Great Mother’s Day gifts that won’t leave you broke


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Mother’s Day is May 9th this year and as usual, you’re probably racking your brain for unique gifts for the moms in your life. Moms do so much, whether they are yours by birth or by choice, so choosing a gift that expresses how you feel — and one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg — can be a tall order.

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Food & Beverage

Edible Arrangements Mother’s Day Gift Box* ($89.99): If Mom doesn’t do enough to treat herself, spoil her with this pretty assortment of tasty goodies, including chocolate-dipped strawberries, rose-infused white chocolate berries, a mini-cheesecake, Maddy & Maize Berries, and Rosé Popcorn, and a pink Corkcicle Classic Stemless Wine Cup that she can use for her beverage of choice.

*I have a financial relationship with Edible Arrangements

Feed Your Soul Bakery Thinking of You Cookie & Brownie Tin ($46.95): Another sweet option is this 24-piece mouth-watering selection of cookies and brownies, which includes flavors like Show Me the Honey cookies, Plant One On Me Vegan Brownies, and Pardon My French Almond Bars. Made in NYC with real butter and packaged in a tin with ribbon. Every purchase helps feed those in need. Use the code TRAE15 to save 15 percent off sitewide!

Lomli 10-pack 24/7 Coffee Bundle ($22): If Mom loves her Joe, this bundle of five Bisou French Roast and five Rumi Decaf coffee bags will be a lovely treat. Lomli coffee is premium direct trade, ethically sourced from Colombia and Ethiopia, and made in micro-batches. The coffee comes in single-serve bags, which are steeped like tea for a delicious, full-bodied flavor. The packaging is fully compostable.

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Beauty & Wellness

Laubahn Fragrances Discover Set ($95):  I usually don’t recommend giving fragrances as a gift because they are so personal, but this set of four travel-sized scents offers a wonderful way to discover, play, and layer. The set includes Laubahn’s best-selling Lost in the Moment, Ridge, Cognac, and Hinterland, and as a special gift, Mom will also receive one of Laubahn’s limited edition scent-infused face masks, which will make her remaining face mask-wearing days a true pleasure.

Herb + Flora Skin Recovery Set (originally $115, on sale with code TRAE15 for $97.75): This vegan, refillable set is a luxurious and efficacious skin duo for all skin types. The Potion Youth Recovery Serum helps to invigorate the skin and minimize fine lines. The Eye of the Cyclops Recovery Eye Gel helps to stimulate skin recovery and reduce signs of aging around the eyes  The products both smell amazing and the package is edgy, yet elegant. Studies showed skin to be smoother and more hydrated. The brand was kind enough to offer an exclusive discount to keep the price under $100!

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Moms-to-be/New moms

Earth Mama Organics A Little Something for Mama-to-Be Gift Set (19.95): This 5-piece set includes travel-sized essentials for the mom-to-be on the go; Ginger Fresh Deodorant, Morning Wellness Body Wash, Belly Butter, Belly Oil & Orange Ginger Lip Balm. Eco-packaging is made from 100% recycled cardboard with no bleach, dyes, or glue.

In Kind Boxes ($95): These boxes are packed with 14 natural and organic essentials for both mama and baby. Items include an organic cotton swaddle blanket, organic diaper balm, infant healthcare kit, organic tea, scrunchie, and organic nipple butter. For every box purchased, a box is gifted to a woman in need.

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Stylish Gifts

Peggy Li Thorn Earrings ($89): If Mom has an edgier style, these earrings will be right up her alley. Available in gold plated silver, white rhodium, and black rhodium, these ultra-comfortable thorn earrings sit both in front and behind the earlobe.

Grownup Gear The Marie Shirt ($38): This super-soft, form-fitting, breathable t-shirt makes a statement, “I Got Thi$”. A perfect gift for the Mom who is a master of life, especially with her money. Available in Charcoal-Black, Navy, or Grey tri-blend in sizes S to 2X. Fitted, so if in doubt, order a size up.

Phenomenal Pro Vaxxer Sweatshirt ($55): Is Mom a proud COVID-19 vaxxer? This super-soft crew sweatshirt from Phenomenal can be her billboard. The brand also has other clever crews, like “Ambitious”, “Phenomenal”, and “Phenomenally Black”.

Gigipip Hats (prices vary): If Mom has always wanted a chic hat, I would suggest a gift card from Gigi Pip. This small company makes gorgeous and affordable hats in all shapes and sizes. There is a helpful sizing guide on the site that will make ordering a breeze. My favorite style at the moment is the Isla ($96), which is a classic wheat straw fedora. I’ll be wearing mine all summer!

Robot Bunnies 1970 Sun Hat ($87): Just in time for summer, this chic interpretation of the classic bucket hat is available in lots of different colors and patterns, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, paisley, lips, flowers, cherubs…you name it. They can also be customized! Made of 100% reversible denim with a raw edge.

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Gifts for the Home

Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter-The Interactive Journal & Activity Book ($16.95): This colorful book is a fun activity for a mom and her young daughter. The activities within will help to reinforce their bond and they’ll enjoy turning the pages for years to come. The book is written by Meredith Jacobs, CEO of JWI, a nonprofit with the which aims to empower women leaders and end violence against women and girls, and her daughter Sofie, a recent college grad.

Your Fully Charged Life: A Radically Simple Approach to Having Endless Energy and Filling Every Day with Yay ($26): Could Mom use a big dose of joy? This book by longtime magazine editor, Meaghan B. Murphy, is just that. The bright orange cover of this page-turner can’t be ignored, nor can the nuggets of upbeat and cheerful wisdom inside. Lessons include how to make meaningful connections, how to say no, and how to recharge.

DW Home Mother’s Day Candle Collection ($14-18) Candles are always a hit, but really nice candles can cost upwards of $50! These candles, which are available in Sweet Magnolia, Sparkling Citrus, and Ocean Blossom scents, are beautifully packaged and each has a thoughtful saying on the lid.

Alicia Boateng Designs Afro Glam Collection Marie Claire Mug ($27):  This woman-owned business whose motto is “empowering women one mug at a time,” is well-known for its fabulous Afro glam mugs, which are the perfect way to start the day. I own the Marie Claire and it makes me smile every.single.morning.

Mixtiles ($11 for one): Make customized 8″x8″ photo tiles for Mom’s wall in minutes with this easy-to-use app. The adhesive tiles stick to the wall for easy, no-hole installation. For moms who like to change their minds, the tiles can also be moved and repositioned.

Viking One-Liter Teapot ($80): If she loves tea, this sweet little pot from Viking will be her new favorite teapot. It has a filter for steeping loose tea leaves to any strength she desires, an easy-to-maintain, as well as a thick aluminum core base that allows water to quickly reach a  boiling point. Available in rose gold, black, and stainless steel on Amazon.

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman's Day, Forbes,, Kiplinger, Marketwatch,, Yahoo Finance and numerous others. She has also appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America's GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide.