15 Creative Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Mom Under $30

by Bianca Mendez

If you love your mom just as much as I love mine, you know that she deserves her own private island complete with butler service. But, if you're a little tight of cash (I know I am this year), then buy her one these affordable stocking stuffers for moms that she'll absolutely love.

As a kid, your mom probably went out of her way to buy your holiday gifts, running to every toy store to get exactly what you wanted just so she can see you smile. I know my mom did, and she deserves the world! And no matter how many times my mom begs me not to spend money on her, I ignore it and despite my tight budget, I manage to give her something I know she'll love.

Rather than dropping a bunch of money on something you're not 100 percent positive she'll love or DIY-ing a tricky homemade gift that you've never attempted before, pick a few little tried-and-true presents to pop in her stocking instead. Whether it's an extra fancy lip balm, trendy wooden water bottle, or a lens that allows her to take even better photos of her kids, these small gifts are sure to please — and are all priced under 30 bucks.

Here are stocking stuffer ideas that will please every mom, whether she's into beauty, cooking, or tech gadgets. And remember: when you present your gift on Christmas Day, don't forget to say "I love you" to the woman who helped make you the fantastic person you are now.


A Reusable Water Bottle Made From Pretty Material


S'well Teakwood Water Bottle, $29, Amazon

This is great for a mom who cares about environment and is always on a go. This nontoxic S'well bottle works for both hot and cold beverages, fits in standard cup holders, and is made from double-walled stainless steel to keep her hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold. Plus, the wooden exterior looks rustic and chic.


A Himalayan Candle Holder That Purifies The Air

WBM Himalayan Glow Candle Holder, $11, Amazon

Let me explain how cool this candle holder is: when you light one, the salt gets heated up and emits ions around the room to purify the air. Amazing, right? And on top of being functional, it also looks really cool in any room of your mom's house.


Colorful Salad Servers For Moms Who Love To Entertain


French Bull Melamine Salad Servers, $12, Amazon

Have you ever seen salad servers this colorful? If you mom is big on cooking and has an affinity for adding flair to all facets of her home, these will be a big hit.


This Portable Charger In A Gorgeous Raspberry Hue

USB Portable Bank Charger, $25, Amazon

Because needs a portable charger! This one works with every smartphone and tablet, charging them quickly. This is perfect for the mom who drains her battery with constant emailing, Facebooking, and texting (okay, and sometimes playing Candy Crush, of course).


A Camera Upgrade For Way Better Photos Of Her Kids

iPhone Lens 2-in-1 Original Pocket Lens, $21, Amazon

Is your mom one of those who still loves taking photos of you to show to her friends? First of all, awwww, and secondly, this pocket lens is so perfect for her. It adjusts to every smartphone or tablet to help mom take close-up, high quality photos.


Fancy Lip Balm In A Unique Scent

FIG+YARROW Organic Basil + Cardamom Lip Balm, $16, Amazon

I always love extra lip balm in the winter because all of mine magically seem to disappear into an alternate universe along with socks and gloves. For moms (and just about everyone on your list), lip balm is always a good thing to stash in her car, purse, or keep by her bedside. As for flavors, this FIG+YARROW lip balm has a high-end basil and cardamon scent that's totally addicting.


A Way To Watch All Her Favorite Shows


Roku Express, $29, Amazon

If your mom loves to relax after work through binge watching TV, the Roku streaming player is an inexpensive, easy-to-set-up interface that allows her to search top channels to find the perfect program.


Protective Sleeves To Keep Her Credit Cards Safe


10 RFID Blocking Sleeves, $11, Amazon

Did you know that thieves can steal your private information electronically by scanning your card, even through your wallet or purse? Keep your mom's passport and credit cards safe by giving her a set of 10 protective sleeves that feature stylish illustrations on them.


A Rubber Mask That Looks Weird But Is Actually Brilliant

Dr. Jart+ Dermask Rubber Mask, $19, Amazon

Since winter is basically here, help your mom out with her skincare routine. This innovative rubber mask from famed Korean skin care brand Dr. Jart+ moisturizers dry, dehydrated skin in just 30 minutes, improving look and texture. Plus, it costs way less than a facial.


An Eyeshadow Palette With All The Essentials

Tarte Tarteist Pro To Go Amazonian Clay Palette, $23, Sephora

You can't go wrong with an eyeshadow palette, especially if your mom is a beauty buff. This Tarte Palette features three matte and four shimmery shades in neutral, pink, and rose gold tones (my favorite is that gorgeous cranberry hue). And with names like "Boss" and "Stylin," your mom will get a daily reminder that she's awesome every time she swipes this shadow on her lids.


A Pair Of Pizza Scissors For The Kitchen


Sagaform Pizza Scissors, $18, Amazon

Let's be honest: everyone loves pizza. Whether your mom likes to make her own stuffed crust pepperoni pizza or simply order in, these stainless steel pizza shears are sure to come in handy.


A Big Set Of Soap In All Her Favorite Scents

Greenwich Bay Tropical Fruit Soap Sampler Gift Set, $14, Amazon

When in doubt, just give your mom some good-smelling soap. This lovely set features sweet scents like pineapple cocoa butter and lemon verbena that will make mom feel like she's on vacation. If you can't afford her a tropical getaway, this is the second best thing.


An Artistic Picture Frame For A Photo Of You Two

Danya B. Sparkling Gold Geometric 5 x 7 Photo Frame, $30, Amazon

This gold frame adds an elegant touch anywhere in the house. Add a photo of you and mom in it, and she's guaranteed to give you a big hug as soon as she pulls it out of her stocking.


A Big Set Of Burt's Bees Favorites


Burt's Bees Face Essentials Holiday Gift Set, $13, Amazon

This set of four favorites from Burt's Bees features white tea cleansing facial towelettes, coconut and pear lip balm, chamomile deep cleansing cream, and a deep pore scrub — all in one set priced for under 15 bucks.


A Bottle Of Wine With An "Ugly Sweater" Label


Ugly Sweater Red Blend, $17, Amazon

Okay, so this one might not be able to fit in her stocking, but it's a super funny gift. And hey, your mom works hard — she deserves a cute bottle of "ugly sweater" wine to relax. On Christmas day, crack open this vegan red wine from a small, family-owned vineyard, pour a couple of glasses, and enjoy your mom's company. Cheers!

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