Best Mother's Day Gifts Under $50

Pair some of CR's top-rated products with simple, thoughtful additions to treat the mothers in your life

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Fresh flowers are always a nice touch for Mom’s special day, but this year treat her to a gift that lasts longer than the celebratory week.

Shopping on a budget? Don’t feel as if you have to break the bank to get Mom something truly worthwhile—and remember, a little creativity can go a long way. From cold brew makers to help her start day on the right foot to noise-canceling headphones to wind down in the evenings, CR’s tests show that you can find great products under $50 that won't let the Mom in your life down.

(Have room in your budget to splurge? Check out these additional gift ideas.)

Brewing Basics

Fuel Mom’s java habit with a machine that can stand up to daily wear without compromising on taste. The Chefman InstaCoffee single-serve coffee maker is compatible with both loose grounds and K-Cup packs, plus it can deliver a brew in 30 seconds from start to finish. And bonus points for the fact that it can make cup after cup with consistent results in the same time frame. Adjust the strength of each brew by varying the water volume and amount of grounds or number of K-Cups used. Its slim profile means that it can inconspicuously fit into Mom’s kitchen without taking up precious counter space.

Pair this with: A bag of freshly roasted coffee beans from Mom’s favorite neighborhood haunt.

For more options: Best Coffee Makers

If Mom prefers her morning cup of joe chilled to perfection, a dedicated cold brew maker is the way to go. Gone are the days of diluting it with ice or resorting to a lukewarm blend by spiking it with cold milk. The Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker is among the top-rated models in our tests, receiving an Excellent rating for convenience. Lightweight, it comes with a glass carafe, and most of its parts are dishwasher-safe, making it simple to clean. And even though it takes 24 hours to brew, you may find that the results are worth the wait.

Pair this with: Reusable glass straws.

For more options: Best Cold-Brew Coffee Makers

For the mom who digs herbal over caffeine, a new kettle makes for quite a thoughtful gift. Cue the Hamilton Beach Glass Kettle. It can boil 4 cups in 4 minutes and up to 7 cups in one sitting. The model received a Very Good rating in our test for how long it takes to cool down, as well as in convenience. Cleaning is a cinch—just remove the scale filter to wipe the interior of the machine—and keeping track of the water levels inside is just as simple with its easy-to-read capacity markings.

Pair this with: An assorted box of loose leaf teas and a strainer.

For more options: Best Electric Kettles

Brunch Essentials

Breakfast in bed tastes a lot better with freshly made waffles. This Chefman Anti-Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker earned a Very Good rating in our tests, thanks to its top-notch performance in cooking and even browning. It’s relatively more affordable than other top scorers in our ratings, and it boasts a solid color range, meaning that waffles can be brown and crispy or blond and fluffy, depending on your preferences. The nonstick Chefman machine is easy to use and even comes with a wraparound moat to collect excess batter. An added bonus: When not in use, the small appliance can be stored on its side for a compact fit.

Pair this with: Homemade waffle mix, a bottle of maple syrup, and fresh fruit. Oh yeah, and you do the cooking!

For more options: Best Waffle Makers

Finally perfected the art of the sourdough? Bake your best loaf yet and package it up in this preseasoned Lodge cast-iron skillet to kick off Mother’s Day brunch. The versatility of the cookware is not to be overlooked—it lends itself as the ideal vessel for cooking up a variety of dishes from pancakes and pies to one-pot dinners and so much more. This cast-iron frying pan scored an Excellent rating in our tests when it came to searing steaks and browning foods. Oven-safe and campfire-friendly, consider it a culinary staple every foodie should own.

Pair this with: Freshly baked bread with a side of jam and butter.

For more options: Best Cast-Iron Pans

WFH Staples

Adesso iMouse E1

If Mom’s work-from-home setup can use a little upgrade, this ergonomic mouse is a great place to start. The device’s vertical design places the wrist and hand in a position that reduces muscle stress, which in turn minimizes forearm pronation. It received Excellent ratings in CR's tests measuring ergonomics and efficiency, based on how easy it was for novice users to quickly click on targets. The mouse’s high-precision optical sensor means that it can accurately and precisely track on a variety of surfaces, including marble, wood, and leather.

Pair this with: A custom mousepad.

For more options: The Best Ergonomic Mouse for You

Ello Campy 16 oz Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug

Whether Mom is actually traveling to the office or still working from home, an insulated mug is one of those essentials that will always come in handy. This vacuum insulated stainless steel travel mug from Ello Campy offers an ideal in-between with its cork inlay handle. It received a Very Good rating in our temperature retention test, managing to keep water hot for 5 hours. Easily removable (and replaceable) gaskets and a spring-loaded supply mechanism, which can be opened with one hand, earned Excellent ratings on those fronts to boot. Its enamel splatterware-inspired finish is simply the cherry on top.

Pair this with: A gift card to a local coffee shop.

For more options: Best Insulated Travel Mugs

Cool Tech

A set of sleek headphones are prime for the mom who’s always on the go, and Scosche SportFlex 3 Headphones are not to be missed. Ringing up for less than $30, the ear-insert pair delivers on audio quality and comes with an integrated microphone and player function controls that are compatible with iPads and some iPhones. The earbuds are also ergonomic, with a bend-to-fit earclip that can sit conveniently around the ears and can comfortably stay in place even when Mom’s on a run.

Pair this with: A reusable water bottle for long runs.

For more options: Best Headphones Under $100

Sometimes, the key to R&R is tuning out the rest of the world, and noise-canceling headphones are a great way to do that. In our tests, the Monoprice BT-300ANC Headphones received an Excellent rating in active noise reduction and solid marks when it came to sound quality. Available at a fraction of the price of its competitors, this one can hold up its own. Among its features, integrated smartphone controls (which can easily be operated over Bluetooth) come in at the top, followed by a fold and swivel functionality that makes transport a breeze.

Pair this with: An audiobook.

For more options: Best Headphones

Upgrade Mom’s streaming experience with a no-frills device that can transform her TV into a smart hub. Simply pop the Amazon Fire Stick into the TV's HDMI port and get instant access to many staple services. Expect top-notch picture quality with Dolby Vision HDR and take advantage of the voice control settings, which make navigation smooth, especially with Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo or Dot.

Pair this with: Mom’s go-to movie theater snacks.

For more options: Best 4K Streaming Media Devices

Sweet Dreams

Give Mom a little something she’ll look forward to at the end of each day. The Beckham Luxury Linens Hotel Collection pillow features a 100 percent polyester gel-fiber filling (that’s meant to keep cool) and is covered with a 100 percent cotton case. In our lab tests, it received Excellent ratings in both back and side support, as well as breathability. Available as a set of two, and at less than $50, it’s a deal hard to pass on. And let’s face it, few things can compare with a good night’s sleep.

Pair this with: A posy of lavender for Mom’s bedside table.

For more options: Best Pillows

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Anna Kocharian

Based in New York City, I'm a shopping editor for Consumer Reports, writing about home, tech, and everything in between. Previously, I covered interior design and market trends as the digital editor of Domino, which shaped my multidisciplinary background in lifestyle journalism. When I'm not seeking out the everyday essentials worth investing in, you may find me perusing my favorite bookstores, cooking, or wandering around the city.