By Martha C. White
May 7, 2018

Getting her flowers or taking your to brunch as a Mother’s Day gift is all well and good. But if there’s a mom — or other strong female figure — in your life you’d like to recognize this Mother’s Day, you’ll want to find something that speaks to her strength and unique brand of independence.

For the people who are lucky enough to have cool moms in their lives, here’s your go-to guide for the best Mother’s Day gifts. Better yet — everything here is $100 or less.

Secret Message Custom Pouch ($40)

You know she can do anything she sets her mind to do, but it’s nice to give her a little reminder when she needs it. This vegan leather-alternative pouch has a hidden message she’ll see every time she unzips it. Customize the color of the lining as well as the message.

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Mother of Invention Snacks ($83.50)

For the wildly creative foodie who doesn’t have as much time to experiment in the kitchen as she used to, this collection of artisan noshables ($83.50) will tickle her taste buds with inventive offerings like burnt sugar and fennel shortbread, spiced watermelon pickles and carrot cake jam.

Courtesy of Mouth.com

Mother Nestling Birds Necklace ($70)

Let’s be real — there’s a lot of generic Mother’s Day jewelry out there. But she’s not a generic mom, so get her something that really speaks to who she is, maternally and stylistically. This gently understated, sterling-silver necklace of a mama and baby birds ($70-$79 for one to four nestlings) will touch her heart as well as her fashion sense.

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Picture-Perfect Eyelash Curler and Mascara ($20)

You know what her morning routine needs? More mermaid. This adorable eyelash curler and mascara duo will make her look bright-eyed even when she’s sleep-deprived, and the fanciful curler is cute enough to leave on the vanity instead of stashing in a drawer or makeup case.

Courtesy of Tarte Cosmetics

VAVA Bluetooth Headphones ($33.99)

These affordable Bluetooth headphones are so popular they sold out once already — and with around 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, perhaps that’s no wonder. The form-fitting earbuds won’t fall out if she’s cranking tunes while out for a run or running through her to-do list, and magnetized ends lets them clip securely around her neck when she takes them out.

Courtesy of Amazon

Quartet Infinity Glass Marker Board ($54.39 and Up)

Any mom has got to stay organized, and this infinity-edge glass marker board is more aesthetically pleasing than a plain white dry-erase board, and more functional, thanks to a magnetic surface that can be used to keep tabs on important papers.

Courtesy of Hayneedle

Barebones Living Market Tote ($45)

It’s almost beach season, and what better way to help her channel vacation vibes with this hand-woven seagrass tote? The natural color of the grass is a perfect goes-with-everything neutral, and the linen lining means pens, action figure and other small necessities will stay where they belong.

Courtesy of Aha Life

Ribbon Wristband ($14.99)

This brilliant accessory solves a modern-day pet peeve: What do you do when you want to wear your fitness tracker, but don’t want to look like you’re wearing a clunky rubber band? These ribbon wristbands are a cute, cheap form of camouflage, so every steps she takes — whether she’s running her business or running around the playground — will get counted.

Courtesy of Griffin Technology

Zen Kettle ($60)

For busy moms, sometimes just the time to unwind with a cup of tea is the best gift; this chic tea kettle from a top name in cooking equipment is the next best thing. And with 10 colors to choose from, you’re sure to find one that matches her kitchen.

Courtesy of Le Creuset

Joceylyn Layering Tee ($55)

The trendy cutaway shoulders and geometric print of this long-sleeved, modal T-shirt make this a lightweight but cozy top she’ll reach for if she’s heading to yoga class or herding the kids to the bus stop.

Courtesy of Zohba

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