): "I purchased two of these plates to hang on a kitchen wall. They're sturdy, have bright colors, and are adorable!" — Blondeellleee

    Get them from Anthropologie: the mug for $16 (available in three styles) and the side dish for $18 (available in four styles).

    15. 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." —mom

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

    16. A genuine amethyst PopSocket that'll quickly make her phone her new favorite, luxe accessory. And will you win bonus points for getting her something both gorgeous and useful? Of course. No mom deserves a shattered screen.

    Promising review: "This is my favorite. It looks amazing and it's good quality. It actually helps my case to stay more stable when opened and propped to watch movies." —Tanya S.

    Get it from PopSocket for $30.

    17. A 500-piece, beautifully-illustrated puzzle to double as stylish art *and* a very pretty source of entertainment. There's a 10/10 chance this'll be her living room's focal point.

    Promising review: "Wow, great fun with this beautiful puzzle." —Citizen Earth

    Get it from Wander Puzzle Co. on Etsy for $27.95.

    18. 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 $14.99.

    19. A binary-coding clock so she can prove to everyone she's always the smartest person in the room with some very sleek-looking decor. And who would guess your tech gift is actually so affordable?

    The Grommet

    It uses binary code (the language of computers) to show the time by having you read the time by adding the values of the lit LEDs in each column.

    Promising review: "I especially like the three settings for the display brightness. The style, color, shape is very nice. It's a great conversation piece." —Mary

    Get it from The Grommet for $31.95.

    20. A rose quartz facial roller for treating her to a dose of self-care in the form of (seemingly) high-end skincare. This'll gently massage her face and increase her moisturizer or serum's effectiveness to encourage a brighter complexion — and just end the day on a relaxing note.


    Promising review: "I have this roller and I have gifted this roller to everyone I know. This has a cult following for a reason — it’s the best one out there. I've had it for over a year now and you can’t beat the price." —Kelly7365

    Get it from Nordstrom for $28.

    21. A mini cast-iron skillet, because this'll hold its weight against more expensive culinary brands thanks to its impressive heat retention and even cooking. They're so cheap you can buy 'em as a set — hopefully this earns you some homemade dessert.


    Promising review: "I love these. I use them for individual cast iron skillet cookies. They make a great presentation, and the best thing is I can cheat and use the refrigerated cookies so its a quick on-hand dessert. With a scoop of ice cream, you are a star." —Cabinlife

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    See what we picked as the three best cast iron skillets at different price points in "Your Kitchen Is Not Complete Without A Cast Iron Skillet".

    22. A Novogratz table lamp that'll help update her living room without spending too much ~green~. It may be small, but it'll *brighten* the whole space.


    Promising review: "It is the cutest thing! It’s perfect! The material is nice, pretty solid, and the base is nice, too. The click on switch isn’t loose at all; it’s solid! I love it!" —Lauren

    Get it from Wayfair for $29.99 (originally $34.99).

    23. A floral sweatshirt to help her wardrobe *flourish*, even when wearing sweats. Are you her personal stylist now? Just call us Tan France.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "So cute, soft and spring-y. I ordered it a size up to wear it oversize, but my regular size would have been just prefect." —Celeste G.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $19.99 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

    24. A five-year memory book with a pretty gold foil cover and gilded pages so her journaling feels so chic. She'll only need to contribute ~one line a day~ in order to reflect in style.


    Eventually they'll have five years worth of quick journaling!

    Promising review: "I love these books. They make journaling quick and simple. I just love it because I really don’t journal at all, but this one makes it simple and fun, especially when it comes to looking back a couple years." —Tia Patterson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.47.

    See why a BuzzFeeder's review for a similar journal in "This Question A Day Journal Is A Perfect Dose Of Self-Care".

    25. An oversized faux fur blanket for something luxuriously soft to cuddle with every movie night. Not to mention, it'll give her couch an easy update. You really do it all.


    Get it from Target for $29.99.

    26. An elegant dominoes set, because this'll transform your usual family game night into a trendy soirée. Does this demand hors d'oeuvres? Absolutely.

    West Elm

    Get it from West Elm for $19.99 (originally $35).

    27. A bamboo colander and pour bowl set that'll both upgrade her kitchenware and streamline her usual cooking process. Basically you just brought her one step closer to feeling like she has Ina Garten's kitchen.


    It can also be used as a mixing bowl!

    Promising review: "I don’t like buying and storing extra kitchen gadgets that aren’t very useful, but this is well worth it. It comes in quite handy for pastas and vegetables." —Gila B.

    Get it from Food52 for $30+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

    28. A hot sauce gift set so you can ~spice~ up the competition when everyone sees what you're giving your favorite foodie — it boasts seven unique flavors, like smoky bourbon, garlic pepper, and whiskey habanero. Maybe she'll be generous enough to share when putting these on pizza.

    By the way, this was also one of Oprah's favorite things! They'll get seven flavors: garlic herb, smoky bourbon, garlic pepper, chipotle pepper, cayenne pepper, whiskey habanero, and ghost pepper.

    Promising review: "I just received the gift for my little brother and I HAVE to review it. The sauces came beautifully packaged and my brother said it's some of the best hot sauce he's ever had!!! Make sure to have some milk on hand after using these sauces, though! 🌶" —Erin

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    29. A Glossier skincare set to give her not one but THREE new products to totally revamp her usual routine. She'll get the fan fave milky jelly cleanser to dissolve makeup and residue, a priming moisturizer to both hydrate and even out her skin tone, and their popular lip balm to soothe her pucker.


    Promising review: "This set is the best ever! My face has never been so soft until I started using the face wash. The moisturizer is the best one I've ever tried and your face never feels oily from it. My skin has never been better! I highly suggest the rose balm. Can't wait to buy more!" —Love S.

    Get it from Glossier for $40 (originally $52).

    30. A pretty journal enamel pin for acknowledging that she *always* has the best ideas — and now she has a beautiful way to show that off.

    Emmeline Illustration / Etsy

    Promising review: "This is a beautiful pin and the quality is great! The package was cute and certainly made with care. It arrived faster than I expected." —Barbara Rotta

    Get it from Emmeline Illustration on Etsy for $14.95.

    31. A box of Harney & Sons Paris black tea, because this'll keep her feeling ~royally~ cozy all year. I'd say grocery store tea is too common, but that may be calling the kettle black.

    Promising review: "My favorite tea hands-down. I am a tea addict and I love all Harney & Sons — their quality is very good and I have had a lot of quality tea out there. The fragrance of this Paris tea is just beyond amazing and really adds to the experience for me. As corny as it sounds, drinking this tea is a luxurious experience for me, as if I'm treating myself. The gorgeous reusable tin only adds to the overall value of this tea for me. The sachets are quite generous and I can easily make two to three cups of tea with one tea bag." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.91 (available in 10 flavors).

    32. And! An overnight cold-brew filter bottle for a pretty gift that won't spill the tea on how much you actually spent if you're on a budget. Mission ACCOMPLISHED.


    Promising review: "I'm very satisfied with the purchase. I use it for cold-brew green tea. It definitely makes drinking cold tea easier because it's more accessible. I recommend it and think it would be a lovely gift for tea lovers." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.48+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    33. A cute wooden sign, because this'll instantly become her favorite piece of decor for both its rustic appeal and heart-warming message from you.


    Promising review: "I love this sign. It's great quality and looks beautiful in our home. I placed it on a shelf I stead of hanging it." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    34. A pair of UGG ribbed socks that'll feel *so* luxuriously soft on her piggies every darn night. Kind of like when at a spa, but for a quarter of the price.


    Promising review: "I love these socks for cozy time, they are amazingly soft! So far holding up nicely for me, too. They still look great and wash up soft and nice." —Emmalaya1004

    Get them from Nordstrom for $18 (available in two colors).

    35. A sophisticated-looking trivia game to upgrade game night and show off your A-list movie knowledge. And when you're not playing it, she'll want to show it off on her coffee table.


    Here are the rules: you need to know the name of the actor and one title of a movie that they star in. The box includes 50 playing cards and a scorecard booklet.

    Get it from Verishop for $27.50.

    36. A mug gift set, because this'll start her day on the right note when she has her first cup of coffee. Between the mug's marble ceramic design, gilded stirrer, and fancy gift box packaging, she won't even need sugar to think this is a pretty sweet deal.

    She'll get a travel mug (it comes with a lid) and spoon stirrer that comes in a pretty marble gift box!

    Promising review: "I purchased this for a new boss. She absolutely loved it. It came beautifully packaged in a lovely box with satin lining — almost unnecessary to wrap it at all! I could’ve just stuck a bow on it and called it a day!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    37. A pair of floral gardening gloves so she can feel like the Queen herself while tending to her roses — or maybe she's just weeding. Either way, she'll feel fancier.


    Get them from Target for $9.

    38. A pair of soft joggers, because these'll feel like they're worth a million bucks thanks to their lightweight yet cozy fabric. Sorry to all overpriced pajamas.

    New York & Company

    Promising review: "These are VERY comfortable pants! They're so soft and super comfy!" —Brooke

    Get them from New York & Company for $15.20 (originally $38; available in sizes S-XL and three colors).

    39. 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 three sizes and eight styles).

    40. A GlamGlow best-sellers kit that'll bring high-end skincare right to her *fingertips* and let her have at-home spa days all the darn time. She'll get five mud masks with different goals: to brighten, clarify, hydrate, firm, and cleanse, *and* an illuminating moisturizer.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing collections of masks! The clay one deep cleans, the brightening really removes dry skin, and the moisture glow brightens skin and smells great. Good variety and amounts for the price." —Spence13

    Get it from Sephora for $39 ($86 value).

    41. A custom floral art piece to make her think you spent MUCH more than you did on a personalized gift made just for her. You can customize the name (great if she has a nickname), the year, and even the color of the flowers.

    Emily Kinsella Art / Etsy

    You can pick up to two words, the year, and 3-5 colors for the flowers. Just fill the info in when adding to cart, and you'll be all set!

    Get it from Emily Kinsella Art on Etsy for $32+.

    Happy Mother's Day, everyone!


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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