Your Shopping Guide For Hard-To-Gift Moms, At Every Budget

For many, a simple card or flower delivery will more than suffice on Mother's Day (and we have guides for you, too!). While for some, gifting on May 10 can be a bit trickier. Chances are if she's (a) not into surprises, (b) already has everything, or (c) coyly shrugs off the mere suggestion of anything other than a phone call, you've got a hard-to-gift mom on your hands. Don't fret, we're here to help.

Since you can find us eyebrow-deep in the internet's bottomless product pit on any given day, we've already fished out the Mother's Day material that's dressed to impress for you — lining up the unique haul in a by-budget shopping menu ahead. Scroll on for everything from your cheap-and-cheerful under-$10 catches to your more premium big-kahuna buys that will make even the most jaded mom's day (or any moms for that matter).

We’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team.

Emily Taylor Birth Month Floral Bar Soap

Budget: Under-$10
Help make keeping her hands clean a lovelier affair altogether by gifting one of these compact bar soaps that are charmingly wrapped in a frame-worthy illustration of her birthday month.

Shop Anthropologie

Emily Taylor Birth Month Floral Bar Soap, $, available at Anthropologie

The StoreKing Wooden Nose Eyeglass Holder

Budget: Under-$10
First brought to our attention as one reader's Amazon Hidden Gem, this handmade wooden eyeglass holder in the shape of a floating nose with lips is just zany enough to make the most unflappable mom smile (and never lose track of her readers again).

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The StoreKing Wooden Handmade Red-Lip Shaped Eyeglass Holder, $, available at Amazon

Anthropologie Pocket Astrology

Budget: Under-$10
Or, while we're on the topic, go one step further with a birth-month gifting theme by throwing in this thoughtful (and top-rated) pocket-sized astrology guide.

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Anthropologie Pocket Astrology, $, available at The Grommet

Big Picture Farm Goat Milk Caramels Farm Box

Budget: Under-$25
Treat her to something sweet that is a little more out-of-the-ordinary than your drugstore chocolate box — these organic caramels were handcrafted in small batches from the milk of free-range goats living happily on a Vermont farm.

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Big Picture Farm Goat Milk Caramels - Farm Box, $, available at The Grommet

Senliart White Ceramic Heart Vase

Budget: Under-$25
She'll never guess you scored this sweet little ceramic vase, stamped with a blue-glazed heart print, off of Amazon for under twenty buckeroos. (Bonus points for accompanying it with a flower delivery!)

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Senliart White Ceramic Vase, Small (Heart), $, available at Amazon

Uncommon Goods Hand-Carved Heart Serving Spoon

Budget: Under-$25
If she's into cooking, chances are she's gone through a wooden serving spoon or two throughout the years — replenish her worn-out stock with a new olive-wood utensil hand-carved by artisans in Kenya that she'll treasure (and treat with a little more in-kitchen care) for the next few.

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Uncommon Goods Hand-Carved Heart Serving Spoon, $, available at Uncommon Goods

Modern Sprout Lavender Indoor Garden Kit

Budget: Under-$50
For all the hands-on moms out there who'd rather "do it themselves," a sweet little terracotta pot packed with the essentials needed for planting, cultivating, and tending to their very own at-home lavender garden.

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Modern Sprout Lavender Indoor Garden Kit, $, available at Verishop

Tea Drops Deluxe Assortment Gift Box

Budget: Under-$50
For the tea-loving mom who doesn't need another mug: a sleek wooden box filled with 25 artfully shaped, dissolvable tea drops. The organic blends, from citrus ginger to rose earl grey, are designed to simply be dropped into a cup of hot water, stirred, and enjoyed.

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Homesick Candles Thank You, Mom Candle

Budget: Under-$50
For those of us feeling a little more than homesick right about now, this popular candle company's personalized offerings couldn't be more timely — gift it to your mom as a sweet token that she can light up to bridge the social distance between you.

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Homesick Candles Thank You, Mom Candle, $, available at Homesick Candles Good Intentions Joy Necklace

Budget: Under-$50
Send her good intentions — from Optimism to Kindness, Gratitude, Confidence, Strength, and Joy — in the form of a 24k-gold-plated brass necklace that donates a portion of its proceeds to the non-profit, Girls Inc.

Shop Good Intentions Joy Necklace, $, available at

The Paisley Moon Wood Flower Bouquet

Budget: Under-$50
If a standard bloom delivery isn't wow-worthy enough, then try surprising mom with this unexpected wooden bouquet handcrafted to last way beyond her special day.

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thepaisleymoon Wood Flower Bouquet, $, available at Etsy

Akola Bracelet Kit

Budget: Under-$50
Instead of gifting the usual piece of jewelry, opt for a DIY kit instead (especially for moms in need of a new stay-at-home project). Not only are all of Akola's unique goods crafted from sustainable up-cycled materials, but they also employ an impact model of job creation through a network of 200 women makers based in Uganda.

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Akola Bracelet Kit, $, available at Akola

Lula's Ever Garden Succulent

Budget: Under-$50
Brighten her day with the most unique, cheerful-yellow succulent friend we ever did see.

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Lula's Garden Ever Garden, $, available at Lula's Garden

Milk Bar Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Budget: Under-$100
If you can't be there to bring her a fresh-baked cake in person, then have it delivered to her doorstep from the cake-making queen herself (aka Christina Tosi). This gift-worthy stunner is made fresh to order from layers of buttery vanilla cake delicately sandwiched together with sweet creme-fraiche frosting, crunchy milk crumbs, and tart Tristar strawberry jam.

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Milk Bar Strawberry Shortcake Cake, $, available at Milk Bar

Mau House Oyster Bottle Opener

Budget: Under-$100
Oysters are often synonymous with beauty and strength — let this bronze oyster-shaped bottle opener with its luminous polished finish serve as a testament to your mom's.

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Mau House Oyster Bottle Opener, $, available at Coming Soon

Anthropologie Mother's Day Beauty Blooms Gift Set

Budget: Under-$100
This pretty advent-style box does the surprise gifting for you, with its curated-special-for-Mom lineup of ten premium beauty goods — including everything from Sunday Riley to Living Proof and even a bonus packet of wildflower seeds for planting, too.

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Multiple Brands Mother's Day Beauty Blooms Gift Set, $, available at Anthropologie

Wolfum Solid Birch Travel Backgammon

Budget: Under-$100
Parents everywhere are rejoicing the trendy return of boardgame classics — so, if she's exhausted all of her puzzling, treat her to a new challenge that when not in use serves as an artful decor piece. Each of Wolfum's solid birch backgammon boards is handcrafted in the U.S. and custom-printed with vibrant vintage-inspired textiles.

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Wolfum Solid Birch Travel Backgammon, $, available at Smithsonian Store

World Market Blue Fish Terracotta Pizza Oven

Budget: Under-$100
This one's about as unique as they come: a blue-fish-shaped pizza oven that's hand-crafted from terracotta and ready to make your mom's artisan wood-fired at-home pizza dreams come true.

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Cost Plus World Market Blue Fish Terracotta Pizza Oven, $, available at Cost Plus World Market

Repast Ravioli Making Gift Box

Budget: Under-$150
Handcrafted in California, this unique culinary gift box includes everything your mom (and her sous chef) will need to whip up an at-home ravioli feast — including a sustainable hardwood rolling pin, ravioli cutter, Round Pond Estate olive oil, Bob's Red Mill flour, and a wooden keepsake box.

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Repast Ravioli Making Gift Box, $, available at The Grommet

Kinto Brewer Stand Set

Budget: Under-$150
If she's into coffee, surprise her with a unique pour-over system that will brew her a craft cup that tastes just as good as it will look sitting pretty on her kitchen counter.

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Kinto Brewer Stand Set, $, available at Need Supply Co

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