Ten Best Gifts for Mom

Posted on Apr 21 2013 - 2:50pm by Susan Bewley

Like many people, I sometimes struggle to find the perfect gift for other women. I’ve always been lucky to have a mother that is very easy to shop for, especially since she has a very addictive sewing hobby. There are some years though, my husband and I have struggled to find the perfect gifts for both of our mothers. We have always been lucky enough to find that perfect gift that makes both of our moms smile. For people who live further away or don’t have much money, though, finding that perfect gift for mom can sometimes be challenging.

Believe me, I know all too well from our time living on the other side of the country from our mothers.  The trick to finding the perfect gifts for mom is finding something you know she will love without going over your budget. Below, we have our favorite top ten gifts for mom that we think just about any mom would love!

Greeting Cards: Night Owl Cards

I’ll be the first to admit, I love greeting cards. I have been collecting them since I was a kid and consider them important little keepsakes from my family, especially my mother.  The problem with most greeting cards, however, is that they are dull, boring, and almost tacky. Recently, I found the answer to this – Night Owl Paper Goods. Their cards are not only adorable, but unique since they are made from sustainably-harvested birch wood or recycled paper goods right here in the United States. Best of all, all of their products are eco-friendly and made with care, allowing you to give mom an adorable high quality gift that she is sure to cherish. To see all of their beautiful greeting cards and other gifts for mom, check out their latest sale to receive up to 80% their gifts and greeting cards! Also, don’t forget to use the coupon code BUDGETEARTH at checkout to get an extra 15% off!

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What is the most traditional gift you can give that is loved by almost every mom – perfume! Perfume can be purchased at most retailers and can be fairly inexpensive, allowing children and adults alike to buy this great gift. One of my personal favorite perfumes that I was recently able to try was Forever Red perfume. I was recently able to review Forever Red perfume, thanks to Bath & Body being kind enough to include it in a box program.  Best of all, you can get this high quality perfume anywhere from $10 – $30 – giving mom a high quality perfume without the high prices.  You can check out my review of Forever Red Perfume here or go the Amazon product page to learn more.

Forever Red

Reading & Electronics: Kindle Fire HD

Do you have a mother who loves to read or play games? If so, they will love having a Kindle Reader or a Kindle Fire HD. You can get a Kindle Fire for as little as $159. Since you can get Kindle formatted books fairly cheaply, they are also a great way to keep giving gifts to mom throughout the year. In my own family, my mother in law and little sister love their Kindle Fire. In my husband’s and my opinion, it was one of the best gifts ever for my mother in law.  If you would like to learn more about the Kindle Fire HD, feel free to check out the Amazon product page.

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Bath Products: Professional Skin Care Bath System

Recently, I had the chance to review what I thought was the best gift ever for women – the Professional Skin Care Bath System. I am one of those women who love to spoil myself in the shower and I know there are plenty of moms who do the same thing. Unfortunately, most bath electronics are fairly expensive, making them unreachable by most individuals. The Professional Skin Care system, however, is only $20 – $30, making it an amazing bargain for just about anyone. With how much I love it and use it, I could easily see it being an amazing gift for any mom. Feel free to check out my review of the Professional Skin Care Bath System here.


Kitchen Gadgets: Keurig

Of course, if you want to make mom smile, give her a good cup of coffee! Keurigs are a great gift since you can buy them anywhere from $40 – $200 – allowing you to get a great single cup coffee maker for just about any budget. Some of our personal favorites are the Keurig B40 and Keurig B70 since they come with a lot of great features for the money. You can read our review of the Keurig B70 here.

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Crafts for Kids: Design Your Own Cup

If you have small children, it can sometimes be difficult helping them find the perfect gift for mom or another special lady in their life. Usually parents have to buy something for them, making kids sometimes feel disappointed that they can’t make mom something special. Personally, I think crafts are the best options for small children. One of the best crafts for kids that can be used by mom year round is the design your own cup kits. With these kits, kids usually can color and design their own coffee mug or travel cup. Some of these kits are as simple as putting a coloring sheet inside a plastic casing, while others may actually have kids making the full cup. These inexpensive kits can be picked up at a craft store or ordered online, making them one of the easiest gifts for mom.

design your own mug

Indoor Garden: Herb Growing Kit

Do you have a mother who loves to garden or dreams of having her own fresh herbs? If so, she may very well enjoy having her own little herb garden. This is one of those gifts for mom that I have always found to be fun and cute, especially since it can be a fun weekend project with the kids or buying a nice tabletop gardening system for mom like the Aerogarden.  Depending on your budget, this gift can be very rewarding since its one of the few gifts on this list that can easily keep giving throughout the year if cared for properly.


Flowers & Plants

Want to know an inexpensive gift that will make just about any mom smile? How about flowers or potted plants! Sometimes it isn’t a dozen roses or expensive flowers that makes the perfect gifts for mom, but bringing home a beautiful potted plant that she can display on the table or made part of her living room setup for a long time to come. These are also great for children and individuals on a budget since you can buy beautiful potted plants for about $10 – $30 at most hardware stores or big box retailers.



If these is one thing most women love – it’s jewelry. While we all have different tastes in jewelry, we pretty much all love wearing jewelry that was given to us as a special gift. Mother’s love getting simple jewelry they can wear around every day or things that can be worn on any occasion.  I personally like to go with simple, high quality jewelry such as necklaces and bracelets made from sterling silver or gold. If you watch your sales, you can find beautiful jewelry year round at KOHLs, Macy’s, or even Amazon.com.


Gift Card

While some people may think they are a bit impersonal, gift cards can also be a great gift for moms who really have everything. In a way, it is one of the best gifts for mom since it allows her to get exactly what she wants – especially if you give her a gift card to Amazon.com or some other retailer where she enjoys to shop.  I especially love that you can have gift cards sent to just about anyone electronically, allowing you to put a piece of paper in a special greeting card to really surprise mom!


Want to know something that’s just as cool as finding the perfect gifts for mom? Winning a brand new Kitchenaid mixer for your favorite mom or even for yourself! We are happy to announce that Budget Earth and 27 of our favorite bloggers pitched in to buy an awesome Kitchenaid Mixer for one of our readers. We want to say thank you for being one of our loyal readers and hope this makes Mother’s Day a bit more special for everyone. Before entering the Rafflecopter, just make sure to read all the rules below. We don’t want to see anyone accidentally disqualified.  As well, I will be emailing the winner of the Kitchenaid Mixer on Mother’s Day, so make sure to check your email to see if you are a winner! Good luck everyone and we wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

37 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Michelle S April 22, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I think we will take my Mom to visit her two favorite wineries about 2 hours from home. We usually buy her one bottle from each and then find somewhere nice for lunch. Now I like the day too so it's my Mother's Day "gift" too!

  2. Chelsea April 22, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Great giveaway! Wish it was open to canada

    • Susan Bewley April 22, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Yeah, wish we could ship to Canada but Amazon isn’t giving it to me as an option at purchase 🙁

  3. Ashley S April 22, 2013 at 11:45 am - Reply

    These are some great gifts!! I have the ToiletTree Skin Care System and love it!

  4. Krystal V. April 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    super cute

  5. Alaina Bullock April 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I love all of these gift ideas!  Especially that indoor gardening herb container!

  6. Jacqueline Diaz April 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    As far as I know there aren't any plans for Mother's Day but I know my mom would love to visit her mom. She's so busy and works 56 hours a week.

  7. Keno Moore April 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Taking mom on a weekend getaway.

  8. Heather April 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    This year it will be just my mother & I. She's specifically asked for a berry dessert that I make with over 4 lbs of berries & a loaf of Challah.
    I found the recipe in Bon Appetit a couple of years ago & I swear it makes you feel almost blissfully tipsy!
    Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful Mother's out there!

  9. andrea mackafee April 23, 2013 at 2:15 am - Reply

    i wish someone would by me this for mother's day!! i have always wanted one..thanks for the sweepstakes! good luck everyone!!!


  10. andrea mackafee April 23, 2013 at 2:22 am - Reply

    i love kitchenaid!


  11. Sophia April 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    I'm planning on making a delcious meal of food that she really likes and the taking a nice long walk!

  12. DiAnne Sundberg April 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    I hope I'll be spending time with kids and grandkids!

  13. Miranda W April 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    The contest isn't for Canada but I just had to say – how cool is that herb garden? I love it.

  14. jules p April 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    my plans…well, both daughters will be home to help celebrate. they plan to cook this big meal for me (us).  that is so sweet.

  15. Tara April 25, 2013 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for the great Mother's Day gift ideas <3

  16. Jan W. April 25, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Well, I'm not entirely sure what I will be doing on Mother's Day. My kids are grown, but usually have some kind of plan. Even spending time with them is enough! My daughter-in-law is now a mother to my granddaughter so I'd rather she have a perfect Mother's Day and I hope I can contribute to that!

  17. terri tillman April 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    for mothers day my daughter and i will probably go our for lunch then go look around in the new bead store we found and then go check out the farmers market and a resale shop or two. 

  18. Aubrey April 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    i plan to have breakfast in bed

  19. Lauren April 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    This year for mother's day I will actually be spending it with my mother-in-law and her mother-in-law! My mom won't be in town, so I'll be getting to spend the day celebreating with the husband's side of the fmily and I am super exited 🙂

  20. Elizabeth Aaron April 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Hi there, I plan to take my mom to the spa in the morning and then we will do a little trail riding in Temecula. It will be a fun day for us. Thank you so much for the chance!

  21. emma April 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    I live far from my mom so I will be sending her something and also using FaceTime.

  22. christine k. April 30, 2013 at 5:10 am - Reply

    This year my plans are likely just to go for a walk with my family if it's nice enough. No traveling since I'm *very* pregnant, and we don't really have the funds to do something crazy. Maybe I'll get lucky and hubby will make me breakfast that day. 🙂

  23. Jenn April 30, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I honestly do not know what our Mother's Day plan for this year will be. We have some stuff to do that week & weekend, but hopefully I'll get some breakfast in bed, and maybe some flowers. 🙂 Mother's Day isn't always a big thing 'round these parts…I wish that would change. 😉

  24. Ranu Tanu April 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    My mom lives in another country so I'll be calling her and we'll also do video conferencing. 

  25. laurie damrose April 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I expecially like the Aerogrow!The rest of the choices are nice also.

  26. Charlene April 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I needed some new ideas. Thanks so much. I'm going to check out some of them.

  27. LORI ROYCE May 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Just spend time with my kids that are near, my grandma and also my oldest ( who is farther away) via Skype : ) Hopefully it will be a beautiful day as my Grandma loves to sit on her deck and visit.

  28. Dee Parker May 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    My mom lives across the country from me. So it's usually just a phone call.

  29. Christina Kagarise May 5, 2013 at 8:49 am - Reply

    My plan is to Mae my mom breakfast, spend time with my kids and go visit my mother in law!

  30. Sarah R May 10, 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I'm taking my mom for a mani/pedi, followed by lunch at my favorite tea place.

  31. Ronnie August 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Oh my! I think I'm in love with the owl cards. Those little curvy noses add such a touch of sweetness. They are too cute!

  32. Sherry Compton September 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Those cards are amazing!  At first, I was just thinking they were one more thing that has hopped onto the owl design trend, but I love that they are made with products from the USA.  Wonderful!  Flowers and jewelry are always good.  The most important thing is to put some thought into it and give the gift lovingly.

  33. Gina Blomgren October 29, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    This gave me a good idea what to get my mom for Christmas. I always have the hardest time shopping for her. She means so much to me, I always want her gift to be something special.

  34. Angle Conliffe January 5, 2014 at 12:32 am - Reply

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