Famvibe knows it can be difficult to find affordable Christmas gifts for mom under $25 that don't look or feel cheap. Our mothers deserve everything in the world, but if you're on a tight budget or if your mother refuses to accept expensive gifts you might be looking for something that makes every dollar count.
We understand how difficult it can be to find inexpensive Christmas Day gifts that don't look or feel cheap, so we've compiled a great list of suggestions. These under $25 Christmas gifts are thoughtful and budget-friendly, ranging from fun and lighthearted to ones that might make her cry.
1. Milk frother
Ideal for: The mother who always makes coffee at home.
A milk frother is an unexpectedly useful kitchen tool that can produce a frothy latte or cappuccino that tastes similar to what you'd find at a cafe. We love this one in particular and ranked it first overall in our review of the best milk frothers.
2. Reusable smart notebook
Ideal for: Moms who prefer handwritten notes.
This smart notebook costs less than $25 and allows you to upload handwritten notes to the cloud, reducing paper waste and making Mom's life a whole lot easier.
3. Compact, waterproof blanket
Ideal for: The beach-loving mother
This outdoor blanket will be useful for all of their outdoor gatherings this year. It folds up easily and fits in their pocket. It's also waterproof, puncture-resistant, and sand-proof, so Mom can use this gift to elevate beach days, camping excursions, hikes, and park picnics.
4. Hydrating, affordable serum
Ideal for: Skincare enthusiasts
The Ordinary produces consistently good skincare at a fraction of the cost of what you'll find on Sephora shelves. If she enjoys the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum, the brand offers a wide range of high-quality skincare products.
5. Pillowcase that helps cut down on frizz
Ideal for: The mom who values a really comfortable bed.
Satin or silk pillowcases are smooth and cool, but they can also help reduce frizz, and those pillowcase creases we all wake up with are on the side of our faces. If she enjoys pampering or considers humidity and frizz to be her enemies, this is a low-cost but significant life upgrade.
6. Keepsake photo book
Ideal for: The sentimental mother
For less than $25, you can turn some of your favorite family memories into a meaningful keepsake. You will select the photos as well as the size, shape, and color of the book.
7. Absorbent hair towel
Best for: The mother who always rushes out the door with wet hair.
This top-rated microfiber hair towel is a bathroom secret weapon. If Mom is known for her hectic mornings, she might appreciate it.
8. Everything she needs to plant sunflowers
Ideal for: The mother with a green thumb
This simple DIY kit contains seeds from six different heirloom varieties that will bloom into a lovely sunflower garden.
9. Box of chocolates
Ideal for: The mom who has a serious sweet tooth.
Nobody ever gets tired of chocolate, especially when it comes from Godiva. You can also try to persuade your mother to share (best of luck).
10. Unique deck of cards
Ideal for: The mom who enjoys game night
This deck of cards inspired by some of the world's most popular artists will liven up game night. Each card features an illustration of a well-known and influential figure in the music industry.
11. Pair of thick, comfortable socks she'll rave about
Ideal for: The practical mother
Mom might not spend $15 on a single pair of socks, but you would. Bombas creates plush, curve-hugging socks that are well worth the investment. In addition, with each purchase, the company donates a pair of ultra-durable socks to someone in need.
12. Fan-favorite lip mask
Ideal for: The mother who is always complaining about chapped lips.
While $20 for a lip balm may seem excessive, we believe Laneige lives up to the hype. The formula works overnight to leave lips plump and hydrated, and it comes in a variety of fun flavors such as plain original, vanilla, and sweet candy.
13. Scalp massage
Ideal for: the stressed-out mother
This small brush provides the daily dose of soothing relaxation she didn't realize she needed. It's pleasant to hold and promotes blood flow to the scalp and oil glands.
14. Recipes for the iconic foods from her favorite movies
Best for: The mom who enjoys both good food and movies.
Andrew Rea of the popular YouTube channel "Binging with Babish" recreates food from over 40 classic films, such as the pastrami sandwich from "When Harry Met Sally" and the lobster from "Annie Hall."
15. The starter set for a smoother shave
Best for: The mom who needs to upgrade her shave.
If she shaves and you know she's been using the same rusty, dull razor for far too long, treat her to shaving tools from Flamingo, Harry's sister brand. She'll quickly become a fan of its razor-sharp blades, ergonomic handle, and luxurious shave gel.
16. Pack of well-organized sticky notes
Ideal for: The mom with a never-ending to-do list
Her list-making planner will be ecstatic to begin scratching away at these lovely sticky notes.
17. Sturdy bag she can use over and over again
Ideal for: The environmentally conscious mother
These nylon reusable bags, which are now available in recycled fabrics, are simple to make but extremely effective. They come in a variety of vibrant colors and prints, so you're sure to find one that matches your mother's personality.
18. Reading subscription
Ideal for: The bookworm mother
Scribd offers unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of books, audiobooks, and magazines for less than $15 per month. Scribd will turn her into a bibliophile if she isn't already one.
19. Leather sleep mask to make every nap feel special
Ideal for: The mother who values her beauty sleep.
This sleep accessory is available in a variety of leather colors, including a bold red and a sophisticated dusty green. Its soft lining and adjustable strap keep her comfortable for the duration of her nap.
20. Lottery ticket that gives back
Ideal for: the selfless mother
She will not win any money if she scratches off a LottoLove card. Instead, she "wins" a charitable prize, which is then distributed to someone in need. There are four possible prizes: clean water, solar lighting, nutritious meals, or literacy tools.
21. Photograph album
Ideal for: The mom who has a box full of loose family photos.
Family photo albums are timeless and one of the best Christmas gifts for mom under $25 you can give mom this year. You'll have to put in a little extra effort to fill out the album with photos of your choice, but it'll all be worth it when you see how happy she is.
22. Chic Spice Holder
Consider a new accessory for her favorite room in the house for the lady who enjoys whipping up new recipes in the most aesthetically pleasing of kitchens. These ceramic sugar, salt, and spice holders are not only beautiful, but they also make it easy for her to keep her necessities within easy reach.
23. Wellness Boost
Golde's Coconut Collagen Boost is the ideal addition to coffees, smoothies, and matches for the mom who does it all and deserves to start her day with a boost. It's sweet and coconut-y, and it helps the body's natural collagen production for healthy hair, skin, and nails.
24. Sweet-Tooth Satisfying Treat
For the mom with a sweet tooth, provide endless delight with a new and exciting dessert that is both healthy and delicious. It may not be a long-lasting gift (one to two sittings for us), but it is certainly memorable.
25. Great Pair of Socks
A new pair of socks will help her workout routine.
26. Heart-Shaped Plant
Give it to your green-thumbed mama to brighten up her bedroom, office space, kitchen, or wherever she wants it's so small it can fit almost anywhere!
27. Custom Keepsake
Do you want to appease her sentimental side? A photo book filled with some of your favorite memories together can't go wrong. It's a small but meaningful Christmas gift that she'll treasure for the rest of her life.
28. Great Read
This is more of an idea than a specific recommendation, but giving a new book is always a good idea. Make this gift extra special by explaining why you chose it for her or by including a "Happy Christmas Day" note on the title page.