10 Unique Mother's Day Gifts for $30 or Less

Harvard Common Press/Roku/Amazon
Harvard Common Press/Roku/Amazon

Since becoming an official U.S. holiday in 1914, Mother's Day has staked its claim as the busiest day of the year for the restaurant and floral industries, and is the third-largest day of the year for greeting card companies. In 2019, it was estimated that Americans would spend $25 billion on flowers, dinners, shows, and all the other Mother's Day staples.

But that doesn't mean you need to spend a lot to show mom you care. Whether your mom has a green thumb, loves the great outdoors, or just likes to treat herself, we've rounded up 10 unique Mother's Day gifts you can pick up this year for $30 or less.

1. Bath & shower cupholder; $14

The SipCaddy on Amazon.
SipCaddy/Amazon

Make your mom’s bath time ritual just a little more luxurious by helping bring her favorite beverage right into the tub. This portable bath and shower caddy can hold beer cans, wine glasses, and even some cups and mugs, and it’s sturdy enough to hold up to 7 pounds on most tiled surfaces, thanks to the powerful suction cup. And when the inevitable spill happens, it's dishwasher-safe, so your mom won’t have to lift a finger to get it clean.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Women Who Dared Wineglasses; $16 each

Women Who Dared wine glasses from Uncommon Goods.
Uncommon Goods

Your mom can celebrate some of history’s other great women with these inspiring wineglasses. Honoring Marie Curie, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, and Sojourner Truth, each stemless wineglass features the signature and writings of their dedicated feminist icon, along with an image that symbolizes their most significant accomplishment. With this gift, you can “toast to women who dare to challenge social norms and push for progress.” That, of course, should include your own Mother’s Day heroine.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

3. Harry Potter Knitting Magic Book; $18

Harry Potter Knitting Book on Amazon.
Insight Editions/Amazon

If your mom’s a Harry Potter fan who just so happens to love knitting, look no further. This magical book features more than 25 projects based on the classic Harry Potter movies, and the patterns range from clothing items (like a Weasley Christmas sweater) to “movie keepsakes” (like a miniature, knitted version of Hedwig). Each pattern is accompanied by original costume sketches, fun facts about the movies, and behind-the-scenes stories, making it a better gift than even a Hogwarts letter. Include some sewing supplies (like this Artika Sewing Kit) along with the book to make sure your mom is fully stocked for her first project.

Buy it: Amazon

4. The Little Women Cookbook; $14

Little Women Cookbook
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Inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s cherished novel, this cookbook features recipes for the meals that play a prominent role in Little Women. Its five chapters include over 50 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and more, so whether your Marmee wants to make the same blancmange and strawberries that Jo (attempted) to make Laurie for dinner or Amy’s picnic lemonade, she’ll be ready. Bonus points if you bring your mom this book along with breakfast in bed (extra bonus points if you don’t burn your mom’s omelet like the March sisters did).

Buy it: Amazon

5. Herb Garden Starter Kit; $30

Herb Garden Starter Pack on Amazon.
GARDEN REPUBLIC

Help your mom find her green thumb with this “Herbs in the Burbs” starter kit, which includes organic, non-GMO seeds for cilantro, thyme, parsley, and basil plants, along with potting soil discs, burlap grow bags, plant markers, and a set of shears. You can even use the packaging as a planter box. With this kit, your mom will have fresh herbs all year long—and because they can grow either inside or outside, she’ll never have to go farther than the nearest windowsill to get them.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Roku Express; $30

Roku Express on sale on Amazon.
Roku/Amazon

Not all moms are tech-savvy, but they all deserve to be able to watch what they want, whenever they want. Take the guesswork out of streaming with this Roku Express media player. The simple HDMI cable plugs into the TV, giving your mom instant access to free, live, and premium shows. She can stream from all of her favorite TV apps, including Prime, Netflix, and Disney Plus, and the included remote makes finding her favorite show a snap. Now whenever anyone asks, “Where’s the remote?” you’ll know that it’s probably with mom.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Cold Brew Coffee Maker Kit; $25

Cold Brew Kit on Amazon.
Craft Connections Co.

This cold brew kit is the perfect gift for any mom who’s always on the go … so long as she’s had her coffee first. To prep this cold brew, all your mom needs to do is pour some coarse ground coffee into the kit’s stainless steel filter basket, fill the half-gallon Mason jar with water, cap it with the self-sealing lid, and set it in the fridge to steep overnight. To up the ante on her coffee game, she can check out the included book, which features more than 60 recipes for a delicious morning beverage (it even includes a background on coffee and some fun facts on everyone’s favorite bean). Most pre-ground beans are too fine for cold brew, so save your mom a trip to the store by including a coffee grinder and a bag of whole bean coffee in her Mother’s Day gift bag.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Camping Hammock; $30

A camping hammock on Amazon.
Wise Owl/Amazon

Even outdoorsy moms want to relax after a long day of hiking. Give her a bed softer than the forest floor with this comfy camping hammock from Wise Owl Outfitters. The hammocks come in a wide range of colors—so your mom can relax in style—and they’re made of heavy-duty parachute nylon, meaning they’re durable, too. The hammocks are set up using adjustable straps (no knot-tying or hammering involved) and when they’re ready to be taken down, they can be rolled into their carrying case for easy storage. A single hammock weighs only a pound, and they won’t weigh down your adventurous mom as she takes on the wilderness.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Essential Oil Diffuser; $30

Zen Breeze diffuser on Amazon.
Zen Breeze/Amazon

Bring the spa to your mom with the oil diffuser that makes every day feel like a luxury vacation. This Zen Breeze Essential Oil Diffuser is compatible with most essential oils, and it can run nonstop or on a timer to give your mom her perfect amount of Zen. The diffuser includes an LED band that has 14 different colors (she can set it to her favorite or cycle through them all), so it acts as a soft lamp for day or night. And it has an auto-shutoff safety feature that turns the diffuser off once the water levels get too low. For moms who love to treat themselves, this gadget will save them a trip (and some money) to the local wellness center.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Jade Face Roller; $22-$28

EDIVA jade face roller on Amazon.
EDIVA/Amazon

Your mom will feel great from the inside-out with this jade roller from eDiva on Amazon. The roller can reduce dark eye circles and puffiness, tighten the skin, and even help with muscle tension. And the stones are 100 percent jade, providing a natural beauty experience that doesn’t use any harmful chemicals or artificial products.

If your mom wants something a little different, check out this rose quartz roller from Uncommon Goods. Rose quartz represents self-love in Chinese culture, and what better way for your mom to celebrate herself (and give her skin a much-needed facial massage) than with this handy tool? Using this roller only takes a couple of minutes, so it’s a great treat for even the busiest of ladies.

Buy it: Amazon, Uncommon Goods

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13 Father's Day Gifts for Geeky Dads

Amazon/Otterbox/Toynk
Amazon/Otterbox/Toynk

When in doubt, you play the hits. Watches, flasks, and ties are all tried-and-true Father’s Day gifts—useful items bought en masse every June as the paternal holiday draws near. Here’s a list of goodies that put a geeky spin on those can’t-fail gifts. We’re talking Zelda flasks, wizard-shaped party mugs, and a timepiece inspired by BBC’s greatest sci-fi series, Doctor Who. Light the “dad” signal ‘cause it’s about to get nerdy!

1. Lord of the Rings Geeki Tikis (Set of Three); $76

'Lord of The Rings' themed tiki cups.
Toynk

If your dad’s equally crazy about outdoor shindigs and Tolkien’s Middle-earth, help him throw his own Lothlórien luau with these Tiki-style ceramic mugs shaped like icons from the Lord of the Rings saga. Gollum and Frodo’s drinkware doppelgängers each hold 14 ounces of liquid, while Gandalf the Grey’s holds 18—but a wizard never brags, right? Star Wars editions are also available.

Buy it: Toynk

2. Space Invaders Cufflinks; $9

'Space Invaders' cufflinks on Amazon
Fifty 50/Amazon

Arcade games come and arcade games go, but Space Invaders has withstood the test of time. Now Pops can bring those pixelated aliens to the boardroom—and look darn stylish doing it.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Legend of Zelda Flask; $18

A 'Legend of Zelda' flask
Toynk

Saving princesses is thirsty work. Shaped like an NES cartridge, this Zelda-themed flask boasts an 8-ounce holding capacity and comes with a reusable straw. Plus, it makes a fun little display item for gamer dads with man caves.

Buy it: Toynk

4. AT-AT Family Vacation Bag Tag; $12

An At-At baggage tag
ShopDisney

Widely considered one of the greatest movie sequels ever made, The Empire Strikes Back throws a powerful new threat at Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion: the AT-AT a.k.a. Imperial Walkers. Now your dad can mark his luggage with a personalized tag bearing the war machine’s likeness.

Buy it: ShopDisney

5. Flash Skinny Tie; $17

A skinny Flash-themed tie
Uyoung/Amazon

We’ll let you know if the Justice League starts selling new memberships, but here’s the next best thing. Available in a rainbow of super-heroic colors, this skinny necktie bears the Flash’s lightning bolt logo. Race on over to Amazon and pick one up today.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Captain America Shield Apron; $20

A Captain America themed apron
Toynk

Why let DC fans have all the fun? Daddy-o can channel his inner Steve Rogers when he flips burgers at your family’s Fourth of July BBQ. Measuring 31.5 inches long by 27.5 inches wide, this apron’s guaranteed to keep the cookout Hydra-free.

Buy it: Toynk

7. Doctor Who Vortex Manipulator LCD Leather Wristwatch; $35

A Doctor Who-themed watch
Toynk

At once classy and geeky, this digital timepiece lovingly recreates one of Doctor Who’s signature props. Unlike some of the gadgets worn on the long-running sci-fi series, it won’t require any fancy chronoplasm fuel.

Buy it: Toynk

8. Wonder Woman 3-Piece Grill Set; $21

Wonder Woman three-piece gill set
Toynk

At one point in her decades-long comic book career, this Amazon Princess found herself working at a fast food restaurant called Taco Whiz. Now grill cooks can pay tribute to the heroine with these high-quality, stainless steel utensils. The set’s comprised of wide-tipped tongs, a BBQ fork, and a spatula, with the latter boasting Wonder Woman’s insignia.

Buy it: Toynk

9. Harry Potter Toon Tumbler; $10

Glassware that's Harry Potter themed
Entertainment Earth

You can never have too many pint glasses—and this Father’s Day, dad can knock one back for the boy who lived. This piece of Potter glassware from PopFun has whimsy to spare. Now who’s up for some butterbeer?

Buy it: EntertainmentEarth

10. House Stark Men’s Wallet; $16

A Game of Thrones themed watch
Toynk

Winter’s no longer coming, but the Stark family's propensity for bold fashion choices can never die. Manufactured with both inside and outside pockets, this direwolf-inspired wallet is the perfect place to store your cards, cash, and ID.

Buy it: Toynk

11. Mr. Incredible “Incredible Dad” Mug, $15

An Incredibles themed mug
ShopDisney

Cue the brass music. Grabbing some coffee with a Pixar superhero sounds like an awesome—or dare we say, incredible?—way for your dad to start his day. Mom can join in the fun, too: Disney also sells a Mrs. Incredible version of the mug.

Buy it: ShopDisney

12. Star Wars phone cases from Otterbox; $46-$56

Star Wars phone cases from OtterBox.
Otterbox

If your dad’s looking for a phone case to show off his love of all things Star Wars, head to Otterbox. Whether he’s into the Dark Side with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, the droids, Chewbacca, or Boba Fett, you’ll be able to find a phone case to fit his preference. The designs are available for both Samsung and Apple products, and you can check them all out here.

Buy it: Otterbox

13. 3D Puzzles; $50

3D Harry Potter puzzle from Amazon.
Wrebbit 3D

Help dad recreate some of his favorite fictional locations with these 3D puzzles from Wrebbit 3D. The real standouts are the 850-piece model of Hogwarts's Great Hall and the 910-piece version of Winterfell from Game of Thrones. If dad's tastes are more in line with public broadcasting, you could also pick him up an 890-piece Downton Abbey puzzle to bring a little upper-crust elegance to the homestead.

Buy it: Hogwarts (Amazon), Winterfell (Amazon), Downton Abbey (Amazon)

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10 Great Father’s Day Gifts to Celebrate Every Kind of Dad

Amazon
Amazon

The very first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910, and from there, the holiday slowly spread across the country as a regional event. While presidents recognized it on and off, there was never an official, permanent proclamation about the holiday's future until 1972, when President Richard Nixon declared that the federal government would recognize Father's Day on the third Sunday in June from there on out (though it's still not technically a federal holiday.) Initially established as a response to Mother’s Day, and skirting a movement that sought to combine both holidays into a single “Parents’ Day,” Father’s Day has become a day to be celebrated all on its own.

Fathers, grandfathers, and uncles all deserve to be honored on this special day, and that’s why we’ve put together a list of thoughtful gifts to help you say “thank you” to every dad in your life. Whether he’s a grill master, a tech wizard, or a lover of the great outdoors, your dad will love any one of these gifts.

1. Beard Care Kit; $27

A beard kit
FULLLIGHT TECH/Amazon

This beard care kit will keep your dad looking—and feeling—fresh all year long. This set features beard shampoo for cleansing and conditioning, balm for moisturizing and styling, and oil for softening and nourishing. The kit also comes with a comb, brush, scissors, and an eBook on beard care so he can style and maintain his signature look to his heart’s content.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set; $44

Cuisinart grill set on sale at Amazon.
Cuisinart/Amazon

Let dad embrace his inner barbecue master with this 14-piece grill set from Cuisinart. Including a chef's spatula, grill tongs, basting brush, and more, he’ll never have to stress about flipping a burger or cooking the perfect steak ever again. And since the spatula touts a built-in bottle opener, he can enjoy a much-deserved cold one while he gets dinner ready. All the tools fit neatly inside a sturdy carrying case, allowing your dad to bring his tools on the go and be heralded as the king of outdoor cooking wherever he travels.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Wireless Charging Station; $28

A wireless charging station
Seneo/Amazon

Tech dads will rejoice with this wireless charging station designed to charge iPhones, Apple Watches, and Airpods all at the same time. The dock can get all three devices to 100 percent in only three hours, and the phone stand and Apple Watch/Airpods dock can be connected or kept separate for a more streamlined look. The dock can even charge through most cases.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Garmin Running Watch; $230

A running watch from Garmin
Garmin/Amazon

This unique running watch from Garmin will help your dad stay fit, track his miles, and train for that 5K he’s always dreamed of. The watch uses a wrist-based heart monitor to track not just miles, but also stride length, ground contact, balance, and more. And with the built-in, contactless payment chip, your dad can buy a water bottle or protein shake on the road and leave credit cards at home. He can even sync the watch with his phone to receive and respond to text messages, emails, and social media updates while he’s (literally) on the run.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Growlerwerks Growler Keg; $99

A growler keg that's available on Amazon.
GrowlerWerks/Amazon

If you've got a craft beer lover in the family, look no further than this portable growler keg. This growler can store 64 ounces of beer (or kombucha, hard cider, and soda), and all it needs to keep the suds from going flat is a CO2 charger (sold separately). Your dad simply has to fill the growler at his favorite local brewery; select high or low carbonation, depending on what he's drinking; and pull the tap to pour the perfect pint. The keg will keep beverages cold for seven to nine hours, so whether he's going for a hike or a long day at the golf course, he’ll be able to serve up brewery-fresh beverages all day long.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Constitution Tie; $30

Constitution tie on Amazon.
Museum Artifacts/Amazon

History buffs will love this stylish tie inspired by one of the United States’s most important documents: the Constitution. Featuring a screen print of the nation’s founding document with “We the People” featured front and center, this tie will help your dad start up conversations about his favorite Founding Father at social gatherings, rather than going through his well-worn joke book yet again. Each tie is printed on imported silk and hand-finished to give him that personalized touch that he deserves.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Outdoor Tumbler; $30

An OtterBox outdoor mug
Otterbox

For dads who love nothing more than a morning walk—whether that’s around the block or on a hike at the state park—this outdoor tumbler will help him stay hydrated and feeling good until he’s back home. Made with an internal copper lining to keep hot and cold beverages at a consistent temperature, this to-go drinkware will quickly become one of his favorite accessories. It fits most cup holders, so it can travel easily from his favorite lawn chair to the car and back again.

Buy it: Otterbox

8. National Geographic Parks Guide; $19

A guide to the National Parks by National Geographic
National Geographic/Amazon

Fathers with a sense of adventure will be ready for a road trip by the time they’re through with this travel guide from National Geographic. Containing “5000 ideas for the ultimate vacation,” this book includes a comprehensive overview of both the United States and Canada’s best national parks. Including travel tips, planning advice, maps, activity options, and fun facts about wildlife, this book will help your dad embark upon the journey of a lifetime (or simply envision one from the comfort of his back porch).

Buy it: Amazon

9. RCA Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones; $44

A set of headphones from RCA
RCA/Amazon

Capable of 30 hours of Bluetooth playtime in a single charge, these wireless RCA headphones will let your dad listen to his favorite podcasts, oldies bands, and TV shows all while staying hands-free. With the ability to easily turn the noise-canceling mode on and off, adjust the volume, skip tracks, and answer calls directly from the right ear cup, these headphones make for a great (and easy) listening experience. And at only $44, they’re a fraction of what other wireless headphones cost—but he doesn’t have to know that.

Buy it: Amazon

10. New Balance Trail Running Shoes; Price Varies

A set of sneakers from New Balance
New Balance/Amazon

New Balance sneakers are a signature look for many dads—and for good reason! This 481V3 Trail Running Shoe is designed for both smooth tracks and rough trails, making it a great choice for gym rats and cross-country runners alike. Made from 100-percent leather and textile with cushioned rubber soles, it’s built to pad your dad’s heels while also offering the stability he needs to do the things he does best. With five different colors to choose from, he'll be able to show off his acute fashion sense for many Father’s Days to come.

Buy it: Amazon

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