The Budget-Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 20 Gift Ideas for Mom!

Things your mom would love to unwrap come May 11.


( Stumped about what to give Mom for Mother’s Day? We would be too. Mothers, with their unconditional support and endless energy, deserve something special, something truly worthy of their grace. While these items can never really fully express your gratitude to your beloved mom, you can try with simple and sweet gestures. It’s not so much about the price than it is about the thought, so we’ve lined up a budget-friendly guide for you.




What I Love About You (P450)

What better way to show your appreciation for your mom than in your own words? This book quickly helps you fill in the blanks, so you don’t have to litter your floor with a hundred scrapped drafts of that perfect love letter.

Available at Fully Booked



Megan Basic Care Nail Kit (P129)

If your mom is on the kikay side, this very pink (and very pig) nail kit will likely make her smile. The smiling faces on the clippers summarizes the thought behind this gift-make her happy by being cute.

Available at Powerbooks


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Color Day Calendars (P150)

For the working mom who’s both stylish and organized, these vibrant memo cards will keep her business appointments and PTA meetings in check. Apart from giving a bit of cheer to her usual briefcase, the colors also make it easier for her to file notes. Giving her this is kind of like helping her work.

Available at Below SRP




Custom Istorya Necklace (P300+)

Istorya is actually offering a Mother’s Day promotion for P600, but you can have your mom’s story personalize via jewelry for less than that price. Have her name engraved on a charm? Offer her a quote that exemplifies her spirit? Or maybe a little symbol that reminds her of a memory? How about it? Give mom the gift of pretty sentiments for her day.

Contact Istory Creations at 0917-543-2341 or e-mail


Homeopathic Stress Mints (P485)

One for each day of the month! Crack a joke about all the grief and stress you make her feel. The lozenges may or may not work, but the real gift is the thought that you want to make her feel less anxious.

Available at Healthy Options



BUILT iPad Case (P400)

Techie mom? Help her keep her tablet in pristine condition with a neoprene case that’s water-resistant and machine-washable!

Available at Living Well, The Podium


Happy Hair Honey: Deep Conditioner (P292)

Who knows how many times we’ve stressed out our mothers enough to cause hair damage? This deeply nourishing conditioner will give her tired hair that much-needed TLC.

Available at Taste Central


P50o to P1,000



Shrink-Wrap Shirt (P995)

Jet-setting moms are sure to love these t-shirt cubes that neatly pack into a suitcase for those spur-of-the-moment trips!

Available at Muji


YogaLove Twin Set-All-Around Spray and Healing Cream (P800)

For the yoga-loving mom, this set cares for her exercise equipment and tired body. The anti-bacterial spray can be used to clean and deodorize yoga mats, shoes, clothes, etc. While the Cooling Chamomile cream provides temporary relief for aches and joints.

Available at Taste Central



Champteloup Rosé D’Anjou 2010 (P625)

A glass a day is good for the heart, but you might want to share more than one with your mom. We’re not suggesting pink wine because it’s feminine. Less heavy than red but bolder than white, rosé is the perfect drink for special occasions.

Available at Marks & Spencer


Lychee Blossom eau de toilette by The Body Shop (P795)

She’ll stay fresh all day even in the summer heat with this bright, happy scent.

Available at The Body Shop



Uniqlo Tote (P790)

Ever wondered why your mom’s bag usually has everything you need? This sweet bag will have enough space to carry any mother’s essentials. It also brightens up any outfit.

Available at Uniqlo



Cleaning Spray Set (P950)

OC moms and domestic goddesses will love this neat set-a tie-up between Messy Bessy and Marmalade Kitchen. There’s dishwashing liquid, a countertop spray, an appliance cleaner, and a food-odor eliminator. Best of all, they’re all food scented, so your home would smell like something’s cooking every time.

Available at Marmalade Kitchen (pre-order)



Peach Pink Stone Necklace (P890)

The crystals say "classy," the stones say "fun." Perfect for the fashionable mother who doesn’t let age define her style.

Avalable at


P1,000 and up


Whisky Rocks (P1,199.75)

Have whisky...wait for it...on the rocks. Father-and-son moments are usually accompanied by this hard drink but, breaking news, Mom enjoys it too. The rocks add a little humor to the equation, but don’t forget to be extra charming as you nurse your drink and "catch up, catch up" with Mama.

Available at Howard’s Storage World



Food Fighter Mitts (P1,250)

Mama’s tough but her cookies are not. These mitts are perfect for moms who kick ass in everything they do. As an extra tip, do the honor of using the mitts first and bake her something special. She’s busy being awesome. Go make her something sweet.

Available at Debenhams



The Spa Premium Massage (P2,400)

Just because mom doesn’t seem to run out of energy does not mean she can’t have a break. Book her some pamper time at The Spa and allow her to relax with a 90-minute Combination massage in one of their private suites. Make her feel like the queen she really is.

The Spa has branches at Alabang Town Center (850-3490), Shangri-La Plaza East Wing (656-7878, 656-6868), Eastwood Richmonde Hotel (709-6868, 709-7878), Power Plant Mall (470-6868, 470-7878), Greenbelt 1 (840-1325, 840-1326), Bonifacio Global City (856-5858, 856-6868).




Eiffel Tower Bookends (P3,895)

This is perfect for moms who love romance novels. Her books need a fitting place and we can’t think of anything better than the Eiffel Tower.

Available at Sifra


Bijoux Yellow Clutch (P1,150)

You can’t go wrong with a classic black-and-white combo and simple clean lines for an accessory. The burst of yellow is perfect for summer and the nights-out your mom deserves.

Available at



Project Life kit by Becky Higgins (P1,730)

A cute scrapbooking set can make it easier for Mom to document the family’s escapades, or just more fun to keep in touch with her thoughtful little notes. (Make sure to write a good one when you give it to her!)

Available at Living Well, The Podium

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