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5 Mother’s Day gift ideas for students on a budget

Finding a Mother’s Day gift that truly says thank you for the late-night phone calls and last-minute RamCash requests can be difficult, especially if you’re on a budget. Moms are special and deserve a killer Mother’s Day gift. Here are five great gifts under $50 that will show your mom that you really care.

1. Make Something 


There’s nothing parents love more than something that you put time and effort into making. It can be as simple as a card or as extravagant as a painting or other craft. Either way, it’s guaranteed a spot on the refrigerator and a smile on your mom’s face.

2. Team Up

If you really want to surprise your mom with a special treat, reach out to other family members and all pitch in for a big gift. This could be anything from a relaxing spa day to a nice piece of jewelry. Websites like Groupon offer excellent deals on small weekend trips, day-long activities and everything your mom could want to have a relaxing “personal day.”

3. Edible Arrangements (or other fruit and/or candy delivery)

Your mom deserves a treat! Why not have a beautiful bouquet of fresh fruit and chocolate delivered straight to her door or office? Edible Arrangements has Mother’s Day boxes starting at $30 and bouquets starting at around $50.

4. An Adult Coloring Book 

For the little time your mother has off after working or talking you down from withdrawing from fall 2019 courses, adult coloring books are a great way to relax after long and stressful days. They come in all kinds of themes and sizes, and for a little extra humor, some even include books with “swear words” that will help your mom unwind.

5. Gift Cards 

If you’re a little pressed for time, a thoughtful card and a gift card to your mom’s favorite shop or restaurant can do wonders! It’s an easy, relatively cheap and still thoughtful way of telling your mom you’re thinking of her.


Matt Campbell can be reached at or on Twitter @mcampnh. 

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