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10 Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50 (and one over $100)

May 3, 2010

Mom’s always been one to dish out the advice. Return the favor this Mother’s Day by giving her gifts inspired by her wisest words of wisdom.

Don’t Forget to Call

Shore Birds Bird Calls via Uncommon Goods, $38-$48

Get mom a gift that will always return her calls. Each of these incredibly accurate bird calls are hand-crafted in France by Monsieur Morel, a bird enthusiast who has been developing the calls since he was a child in the mountains of southern France.  Each are sold by species and are as educational as they are fun.

Don’t Give Me Any Lip


Illamasqua Lipstick via Sephora, $20

Every woman should own at least one stick of knock-out red lipstick. Get mom this flattering fire-engine-red shade from Illamasqua sold exclusively at Sephora. The lipstick glides on smooth and lasts all night, meaning mom will turn heads wherever she goes.

Always Look Your Best

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Thomas Paul Cosmetics Pouch via Velocity
, $24

Thomas Paul’s vintage-inspired cosmetics bag is a fun statement piece in which mom can keep her touch-up tools. It’s also great for holding miscellaneous purse and travel items including her sewing kit, her hand sanitizer, and other life-saving products she always seems to have on hand.

Charity Begins at Home

Diamond Rectangular Pillow via Build a Nest, $140

In addition to being a knock-out, this pillow is a do-gooder. Proceeds from the sale of this pillow will go to Nest, a non-profit organization that provides low-interest business loans to  women artisans in developing countries. The hand-woven pillow is made from 100% wool that has been dyed with all natural pigments for style you can feel good about.

Never Let Them See You Sweat

Stainless Steel Wine Coaster via CB2, $10

This sleek and simple wine coaster from CB2 promises to protect mom’s precious wooden table from sweat marks and drips from wine bottles. When it’s not being used as a coaster, she can use it to store trinkets like jewelry, or as a small  snack bowl when company is over.

Wipe Your Feet


Boot Umbrella Stand via Z Galleries, $49.95

Help mom keep her foyer nice and neat with this clever white terracotta umbrella stand in the shape of a pair of rain boots. Not only will the stand keep her floors dry, she’ll be greeted by a touch of whimsy every time she enters the door.

Never Forget Your Roots

Heirloom Seed Collection via Terrain, $24

Mom always told you to never lose track of where you came from. The same goes for the food she eats. Veggies grown right in her backyard are a rewarding and yummy way to live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. The collection includes the following: Christmas Pole Lima Beans, Broccoli Calabrese, Tonda Di Parigi Carrot, Lemon Cucumber, Louisiana Long Green Eggplant, Mervielle Des Quatre Saisons Lettuce, Ananas D’Amerique A Chair Verte Melon, Chervena Chujski Peppers, Rouge Vif d’Etampes Pumpkin, Viroflay Spinach, Cocozella Di Napoli Squash, and Cherokee Purple Tomato.

When Life Hands You Lemons…

Imm Living Ceramic Juicer via Amazon, $24

A little birdie told me your mom loves fresh-squeezed orange juice. OK, that’s a lie. I’m just guessing she does because who doesn’t? While squeezing OJ is a laborious task, this little ceramic bird juicer from Imm Living will make it a fun one. Allow this little birdie to assist mom in making a delicious glass of OJ that she’s sure to enjoy.

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Travel umbrella via Terrain, $30

Mom taught you to always look on the bright side of things. This adorable umbrella from Terrain will help her do the same. The cheery yellow color and playful flower graphics are sure to put a smile on her face and makes sure she never gets caught out in the rain unprepared.

Don’t Do Drugs

Shiitake Mushroom Log via Terrain, $32

These are shrooms mom is sure to approve of. With very little care, this Shiitake mushroom log can produce up to 1/3 pound of mushrooms every two months for almost four years. That’s home-grown goodness mom can add to pizza, casseroles and any other dishes she can dream up.

Give Yourself Room to Grow

Butter Cream Hanging Planter via Greenware Designs, $40

Mom knew how important it was to give you your space to grow. Show her your appreciation with this hand-crafted hanging planter from Greenware Designs. The price includes the tillandsias (airplants) which require very little attention or care.

Say “Thank You”

Mother’s Day card via Rifle Paper Co., $4.50

Perhaps the most meaningful gift you can get mom is a heart-felt, hand-written note thanking her for everything she’s done for you. Let her know how much she means to you and how much of your charming qualities you owe to her. This particular card form Rifle Paper Co. is a pretty way to express the sentiment.

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kaitlin permalink
    May 3, 2010 9:43 am

    Great ideas, Holley! Thanks for the tips!

  2. May 5, 2010 8:50 pm

    Great line-up, Holley! Although, I might have to pick up the Illamasqua lipstick for myself. I love the brand!

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