Save time shopping for gifts this year by using this guide of 40 classic holiday gifts for mom under $50 to help you get started!
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Few people are as deserving of a thoughtful gift this holiday season as your mom. After putting her through your tantrums, terrible school productions (you were pretty cute, though), and questionable life decisions, you know your mom deserves something good.
But looking at gifts for your mom can be difficult, particularly if she won’t explicitly say what she wants or needs. And when you ask, she encourages you to spend the money on yourself like you would actually show up empty-handed on Christmas.
THE SHORT LIST: TOP 5 CLASSIC GIFTS FOR MOM UNDER $50
You know your mom will love you no matter what gift you get her, but it always feels great to see your carefully procured gift bring joyful tears or excitement to Christmas morning.
There’s also a good chance your mom doesn’t want you to invest a lot of energy, money, or worry picking out an awesome gift for her. For that reason, these choices are designed to be last minute picks as well. In addition, these gifts will all work well for the grandmothers, step mothers, and other moms that you have on your list.
So to supplement your search in the perfect gift for your mom this Christmas, this list of 40 gifts for mom under $50 will get you started with ideas. The list is broken into five broad categories: fashion and accessories, beauty essentials, home and relaxation, kitchen and food, and books. At a range of prices all under $50, you may even be able to snap up a couple of gifts off this list.
FASHION & ACCESSORIES – Classic Gifts for Mom Under $50
Delight your mom with a warm and soft sweater dress that pairs perfectly with comfy leggings. Also, this sweater dress is perfect for layering for colder days or tossing on for a run to the store.
A pretty scarf in a fun print is sure to please. Perfect for dressing up a t-shirt and jeans as a neckerchief. This scarf also looks pretty great tied as a pop of flair on a handbag or belt loop.
A wrap scarf is fantastic for chilly evenings and events around a bonfire. It’s also a stylish layer that can keep her warm in the office or while out running errands.
Make sure your mom never forgets a face mask with this set of 4 washable masks. In a set of different floral prints, she can even coordinate before heading out.
Help your mom pare down her card collection with a slim leather cardholder. This cardholder is perfect for smaller bags and de-cluttering. Plus, it can also function as a keychain and it’s even small enough to fit in her pocket as well.
You really can’t have enough slouchy sweaters in the winter, so add to your mom’s collection with this versatile oversizesdsweater. Cut with a longer back, it can easily be paired with black leggings for a comfortable warm look. It would also look fantastic layered with a vest or worn by itself.
Give your mom an elegant laptop bag for storing work items or everyday things. Large enough to hold all of her goodies and sleek enough to make her look put-together, this will be her new go-to bag. When your mom gets tons of compliments she’ll know she has you to thank.
A soft, slouchy cardigan pairs well with just about anything, and it’s warm. Whether she wants an extra comfy layer over her pajamas, or needs something light for a chilly day, this is an easy basic that will go a long way.
Get your proud mama bear a beautiful gold necklace that’s both elegant and a nod to her place in your life.
Give your mom a pretty set of gold huggie hoops for an understated jewelry piece she can wear everyday. Lightweight and comfortable, when she puts them on they will be her new favorite earrings.
Gift your mom the Celine look for under $50 with this 18″ gold monogram pendant necklace. Perfect for the mom who likes to accessorize, this necklace ads a personal touch and an elevated feel. Plus, this necklace is so easy to put on and go because it goes with everything.
COZY HOME & RELAXATION – Classic Gifts for Mom Under $50
Ensure your mom’s feet stay cozy this winter with these faux fur lined slippers. When your mom slips her toes in these plush, fuzzy slippers she’ll never want to take them off. With over 12,000 reviews and 4.6 stars, there’s no doubt she’ll be thrilled.
Help your mom extend the life of her coffee and her patience with this coffee warmer. this gift is perfect for the office or the home where’s she’s likely to get distracted. With a built-in gravity switch (only heats when the mug is placed on the device) you can be confident it won’t cause accidents.
Throw Blanket accented with her favorite color
Make movie nights a little cozier with a pretty new throw blanket. With over 2,700 reviews and 4.8/5 stars, theres no doubt your mom will be pleased. Plus, this blanket comes in 12 colors and is marshmallow soft and warm, so your mom can coordinate one with every room in the house if she likes!
Help your mom calm down after a long, stressful day. This huggable weighted sherpa pillow can be used at nighttime to calm the body and promote restful sleep. It’s unique design even allows for it to be cooled in the freezer or heated in the microwave to regulate body temperature, so your mom use it just how she needs.
Keep your mom’s feet warm this winter with this set of four fuzzy socks. Soft, cozy, and warm, these socks do well in the wash and the colors are even prettier in person (got them for my birthday this year – they’re amazing!). These socks also come in 31 different colors, patterns, and styles, so they’re perfect for the mom who likes quirky design too.
Unbelievably soft and warm, these pajamas are great for keeping your mom warm on cold winter nights. In addition to their toasty fabric, the elastic in the waist ensures a snug fit that’s comfortable and cozy.
If your mom doesn’t already love this scent, then she will. Famous for being the fragrance that fills every Anthropologie store, this Capri Blue diffuser oil delivers the scent without a live flame via a diffuser. As a result, Volcano is perfect to diffuse in the bedroom, bathroom, or living room for hours without supervision. Your mom is sure to love this fragrance and will be excited to have a new home scent.
Help your mom unwind and leave her skin smelling super soft with these Herbivore Soaking Salts. Because these soaking salts are calming and with a well scened, they are perfect for the mom who loves baths and self-care.
BEAUTY ESSENTIALS – Classic Gifts for Mom Under $50
Gift your mom something she can really use this Christmas with this cosmetics bag. Perfect for holding essentials that might get lost when she moves from bag to bag, or her standard makeup products. This cosmetics bag’s versatility and simple design is sure to get your mom excited.
Easy to travel with and use on the go, this mini kit features three versatile colors. Each can be worn on the eyes, face, and lips, making them the perfect go-to products when your mom’s in a pinch. Help her create a dewy, sunkissed look on the go.
Give your mom a salon-quality manicure without the wait times and chemical smells. These nail polish stickers from Vanity Table cure under a UV light and go on without a mess, so your mom can pamper herself from home in front of her favorite movie. In addition, you get a free UV light with every first purchase. So you’re essentially buying your mom inexpensive manicures for as long as she wants them, which is pretty great.
Give your mom the soft and silky hair she’s always wanted with Moraccan Oil gift set. Designed to revive damaged hair, this gift set features a cleanser, conditioner, treatment mask and styler that your mom can use weekly, or however often she chooses.
Soft and supple hands are only a moment away with this L’Occitane hand cream set. The featured scents include verbena, almond, cherry blossom, shea butter, and lavender. Wrapped in a festive box, this gift is sure to delight well into 2021.
Understated and elegant, this white tea scent is a favorite. With floral and citrus notes, the white tea perfume is feminine but not overwhelming. This scent is sure to be a hit with a mom that loves fragrances.
Infused with kale, spinach, and aloe this superfood face mask will leave your mom’s face looking bright. Your mom will be thrilled to see how nourished her skin will be with this farm-to-vanity formula.
KITCHEN & FOOD – Classic Gifts for Mom Under $50
Bring a little flair to your mom’s table with this bistro tile cheese plate. Perfect for display or for serving, this large cheese plate is sure to wow guests and be a favorite of your mom’s for years to come.
Give your mom’s red wine collection a luxe touch with this hand-painted carafe. Coming in two colors, both are sure to make your mom feel elegant while enjoying her red wine or serving to guests.
Lend an artful touch to your mom’s cooking process with this floral motif spoon rest. Dishwasher friendly and with bright colors, this spoon rest is wide enough to fit most utensils.
This cotton apron flattering and feminine for any mom who loves to bake. Easy to clean after cooking, this soft embroidered will give your mom a new reason to bake.
Elevate your mom’s s’mores game this year with this artisanal twist on the classic American treat. Coming in peppermint, classic, espresso chocolate, and double chocolate flavors, your sweets-loving mom is sure to enjoy this box of decadent s’mores.
Give your time poor mom a gift that keeps on giving with this cookbook. Designed around simple to make dishes with few ingredients, it’s the perfect gift for the mom who likes to cook quick easy meals. With organized and easy-to-read instructions, this is a gift the whole family can enjoy.
This salt and pepper shaker set is perfect for the mom that loves a pop of color. The gold accents and bright patterns bring an element of fun to any meal shared with them.
Give your mom a chic and eco-friendly keep cup. Easy to wash and with a cork wrap for comfortable holding, your mom can feel stylish while helping the environment.
If your mom loves pretty stationary, she will love this Rifle Paper Co. desk set. Filled with Rifle Paper Co.’s signature floral designs, your floral-loving mom will be over the moon when she opens this set.
BOOKS – Classic Gifts for Mom Under $50
This book is great for moms that have a lot of stories or want to share their lives but don’t know where to start. Designed as a guided journal, this book is filled with prompts to help your mom elaborate on aspects of her life she wants to share. Plus, it’s a great re-gift to the rest of the family when she’s finished!
Make your mom feel seen this Christmas with this incredibly insightful collection of stories and essays by Glennon Doyle. Reflecting on her life as a woman and a mother, Glennon shares some of most influential experiences in this bestseller.
Give your mom insight into the life and experiences of the former first lady in Michelle Obama’s bestseller Becoming. This authentic and candid memoir covers her life’s journey and is more about people than politics. Her endearing and honest memories provide great insight into her unique and thought-provoking story. This memoir is sure to delight any mom who loves reading about ambitious women.
This mindfulness book provides an easy-to-follow roadmap for any mom who has “more peace” listed as a New Year’s resolution. With exercises designed for specific emotions, which mainly range from 5-15 minutes, your mom can easily incorporate more mindfulness in her life. Whether she’s a complete novice or practicing Buddhist, your mom is sure to find more calm with the help of this book.
Beautifully written, this novel will transport your mom to the marshes of South Carolina in this coming-of-age story. Bringing the wildlife off the page, Delia Owens’ first novel guides the reader into the enchanting and magical world of the marsh where the protagonist Kya is left abandoned at a young age. Heartwarming and emotion-filled, this novel is a great escape for any mom who loves to read.
THE SHORT LIST: TOP 5 GIFTS
I hope you enjoyed this list of 40 classic gifts for mom under $50! Each gift was picked with care and love, though there are always more gifts to be included. If you didn’t find what you’re looking for here, or if you want more options, then be sure to check out my other gift guides under the gift guides tab!