6 Mother’s Day Gifts Under $30

By ABC News

May 9, 2013 8:45am

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12th and if you haven’t gotten mom a gift yet, there’s still hope! Nicole Lapin, financial expert and founder of Recessionista.com, stopped by “GMA LIVE!” with six unique gift ideas under $30 for your deserving mom. Treat mom to something more interesting — and more budget-friendly — than the standard bouquet of flowers this year.

Lapin’s Gift Picks

Yes, we would love to get mom a big fancy vacation or designer duds, but let’s be serious we can’t afford that.  We do, of course, still want her to feel special but with something more interesting than flowers. So, here are 6 gifts for under $30 (less than the flower delivery!)

1. Tech Headset: Native Union Retro Pop Phone, $19.99

Oh, mom…you and your cute smartphone!  How many times have we all heard, “Can I call you from a land line?” Or, “My face is smooshing the buttons”!  Well, here you go, mom, no “smooshing” and here’s your land line.  The pop phone let’s you keep your smart phone on while still feeling nostalgic. Available on www.nativeunion.com, Walmart or Amazon.com in a variety of fun colors, $19.99.

2. Slipper Genies, $9.99

So, mom wants things clean around the house, but doesn’t have a housekeeper and you can’t afford to get her one.  So at least we can have a little fun with it with these cleaning slippers. Keep the house tidy, just by walking through it. Get ones for the entire family and have everyone around the house get involved.  Available at Bed Bath and Beyond, WalMart and Amazon.com.

3. XLWine Glasses, 2 for $28

Mama needs a big glass — a very big glass! These XL wine glasses can fit the whole bottle! Available at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Macy’s or Amazon.com.

 4. ‘Love, Mom: Helpful Yet Hilarious Emails, Chats and Text Messages from Moms Everywhere,’ $13

Written by the creators of the fun website, PostcardsFromYoMomma.com, this book tells us that there is a universal “mommyness” to emails.  If your mom recently discovered email — they likely have the same email style about them — long story forwards, ecards, funny pictures, inappropriate health concerns, and long updates where a whole lot crammed into a little passive aggressive package.  This is hilarious book for anyone, but shows moms that they’re in the same boat  — even when dealing with the same things from their adult children. Available at bookstores or Amazon.com

5. Table Place Setting Cheat-Sheet, $28

OK, so who really knows where the little fork goes? Give mom a relaxing Mother’s Day meal with a cheat-sheet for everyone else. This table setting diagram let’s you create the perfect place setting. Do it for mom, throw them away when you’re done.  Available at West Elm stores or online here.

6. Custom Pop Art, $19.99

You’ve seen fun pop art of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” vein, and you can make your own “Keep Calm and Mommy On” art with a cool custom creation at Etsy. Available at Etsy.com.

Nicole Lapin is a finance expert and the founder of Recessionista.com.

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