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31 Gifts for Mom on a Budget

I love giving gifts—especially to my mom. Whether it’s Christmas, Mother’s Day or her birthday, I love seeing the joy a gift brings her!

If you’re looking for cute Mother’s Day, Christmas or birthday gift ideas for your mom (or a mother figure in your life) look no further. I’ve done some online window shopping for you, so you don’t even have to go to the stores.

Let’s check out some budget-friendly gift ideas for Mom that are picked out especially for her interests and lifestyle. I’ve broken them down into six categories.

We’ll look at gifts for moms who love . . .

Gifts for Moms Who Love Beauty

Moms are beautiful inside and out. That’s a fact. But if your mom loves to spend time pampering herself and creating a home spa, help her set the mood with these beauty and wellness gifts.

Home Spa Gift Box

For the mom who loves surprises, try a bath and beauty box from Etsy. With real flowers, these salts and soaps will add a pretty pop to any bath.

$54 on Etsy


home spa box

Cushy Robe

Bring the resort spa experience home with this luxurious robe—at a budget price! It’s perfect for an at-home spa day. Pick Mom’s favorite color so she can start relaxing in this perfectly plush robe.

$20.99–30.99 on Amazon




Elastic Wrap Headbands

This eight-pack of soft, elastic wrap headbands is sure to help keep Mom’s hair out of the way during a home spa session. Plus, they’re super cute and can double as a workout accessory!

$14.99 on Amazon




Salt Scrub Gift Set

Ah, there’s nothing like a good salt scrub to feel shiny and new after a long day! Try this variety pack with lovely scents as a cute Mother’s Day or Christmas gift. You can give her one jar that’s her favorite scent or give her all three so she can pick whichever one she’s in the mood for.

$26.95 on Amazon



salt scrub

Honest Beauty Face Mask

This 3-in-1 detox mud mask would make a fantastic addition to any mom’s home facial kit. Help her feel refreshed and ready for the day. Bonus: A face mask is something you can do together!

$16.20 on Amazon



honest beauty face mask

NanoSteamer Facial Humidifier

Mom doesn’t have to be a professional esthetician to have a boutique, spa-worthy facial at home! If she loves to DIY her skin care, this personal NanoSteamer is the perfect tool to feel pampered and refreshed!

$39.95 on Amazon

Gifts for Moms Who Love Being Sporty

Whether she runs, hikes, does Pilates, or loves to lift weights, these gifts for a sporty mom will be sure to brighten her next workout session. And even though I’m not a sporty mom, I have plenty of fit mom friends who would love any of these gifts!

Foam Roller

Help Mom recover from her exercise sessions with a cute pressure point foam roller. (She doesn’t have to be a superstar athlete to enjoy the benefits of a good stretch session!)

$18.99 on Amazon



foam roller

Yoga Mat Rack

Sporty moms probably have a few pieces of gym equipment stuffed in a closet somewhere. Gifting this yoga mat rack could give them a creative workout gear storage solution. It’s pretty and practical.

$19.99 on Amazon



yoga mat rack

Weekly and Daily Wellness Planner

Christmas and birthdays are great times to focus on health goals for the year ahead. Help Mom get on track with her goals with this super cute workout and wellness planner.

$24.99 on Amazon



wellness planner

ClassPass Gift Card

Personalize a ClassPass gift card so your mom can enjoy a variety of fitness classes. Yoga? Zumba? Pilates? It’s the gift for Mom that keeps on giving. (Just make sure fitness studios in your city take ClassPass.)


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Gift Card

RXBAR Variety Pack

For the sporty mom, protein bars are a must. RXBARs are made with simple ingredients and are easy to grab for the Mom on her way to the next hike or cycle class.

$17 from Walmart


Gifts for Moms Who Love Cooking

There’s nothing like home cooking. And whether your mom is a top chef or recipe rookie, check out these affordable and unique kitchen gifts. From tech gifts that will help her follow along with her favorite cooking shows to actual ingredients, there are plenty of gift options for the foodie mom!

Sur La Table Online Cooking Class

With these online classes, Mom can learn to make a bunch of cultural and classical cuisines from expert chefs—right in her own kitchen! Starting at $29, she can choose from a variety of classes, including global dishes, desserts and more.

$29 on Sur La Table


iPad Wall Mount

An iPad wall mount in the kitchen? Yes, please! A big magnet will stick the iPad to the refrigerator so your mom can watch cooking shows and tutorials right there in her workspace. It’s a great gift for moms who enjoy cooking right alongside their favorite TV chefs and YouTube tutorials.

$39.99 on Amazon



Platters and Boards Cookbook

This is one of the cutest cookbooks I’ve ever seen. It’s a great gift idea for Mom because it has a creative collection of charcuterie board ingredients and instructions. A s’mores board? Check. Cheese spread? Double check.

$15.11 on Amazon



platters and boards cookbook

Charcuterie Knife Set

Okay, how pretty is this charcuterie knife set as a Mother’s Day gift or Christmas present? Help Mom prepare a super fun cheese and cracker platter for a holiday party or Friday night with friends with these marble cheese knives.

$24.99 on Amazon



knife set

Engraved Cutting Board

Talk about a unique birthday present or Mother’s Day gift—an engraved cutting board. It can be used as decoration or a functional piece to cut up veggies and fruit.

$17.99 on Amazon cutting board

Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden

Fresh herbs can make all the difference for a home chef. And look how cute these herb jars are. It’s hard to tell if this is the perfect kitchen decor or cooking ingredient. Good news—it’s both!

$20 on Uncommon Goods

Gifts for Moms Who Love Traveling

Whether she’s busy catching flights or driving to a new town, moms with the travel bug will appreciate these gifts on a budget.

Personalized Luggage Tag

For someone who loves to travel in style, this personalized leather luggage tag makes a perfect travel gift for Mom. (And it comes in so many colors!)

$19.89 on Etsy



luggage tags

Rachel Cruze Wallet

For the touristy mom, why not gift her a wallet that helps her stay on budget during her travel adventures?

$68 from Ramsey Solutions

Rachel cruze wallet


Travel Blanket

A travel blanket is a great Mother’s Day present or birthday gift. Mom can use it to keep warm on a chilly airplane or as a pillow during a road trip.

$27.99 on Amazon



travel blanket

Portable Jewelry Case

If your mom loves to stay stylish while traveling, a portable jewelry case will keep her accessories safe and organized during her adventures. This would make a great Christmas present for Mom!

$8.99 on Amazon



jewelry case

Travel Journal

If your mom loves making memories, this guided travel journal will give her space to add photos, answer reflections and prompts, and keep mementos during all her global adventures.

$29.99 on Amazon

Gifts for Moms Who Love Relaxing

Does your mom enjoy getting cozy and curling up at home? Here are a few budget gift ideas for the mom who loves to relax.

Bath Pillow

If your mom loves a good bubble bath to relax, why not make that experience even more luxe with a cushy, suction cupped bathtub pillow? Pair it with a good book, and she’ll relax the night away.

$24.29 on Amazon

Microwavable Slippers

Y’all, house slippers have come a long way from your granddad’s day. You can put these fuzzy slippers in the microwave to warm them up and keep toes cozy. They’d be the perfect Christmas gift for mom if she gets cold feet!

$27.99 on Amazon



Pukka Herbal Tea Set

This variety pack of herbal teas with different flavors is perfect for the mom who loves to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book. With five different flavors to choose from, she can pick any brew that fits her mood.

$21.99 on Amazon



tea set

Personalized Candle from Yankee Candle

You guys, nothing makes home feel cozier than a candle. And this one is a creative option you can customize just for Mom. You simply pick out your favorite photo, upload it to the website, and choose your scent. It’s a one-of-a-kind gift for Mom.

Starting at $36 on Yankee Candle


The Contentment Journal

In The Contentment Journal, I help people adjust their whole outlook on life so they can avoid comparisons and experience lasting contentment. I might be biased (wink wink)—but I think Mom will love it. Check it out!

$15.99 from Ramsey Solutions


Rachel Cruze's Contentment Journal

Gifts for Moms Who Love Quality Time

If you’re on a tight budget, never fear. One of the best gifts you can give Mom without spending a dime is quality time. Here are some great ideas for quality time.

Go for a Photo-Op Walk

Make new memories with your mom by going on a photo-op walk around your city together. What’s a photo-op walk? You act like a tourist in your own city and visit special landmarks or new sites and take pictures together. All you need is a sense of adventure and your phone or camera to snap cute photos.

Go on a Coffee Date

Quality time is the greatest gift there is. Why not spend some time with Mom over a cup of coffee? If you’re looking for a few ways to save money, check out these Starbucks hacks. And for extra fun, get the conversation started with Questions for Humans Conversation Cards.

questions for humans card game

Grow Closer by Gardening

If your mom loves getting outside to garden, join her with a few packets of seeds for her favorite flowers or vegetables. (We have a vegetable garden in our backyard, and it’s so special when my kids help me pull weeds and plant new flowers and veggies each season!)

Look Through Old Photo Albums Together

You don’t have to leave home to spend quality time with your mom. Why not flip through old photo albums and talk about your favorite memories together? Put on a happy playlist and enjoy those snapshots from over the years!

Give Gifts on a Budget

Giving feels amazing, especially when you land on the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for your mom. Seriously, there’s nothing like seeing the smile on her face when you give her something thoughtful that also fits in with her lifestyle and hobbies. But you don’t have to bust your budget when it comes to buying the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Christmas or birthdays. Celebrate your mom and stick to your budget when you use EveryDollar. It’s the budgeting app that puts you in control of your finances—including spending on gifts!

*All products and prices were last sourced on November 8, 2023, and are subject to change.

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Rachel Cruze

Rachel Cruze is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, financial expert, host of The Rachel Cruze Show, and co-host of Smart Money Happy Hour. Rachel writes and speaks on personal finance, budgeting, investing and money trends. As a co-host of The Ramsey Show, America’s second-largest talk radio show, Rachel reaches millions of weekly listeners with her personal finance advice. She’s appeared on Good Morning America and Fox News and been featured in TIME, REAL SIMPLE and Women’s Health, among others. Through her shows, books, syndicated columns and speaking events, Rachel shares fun, practical ways to take control of your money and create a life you love. Learn More.

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