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20 Mother's Day Gifts — $25 and Under
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You can never go wrong with flowers and for under $20, these pretty blooms are a steal!
(Lilies for Mom Bouquet, $19.99, Proflowers.com)
We love nursery art that's personal — and what's more personal than a handprint? This set of 4 canvases is only $25, includes white paint and a brush, and is available in two color schemes: pink and blue. Cute idea: print one each year on her birthday as an alternative to a growth chart.
(Canvas Handprint Kit, $25, pearhead.com)
Courtesy of Potter Style
If there's one thing most moms have in common, it's that they're pressed for time. After all, motherhood is a full-time job — with mandatory overtime! This sturdy little journal is a great way for mom to take a much-needed me-break, gather her thoughts, and chronicle the adventure that is mommydom. Plus, there’s no risk of writer’s block, as the questions come preprinted on the pages.
(Mom's Five-Second Memory Journal, $10, amazon.com)
Courtesy of Perpetual Kid
We all know that mom deserves a real-deal, designer handbag. But while you’re saving up, she can greet the day with this très chic coffee accessory.
(Classic Monogram Handbag Mug, $9.99, perpetualkid.com)
The maker, Dogeared, swears that when the string of these necklaces breaks and the gem falls off, your "inner beauty will shine through" and your wishes are granted. We just think these are delicately pretty, alone or layered with other necklaces.
(Dogeared Pearls of Friendship Necklace, $24, dogeared.com)
Courtesy of Pottery Barn
They don't call these dishes eclectic for nothing! Cast from brass and then painted and engraved using traditional Indian techniques, they can be used as a stylish addition anywhere in the house — from a soap dish in the bathroom to a jewelry bowl on the bedroom vanity.
(Farina Eclectic Dishes, three sizes $16.50-$24.50, potterybarn.com)
Courtesy of Edible Arrangements
If mom has sworn off confections this year, these delish treats will still be sure to delight her. The fresh fruit will please her health-conscious side while the chocolate coating will be just enough of an indulgence for the day to seem like a holiday. Plus, maybe she'll share!
(Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Apples & Bananas, $25, ediblearrangements.com)
Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon tells the juicy life story of 19th century aristocrat (and mom) Lucia Mocenigo. It centers around her affair with an Austrian colonel and a son who she raises in complete secret. With gorgeous color photos and Lucia's original letters, it's a beautiful, escapist gift.
(Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon, $15.95, Amazon.com)
These artistic mugs from BoConcept make that morning cup of joe a little more civilized (they're great for cold drinks, too).
(BoConcept Cups, $9 each, boconcept.us)
Courtesy of UncommonGoods
These dainty, French-milled soaps are imbued with soothing chamomile and meadowsweet extracts and exfoliating "speckles" of oatmeal and wheat bran. They smell heavenly and are as pretty as a picture, to boot!
(Robin Egg Soaps in Apothecary Jar, $24, uncommongoods.com)
This Dickies apron is awesomely non-girly -- perfect for moms who love DIY projects as much as Dad does.
(Dickies Toolmaker Apron, $15.99, dickies.com)
This sweet jewelry tree from Umbra will organize her jewelry easily — and won't be an eyesore on the dresser. The branches swivel, so necklaces stay untangled.
(Umbra's Partridge jewelry tree, $25, umbra.com)
If you know a mom-to-be who can't get TMI when it comes to babies, pick up a copy of the TLC special "A Baby Story: First-Time Parents". This DVD closely follows ten couples as they get ready for parenthood, from the final weeks of pregnancy through the first weeks of a new life (even going into the delivery room).
(A Baby Story: First-Time Parents, $14.98, amazon.com)
Since half of the proceeds of this chain bracelet with heart-shaped locket go to the American Cancer Society, Mom can be chic while she shows off her support for breast cancer research.
(Relay for Life Hope Bracelet, $10, dressbarn.com)
Matrimony by Joshua Henkin tackles love, trust, fidelity, commitment, and more juicy stuff we love reading about.
(Matrimony, $14.95, amazon.com)
Just in time for the sunny months ahead, this stylin' hat features Columbia's "Omni-Shade" material, which claims to protect against UV rays. It comes in three colors, too.
(Columbia Omni-Shade Edgewater II Cap, $20, columbia.com)
We can see ourselves bringing this portable hammock to the park, the beach, or just the back yard. All you need is two trees and — voila — instant relaxation!
(Hang-Out Hammock, $15, spoonsisters.com)
Make her workspace a little funkier with these eye-catching vinyl decals from Les Invasions Ephemeres. They're easy to apply and can be peeled off whenever.
(Keyboards vinyl decals, $23 lesinvasionsephemeres.com)
Moleskine notebooks are great and perfect for mom. Available in funky colors and three sizes, the smallest perfect to keep in her purse. Comes in both ruled and sketch paper.
(Moleskin Volant notebooks, $5.95, $8.95 and $17.95, amazon.com)
The only thing better than giving her this awesome Love on Toast press is using it to make her breakfast in bed.
(Love on Toast, $5, amazon.com)
You can't go wrong with chocolate, and these flavors are heavenly. Bonus: they're made with organic ingredients.) Make a chocolate bouquet of mom's favorite flavors. Our fave: hazelnut and currant.
(Green & Black, $3.50 per bar, worldwidechocolate.com/shop_greenblack)